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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Aldi Gardenline, (Oregon), 45cc 2-Stroke Petrol Chainsaw.

I couldn't resist this! It is a 'Thursday Special' from Aldi - a 2-stroke 45cc petrol chainsaw. Ideal for narrowboaters like me who run a wood burning stove. In my opinion, at £79.95 - not too expensive to be afraid of using it in the boating environment and a genuine 'bargain'..

As usual with products from stores like these - 'when it's gone it's gone', until next time round of course. These went on sale this morning Thursday 20th June 2013. I obtained mine from their Bolton store, and they had around 20 in stock at 9.00am.

The machine is supplied with the necessary tools to build up, adjust and use, a quick start guide, as well as a full instruction manual, which not only includes general operating instructions, but also full safety guidelines and best practice use methods, which of course, is essential, as these are a dangerous piece of kit. An easy fuel / 2-stroke oil mixing bottle is also provided.

From the box, the chain bar has to be assembled, by first removing the two nuts that hold the guard in place. Once the bar is in place, the chain itself is fed on, making sure that the cutting blades face the right way. The chain guard is then replaced, with finger tight nuts, so that the chain can be tensioned correctly prior to use. Full, clear instructions, with diagrams are included. Once constructed, with everything adjusted and tightened, the relevant reservoir for chainsaw bar lubricating oil should be filled, prior to filling the fuel tank with the correct 2-stroke mix. Once everything has been checked as ready to go against the instructions check-list, ensuring the chain brake is set on, prime the fuel bulb, set the choke, and a couple of pulls on the start cord sees it burst into action.

This machine is fitted with safety features that would help stop it getting out of control should the chain get stopped, causing the unit to kick back violently towards the user. It has an easy to operate stop switch, chain lock lever, and a cutting trigger that is equipped with a safety catch. The cutting bar is 40cm, [16 inches] - enough for light amateur garden use, such as cutting up small bore logs for use in the stove. As with all equipment such as this, full safety measures should be taken by the user, which includes safety boots, trousers, gloves and helmet / visor. It has the potential to do serious damage!
Specifications:
45cc 2-stroke petrol engine.
Noise level - 115db.
Bar length - 40cm.
Chainsaw drive links - 57.
Idle speed - 3300rpm.
Chain gauge - 1.27mm (0.050").
Fuel tank capacity - 270ml.
Oil tank capacity - 190ml.
Auto chain lube - YES.
Anti vibration function - YES.
Chain brake - YES.
Auto clutch lube - YES.
Low kick-back chain - YES.

This is covered by a full 3 year warranty, and with it's receipt, is also covered by Aldi's no quibble 60 day guarantee, even if you just change your mind, as long as it remains in it's original condition, for refund or exchange.

There is a full service back up provided over 7 days, with parts availability on 0845 872 2740 (UK). Or the Core Service website link is: http://www.coreservice.co.uk/
For a look at this, and up-coming 'specials' see: https://www.aldi.co.uk/.




58 comments:

  1. Usage update. I have just put this machine to use in our home garden, cutting up tree branches that were pruned last year. It started on choke on the 2nd pull of the cord, but the choke needed to be pushed in immediately to keep it running. Once done, it warmed up quickly, and made short work of cutting up around 20 large tree branches into 6" logs to be stored ready for the fire. The machine needs to be run at half throttle for about 30 seconds after its first ever start, to make sure the chain oil is feeding through as it should. Once this appears as a spray mist at the end of the bar, then cutting can commence. So far so good.

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  2. At that price it's quite a bargain!

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  3. Only time will tell. However, a little research on the goggle indicates that this machine is branded with several different names throughout the trade, all of which appear to be much more expensive than the Gardenline marketed by Aldi. Now that my confidence with it has settled down, I have just used it again an hour ago to dispose of several trunks from large conifers that were stripped of their brush years ago and subsequently died off in the ground. All were about 12" girth, and it handled the job with ease. I have to keep remembering the damage that can be done with this though if full concentration isn't kept while using it! The conifer wood won't be burnt on my new stove though - too much tar produced from the high resin content I believe.

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  4. Have bought on this week (£20 off) had read many horror stories on the internet about Aldi chainsawa failing to start but have to say started easily as you say time will tell.

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    1. All two stroke engines can be notoriously difficult to start, but is often due to poor maintenance by its owner. Mine is still providing great service and I have no complaints.

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  5. Aldi have a "reduced items" store in Sheffield which opened 14/1/2013 they have these saws on sale at £49.99, plenty in stock yesterday 17th. I bought one the day the store opened, am running it on (expensive) Aspen 2T. starts immediately, but hesitates and has difficulty revving up. Any ideas?...Pete

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    1. As it happens I have just used my chainsaw again this weekend to cut up some logs. I used the same routine to start it as I did during the Summer, and again it started on the 2nd pull straight from the garage. I used fresh petrol with Putolene MX5 synthetic 2-stroke pre-mix oil. This is a supreme quality oil for use in high performance off road motorcycles, and isn't cheap, but I happened to have a bottle lying around the garage. My starting routine is to prime the fuel bulb with about 5 or 6 pushes, pull the choke out and pull the start cord. The engine usually fires 1st time but dies immediately. I then push the choke back in and start again with no choke. This time the engine fires up and runs. But, if you try to rev immediately it will die again. I let the motor tick over for a few seconds, applying only gentle compressions on the throttle lever until it warms up. After about 20 seconds or so it can be revved fully and put into use. I never use the choke in any other way than this, finding it hampers easy starting if used every time, possibly flooding the engine, but it won't start unless used on the 1st pull, even though it won't run on it. As with all 2-strokes, they are fickle, and I am sure you will find your own successful routine.

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  6. Hi it's Pete again, after looking on youtube, decided that the hi and lo jets on the carb needed adjusting.Virtually impossible to obtain the "packman" tool needed to facilitate this job, so had to make one, ( basically a small metal tube with an internal keyway )
    After some small adjustments on the jets, the saw now revs fine without hesitating. Really pleased with it. Wish I'd bought 2 for that price!....Pete

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  7. I've had one of these chainsaw for about 9 months, it does the job for me which is cutting smallish logs for my burner. I have had a bit of bother with the pullcord when the pawls stripped off the starting mechanism but I contacted the service dept and they sent some out FOC. My chain oiler sometimes seems a bit reluctant to work properly,I have stripped down the engine to get at the oiler but I haven't been able to get a replacement. All in all though for the money it is a reasonable machine for light work only.

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    1. I have also noticed the chain oiler doesn't work after a period of non-use when the saw has been lying in the garage. Mine seems to be due to oil soaked saw dust blocking the oil channels though, and after cleaning them out everything has been fine again.

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  8. i have had one of these now for about 4 years and guess what it still runs like a new saw, get your self a decent file to sharpen it every once in a while and you will have no problems

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  9. Bought mine last June, I've got great usage for the money. Have ringed several large Larch trees (that were felled by a professional) and its main use is chopping up rhododendron and samll ash trees. Was using it again last night when power suddenly died off, after giving it a good clean and checking the spark plug I primed it before trying to start and spotted petrol spraying out of the fuel line from the petrol tank to the primer. I have rang the customer service number and have been asked to send a photograph of the area and that they had to order in more fuel line but would send it on to me when it arrives. I am a bit concerned by this as I think I will have to dismantle the machine completely to replace the fuel line. Anyone else have their fuel line perish after less then 12 months?

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    1. Mine is still going strong - used it the other day to prune some tree branches.

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    2. Hi yes - exactly the same thing happened to mine - after around 3 months - biougght my own fuel line and repaired and it worked ok for around 3 more months now will start but refuses to run after teh first few seconds. Going to have to send it back :-(

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    3. When it works, it works well, but getting it to do its job takes effort. From out of the box, it has always leaked the chain bar oil in a messy pool. Turning the adjusting screw for oil flow doesn't fix the problem. Neither does turning the screw direct oil where it's supposed to go---on the chain.

      Pulling the recoil rope on this miniscule motor is almost an impossibility. I have two generators, a lawn mower and a trimmer, all with bigger engines, but all a breeze to pull start.

      This chainsaw requires one foot in the handle to anchor it down, while you it wrenches your arm off in a jerk and snatch.

      I have taken the recoil mechanism off, and pulled on the rope. No problem. Smooth. I have turned the flywheel easily with my fingers, proving there is no internal problem. But put the recoil back on, and it's the same jerky story.

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    4. Hi Larry, Thanks for placing your experiences in the mix - they can only help others who are contemplating a purchase such as this. However, I must say I am still very happy with my saw, with none of the problems you report.

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  10. Me again with the ruptured feul line, well I sent it back it took over 9 weeks to actually get the thing collected but it has finally returned with a new fueline fitted. Used it last night and discovered the chain oil is no longer flowing onto the chain, I'll be buying a Stihl chainsaw in the next couple of weeks!

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    1. Although a unit that has been returned for repair should arrive back in full working order - anyone would expect that, when my oil stopped flowing onto the chain it was due to the oil channels being blocked by an oily mix of sawdust, soon cleared and working again. The time taken for them to collect was also unreasonable - in my opinion.

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  11. had my saw around a month now bought it to fell large conifers that had been neglected in a house we have purchased for over 20 years 30 feet high and around 2 - 3 feet in circumference tackled job with ease. only problems the screw that adjusts chain vibrated loose and is now lost, managed to source another that fits, also WHY don't aldi stock or sell replacement chains. otherwise happy with purchase.

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  12. Regarding the failed fuel lines, one point to note. NEVER use ethanol mixed fuels (E10 etc..) in any of your garden equipment. Even mowers. Thier fuel lines are not able to handle the Ethanol and get damaged. My new ride-on mower actually has a big NO-E10 label on the fuel tank.

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    1. That is good advice and is also relevant to narrowboat owners. Narrowboats are generally fitted with basic diesel engines that have never had a need to use anything other than standard red Derv. With an EU ruling that has now changed the type of fuel allowed, the road grade fuel that is now supplied by many marinas has the same effect - it perishes the fuel lines, and other rubber material contained within the engine. A major problem.

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  13. Bought mine about 8 years ago, Aldi unable to give me a contact for a new brake assembly, think it might be the company that went bust. Anyway the girl at Aldi said I'd had a good run if it is 8 years old, then got the hump when I said it was not the sort of thing you use every day. Dustbin and go back to the B&Q one I have as a spare.

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  14. I've had my aldi one for a few years, other than a new blade its still as good as new, I now use a lidl chainsaw sharpner

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  15. Bought my chainsaw over 4 years ago. worked it much harder than probably intended for but it has not let me down until now. Obviousely got through a few chains over time but that is only to be expected. My brake assembly fell apart a week ago. A german company called Einhell supply all parts and diagrams for a range of machines including gardenline. most parts reasonably priced and delivered in about a week.
    I was a bit dubious about buying a cheap chainsaw but would buy one again without a second thought. Usually start either on first pull or very soon after.

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  16. 2-cycle engine, only with two more steps. The process of creating power in a 4-cycle engine goes 1) intake 2) compression 3) power 4) exhaust or as it’s more commonly known suck, squeeze, bang, and blow. Since each step is performed more concentrated 4-cycle engines often produce less exhaust and are much quieter.Basically 4 stock is used for large garden and for heavy work,this machine is considered as a best weed eater

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  17. good review. thank's for sharing & tips. I like it is powered by a 40V Lithium-ion battery. Thanks for having this contest.

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  18. Where is the best place to purchase a new chain?

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    1. I just bought a new chain off eBay using the chain specification that is published above. The new chain is an Oregon, sold as being compatible with the Gardenline saw, and cost me £14.95 with free postage. There are various sellers retailing a suitable chain. I also just bought an electric chain sharpener which was on the Lidl Monday Specials this week at £19.99, so I now have the ability to keep a sharp chain to hand.

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    2. I can recommend the Lidl electric chain sharpener as have sharpened 4 chains so far with no wear on grinding disc. Yes this is a good chainsaw and have so far these two years cut up 4 tons of Forestry pin. Well 4 tons they say but they are generous, so say 5 to 6 tons. That's 60 lengths per 2 tons at 7ft long each..Quite a few logs if you work it out...

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    3. This sorry to say in front of professionals is a good cheap saw. So far over the last two years I have used mine to cut up about 5 tons of forestry longs. 2 tons is about 60 logs of 7ft in length. Generous 2 tons right enough.. About to order another 2 tons. Lidl electric sharpener is also underrated...

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  19. Oil leaking is generally a result of failing to open the oil filler to release the pressure. Agreed some engines have a mechanical pump which will stop when the motor stops but many others use the motor to pressure-ise the oil tank to 'pump' the oil. Unless this pressure is released when you are finished,oil will continue to be forced out onto the chain until the tank pressure is equal to air pressure. Another point is about avoiding hard starting is - always empty the tank when you have finished, then restart and let run at idle until it stops. This will clear out any remaining fuel and avoid oil/varnish/gummy residue buildup in the lines as the remaining petrol evaporates. Never leave fuel in the tank unless you are using it the next day. Cleaning - I always run the hot tap over the sprocket area /bar/chain when finished - this flushes out that oily dirt/sawdust mix, then dry off and spray with a quality water inhibitor. It pays to put it away in the condition you want to take it out to use next time. Cheers Aussie Mike

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  20. Im looking for a new fuel hose for my gardenline chainsaw does anybody know the actual diameter that is required ,,cheers andy

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  21. It's a brill saw for the money got mine two years ago still going strong and I have used it a lot .got another one still in box for£ 20.00 from mate so quids in Trev

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  22. Good saw used mine a lot since I bought it from Aldi 2013 and got second one from mate still in box for £ 20 and still going strong .have put new coil on one as had no spark .have cut tons of logs with them so saved loads of dosh

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  23. Just got one of these second hand looked a state pay very little money for it cleaned it up got an airline in there blew out all the muck chain probably never been sharpened so gave it a good service looks like new now and works well starters 1st or 2nd time I'll be buying a new when one as and when they appear in aldi again .

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  24. Beyond just ordinary gardening tools, it's important to keep the blades of of your chainsaw sharp as well. I normally use my gardening tool sharpener to sharpen my chainsaw blades. When you keep your tools sharp it will ultimately save your time and money from having to buy new gardening tools. Plus, sharp tools are additionally more secure and safe to use since dull blade tend to slip off their intended surface and could cause injury.

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  25. The fuel line is 2mm internal diameter. It's very difficult to thread it through the grommet on top of the fuel tank so you may have to dismantle the saw to remove the fuel tank so you can access the grommet

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  26. Oregon products have great features such as the unique inbuilt powersharp chain sharpening system and integrated chain brake and a comfortable anti-vibration handle. Products quite affordable and easy to use.

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  27. It is remarkable blog. I wanted to learn such type of the things that I have got from here at one platform. Thanks.

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  28. This Oregon petrol chainsaw has some great features. I like Oregon chainsaw. Thanks for sharing this great blog with us.

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  29. I have lost my instruction manual for my chainsaw, would it be possible to get a copy as I dont fancy second guessing starting it.

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    1. You can download instruction manuals from the core service link I posted at the end of my article.

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  30. After several years, are you still happy with it?

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    1. Hi Gary. As for my own experience, mine is still working fine. I keep the oil channels clear of oily dust after each use, don't leave petrol in it to stagnate, and slacken the oil filler cap after use which releases the pressure that causes the chain oil to leak during storage. I have replaced the chain with a new one off eBay, and I am completely happy with my saw. I used it last week to cut down some unwanted trees that had got out of hand in my garden and it is now back in storage, clean as a whistle.

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  31. This is really a nice article. I read this full article & came to know some important information. You are doing a great job, keep it up.

    Weed Eater Reviews

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  32. Hi,
    This has been a really useful blog for me, thanks very much.!
    I've just paid £12.00 for a used one of these, from eBay.
    It was 'spares or repair' & the seller said it won't 'turn-over' properly.
    Following the instruction in the user manual (downloaded through the link on here), I took out the spark plug & turned it over a few times. Put the plug back in, primed the fuel & it started after four pulls.
    It's running a bit rough, but everything seems to work OK, so I'll strip-down the chain-oiler & drain the fuel to ensure all is clean & operational with both systems.
    Seems like a real bargain at the minute.

    It'll be even better when I've bought some safety equipment & set-about some of the trees I need to prune.! (or perhaps remove.???)

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  33. I bought a aldi 41 cc chainsaw from aldi in cheltenham with 16 inch oregon chain and bar worked brilliant for 3 months running on aspen 4 and castrol fully synthetic.it then developed a severe fuel leak so sent it back to einhell in liverpool.looked like it wss coming from top of fuel tank where fuel pipes go through a rubber bung. Needed a new saw so i bought a husky 135 its build quality is out standing but then it is 100 pound dearer.iwill still keep the gardenline chainsaw when it is returned as its a decent saw for the price and with a 3 year warranty you cant really go wrong

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  34. Why is my new and only used twice 45cc chainsaw leaking petrol. And how do you get at the petrol tank to check where it is leaking.

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    1. Mine started leaking yesterday as I was refilling. I removed the air filter cover, engine cover, bar, brake and front handle. It allowed me to manoeuvre the rear of the assembly which includes the fuel tank. You can then check the fuel pipe. In this instance I could see that a bung had come adrift from the top of the fuel tank (presumably through vibration) and was rolling round inside the cover assembly. The bung is white plastic and has a black rubber seal around the bottom of it. The location of the hole is directly in line with the rear handle. Just needed a pair of long-nosed pliers and tip of screwdriver to refit.

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  35. I think, Technology has become our life easier. Chainsaw is the good creation for wood cutting, tree branches cutting, pruning etc. I love this tool which helps me to do all the cutting materials and save my time also

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  36. lOOKING FOR A WORKSHOP/REPAIR MANUAL FOR GARDENLINE gpcs46z

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  37. Oregon has always been a solid brand, this gas powered chainsaw is no different. Thanks for the review and overview.

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  38. Hi, I was wondering - what is your take on vegetable based bar oils?

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    1. My own input regarding bar (chain lube) oil is that I just buy whatever is available off the shelf at the supplier, no preference. Everything is still working well with my own saw.

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  40. bought the saw a while ago and have only had the need to use it now to fell some large yukkas and giant birds of paradise trees (~12' diameter). however when the bar gets about a quarter way through the cut it bogs down and the chain struggles to spin and almost stops. ive tried adjusting the carburator and also changed and sharpened the chain but to no avail. has anyone else had a problem like this??

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    1. I must say my saw still works like new every time I get it out. It's chain has been replaced and it revs up to speed after a short warm up. I never leave fuel in it and always start with fresh.
      What I would say is this saw is by no means a professional tool, and is probably best intended for occasional garden use, and I have never needed to cut any larger trunks than around 6" to 8" in diameter.

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