Rated 2.7 out of 5 by 199
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by bdemick 42cc Homelite Saw W/18" Bar
I've owned two Homelite gas chainsaws over the past 40 years and they have always run & cut well. Proper maintenance & fresh fuel are the key! My latest, a 42cc W/18" bar works great! I got a carb adjusting tool on the internet because from the factory the carbs are adjusted a little too lean to run well (Government Regs). Good saw, great price!
September 28, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Hoodog Not a Good Product
I bought one of these from Home Depot back in Nov of 2014 used it to cut some fallen trees and was fine. I didnt use it again until this Spring and it was hard to start. When I did get it started it would shut down on me and I had to wait unitl it cooled off before I could start it again. Now it wont start at all its completed dead!. It says under warranty but you have to take in into a shop and they charge you $40 bucks just to look at it. I bought a second saw to replace the first one and this one is the same, it shuts down after it gets too and does not start anymore. I took it back for a full refund and tossed the first on in the trash
April 2, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Aayan Good for small cleaning/cutting jobs
This non-commercial chain-saw is the first one I have ever owned and my experience with it wasn’t bad at all. It comes in a nice plastic molded case. No assembly required, just add the Bar oil, mix the gas with stabilizer oil in a dedicated gas container, pour the gas in the chainsaw and you are in business.
I had no problems starting it the first time/every time since I followed the exact directions mentions in the User Manual. This chainsaw helped in cleanup good amount of 15-25 feet tall trees that had about 3-6 inches thick trunk along with bunch of thick bushes. It took me about half an hour roughly to cut them all. This half hour does not include the time refilling the gasoline about 3 times, refilling the bar oil 3 times and adjusting the chain tension 4 times and of course cleaning time.
Overall I had no problems with cutting except when I cut anything that was thicker than 5 inches; it would struggle a bit even though the chain was brand new. I don’t know if that’s normal or not. While you are running it, you will notice the bar oil all over the bar and chain. That’s normal and by design to keep the chain lubricated. More than a month old gas is not recommended for this unit.
It weighs about 10 lbs. but after adding gas, bar oil and mixing oil, you will be carrying 11+ lbs. It’s a good product for small cleaning/cutting jobs around the yard for what it costs. If you plan to cut anything thicker than 10”, I would not recommend it.
May 7, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by ExpectBetterfromHomelite Don't make this mistake
The chain oiler has been leaking oil, making a mess, from early on. Now, after light occasional use for about a year, the pull-start has broken. I dismantled it to see what's wrong and found that everything except the spring is made of plastic. So that's what wrong. I bought this product because of positive experiences with Homelite in years past. Big mistake. Save frustration and don't make the same mistake. Price was low compared to the good ones but still a very poor value. Quality is so low, this wouldn't be a good value at any price.
August 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LosRubios A good saw for occasional home use and winter logging
We got this saw to replace a 10+ year old Homelite 18" 49cc chainsaw which started having carburettor problems during the summer after 10+ years of great service. This saw is a little different to start than the previous one with no throttle button. Instead you use the chain brake during starting which takes a little getting used to.
I like the fact that the saw comes with a carton of 2 cycle oil, a quart of chain bar oil and a spare Oregon chain. It is all you need to get going and to keep the saw running. Even though we used our old saw every winter for firewood, we only had to replace the saw chain after 10 years as we kept it sharpened during use.
Following the starting instructions, the saw starts as expected and it did need a few seconds to warm up before the throttle could be opened without stalling the engine out.
My wife decided she'd like to try out the saw and found it to be light and easy to use as can be seen from the attached video and pics.
After 30 mins use we had to tighten the chain and the new design for tensioning the chain and bar is much better than our old saw. The tensioner screw and the bar nuts are easily accessible whereas our older saw had the tensioner screw betwen the bar and the exhaust and would get clogged with oily sawdust which needed scraping out before the screw could be adjusted.
I was a little concerned that the newer model is only 42cc (compared to 49cc our older model) however the smaller engine wasn't noticeable and the saw handled 10" thick logs with no trouble. We ripped through a decent amount of wood in about an hour. The saw needed refueling after about 20 mins of use as it ran out of gas, however it didn't airlock and started right back up again.
It does seem to idle quicker than our older Homelite saw and as a result, it drops more chain lube oil on the ground while idling.
The saw seems to have more plastic parts than the older Homelite 18" however it still seems quite durable.
If you cut your own firewood and have a decent sized yard with trees that need maintaining, this is an excellent choice. It is a great price and comes with a handy hard plastic storage case when not in use for easy storage.
October 12, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by ffral Utter rubbish
Worked until I stored it for a month. Now will only start when it is cold. Run out a tank and wait a day before it will start again. The carburetor screws require a proprietary tool so forget manually adjusting it. Worst waste of money HD has ever foisted off on me.
March 21, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by BoscoWilliams Won't start after storing.
Can't start it after storing it for two months. I was very happy when it was running. Ran great until short storage period.
Went out and bought an electric chain saw which did the job but is so much less efficient than the gas powered when it starts. Even after emptying fuel tank and mixing fresh batch and it still didn't start. Arm may take months to heal. lol
December 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by John Great Little Chainsaw
I've had this just over a week and cut 10 pickup loads of oak, walnut, hickory, maple and some pine without any problems. I bought this originally to supplement my Craftsman when it's in the shop (about once every two weeks), but found this one to be more trouble free. I did mix the fuel at 40:1 rather than the 50:1 it recommends because of top head troubles experienced with the Craftsman. I figured a little more oil would keep the thing better lubricated without overdoing it so much as to cause gum up in the carb. My hunch was right, as I've had no problems thusfar. For the $99 it's on sale for now, it has already saved me days of waiting for the other one to get fixed. Overall I'm both pleased and surprised that this Homelite is such a good chainsaw for the price. Time will tell if this is better than the Craftsman, but after getting only 2 pickup loads before failure with that one, this one has been the better deal.
November 11, 2013