Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 19
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tim I would call this an arborist saw.
The only thing I would gripe about is that there is no spike nor any way to install one. These top handle units are for the arborist. The Hitachi is all ways ready to start and runs great, there is a rope loop on its back end so is very easy to go up a tree. Nice little saw!!!
September 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BLUEMIDGET Saw other reviewer could not find chain for this saw...
Just google ''BUY CHAINSAW CHAIN 91VG-52''
Since I bought this 14'' Hitachi on last years daily deal I have not taken my 18'' STIHL saw out of its case. It wall take a big tree for me to have to get it out since so far this has handled everything I have thrown at it. No it does not have the brute force my STIHL has and at first I was trying to push the Hitachi through the limbs etc and that does not work.. But once I learned to just let it cut at its own pace it worked great. Very easy to start and stays running with not problems.. It took a little serching but I found a great little tool box for it to go in so if anyone else is interested I will post the info.
April 23, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Budhah nice little saw. But leaks gas
Saw is nice for the price $160 but it leaks gas when setting, and the spike bar is missing, also hard to find on the internet.. It is also smoking on the sproket side. Of course we cut up 10 long slim pine trees from 10-16 inches, and up to 30foot long.This from a storm that went thru here. Chopped them up into 30Inch lengths,,, Will say the chain is really sharp. and not much stretch in it up till now. The motor is a bit on the weak side, or the clutch will lelt the chain stop easily,, Cannot push this saw even a little,, It will cut at it's own speed.
September 18, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rattlesden Crazy instructions
We would rate this a 5 star had the instructions been more clear. We found that a couple of written instructions were a bit backwards. The chain brake, for instance, was supposed to be in one position to start the saw. Turns out, that was backward.
Once we got the starting procedure down, the rest was great. Easy to handle, lightweight, durable, and consistent.
We would definitely recommend this saw...great value for the $$$. We've tried some others and they do not hold up...
February 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TheBluesManMudcat Light and Efficient Chain Saw
O.K. let me start by telling you that my former chain saw was an electric (AC) type. Compared to that this is a dream come true. First time I tried to use it could not start it. Just ignorant on how to work the tool. Got a tutorial at home depot from the tools rental associate who started it after fixing the flooding problem. After that it was cake,
I've only used it to take down some small trees and cut them up for the trash collector, All has gone well so far but have only used it for a week,
June 19, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Lonzo High quality but hard to start when it gets hot.
Saw performs its job after you get it started. Must pull 10-15 times to initially get it started and won't start after a certain point when it gets hot, ie. after using it about 45 minutes. But it starts O.K. the next day. I have not tried fiddling with the adjusting screws which are easily accessible. It seems heavy after filling with gas and bar oil, but maybe I am not strong enough. Otherwise, I am very satisfied. The chain is still sharp after cutting a lot of large tree limbs.
June 12, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by genmil A keeper, if you have patience.
Solidly built, general use saw. Not the quality of a Stihl, but way better than the low-end saws.
Used several times and it takes about 5 minutes before it "warms up" without stalling, then it cuts as well as any saw.
The priming bulb makes starting easier, and it seems to burn cleaner, using less gas than my other saws.
June 12, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Greg Solid and gets the job done
I bought a different brand at the store that said it was built with Pro features but it didn't look or feel very sturdy. I put it back in the box and took it back. A friend recommended Hitachi knowing that I want to get my money's worth. The 14 inch saw was all I needed for my yard work. It feels solid and works like a horse.
March 20, 2012