Tanaka Chainsaw (TCS33EDTP/12) Review
Editor Rating: 4.4/5
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: November 21, 2017
Quite a bit of people struggle to find the best-suiting power tool for themselves. While buying one seems pretty easy, the reality is different. There are plenty of things you should think about before opting for a particular model in order to find the one that’s going to fulfill your needs and requirements. To avoid overpaying, take a moment and check out our review. We are here to offer enough insight into the capabilities of a particular unit so that you don’t have to waste time looking for relevant data on the Internet. If you’re struggling with maintaining the backyard in good condition, this model is for you. Shrubbery, trees, branches, and bushes are a piece of cake for this machine. It’s also affordable, easy to use, and most importantly – it’s a trustworthy piece of equipment.
- Cylinder displacement – 32.2 cc
- Power – 1.6 HP
- Weight – 11.9 pounds
- Side chain tensioning
- Easy start
- Premium anti-vibration
Tanaka TCS33EDTP12 – The Basics
When it comes to compactness, ease of use, and longevity, this particular model might be one of the optimal solutions. Its quality-to-price ratio is among the most favorable on the market. Its 1.6HP motor does output more than enough power for small backyard projects and tasks, but it might struggle with bigger trees. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not capable of cutting through dense trees, even though the manufacturer doesn’t recommend it. It’s a good tool for DIYers and hobbyists. The professionals will probably skip it due to its lack of power and torque. On the other hand, if you’re an occasional user, this unit will certainly be of good use. The design is great, safety features are up to standards, and the overall efficiency allows you to use it without thinking about fuel consumption, vibrations, and more.
The design is quite innovative and very user-friendly. In simpler words, even if you never had any experience with chainsaws, this one won’t be much of an obstacle. As far as the compactness goes, Tanaka made it easy for consumers to pay attention to fuel levels, oil, and other important elements during use. As we said, one of the things that make this unit worth investing in is the premium anti-vibration feature. The hand grip is cushioned with a thick layer of serrated rubber which is responsible for minimizing the vibration output. Needless to say, they have done a great job with it, and you can rest assured that this chainsaw doesn’t cause as much fatigue as some other models on the market. The motor consists of a chrome-plated cylinder with a steel connecting rod. As you can tell, it’s made to last for a long time as long as you maintain it in good condition on a regular basis. On the other hand, chain tensioning is not tool-less like in some other units, but it’s not a massive disadvantage, especially for this kind of portability and efficiency.
One of the first things people ask when safety is in question is – “How is the kickback?” Expectedly, this model features low-kickback, and it can be considered absolutely safe. The hand grip is easy to hold, and it doesn’t slip even under wet conditions. However, it’s recommended that you read the user manual regardless of your previous experience just to make sure everything is set up correctly and safely. Also, don’t forget to wear safety glasses and work gloves at all times while using this machine!
Doesn’t do well with particularly large pieces of wood
What we liked about it
There are plenty of things we liked about this machine. First of all, it is one of the most compact we have reviewed. It’s well-designed, and everything is within reach at all times. Even though it doesn’t feature a tool-less mechanism, it’s not hard to maintain it in good condition with only a couple of additional tools such as screwdrivers and wrenches. The other thing we couldn’t ignore is the price. Although it doesn’t indicate the level of quality, you can draw some conclusions based on its price. One of those conclusions is that it’s an affordable, user-friendly power tool suitable for most devoted hobbyists who are looking for an everyday tool that alleviates the hassles of cutting with a manual saw.
What we didn’t like
Some people complained about the lack of an oil screw. While it’s not a massive drawback, it’s definitely worth mentioning. On the other hand, no one complained about the oiling mechanism which constantly lubricates the chain while the machine is in use. Overheating has also been mentioned by a few users. It’s not a frequent occurrence, but you should keep it in mind. Once the machine overheats, it won’t be able to start for a while. It usually needs a couple of minutes to cool off and restart.
General user impressions
DIYers love this machine. It’s a great model for a pretty reasonable amount of money. Therefore, there is no reason to skip it unless it doesn’t fulfill your requirements. In other words, if you’re looking for a beast that’s going to cut a massive poplar, you might want to keep looking because this chainsaw is not designed to cope with large projects. However, when it comes to pruning and trimming, we are more than happy to recommend the Tanaka TCS33EDTP12.
If you’re looking for an affordable machine that is easy to use and maintain in good condition – go ahead and consider checking this one out. It offers more than enough features for occasional users as well as some professionals. Even though it’s not designed for professional use, it can cope with some more demanding tasks. The biggest drawback people mention when this unit is in question is its country of origin. It’s made in China which triggers a suspicion about quality control and overall longevity of a product. You can rest assured that this model does its job quite well, regardless of where it has been assembled. On top of that, you’ll also get a warranty and a chance to return the item back if you don’t find it useful enough.