true beauty: plenty of power, good balance , not heavy.
i' ve had it fora couple of years. cuts trough large boughs like a knife trough butter.
weight is not a problem ( i thought it could be ) as it only takes less than a minute to slice
trough 80cm a bough.
7901 has an easy start button ( decompression valve ) =starts is easy
bought from Sydney Tolls.
This is my first chain saw. Safety and Care is a must with this baby.
Yes: I would buy it again
After reading the previous reviews I bit the bullet and bought the DCS7301. I am very very impressed so far. Having cut and collected around 8-10 ton of firewood (Jarrah) a year on the southern tip of WA from the age of 8 (Started with my dad) I am no stranger to Stihl and Husqvarna chainsaws, both of which I rate highly. The Makita (Rebadged "Dolmar" saw) is built to a very high standard and easily performs as well if not better than a comparable Stihl or Husqvarna for around half the price (Ms381 and Ms440) This is a genuine professional qual...ity saw, if I was going to knock this saw for anything it would be because it is marginally heavier than the oppositions offerings. Having said that my 73 year old dad still managed to use it adequately. I'm 6'2" and 120kg, so whilst the weight, power and torque of this saw is ok for me, it may not be alright for everyone. For felling trees and cutting firewood this saw is hard to beat, it's built tough, easy to service and can be bought around the $1100 mark. For cold starting use full choke, decompression on, pull till it kicks, turn choke off, pull once and it starts instantly. Next purchase will be a 50cc Makita for limbing trees around the property.
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Superb power and build quality
This is my first Makita/Dolmar petrol saw and it's more impressive than the Stihl's and the Husky's that I've owned in the past.
This saw got put head to head with a mate's 660 magnum over a 5 hour period, and despite it being about 1.3 hp down on the Stihl, it kept up in all but the largest timber we were clearing.
I paid $755 new in the box for the DCS7301 as they are running out this model, He paid $2050 for the 660 and felt quite embarrassed... he he he.
These saws are on the slightly larger and heavier side of powerheads in this displ...acement range but that shows the saw's strength and durability has not been compromised for minor weight savings. I'm convinced the German made Makita is a better made saw than either of the major competitors and I love the old school carby. No Auto-Tune or M-Tronic Jesus box to lean out the mixture and destroy your investment. This saw goes hard, runs smooth, sounds strong, balances nicely and is a pleasure to start and use. It's value for money and build quality can't be ignored when compared to the competition. They are however getting harder to find new as that the next Gen models are starting to appear, but if you can find one buy it. You won't be disappointed.
I purchased my 7901 Makita chainsaw in 2012 for about $1,200 it is now 2017 and has not missed a beat. It is a little heavy but very powerful. I cut a lot of dirty firewood, probably about 160 tanks of fuel so far. When I first got it I had trouble starting it, so I rang Makita office, very helpful. Just pull when on choke 3 or 4 times till the first kick then turn choke off. This worked like a dream. The only negative thing is Makita spare parts can be a rip off, for example they charge about $50 for a 3/8 sprocket when you can buy a husky no name brand on Ebay for $10
Great saw starts easy, well balanced and has heaps of grunt
Better than stihl and husky. Dolmar Makita make great saws. Great balance , chews through wood like it is hungry . Had my saw for two years and love it even mates have gone out and got one now we go out and cut a load of wood in about an hour.
best saw i have used.
I own the 7901 & it's an absolutely awsome saw!
I've had my 7901 since August 2010 & use it to professionally remove trees. I cannot say enough good things about this saw! It was only 60% the price of my next choice of a Stihl MS460 or MS660 & fits in between the 2 of those saws performance wise.
Easy to start, reliable, amazing power to weight ratio, durable, very economical to purchase, easy to use.
It leaks lots of bar oil when not in use.
Questions & Answers
How long would the 7901 saw last in a firewood sense? I cut in excess of 50 cube a year for my own use. I am tossing between a 576 husqvarna and a makita 7901 and possibly a solo.
I believe the Makita is a better saw. It goes harder than a stihl saw and is actually made by dollar great saw . I cut approx 10-12 cube a year no probs. I have 5 chains 2 bars and just go go go. Cutting 700mm round logs mainly I would recommend this saw or its big brother
I am yet to use a 576 husqvarna but I had a few cuts with a 7901 makita and cant see any reason not to buy one other than price. I own two huskys a 235 and a 395 and I love both. So I'd really like to go husky again but I'm driven by price. Has anyone had any experience with the solo saws? As these I am told are German engineering not far behind or some tell me better than the stihl
I really want a mid ranger of about 4 /4.4kw to back up my 395 husky. It is a bit much for the little jobs and the 236 is a bit small for the big jobs so am looking around.
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