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4.0 out of 5 stars My other chainsaw's a Porsche, 7 May 2013
This review is from: Tonino Lamborghini KS-6024 2400W Electric Chainsaw (DIY & Tools)
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I'm no `Axe Men' extra, but I've used a few chainsaws in my time and the one thing I know about them is that you can't really tell how good one is until you've had it in use for some time as that's when the wear and tear sets in. Cracks in the casing or hand-guard might begin to show, the motor may show signs of deterioration, and the blade inevitably begins to dull or work itself loose. So bear in mind that while none of this has happened to my chainsaw, it has only had a couple of days' worth of lopping branches and cutting logs.

Tonino Lamborghini probably isn't the first name you'll think of when thinking about chainsaws (or power tools of any description, come to think of it), but a quick look on Wiki told me that he's the son of Ferruccio Lamborghini, creator of the famous sports car brand. I'm not sure if that makes for a good power tools pedigree or not, but if weight is any indication of quality, then the Tonino Lamborghini is indeed a quality beast. I was a little taken aback with just how heavy it was when I first started using it - it's not something that you won't get used to but it is something that you'll feel after an hour or so of use. The motor on the side accounts for most of this heft, which when it comes to power tools is often a good indicator of power and reliability. The body is entirely plastic, as you'd expect, but it feels solid, with no hint of creaks or obvious points of stress. There's also a nice series of Lamborghini logos dotted about it, so at least your neighbours will know that you can afford one of their chainsaws, if not one of their cars.

Although you do get a plastic chain guard to cover the blades when not in use, you don't get any personal safety gear, just the saw itself and a manual in English and German. That's not too surprising, given how expensive good safety gear can be, but it will mean a trip to your local DIY shop for a face mask, gloves and maybe body protection if you want to be properly safe. You'll also need to get an extension cable as the power lead from the Lambo is disappointingly short at only 3 metres or so; again, not too much of a shock, but something to bear in mind.

Once you've got your safety gear and lead sorted, getting the saw up and running is no more strenuous a task than pouring 200ml of chainsaw oil (yes, you'll need to buy that, too) into the saw, then plugging her in and letting rip (figuratively, not literally.) The saw is simplicity itself to use - there's a double-switch power button on the handle and a blade tensioning wheel on the side underneath a cover panel, but other than that there's very little to think about, leaving you to keep your mind and eye on the job. The Lambo has a safety cut-off built into hand-guard, so if things get hairy all you have to do is to push the guard forward and the blade instantly disengages from the motor.

Having got everything ready, I began by cutting through some one and two-inch branches from a tree that we were starting to prune back and the Lambo made pretty short work of them; don't underestimate the benefits of either a new blade chain or the power from its motor here as both seemed to play a part. I would say that the saw did admirably well, even if the `kick' from it did make me a little wary, which when it comes to chainsaws is no bad thing.

I then moved on to cutting up some logs from a pine that mostly died some years ago but that we only got around to felling a few months ago. I started off by taking a chunk off the side of one of the logs, a pretty large one I will admit, and the Lambo began to show signs of strain, which wasn't too odd as it's often better to chop logs using an axe. The wood was, admittedly, very hard and I saw it as a test of the saw's motor and blade rather than anything else - I would actually have been surprised if the Lambo had done well here as it's a home-use saw and not one for industrial applications.

There's only so much you can glean from a couple of days' worth of chainsaw use, but I've still been really impressed with the Lamborghini, and that has nothing to do with the name on the side. It could have a `Trabant' sticker on the casing and I'd still see it as a tough and useful saw for garden and light woodland use. The lack of anything in the way of peripherals lets the side down a bit, but I don't suppose that Tonino Lamborghini is the only company not to include any additional bits with its tools. The proof of the pudding, as is always the way with tools like this, is how well it stands up to regular use, and that's something I can't answer just yet.
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