Stihl TS410 vs Husqvarna K770
Husqvarna and Stihl are the market leaders for professional 12" disc cutters, also known as cut-off saws. Many landscapers and paving workers will be familiar with both brands and they are a common sight on construction sites of all sizes.
What many know as a 'Stihl saw' is a large power cutter with either a 12" or 14" blade guard, used for cutting bricks, blocks and concrete. Petrol is still the most popular fuel type, synonymous with the engine noise heard on site; but Husqvarna also make electric, hydraulic, pneumatic and battery powered disc cutters.
Here we will be looking at just the 12" versions, because the Stihl flagship saw is only available in 12".
Comparing the TS410 to the K770
The advantages of the Husqvarna K770 include more power and lower vibrations, but the TS410 is slightly lighter and quieter. Regulations and guidelines for construction tools are increasingly centred upon exposure to hand arm vibration (HAV), so the race is on to produce machines that have sufficient vibration-dampening, whilst maintaining high levels of power.
|Stihl TS410 12"||Husqvarna K770 12"|
|Vibration level m/s²||3.9||2.4|
|Sound pressure level dB(A)||98||101|
|Sound power level dB(A)||109||115|
|Blade diameter mm||300||300|
|Bore size mm||20||20|
|Cutting depth mm||100||100|
Husqvarna vs Stihl disc cutters
Whilst Husqvarna and Stihl both have several models of disc cutter on the market, the diversity of machines is much greater with Husqvarna. The most popular type of power saw is still the petrol type, and the vast majority of Stihl models are fuelled by petrol. However, the latest battery technology has reached the point where cordless disc cutters have comparable performance to the traditional models.
|Husqvarna Model||Powered By||Stihl Model||Powered By|
Husqvarna also have 110V and high frequency electric models which deliver a high level of power, as well as pneumatic and hydraulic models. Whatever the power source on site, you are sure to find a model of Husqvarna disc cutter for you.
The K770 also comes in different styles; OilGuard, Vac, Dry Cut and Rescue.
Alternatives to the K770 and TS410
Aside from the Husqvarna K770 and its predecessor the K760, another petrol Stihl saw alternative is the Makita EK6100; which is similar in spec to the Stihl but slightly less powerful. Beyond the 12" versions, Husqvarna also have the K970 which comes in 14" and 16" versions, as well as the 16" K1270.
What to look for in a disc cutter
When looking for a new power saw or disc cutter, there are a number of variables to look out for. As a power tool is an investment, it is worth considering factors such as user comfort, performance and safety; not just price.
Vibration levels, or Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) are increasingly important with construction machinery as more and more emphasis is placed on safety and comfort on site. The last few flagship models of disc cutter from Husqvarna have delivered amongst the lowest vibration levels on the market, with the K770 offering just 2.4 metres per second squared in both handles.
Another factor which is easily overlooked when choosing which brand of saw to purchase is servicing. Obtaining parts and after-sales advice on Husqvarna products is easy thanks to Husqvarna's comprehensive dealer network. There are several advantages to repairing and servicing existing machines rather than having to replace the machine every few years.