Like a number of best selling chainsaws right now, the primary selling point of the Blue Max 6595 appears to be its price to power ratio. It promises an 18 inch saw. It promises a 45 CC engine. And yet it’s on sale for $129.
Unfortunately, aside from its price to power ratio, there is absolutely no reason to buy this chainsaw. Unless, that is, you like shouting at power tools. If that’s the case, this is pretty much the only logical choice. It literally comes with curse words attached.
Still, read this review anyway if you’re bored. Read this, this, or this, if you’re looking for something to actually cut wood.
First impressions of the 6595 were positive. It’s lighter than it should be given its class and it’s a nice looking machine (irrelevant I know). Unfortunately, my second impression was less so. The instructions are text only i.e. there’s not a diagram in sight.
For me, this isn’t a problem. For the first time chainsaw user, however, it definitely would be. And considering the cost of a couple of diagrams, I just don’t get it.
Before I talk about performance, I want to note that the 6595 has some ridiculous usability problems. Rather than get the two points mixed up, I’m going to spend this section ignoring them completely.
In other words, this section is about what the tool can do when it’s not trying to annoy you.
I used the 6595 for about three weeks and found that despite its low weight, it more than lives up to the manufacturers claims about what it can and cannot cut.
As mentioned previously, the 6595 is equipped with a 45CC engine and an 18 inch guidebar. And as a result, professionals aside, it has all the power that you’re likely to need.
I tested it on the following tasks:
- Logs: Far more power than you’ll ever need.
- Stumps: I tested the 6595 on two stumps, measuring approximately 15 and 25. Again, it had the power to make quick work of either jobs.
- Hedge Trimming: Low weight, long guidebar and 45 CC engine. When it works, you could probably cut the entire hedge down in a matter of minutes.
- Branches: Similar to hedge trimming, it’s pretty much ideal for any kind of branch that the average user will come across. The 6595 is both fast and accurate.
Here’s where things take a turn for the worst. Despite owning it for less than a month, I have experienced the following three problems:
- Ridiculous chain tension: The single biggest problem with 6595 is the blade adjustment system. For every hour that I used this tool, I spent at least ten minutes adjusting the chain. For a start, it’s fidgety to use and completely inaccurate. The difference between too tight and too loose appears to be chosen randomly at the flip of a coin. And secondly, once you finally get the chain tension right, it slowly changes, again, at apparently random intervals. The result is a chainsaw that I found largely unusable.
- Chainsaw won’t start because it’s too hot: This is a regular occurrence that caused me to stop work at least 5 times. The fix is simple, let it cool down. But it’s wasted time regardless. Depending on the weather, cooling time can take anywhere from five to fifteen minutes.
- Oil leakage: Nothing major but something that I’m not comfortable with regardless. Small oil stain every time I leave it down somewhere for more than a few days.
Every manufacturer sends out the occasional dud. But even a quick look at customer reviews shows that my problems were far from unique. It currently stands at 3.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.
Looking at the numbers, this basically says that 60% of buyers were happy with their purchase and 40% were not.
This leads me to conclude that either Blue Max has massive quality control problems or that most of the positive reviews were written hastily before the problems occurred. Neither option suggest that this tool should be purchased.
Haven’t and won’t be using this tool long enough to judge. Multiple reviews claim near immediate breakdown. No positive reviews (that I could find) that mention long term usage. I wouldn’t expect much.
Blue Max are not a big name in the chainsaw industry. And if the 6595 is anything to by, they don’t deserve to be. It’s light, it’s relatively cheap given it’s power and guidebar length. Aside from that, there’s little reason to consider it, let alone buy it.
There’s hundreds of chainsaws on the market. And there is absolutely no reason to buy this one. If you have your heart set on it, you can see similar complaints by clicking the link below.