Bought this last year because it looked heavy duty and had a bigger flywheel which seemed like it would provide good cooling and the metal crankcase seemed like it would dissipate heat. So far have cut up three tall white birch trees, two pine trees, a weeping willow, a massive hickory tree, several downed maple branches. Starts easily, idles nice and smooth, never had the chain slip off, doesn't vibrate a lot. I use synthetic 2 cycle oil in it and just regular old gas. Serious saw for the money. I'll probably buy one to store away for when I kill this one. Update, lost three pine trees during a wind storm, started right up in the cold and powered right through.
The saw is very poorly made. After cutting one down tree into pieces in my backyard, the tension adjuster is not functional. Called craftsman warranty number on the menu and send me to a local sears store for repair. Drove 1 h there and a lady there told me they didnot repair any 2 cycle chainsaw! And don't tell me where I can get it repaired. Then I went to store, a sears guy said that I may use purchase protect, but you know what, you input the sales check no and item no, it won't pop up the contract! I will never buy a tool from sears again.
Saw runs good! I have three tanks of gas run through it. When you try to go non stop, the saw gets hot and doesn’t want to continue. I cut up two 10 inch firs with no problem, but had to quit after that to let the saw cool off. For the price, it is still a good buy :)
The saw is not like the old craftsman saws. My old saw was a warrior, never let me down, and was easy to adjust. I do like the easy pull start. Beyond that it is not reliable, very difficult to remove the cover for adjustments, and the worst part are all the plastic parts. No more steel tensioner and the blade requires constant adjustments. When it runs it is adequate at best. Power is reduced. I would not purchase this saw again. Spend the extra $ and get a saw that you can rely on. On top of everything, since Sears created the so called service and parts centers, your local store will most likely not be of any help. What happened to the old Sears????? No wonder they are struggling.
I’ve had this chainsaw “pro series”just over 3 years. In the shop after the first use.....carb adjustments and chain tensioner broke after the first few cuts. After shop visit.... first 2 trees, Won’t stay running again and the clutch appears to be bad.... it can barely keep the chain moving. If you get this saw, make sure you get the warranty. Why can’t the be a no star rating??
the chain saw does cut. But it has to be very thin...the bolts flew off, the saw fall off. . the oil leaked...and didnt get to use one time ...