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post #1 of 21 Old 04-20-2014, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Recommend A Chainsaw For Me

Time for a new chainsaw as I'm getting tired of my old Poulan nickel and diming me to death. I found today one of the little spring-loaded lugs for the pull starter is broken and 2 of the fuel lines have disintegrated and it's going to be a major PITA to replace them.

Looking for something in the 42cc/18" range and want to keep it under $150 so the wife won't get pissed at me and because I also wouldn't mind picking up a corded electric saw to do light work in the back yard once I get home with the bigger pieces of wood.

Yeah, I'd like to have a nice, big Stihl or Husqvarna or Echo, but it's just something I use occasionally (maybe 4-5 times a year) to cut up some firepit or smoker wood so I'm going to resist the urge to "go big."

Right now I'm looking at the 42/18 Homelite, but may go back to the similar Poulan at $170 or so. Anybody have any other recommendations based on personal use/experience?



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I've got a small McCullough that serves me well for my needs which are similar to yours.

I've had a Homelite string trimmer for years that has been a great and trouble free machine. The key is looking after and maintaining it.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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Not that you have them in the US but princess auto sells factory reconditioned poulans for less than 50%. I bought a 14" just for my Quad for $69.00 and a 18" poulan pro for $129.00. Both work awesome with no issues. Much lighter than my 18" Sthil and cheaper to replace if destroyed or lost on the trail!
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Not that you have them in the US but princess auto sells factory reconditioned poulans for less than 50%. I bought a 14" just for my Quad for $69.00 and a 18" poulan pro for $129.00. Both work awesome with no issues. Much lighter than my 18" Sthil and cheaper to replace if destroyed or lost on the trail!
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I thought about going the reconditioned route. I've seen quite a few of them for sale online.



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Yeah, I'd like to have a nice, big Stihl or Husqvarna or Echo, but it's just something I use occasionally (maybe 4-5 times a year) to cut up some firepit or smoker wood so I'm going to resist the urge to "go big."
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We all know that Husky or Stihl is the way to go but it's not what he's looking for.

I've been eyeing a Stihl string trimmer but the Homelite just won't quit. Almost like my 1967 Tecumseh powered Toro lawn mower.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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As far as the Homelites go, I'm not sure what the new ones are like, but we had an old one at the farm when I was growing up. We cut countless cords of wood for heating and it never missed a beat. Maintenance costs were bars and chains as they wore out. If the new ones are as good, and in the right price range I wouldn't hesitate to buy one.

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I thought about going the reconditioned route. I've seen quite a few of them for sale online.
If its FACTORY reconditioned they should be good. Generally that is a unit that has been returned on warrantee and repaired at the factory not joe's backroom. They are pretty thorough at the factory level because they DO NOT want the same saw back AGAIN!!

Here Ya go....just what I was talkin' bout!!

http://www.princessauto.com/pal/Rura...nsaw/8466617.p


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If its FACTORY reconditioned they should be good. Generally that is a unit that has been returned on warrantee and repaired at the factory not joe's backroom. They are pretty thorough at the factory level because they DO NOT want the same saw back AGAIN!!

Here Ya go....just what I was talkin' bout!!

http://www.princessauto.com/pal/Rura...nsaw/8466617.p


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Yeah, that's the same one I've been seeing at about that same price and is basically the same saw I had before; just newer. I'm starting to think this might be the way to go.

I see they have Factory Recondtioned "A" which basically looks like a new saw and "B," which allows for small flaws like scratches, worn paint, etc.

I've always liked the Poulan saw. I thought about travelling back in time and finding an older used saw online that doesn't pester me with a safety clutch but those have been mandated for quite awhile so you'd be looking at a pretty old saw to rid yourself of that nuisance.

I personally think a squeeze clutch makes the saw more dangerous because it's more awkward to hold and wield. Plus, I just don't like people trying to protect me from myself.

I really no longer trust anything new to be trouble-free right out of the box, so I have no problem with buying something reconditioned.

Good point about "factory reconditioned,' though. I've seen some that just say "reconditioned" without the important term "factory." I think I'd stay away from those.



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