Rated 2.8 out of 5 by 176
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Miller54z Junk
I've been fighting with this saw for several years, and have finally decided to throw it away and try the Echo instead. Hard to start with a cheap and flimsy choke/killswitch, won't idle, and runs for about 10 min until it gets hot and quits. Then I have to wait about 30 min for it to cool down before it will even run at all. I have tried different fuels and mixtures, but consistently have this same result. Chain pops off frequently, and the cheap and flimsy plastic handle feels like it will break off in your hands. Everyone I know who has a Poulon has the same issues. Do yourself a huge favor and spend a little extra $$ to get something decent.
October 8, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by rod Great saw until the chain came loose
The saw was perfect for cleaning up after Hurricane Matthew and I got too aggressive because it was cutting so well. The chain came loose which was no big deal until one of the nuts fell between the motor and the covering around the motor. I could see it down in there so I turned the saw upside down to shake it out and it completely disappeared! I know I should have returned it at that point but I had so much work to do and thought I could easily take the cover loose to retrieve it. Please don't make this mistake or you will spend 2 very frustrating hours like I did and have a saw in pieces that you can't use. I haven't had time to take it back to Home Depot and they were sold out of them anyway. frustrated in New Smyrna Beach....
October 11, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by NoPoulan Should have bought the Echo.
It worked great for about 3-4 months then became very difficult to start. I cannot get it started at all now and was able to get a 15-year old Homelite saw I have held on to started.
October 23, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SawBones Half the price and 99% as good as the Stihl.
The problem with chain saws is that they are sometimes reluctant to start, in sipe of many pulls on the rope. Never had that problem with this one - recovered from Hurricane Matthew without a hitch. Perhaps using ethanol-free gasoline helped but there was no problem with starting or idling.
October 18, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Al Not Great
Tried 2+1/2 hours trying to start it - WOULD NOT START ! Followed instructions to the tee to start it. Can't return it to store - so I'm stuck with a Chain Saw that DOES NOT WORK !!
October 17, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JGF A piece of junk
I owned a McCullough for about 27 years. It finally wore itself out. So, I had to buy a new saw. Since I couldn't buy another McCullough or at least I didn't know what their name was changed to I ended up buying the Poulan PRO 42cc 18 inch. I knew it wasn't supposed to be used in a commercial environment but I only use it at home now and then. However, I had a 100 foot tree fall in my yard the diameter being around 19 inches. I started cutting the tree into pieces so later on I could use it as firewood after about the first 6 large pieces The saw quit.I had already gone through a couple of Tanks of gas and that wasn't the problem it just quit I tried to start it over and over and over, now and then it would kick in but when I pulled the trigger the saw would increase in RPM and never go to the highest RPM, just choked out. I should have taken it back but didn’t;
thinking I could look it over and get it running again (after all it was new). From then until now I have bought new fuel along with the best synthetic mixture of oil, changed the spark plug, put on a new chain and made sure the chain oil lubrication system is working. I have spent hours on this thing without any luck. Tried to adjust the high and low throttle adjustment but poulan has these screws factory set it needs a special tool to adjust it. I am a mechanic so I understand the workings of the saw I had fixed my McCulloch many times along with other saws my friends brought to me. I believe I probably scored the cylinder or something like that by cutting this large tree. but my god for it to fail after 6 cuts is ridiculous.
October 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Poppy 18 in. 42cc Gas Chainsaw
The chain saw started up right a way and made cutting the tree up a breeze.
October 11, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JFAN Good for the money
I think this is a good for the money, i was on the fence... should I spend twice as much for the ECHO or not. Everything else I have that is two stroke in my house is ECHO and love all there products but I had one BIG tree I needed to take down, trunk was 20-24 at the ground. This saw did a great job, idea needed some adjustment but other than that, it worked great for my project. I got the tree down and all cut up. I have a few more items to trim up but then I may just post the saw on CL. I am not sure I need to keep a chain saw this size. I did not rent a chainsaw since I did the cutting my self I did it over 3-4 days and at 77 per day I could have purchased the ECHO.
I think this saw would be great for the average homeowner.
March 15, 2016