My son is planning to get a chainsaw. He wants gas powered. He and the D-I-L
are getting serious about a house with a lightly wooded lot. Since she works
at good old Home Depot she can get an employee discount. (don't bother
bashing HD, she knows, but a buck is a buck).
He is looking at the HD products. There is Echo, Poulan and Homelite. I told
him to look at Stihl. It is too many $$ for a them for home use.
How good is the Echo? It is priced higher than the other two. Is it worth
the difference? Are the other too just to cheap?
Opinions are solicited. Owner/user opinions will be worth more than the off
the cuff complaints and bitches that abound on this NG.
I can't speak to Homelite, but I know from experience that Echo and
Poulan are excellent quality. I have had a 18" Poulan chainsaw (branded
Craftsman) for about 6 years that I use many times a year. It still
starts on the first or second pull and cuts great. I have an Echo
string trimmer that I've had for 8 years. These things are "contractor
grade". The engine life is rated much longer than other manufacturers.
I calculated that my string trimmer engine will last 100 years at the
rate I'm using it. Definitely get an 18" chain saw. You'll need it. 16"
is just not enough.
McCullough is out of business but there are still units for sale. So,
whatever you consider, check for availability of repair parts first.
My HomeLite string trimmer is still going strong after 10 years.
I use Poulan Pro. As well as a Craftsman , which has actually been doing
quite well for its 10 year age, its made three log cabins and kept me in
firewood for those 10 years. All by itself, the Poulan is a smaller saw and
gets alot of use too.
I can't comment on the other two. But I have a 16 inch Homelite PS-33
which is reasonable quality. Not very powerful, but the once or twice
a year I use it, it's OK.
Please try to find a safety training course for them, if at all
possible. Folks really underestimate how dangerous chainsaws are. I
got my safety training from a couple old country boys, and it has
saved my life and limb.
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
I have a Poulan Wildthing, said for occassional use. Works fine but
oil pump gave out after about 5 hours. Fixed under warranty but I wish
I had returned it to Home Depot for another because going back and
forth to repair shop in boodocks that honored warranty was a pain.
IMO, the Stihl is the best value of the bunch. Buy it once and just keep
using it for many years.
Homelite is a good tool if the intended use is to cut two branches and
throw it away. That is what happened to mine. Worst piece of crap ever
made. OK, second worst. The Wagner spray gun is the absolute worst tool
Echo and Poulen are mediocre, but may serve their needs for light use.
bought a sears 14" bat chainsaw in 1988, cut plenty of trees down and up
with it, can still get parts for it from sears, many off the shelf in their
felling trees should only be done by qualified persons, and is still
dangerous for them, and some still get killed felling trees
Imho, the top two chainsaws are Stihl and Husky.
You can get a Husky 345 for around $240, and if they are on sale, free
They will last many X longer than the other brands available from HD and
Buy one good chainsaw now for $300.
Buy a cheapo and have to replace it in two or three years. In three years
or so, you have spent more than a good on would have cost in the first
Cheap chainsaws don't generally last. And the "expensive" ones don't cost
that much more for what you get.
I looked and looked and looked before buying my Husky 345 from Norwalk Power
Equipment. The saw was $237, but I got the safety hat, and other things
that bumped up the cost. They did include two free extra chains, and free
I love that saw, and know it will last many years.
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