Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 440
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by halcyoncmd what happened to quality?
I used my old poulan pro 18" for six years, before the fuel tank developed a crack. I bought this model a month ago as a replacement. It lasted a total of six hours of use, before the primer bulb stopped working and it wouldn't crank. Swapped it out for a new one. Used it for about an hour. Went to use it a week later........ Nothing, it wouldn't run. Swapped out again yesterday. Used this morning to cut down some shrubs. A little over an hour of run time and, you guessed it, it quit. I can get it to crank, but it will not stay running. I am taking this one back for good. I tried calling poulan customer support, but you only get the option of looking up a service center or the parts website. I am through with poulan. Going to get a stihl after home depot!
June 15, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Tommy Great saw for the money
After punishing my first poulan pro 18' for years I finally had to buy a new one. I live in the north and cut most of my own firewood. After adding oil and gas off I went and cut a cord and a half of firewood. I'm talking maple, birch, and butternut, all hardwood, and this saw went through all of them with no problems. This was also done with using just one chain. The only dumb thing that poulan did with this product is to make you wait 6-8 weeks to get a plastic case by mail after you register it with poulan. [ I'm still waiting for mine }. All in all I know there better chainsaws out there, but for the money this ones hard to beat.
September 30, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Allen Better than other reviews suggest
I did not have any problem with the chain falling off because I read and followed the instructions. The chain loosens quickly when new, so you should check the tension frequently early on -- as the manual says. Read and follow the manual, people! A chainsaw is not a toy. Loose chains are dangerous. The no-tool chain tension adjustment is very nice. It's easy to adjust the chain tension in the field, even with the saw idling. You can hang onto the saw with one hand and adjust the tension with the other.
People who have problems with the engine after a year or two probably also haven't followed the instructions. The spark plug and the air and fuel filters need to be cleaned or replaced in this time frame.
It cuts through a fresh 10" oak branch at an inch a second or so with a sharp chain. A professional might need to work faster, but it's plenty of power for residential use. I've used it for 5 work days now.
The saw starts easily cold and warm with a proper fuel mix and proper use of its choke and priming bulb. You can see the fuel appear in the clear priming blub. Be sure to shake up the fuel/oil mix in the chainsaw before starting it after it has been sitting for even just an hour, and shake up the fuel/oil mix in your can before filling the saw. The oil and gas can separate pretty quickly. Then the saw won't start or will stall. The manual doesn't warn about this. This may be a new problem for 2-stroke engines caused by all the alcohol in gas these days.
The included spare chain is a nice bonus, but my saw didn't include the small bottle of 2-stroke oil it was supposed to. No big deal. Remember to buy 2-stroke oil and chain oil for your saw, and a one gallon gas can for the fuel/oil mix is convenient.
July 9, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jaybee Great replacement saw for homeowners
After a tornado went thru our neighborhood my old saw packed it in and I decided to purchase this saw to finish the cleanup. I am very happy with its performance. While it is a bit heavy it has all the features that I like, and that includes manual chain adjustment ,easy start, lots of power and a smooth running high reving engine. If you are in the business of woodcutting daily you would probably want some other heavier duty brand but for the regular homeowner living in a wooded area it is perfect for those needs.
December 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jamief worked very well
Picked this up because I had a sugar maple taken down professionally and I needed to cut up the wood they left. Had never used a chainsaw previous to this. Came highly recommneded from HD staff. Brought it home, fueled/oiled it up and it ran like a champ for 5 hours straight. Chain is still in good condition too. The handle absorbed all the vibrations, couldn't tell you were even cutting through wood. Very impressed with the product! Now I will have to find more projects around the house to use this saw.
November 1, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Coach two duds
I purchased two 18" 42 cc poulon pro chainsaws in the last week. After the first one, I thought maybe I just got a bad one, after getting the second one, I realized it's the product. Neither saw would cut easily through an 8" post oak log and kept bogging down. Neither would stay running on idle. I had to keep then throttled up to keep them running. I will be returning the second one also, getting a full refund, and purchasing another brand. I never thought that I would be happy to still have my little 16" 36 cc craftsman, but it will out cut these poulon pros all day.
October 27, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tomcat 100% satisfied
i have had poulan saws in the past(wild thing) i have never had a problem with any of them. i like this one very much and love the chain tension system, i just hope i still get my free case otherwise very happy with it.
November 20, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jay039 value for the money
I purchased this saw based off previous experience with Poulan products. With that being said, I knew what to expect. I purchased this saw as a reconditioned unit. I unpacked the saw and put it together. I immediately noticed the bar and cover weren't aligning just right. After I took the cover off I noticed the plastic shipping spacer was jammed in the cover. The thing clearly has written on it "remove"....there was sawdust on it....DUH! Anyway, I added extra oil to my mix, bar and chain oil and fired it up. Runs great! Just a tip, always use 100% gas, your power equipment performs so much better.
September 23, 2014