Shindaiwa 488

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  • 8 years of reliability down under

    Jun 30, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: reliability,easy start, came with a carry case which has helped protect the saw.
    Cons: seems hungry on bar lube

    Summary: I've owned my Shindaiwa 488 chainsaw for more than 8 years. I live way down in the southern most part of New Zealand - a place called Gore, Southland - Burt Munroe would know where it is! Anyway where we live we battle six months of some of the worst ... read more

  • greatest thing since sliced bread

    Jan 8, 2010 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: very reliable, lots of torque, affordable, and lasts.
    Cons: likes bar and chain oil.

    Summary: The one i can say about this saw is its tough my brother ran ours over with the D4 dozer bent the bar and broke the spark plug put a new one on ran like a champ. it is reliable and runs great after buying one about 8 yrs ago we have purchased ... read more

  • Best saw in class

    Apr 4, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ease of use, smooth vibration free, my customers love them.
    Cons: Will flood if you over use the choke.

    Summary: I bought my first 488 12 years ago for our rental fleet. I had never heard of the Shindaiwa brand, however I had a great relationship with the distributing company and took their word it was a good product. They were wrong, this a GREAT saw, the ... read more

  • Trouble with bar.

    Jun 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Strong motor.
    Cons: Bar is sub-standard

    Summary: The agency that I work for purchased a Shindaiwa 488 because our boss heard that it was top of the line. From the first moment that we took it out of the box we had problems with the bar. For some reason the bar would pinch on the chain causing it to ... read more

  • Great Saw

    Jun 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy starting and tough
    Cons: the bar seems to wear quickly

    Summary: I was actually looking at buying a new chainsaw from the local Wal Mart when the Shindaiwa 488 was given to me by a friend. My friend had moved to town and no longer had a use for it. He told me this saw would out last all those others 10 to 1. He was ... read more

  • This Bad Boy Cuts

    Jan 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Solid piece of equipment
    Cons: Buzzing, vibrating sound during idle

    Summary: I got this saw even though I'd never heard of the brand before. I went to buy a Stihl but the salesman convinced me that the Shindaiwa was just as good and happened to be on a close out. I got it for $250 instead of buying a comparable Stihl for about ... read more

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  • Excellent Saw

    Feb 8, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Dependable, good on gas, cuts quickly
    Cons: None

    Summary: I have owned the 488 for about 5 years. I have not had any problems with it. I like the way it handles and I like the way it feels in my hands. It cuts quickly and I see no decrease in performance if I use it in the hot summer or the cold of winter. ... read more

  • This is a great saw!

    Jan 10, 2005 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Powerful and easy to start. Automatic bar oiler. Good balance
    Cons: None

    Summary: I have owned my Shindaiwa 488 for 18 months. It is easy to start and is very powerful. It never bogs down even when the blade is buried in a log. Mine is equipped with a 16 inch bar. ... read more

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