I just picked this saw up today . I took it out of the box followed the quick start recomendations ( add gas, add chain oil, and follow the start instructions on saw) 3 pulls with choke on and it kicked over took off choke and started right away. I Had to start it a few times to get it to idle but I guess there wasn't enough gas in the lines. I went out and cut 5 14 inch cherry logs like butter I shut it off several times while positioning the logs and it started with one pull. The easy pull feature is great about half the pull then my other two saws. I bought 2 poulon 18 inch saws 5 years ago only one worked and was had pulling the other is to tight to start. The good one broke this year (bad clutch) . I got a Robly 14 inch a month ago and had to work on it to get it to start .
The Case that came with the chainsaw was cracked and broken on the inside. After use the bar oil just continuously leaks out of the chainsaw until it is almost completely drained out of the tank. I'd like to take it to the store to return for a refund but the local SEARS store in closing so cannot replace without a long drive to another store.
Nine months ago I had difficulty finding anything good to say about a Craftsman grass trimmer that I purchased from Sears.
The purchase of this saw is the complete opposite! It is one nice little saw!
If you purchase this saw buy a quart of chain oil at the same time because the saw doesn't come with any and you will be using nearly a full reservoir of oil for each tank full of gas. Obviously also get some gas mixed 40:1 with 2 cycle oil.
I bought this saw to take down a 12"-14" diameter limb which had begun to crack on a very large maple tree. I am a very handy homeowner and I am not using this this saw professionally. I haven't had much experience with chain saws so I was a little intimidated. Well, the tip (rotational) kickback, and the linear kick back are completely manageable with this saw if you maintain a firm grip and a solid stance. It also goes through the wood great. I just let the saw make it's own progress without 'helping' it and I keep clearing out the kerf (slit left by saw). Of course there's always the possibility of the kerf closing up as the tensions in the limbs are released by sawing, but other than that I had a lot of confidence in my ability to handle this saw. By the way, have a hatchet or metal wedge on hand along with a hefty hammer so if the saw does get stuck in a closing kerf you can hammer the hatchet head or wedge into the kerf and release the chain/bar.
I was very pleased with how this saw cut, how it handled, how it restarted on the first pull after it was warmed up. I did a lot of clean up work in a few hours with no saw related problems. I would recommend this saw enthusiastically to anyone. However, a professional will certainly have this as a secondary saw with a primary saw that has more power and more aggressive chain teeth.
Note: One of the reasons I bought this saw is because it looks identical to a Remington model (except for color) that had very high user recommendations from other retailers. The other reason is that this saw has a 42cc engine where most saws this size have 30-something cc engines. If it is a rebranded Remington (or Pioneer, or something else) it will also accept 14" and 16" bars/chains.
I have used the chainsaw twice and it has performed exactly like a chain saw should. It is easy to start and has great power. Hope it continues.
The carrying case was broken in four different places. It is very cheaply made. If you order this don't expect the case to be usable.
Good tool, much powerful than my previous electric one, cutting trees is so easy. Have to use the mixed fuel and chain oil.
The only thing bad is the sears order system and it’s cs(which is very nice but can’t solve problem, sometimes making problem due to no experience)
It was a good purchased . It worked great