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Tanaka?
« on: September 26, 2021, 05:33:12 PM »
A local dealer just started carrying these.  Looks like a top handle climber and a couple of 40-50CC rear handle saws.  Handled the 50CCish one, and the ergos compare favorably to the Big 3 models of similar size. He's working on getting a demo model so I may get to try one out. We have a couple of Tanaka gas powered drills in service with our linemen at work from before battery tech got good enough to reliably drill 3/4" holes in a utility pole, and they seem pretty bulletproof.

Anybody know about the quality of Tanaka chainsaws in terms of cutting performance and durability?
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Re: Tanaka?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2021, 07:41:48 PM »
Looking them up online, the warranty looks good, but I saw a comment of parts being hard to get for a non chainsaw product. Appears to be made in China. A quick check on amazon says the price is about the same as echo. That being the case, I'd go with echo. It's a known quantity, and a fairly big player in the chainsaw market, so they should be around awhile with good parts availability.

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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2021, 08:56:38 PM »
The drills we had are made in Japan, but some more looking says the components are mostly made in China.

Was mostly just curious about them.  I do love my Echo, and when my Jred finally crosses the rainbow bridge, an Echo will likely replace it.
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2021, 10:00:31 PM »
Had to double check the date to make sure this thread wasn't 30 years old. Tanaka used to be a player. Early leader in the pro trimmer and backpack blower market. Good quality back then. Slogan was "You can't knock a Tanaka". Bought by Ariens CO. and screwed up like most buy outs. Largest saw was the 60 something CC 655? (would like to find one for the collection) But the Tanaka ship sailed a long, long time ago.
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2021, 04:15:20 PM »
Oh man.....those early Tanaka gas powered drills!!! If decent rechargeable drills & batteries hadn't come out, I'd still be using them in my fencing business. Building livestock fence and using Tanaka's was like a rite of passage..........yeah and I'm old now.;D

I gotta believe it was the rechargeable's that killed that type of tool.....Ariens buying them out didn't help anything.

If you Goggle it, Tanaka didn't shut their plant until 2021. I have no idea what they still marketed at that point. No doubt it was Chinese manufacture.

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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2021, 09:31:33 PM »
I do have a 1.75HP Free air Tanaka outboard motor.  It sounds like a chainsaw and runs when it wants to.  The gravity sediment trap type fuel filter rotted away many years ago, so I just bypassed it and run a spliced line.  Thought I had the bugs worked out of it this summer, then I ended up paddling the square stern canoe instead when the recoil broke (that is repairable with improvised parts).  I think I had the fuel system figured out at the time though.
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2021, 02:33:42 AM »
I do have a 1.75HP Free air Tanaka outboard motor.  It sounds like a chainsaw and runs when it wants to.  The gravity sediment trap type fuel filter rotted away many years ago, so I just bypassed it and run a spliced line.  Thought I had the bugs worked out of it this summer, then I ended up paddling the square stern canoe instead when the recoil broke (that is repairable with improvised parts).  I think I had the fuel system figured out at the time though.
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2021, 04:49:07 AM »
I do have a 1.75HP Free air Tanaka outboard motor.  It sounds like a chainsaw and runs when it wants to.  The gravity sediment trap type fuel filter rotted away many years ago, so I just bypassed it and run a spliced line.  Thought I had the bugs worked out of it this summer, then I ended up paddling the square stern canoe instead when the recoil broke (that is repairable with improvised parts).  I think I had the fuel system figured out at the time though.
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Re: Tanaka?
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2021, 05:58:43 AM »
Except maybe an airplane...


Dunno, when a plane engine quits, you are 100% sure to make it back to Earth. Where and in how many pieces might vary. :o
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Re: Tanaka?
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2021, 08:20:15 AM »
You used to hear that name but it's been a long time ago .One poster on this site used to brag them up but he's been absent for some time .I've never seen one myself .

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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2021, 10:12:54 AM »
I do have a 1.75HP Free air Tanaka outboard motor.  It sounds like a chainsaw and runs when it wants to.  The gravity sediment trap type fuel filter rotted away many years ago, so I just bypassed it and run a spliced line.  Thought I had the bugs worked out of it this summer, then I ended up paddling the square stern canoe instead when the recoil broke (that is repairable with improvised parts).  I think I had the fuel system figured out at the time though.
I have a 4.5 Johnson for my square back canoe. Haven't used either in 15yrs. Was always stored vertical, but has been horizontal for the last five yrs. I'd buy a 55gal drum and rig it to run in that before taking it anywhere....after inspecting seals.

Best, economic trolling motor ever! I have the remote tank setup I installed in it when new. Five gal up in the front of the canoe and you could travel up rivers for a week.

Never had any other Tanaka except the gas drill, so I'm ignorant of their other products.

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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2021, 11:21:46 AM »
The dealership I was with had Tanaka but only sold the lawn edger, gas drill, and ice auger. Nobody else came close in performance and reliability but they sure weren't cheap. The two stroke lawn edger was discontinued due to EPA regulations, there was a feeding frenzy among the landscape contractors to get the last ones. They were reintroduced a couple of years later.
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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2021, 11:35:45 AM »
I went on eBay to see what their going price for a running Tanaka gas drill was;$250. That doesn't mean they'll get that of course.

That's crazy money for an extinct gas powered drill....kinda like some chainsaw prices....! 8)

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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2021, 01:48:29 PM »
I had a Tanaka gas drill years ago that I had bought on a power company surplus auction. Used it around the farm for different jobs for years. Sold it when the cordless tools got more powerful. I never saw any Tanaka chain saws in this area. 

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« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2021, 08:14:12 PM »
Yeah, exactly. When the rechargeable drills hit 18 volts and beyond with big, long working batteries.....gas powered drills became a thing of the past except maybe with linemen.

I'd pick one up if it was cheap....$200+ is not cheap for something extinct/used. 

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« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2021, 09:53:29 PM »
Tanaka saws always reminded me of Echo products. Both were based in Japan. All of the Tanaka saw I had were the older ones and they performed well for me, but I haven't used any of the new stuff they are making

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« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2021, 06:31:34 PM »
I believed they too had been bought by Husqvarna - saw some red Tanaka hedgetrimmers with Jonsered stickers on a few years ago.


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