|About - Makita UC4030A|
The Makita UC4030A is part of the chain saw test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, chain saw models like the UC4030A are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
|Features & Specs - Makita UC4030A|
|Tool-free chain adjuster||Yes|
|Translucent oil tank||Yes|
|Metal bucking spikes||Yes|
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User Reviews - Makita UC4030A
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
works like a keeper
Comfortable to use
Toolless Adjuster Works
Invisable Chain Guard
At Home Cordwood Process
I use my gas saw to make logs small enough to move. Once home they go through my home built firewood processor for stove lengths and splitting. The Makita is the new cutoff tool for that processor. I prefer electric power for the components of the processor because I don't want to deal with multiple gas engines in my work environment. That does not mean that I want homeowner grade tools that can't take a drop, 50 cords, or winter in an open woodshed. I've worked to death two electric saws, both of which impressed me more than the cheap junk that is available since 2001. This time it came down to Husquevarna, Stihl or Mikita. All are imports. Probably all are fine saws. I've learned to trust Japanese engineering so I went that way. What came out of the box might have what it takes to last as long as Grandad's all metal Craftsman electric. That was about 35 years for me, twelve of those with wood heat.<br /> I had thought my Poulan cut well with a fresh filing, but this makes it look wimpy. Chain speed is up maybe a third from the Poulan E-200. If this is the saw with the low cut speed as it's poorest feature, I would be quite gratified to see what constitutes a fast cutting saw. Guess I should have updated sooner.<br /> There are reviews online that indicate that both this and the Husky have owners fooled into thinking the oilers are not working. I think what has happened is that hydrocarbon emissions are effecting a rethink of chain oilers too. It is working. It is scary how slowly the tank gets used, but it does go down and the bar doesn't fry. You can forget testing operation by spraying fling-off onto a dry surface. You wont be leaving a gallon of ground water pollutant sprayed over the land in the course of the season, either. (Husky even offers biodegradable chain oil now) The Makita now gets synthetic chain oil instead of the cheapo for the others, but it costs less per cord. <br /> The closest thing I have to a gripe about this saw is that they used Corporate Black for the bar cover. I know that orange and yellow have been done, but could we please have something a bit more visible. It is lost inside my woodshed. Within two paces of the splitter. Again.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.