Tanaka Chainsaw Reviews

September 9, 2013

By Mike Hart

Reading product reviews is a good idea before investing in a new chainsaw, but even more important is understanding the reviews. Context about Tanaka as a brand is helpful to understand what is available on the market and what product will best suit your needs before looking into specific Tanaka chainsaw reviews. Tanaka Power Equipment has been in business for four generations and their primary production is now high-quality power equipment for outdoor application.

Tanaka chainsaw reviews consistently note a few traits in particular. The first is the quality of their engines. Tanaka Power Equipment originated primarily producing internal combustion engines, staking their biggest claim in the 60s with bolt-on kits to motorize bicycles. Since then they’ve only refined their craft in building engines. All Tanaka chainsaws are gas-powered. Further, Tanaka chainsaws are marked for their durability.

Tanaka Chainsaw Comparison Chart

ModelBar LengthEngine SizeWeight
Tanaka TCS33EDTP/12 32.2cc 12-Inch Top Handle Chain Saw with Pure Fire Engine12"32.2 cc13 lbs.
Tanaka Commercial Grade Gas Powered Top Handle Chain Saw 12-Inch Bar and Chain 32cc 1.6 HP 2-Stroke (CARB Compliant) ECS-3301/1212"32.0 cc12 lbs.
Tanaka TCS-3301PFS/14 14-Inch 32cc 2-Stroke Gas Powered Top Handle Chain Saw (CARB Compliant)14"32.0 cc14 lbs.
Tanaka TCS33EDTP/14 32.2cc 14-Inch Top Handle Chain Saw with Pure Fire Engine14"32.2 cc12.4 lbs.
Tanaka TCS33EB/14 32cc 14-Inch 2-Stroke Gas Powered Rear Handle Chain Saw (CARB Compliant)14"32.0 cc13 lbs.
Tanaka Commercial Grade Gas Powered Rear Handle Chain Saw 14-Inch Bar and Chain 32cc 1.6 HP 2-Stroke (CARB Compliant) ECS-3351/1414"32.0 cc14 lbs.
Tanaka TCS33EB/16 32cc 16-Inch 2-Stroke Gas Powered Rear Handle Chain Saw (CARB Compliant)16"32.0 cc13 lbs.
Tanaka Commercial Grade Gas Powered Top Handle Chain Saw 16-Inch Bar and Chain 34cc 1.8 HP 2-Stroke (CARB Compliant) TCS-3401/1616"34.0 cc13 lbs.
Tanaka TCS-3351PFS/16 16-Inch 32cc 2-Stroke Gas Powered Rear Handle Chain Saw (CARB Compliant)16"32.0 cc15 lbs.
Tanaka TCS40EA18 18-Inch 40cc 2-Stroke Gas Powered Rear Handle Chain Saw (CARB Compliant)18"40.0 cc16 lbs.
Tanaka Commercial Grade Gas Powered Rear Handle Chain Saw 18-Inch Bar and Chain 43cc 2.5 HP 2-Stroke ECV-4501/1818"43.0 cc16 lbs.
Tanaka TCS51EAP 50.1CC 20-Inch Rear Handle Chain Saw with PureFire Engine20"50.1 cc18 lbs.
Tanaka Commercial Grade Gas Powered Rear Handle Chain Saw 20-Inch Bar and Chain 50cc 3.6 HP 2-Stroke (CARB Compliant) ECV-5601/2020"50.0 cc20 lbs.
Tanaka ECV-4501-20 Commercial Grade Gas Powered Rear Handle Chain Saw 20"; Bar and Chain20"43.0 cc17 lbs.

Many chainsaws are marketed not at people who have daily use for a chainsaw, but to homeowners that have discovered they have temporary need of a chainsaw and feel the need to invest in one in lieu of more appropriate tools for their needs. Consequently, many chainsaws are simply not built to last. Tanaka chainsaws are designed and manufactured with rugged use in mind, under the assumption that the tool will be used on a regular basis, if not daily. Lastly, Tanaka has been noted time and time again for their outstanding warranty. Carrying on with their standard of ruggedness and durability, Tanaka offers several degrees of warranty on their products: two years for professional use, seven for consumer use, and a year’s warranty for rental use. This makes them a very attractive investment, particularly for professionals. Many Tanaka chainsaw reviews indicate that Tanaka chainsaws last well beyond the warranty when used properly.

As noted, Tanaka’s original focus has always been engines. Consequently, the engines that go into their chainsaws are works of art. The smallest engine Tanaka utilizes for their entry-level models ranks at 32.2cc. The largest, heaviest they offer is 50.1cc. This range makes for quite a few options for discerning users sensitive to their needs. Tanaka’s priority in engine manufacture is efficiency and maintaining the best possible power-to-weight ratio. A better power-to-weight ratio reduces the fatigue of the user and makes the chainsaw easier to control for its power. These are both traits that become exceedingly apparent after the saws are used for multiple hours in a single day.

Tanaka saws come with a variety of features individually. Generally, however, Tanaka saws are built with common-sense additions. The entry-level chainsaws tend to have automatic chokes and simple starters, for instance. Their larger models for heavier use emphasize stability systems, often with six points of reinforcement. Naturally, all Tanaka saws adhere to appropriate safety requirements with guards against bucking and loss of control.

Saws are available from Tanaka with a variety of purposes in mind. While Tanaka does not produce cheaply-made saws, they do produce more affordable models intended for lighter use. The distinction between these and the cheaper models is largely rooted in their durability, efficiency and warranty, as even the entry-level models come with the same seven-year consumer warranty in place. The entry-level models are ideal for dealing with firewood, tree branches and other lighter use on smaller properties. However, the largest models are suitable for entire trees, excellent for heavy farm use or other professional applications.

Tanaka saws are a very worthwhile investment for those that require a chainsaw. The warranty available on all models makes them a very safe bet for consumers and professionals alike, and the number of models available makes it easy to suit your need for a tool appropriately. For those willing to assess their needs honestly, Tanaka chainsaws are an excellent choice.

Category: Gas Chainsaws, Tanaka Chainsaws

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