I'm agreeing too. My current saw is a Poulan Wild Thing which worked
great at first but oil pump went out. I had it repaired under warranty
and now out of warranty, I have to tie down the trigger to start it as
catch does not hold. My son bought one too and it failed after a few
months so he returned it to HD for refund (only good thing you can say
about box store products).
I'll never buy another product which says, "for occasional use only".
wrote Re Gasoline engine driven chain saw recommendation:
Been using mine for 20 years now.
Make sure you buy if from a dealer that also services the saws. You
probably won't need any service, but it's a good idea to support
dealers that can provide it.
Remington Chainsaws were made by Desa International prior to
In December of 2008 Desa International filed bankruptcy and
has since gone out of business.
During the spring of 2009 MTD purchased the Remington
Chainsaw assets from Desa.
I don't think the new ones will sound so vicious:
Sadly, anything with the MTD or Yardworks name tag is pretty poor
stuff today. I used to buy there stuff when it was made here in
Kitchener Ontario - but if they can't make it here, I'll buy whatever
I tried to sharpen with a file. I guess I just don't have the knack. My
brother used a harbor freight sharpener and it came out sharp. I always get
in trouble cutting stumps. I got a Husqvarna. Easiest starting thing I
have. Sharpness sure makes a difference. I got the supplied extra chain so
I can keep one sharp.
I have a couple of Echo saws that I bought 20+ years ago. The big one
is magnesium bodied and the little one is thick plastic. They are
great saws, and still run good, but they don't have as much power as
their cubic inches should deliver. Never did. The new ones at HD
look just as good as the old ones, but with the new EPA and CARB rules
I'd be afraid they would have lost even more power due to a
restrictive exhaust. Of course you could open that up... Also Echo
has a bad habit of discontinuing parts for their old saws. I could
understand dropping things like handles and housings, but there's no
excuse for ever discontinuing consumables like air cleaners.
I bought a Husqvarna 235e recently because it was on sale to cheap not
to buy it. ($150 new with a 16" bar, and I had a $20 coupon on top of
that) It does OK for what it is (lightweight "backup saw" for when I
don't want to drag out the big saw or it's in the shop or it's stuck
in a tree and I have to rescue it) but I couldn't recommend it. And I
don't think I'd buy anything with the Husky name on it unless it has
XP on the end of the model number.
If I were to buy a new saw (and didn't already have at least one good
one) I would seriously look at Sachs-Dolmar.
Whatever you get, plan on buying some new non-safety chain for it.
You wouldn't believe how much difference a "professional" chain makes
(like Oregon 91VXL or 72LPX, or Stihl or Carlton equivalents) and
chains are cheap if you order them off the Internet.
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