32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2008
This saw is made by Dolmar Sachs in Germany.It is a detuned version of Dolmars 5100 Saw that has become a favorite of pros. the saw has a chrome cylinder great anti vibration system.it also meets 300 hr emission standards.this saw has a great power to weight ratio and will cut cut as fast as any other premium saw on the market.the chain that comes with it cuts Ok.I replaced the chain with a full chisel woodland pro chain (9.95 At Baileys forestry supply)and the saw cut much better.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2008
I was looking for a saw that approached the quality of a professional-level machine, since it became evident as I attempted to clean up after Hurricane Ike that my small gas and electric homeowner saws were not up to the task. I selected the DCS510-18 because it was avaiable through Prime, touted its low vibration and high power-to-weight ratio, and it was branded by Makita. I knew the quality of their products, but wasn't aware of Makita making non-electric power tools. I gambled to an extent that they would not tarnish their brand by selling subpar products, even if manufactured by others.
The saw lives up to the power and vibration promises, and is almost elegant in its appearance, like one would picture a chainsaw made by BMW. I found that German elegance was not a false impression in the very useful first review written for this saw. I'm writing my own review as much to praise that first reviewer for the very useful information he provided as to address the quality of the Makita chainsaw. He identified the actual manufacturer and model number, and provided some very useful suggestions - which I have followed - to optimize the saw's operation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2012
I looked at all the previous reviews and was somewhat hesitant at first with so many people saying they were having starting issues but I'm glad i read the 4 and 5 star reviews because they cleared up what other people were "having trouble with". Followed these simple instructions only use 91+ octane gas AND when starting: Set choke to closed and pull until you hear it prrbt prrbt, then set choke to open and my saw as started on the first or second pull every time. JUST like you would any other 2-cycle gas operated weed eater, blower, etc.
As for the performance, I'm floored. The saw made quick work of my birch, maple, cherry, and poppler trees. The popplers being 75' and 2'5+ at the base. A simple and methodical rocking motion on the larger diameters and it was through it in no time. Like other reviewers the one flaw is the low kickback blade. It seemed to dull faster than was expected for only coming into contact with wood(never the ground). However a fast remedy for this is go and buy a quality oregon or Stihl blade and your saw will be cutting faster and longer than any other comparable saw out there.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2010
I was looking for a medium duty chainsaw similar in quality to the other two name brand European saws. Makita bought Dolmar in 1991, and the saw is still "Made in Germany" -- as listed right on the label. Dolmar invented the gas chainsaw in 1927. It is a quality product, well made with an elegant appearance. In all aspects an identical twin of the Dolmar PS-510 -- except in the Makita trademark color. The saw runs well, but like all chainsaws, needs to be setup correctly, and maintained that way. You also need to know how to start and operate a two-stroke engine -- one review in this section gives it a "one star" because it is supposedly hard to start. Not really, it starts like any other two stroke engine, and it's temperamental and susceptible to flooding just like any other two stroke -- and once flooded, you can spend a half hour or a day, but it won't start until you dry out the plug.
The drill is simple, but must be followed, and when done correctly, it will start on the first or second "ignition on" pull. Make sure you're on the choke position when cold, follow the directions on the pulls until you hear it trying to start. Once. Once only. Then, STOP IMMEDIATELY, and switch to "on," give it another pull, and it starts. That simple. Absolutely. But, if you keep trying to crank on choke, and it will flood. You then you either wait a few hours, or you clean the plug -- just like on your old Kawasaki 750 triple. Sachs has been making engines for 100 years -- they know how to build a two stroke and what a two stroke should run like. Also, don't mess with the carb adjustments unless you know what you're doing. This saw has enough features/adjustments for the pro, but if you follow the directions, anyone can use it.
Two nitpicks: (1) Make sure the plug wire is seated when you set the machine up -- mine wasn't, but something you should do when you check over the saw before starting the first time. (2) The Makita manual refers to a decompression button -- which the saw does not have -- the German version manual makes no mention of this button, so don't keep looking for one; you can use the rest of the cold start procedure fine without one. Just skip the button part.
Otherwise, great saw -- fantastic acceleration and RPMs to cut through oak -- crosscuts and rip cuts -- which is what I've been using it for. Five stars -- all quality!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2013
Have owned this saw for about 9 months and couldn't be happier. Bought through Amazon and was much cheaper than comparable saws from Stihl or Husqvarna. Never had a problem with starting, like the balance and weight, rips through logs with ease, what's not to like?
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2011
I have operated a Makita DCS-510 for two years now & in my opinion it is one of the best 50cc chainsaw on the market even comparing to Stihl & Husqvarna. I own two houses & we burn thru 3-4 cords of firewood a year for each house, so needless to say I use my chainsaws alot. I have Stihl MS-660R, MS460R, MS361, Husqvarna 262xp & Makita DCS-510 in my arsenal & this little DCS-510 is my favorite 50cc saw.
Makita is the parent company that owns Dolmar which is the oldest chainsaw manufacture in the world ! DCS-510 is the same exact saw as the Dolmar PS-510 which is red/black, needless to say it is a top notch quality saw built on a time proven platform.
If anyone is having trouble starting this saw then you are not operating it correctly !! It's a 2-stroke ! So as soon as you hear the slightest "burp/sputter" with the choke in "full" position, flip that switch over to "run" immediately & keep on pulling otherwise you risk flooding the carburetor. This saw almost always starts within 3-4 pulls for me & I've never had a situation where it takes more than 6 pulls.
The "chain" was very dissapointing!! Makita supplied the saw w/ a very low quality, low kick-back type of chain that didn't last me 10 fire logs before becoming dull. To make the matter worse, it is a 64 link (.050 gauge x 3/8 pitch) while most 18" chain on the market has 66 links. Consequently, a standard 18" chain off the shelf won't work on this saw if you ever need a replacement chain.
My suggestion is take the original bar to your local Stihl dealer & have them cut you a couple high quality Stihl chain which are made out of tempered Swiss steel, Stihl is famous for their saw chains & lots of professionals rely on their durability & ability to hold it's "edge".
After acquired 3x 64 link custom cut Stihl chains($51 is all), this little Makita is transformed into a screaming, merciless cutting machine ! While I use my big Stihl's for falling big trees & bucking logs, I always grab the Makita for cutting logs into firewood size. I find myself picking up this Makita more often than my Stihl MS361 because the Makita is lighter & easier to manuver but it's only a little bit slower.
I would definately buy another DCS-510 if this one ever wears out. It is a highly functional & reliable little saw built w/ German craftsmanship backed by German engineering & you get a lot of saw for the money.
Don't let the hard starting reviews discourage you from buying one. By not pulling more than 2x in the full choke mode you won't flood the carbureter & starting it will be the same as any other chainsaw.
Word to the wise: "Do Not" follow manufactur suggested fuel to oil ratio of 50:1 for the following reason. Our latest EPA compliant gasoline now has higher concentration of ethanol than ever. Consequently 50:1 no longer provide sufficient lubrication. I mix exactly 3.1 oz of 2-cycle oil per gallon of gasoline which yield a 42:1 mixture. You may have to change out the spark plug ($2 part) after 40 hrs instead of 50hrs due to a more oily fuel, but the cylinder & piston will last much longer from the additional lubrication.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2012
great saw! bigtme power and ease of handling. just follow directions (no decomp valve?) and it starts fast and easy. my neighbor who spend years as an arborist loves it.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2010
There are plenty of people out there that will tell you this saw starts easily and then they will quote you directions on how to start a 2 stroke.
Thanks. I have plenty of 2-stroke motors in my garage that start just fine and the 1 that came with this saw simply sucks.
Regurgitation of the user manual is all fine and good if the saw "tries to start". If it never does (mine has done it once since I've owned it for 5 months), you're stuck with a flooded and useless saw.
My guess is that there are saws sent out by Dolmar/Makita that "try to start" on the 2nd or 3rd pull every time and then there are the few that never work this way, like mine.
You might get lucky. You might not.
on February 17, 2013
I just finished cutting up a 40 inch diameter pecan tree that fell and the makita dsc510-20 eat it up like candy. This saw is fantastic. Light, very little vibration, powerful and easy to start. Don't pay any attention to those few who can't start the saw. This saw is a man's machine for serious work and if you can't muster enough strength to pull the starter with enough forch to start the saw you probably should not be using the saw anyway for fear of hurting yourself. I am an average size 47 year old man at 5-7 and 190 lbs who works as an attorney by profession and I have no trouble starting the saw. Yes it takes some force to start the saw but it is 50cc of raw power. Girls and lightweights should probably but an electric saw. I absolutly recommend this fine saw to anyone wanting a profesional grade power tool.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2010
My husband had a Homelite for many years, but it finally died. We had gotten a Poulan to replace it, thinking it was a fairly common namebrand, but found the saw was not that great. After about a year it completely died, so we started researching something different. I saw all 4-5 star ratings on this saw and thought it was an option. When I showed my husband the info, he said "I didn't know Makita made chainsaws" (a comment that has become repetative with all of his buddies that see and hear about his new Makita saw). Seeing all the excellent reviews and looking into other brands, we decided on this saw. It was a little pricier than I had intended to spend, but those reviews hooked me in! We have since had multiple trees taken down in the yard (8 on the last run) and he was excited about how well it worked and how easy it made his task of cutting up these trees. He has helped some of his friends cut trees in their yards, and they have also been impressed with the saw's performance. I waited awhile to write the review to make sure that I still felt positive about it, and I still do after almost a year. Bottom Line: I HIGHLY reccommend this saw for anyone who needs a chainsaw for more than a few cuts here and there. Definitely able to handle a decent size workload!