Rated 2.7 out of 5 by 197
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 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 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 5.0 out of 5.0 by DirkNowitski Great saw at a great price!
I moved out onto three acres that had a lot of trees and brush that needed trimming. I almost purchased a $350 Stihl, but I've had so much trouble starting my Stihl weed-eater that I just couldn't bring myself to pay that money. My dad had this same chainsaw and recommended it. I figured I could buy three of these for the price of one of the Stihls. It was delivered to my house promptly, but the case was broken. One call and a new case arrived about a week later. By the way, a case for the Stihl saw was another $50.
About the saw - I love it. It cuts great, it starts every time, and so far I haven't had one issue. I've had it about 2-3 months and probably put 20 hours on it already. My dad's has lasted over 5 years and it starts every time too.
I recommend this saw: it will save you money, will start with ease, and will handle plenty of limbs, brush and medium sized trees. Don't waste your money on the more popular name brands. By one of these and something else you need for the same price.
April 21, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jeff A long sad story
Worked the first season, but wouldn't start the second season even though we followed the storage advice in the manual. We took the carburetor apart and realized that the factory switched the tubes for the primer. Instead of pumping gas to the carburetor, it was pressurizing the gas tank. Crazy! We eventually got it running, but while working on it I realized that this is a cheap weed wacker with a saw attached, and that it's simply not going to last. Luckily there's a Stihl dealer up the street from me so for just $50 more, I got something that works great and will last. Even my friends didn't want the Homelite so I just threw it away :(
April 26, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by StraightouttaVT Reviews scared me!
My Homelite 18 inch saw as a gift. They also purchased the extended warranty with it (about $12) giving me 4 years of warranty total. It starts every time and I have no issues so far. Some of the problems I have read sound like user error. I would recommend reading the owner’s manual before use, it should eliminate a lot of these concerns. I have noticed complaints about the plastic tensioner. All those reviews appear to be at least a few years old. My saw has metal components for the tensioner. Older pictures of the saw show a big plastic dial, they must have done a redesign. The leak from the oiling system may be addressed in the owner’s manual. It does say to open the caps on the gas and oil tank to relive the pressure after use and before storage. I would assume if left under pressure the oiling system would leak but I don't know for sure. I drain the fluids after every use and clean the saw with compressed air. You do have to stay on top of the chain tension, mine was loose out of the box. This could be the cause of some reviews saying their chain jumped off the bar causing damage to the saw. First use was for about 2 hours on and off, I had to adjust chain tension a couple of times. Normal for a new chain from what I am told. I cut mostly small downed trees the largest being about 12 inches in diameter with no problems.
January 16, 2015