Tanaka TCS33EDTP/12 32.2cc 12-Inch Top Handle Chain Saw with Pure Fire Engine
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- 12-Inch top handle chain saw with 32.2cc commercial grade pure fire engine to provide a clean, powerful performance with less fuel consumption
- Half throttle choke with purge primer bulb for easy start and warm up
- Automatic gear-driven oiler and a side access chain tensioning providing quick and convenient chain adjustment
- Sprocket nose bar with Oregon chain provides added control for easier cuts
- Comes with a 7-year consumer, 2-year commercial and 1-year rental warranty
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|Item Dimensions||11.8 x 15.4 x 11.2 inches|
|Item Weight||11.9 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||TCS33EDTP12|
|Shipping Weight||12.15 pounds|
|Special Size Type||12" Bar Length|
The Tanaka TCS33EDTP/12 32.2cc 12-Inch Top Handle Chain Saw with Pure Fire Engine was built for the commercial user for pruning, shaping and hobby work. The TCS33EDTP/12 features a 32.2cc 2-stroke commercial grade Pure Fire engine that provides clean, powerful performance with less fuel consumption. Tanaka's Pure Fire engine is an innovative two-stroke engine, that produces ultra-low emissions without the need for special or additional internal moving parts. The sprocket nose bar with Oregon chain provides added control for easier cuts. The TCS33EDTP/12 is also simple to operate with an automatic gear-driven oiler and a side access chain tensioning providing quick and convenient chain adjustment. Other features include a half throttle choke with purge primer bulb for easy start and warm up, easy access to rear air filter, anti-vibration system for user comfort, built-in lanyard ring for easy climbing and an outstanding power-to-weight ratio reducing fatigue and resulting in higher productivity. Depending upon user preference, an optional 14-inch bar and chain are available. The Tanaka TCS33EDTP/12 32.2cc 12-Inch Top Handle Chain Saw with Pure Fire Engine comes with a 7-year consumer, 2-year commercial and 1-year rental warranty. Tanaka Power Equipment provides professional-grade power tools for a variety of applications, including woodwork, metalwork, concrete, drilling, cutting and fastening. Since its inception, Tanaka has pioneered innovative technologies that have improved the quality of craftsmanship worldwide. Tanaka is a leader in power tool research and development and has achieved many firsts in the power tool industry. Today, Tanaka continues the tradition of innovation and engineering with new features in addition to classic quality.
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This review is for everyone else. This saw is a pro-grade climbing saw. That is basically why top handle saws exist. I also know some older guys that like them on the ground for the extreme difference in weight. This saw starts easily hot, warm or cold, and has excellent power for a 14 inch bar. It will run the entire 14 inches with sufficient power. Like all of the newer saws, it lacks the bottom end torque from idle, meaning if you are going to run it 1 handed with the chain resting on the wood, it struggles to start the chain some. Other than that, I have not been disappointed. You should use 2 hands anyway.
Update: This is my favorite chainsaw. :)
While I did not buy it on Amazon.com (could have and probably should have because it's cheaper than where I did buy it), I recommend this saw for in-tree work or general firewood cutting for the ocassional user (which I'm not). I owned an older model Stihl Arborists saw rhat was finally wore out from getting used daily for 10 years, dropped from trees and banged around in the truck tool box. I replaced the old Stihl with the newest model Arborist saw, to the tune of over 600 bucks. Took it out on a job and was supremely disapointed with it's lack of power. You want a saw that makes serious RPM and has some guts when you are up in a tree, doing pruning work or a takedown, not the time for a woosey chainsaw which the new Stihl is.
It went back to my local supplier and I replaced it with the Tanaka TCS 33 (14" Oregon roller nose bar, Labeled 'Tanaka'). I could almost buy 3 of these compared to what one Stihl costs and I was skeptical in as much as Tanaka is a wholly owned subsidary of Makita but Tanaka is made in China and I'm not fond of China anything. My fears of a quality lacking chainsaw were unfounded. It is well put together, ergonomics are excellent as well as balance. Not the atypical Chinese edition, there is apparent quality control in this saw.
This little saw pulls a 14" roller nose bar (with lo-pro narrow kerf chain), no issue in maple, oak and walnut. Softwood is no issue at all. It has a hard chrome cylinder bore and forged connecting rod (typical industry standard in a chainsaw today) and a primer bulb built into left side cover that 'juices' the carb for a quicker cold start. Fuel and oil capacity is adequate for a saw this size and the caps are color coded so you don't put chain oil in the fuel tank (bad deal).
Starts 3rd pull cold with half throttle lock and choke, one pull hot (important when you are 50 feet off the ground).
Certainly not a bucking saw. The saw lacks the power and the bar is too short but for limbing and ocassional firewood cutting, you can't beat it plus the warranty is the best in the business, 7 years consumer / 3 years commercial / 1 year rental
Now for the negative aspects. The chain brake is integreted into the right side cover, a royal PITA to change loops or remove the bar and clean the oil ports and chain rails. The bar fixing capscrew is a single nut, I prefer 2 for rigidity and safety and the lanyard loop is fixed instead of rotating (something thats important when the saw is tethered to you up in a tree. Finally, the bar oiler is non-adjustable and it seems to be putting out quite a bit of oil on the chain, not a bad thing in as much as I buy chain oil in 5 gallon jugs, but it could be messy at some point. Never use used motor oil in a chain saw, it don't have the film thickness to properly lubricate the chain against the bar surface, always use chainsaw, bar specific oil. A minor negative is the chain catcher under the side cover. It's wimpy. Pop a chain off the bar at speed (easy to do if you don't watch the chain tension and set it properly) and the chain will eat the side cover in a blink of an eye. Finally, the mixture screws for the carb are non-adjustable which is typical for an emissions compliant small engine, but I prefer to be able to set the mixture as conditions change.
The saw is very well balanced and can be operated one handed (not recommended but often necessary when up in a tree. In a lot of ways this saw reminds me of an early McCollugh Arborists saw without the annoying hot start vapor lock that McCollugh's and small model Stihls are noted for
Those are the only negatives I can see and I'm using the heck out of this one and plan on buying at least one more in the very near future. I'll stay with Stihl's for heavy bucking but this Tanaka will be my in tree/limbing saw from now on. I advise picking up a spare bar (Oregon Roller Nose) and chain loop or two when you purchase the saw. Stick with the stock 325 Lo-Pro, Narrow Kerf chain and you'll be happy.
Highly recommended for a homeowner/ocassional user saw and recommended for in tree trimming. takedown's with commercial tree operations.
I reset the tension and checked the tension by manually rotating the chain around the bar - and I noticed that the chain would get tight and loose and tight and loose - over and over again. I then noticed that the bar sprocket was VERY off-center. So a defective bar was included with this new saw - very poor quality control in my opinion.
I have contacted Tanaka - We'll see what their solution for this brand new unusable saw is. What a pain in the rear!
The most gas chain saws are too heavy, and electric ones are cumbersome w cord . highly recommend this item. I have Hitachi lawn trimmer that always starts at the first pull, and I was looking for another gas power equipment by them, and I am glad I found this Hitachi one.
Update: its been almost a year since ive had the chainsaw. Its my everyday use chainsaw due to its size and dependability. I use nothing but the expensive fuel from lowes. I keep it sharp and remove fuel and oil at the end of the day. Never had an issue, love this saw, its my favorite. I also own a Husqvarna, Makita, and Craftsman. Craftman not so great. Do yourself a favor and learn how to use a saw and how to do all the upkeep, youtube it. Most issues you could have with, not just a saw, but anything are user errors! I messed up my Craftsman as it was my first saw and I knew nothing about saws, then again it was a craftsman.