The Homelite 18 in. Gas 42 cc Chainsaw is ideal for storm clean up, landscape work and firewood. This gas Chainsaw features an automatic oiler that helps keep the chain lubricated and a side access chain tensioner for quick and easy adjustments. The Chainsaw also includes a case, one quart of bar and chain lubricant, and extra chain for convenience.
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47%of customersrecommend this product78 of 165reviews
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47%of customersrecommend this product78 of 165reviews
This non-commercial chain-saw is the first one I have ever owned and my experience with it wasn’t bad at all. It comes in a nice plastic molded case. No assembly required, just add the Bar oil, mix the gas with stabilizer oil in a dedicated gas container, pour the gas in the chainsaw and you are in business. I had no problems starting it the first time/every time since I followed the exact directions mentions in the User Manual. This chainsaw helped in cleanup good amount of 15-25 feet tall trees that had about 3-6 inches thick trunk along with bunch of thick bushes. It took me about half an hour roughly to cut them all. This half hour does not include the time refilling the gasoline about 3 times, refilling the bar oil 3 times and adjusting the chain tension 4 times and of course cleaning time. Overall I had no problems with cutting except when I cut anything that was thicker than 5 inches; it would struggle a bit even though the chain was brand new. I don’t know if that’s normal or not. While you are running it, you will notice the bar oil all over the bar and chain. That’s normal and by design to keep the chain lubricated. More than a month old gas is not recommended for this unit. It weighs about 10 lbs. but after adding gas, bar oil and mixing oil, you will be carrying 11+ lbs. It’s a good product for small cleaning/cutting jobs around the yard for what it costs. If you plan to cut anything thicker than 10”, I would not recommend it.
The chain oiler has been leaking oil, making a mess, from early on. Now, after light occasional use for about a year, the pull-start has broken. I dismantled it to see what's wrong and found that everything except the spring is made of plastic. So that's what wrong. I bought this product because of positive experiences with Homelite in years past. Big mistake. Save frustration and don't make the same mistake. Price was low compared to the good ones but still a very poor value. Quality is so low, this wouldn't be a good value at any price.
We got this saw to replace a 10+ year old Homelite 18" 49cc chainsaw which started having carburettor problems during the summer after 10+ years of great service. This saw is a little different to start than the previous one with no throttle button. Instead you use the chain brake during starting which takes a little getting used to. I like the fact that the saw comes with a carton of 2 cycle oil, a quart of chain bar oil and a spare Oregon chain. It is all you need to get going and to keep the saw running. Even though we used our old saw every winter for firewood, we only had to replace the saw chain after 10 years as we kept it sharpened during use. Following the starting instructions, the saw starts as expected and it did need a few seconds to warm up before the throttle could be opened without stalling the engine out. My wife decided she'd like to try out the saw and found it to be light and easy to use as can be seen from the attached video and pics. After 30 mins use we had to tighten the chain and the new design for tensioning the chain and bar is much better than our old saw. The tensioner screw and the bar nuts are easily accessible whereas our older saw had the tensioner screw betwen the bar and the exhaust and would get clogged with oily sawdust which needed scraping out before the screw could be adjusted. I was a little concerned that the newer model is only 42cc (compared to 49cc our older model) however the smaller engine wasn't noticeable and the saw handled 10" thick logs with no trouble. We ripped through a decent amount of wood in about an hour. The saw needed refueling after about 20 mins of use as it ran out of gas, however it didn't airlock and started right back up again. It does seem to idle quicker than our older Homelite saw and as a result, it drops more chain lube oil on the ground while idling. The saw seems to have more plastic parts than the older Homelite 18" however it still seems quite durable. If you cut your own firewood and have a decent sized yard with trees that need maintaining, this is an excellent choice. It is a great price and comes with a handy hard plastic storage case when not in use for easy storage.
Pros: Powerful, Cuts Well, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Easy to Store, Light Weight
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Handy storage case with oil and spare chain
My wife using cutting up a 4" tree branch
18" chainsaw makes light work of a pile of wood like this
After about 1 hour of use, a decent pile of firewood
I've had this just over a week and cut 10 pickup loads of oak, walnut, hickory, maple and some pine without any problems. I bought this originally to supplement my Craftsman when it's in the shop (about once every two weeks), but found this one to be more trouble free. I did mix the fuel at 40:1 rather than the 50:1 it recommends because of top head troubles experienced with the Craftsman. I figured a little more oil would keep the thing better lubricated without overdoing it so much as to cause gum up in the carb. My hunch was right, as I've had no problems thusfar. For the $99 it's on sale for now, it has already saved me days of waiting for the other one to get fixed. Overall I'm both pleased and surprised that this Homelite is such a good chainsaw for the price. Time will tell if this is better than the Craftsman, but after getting only 2 pickup loads before failure with that one, this one has been the better deal.
Pros: Cuts Well, Easy to Use, Light Weight, value to price ratio outstanding
Can't start it after storing it for two months. I was very happy when it was running. Ran great until short storage period. Went out and bought an electric chain saw which did the job but is so much less efficient than the gas powered when it starts. Even after emptying fuel tank and mixing fresh batch and it still didn't start. Arm may take months to heal. lol
My Husband was looking for the same one he brought over 20 years ago and it still works. I found another gas Homelite Gas Chainsaw 18 ". Apparently my Hubby thinks they work Great and with 8 acres of land and trees to be cut. I hope he will be very Happy Christmas Morning. Merry Christmas :)
With all the negative reviews I had to add this review to comment on the good quality, ease of use and value. Don't get me wrong, this is not a pro saw and it will never compete on an even scale with the pro brand saws, but for a quarter of the price this saw does the job it was intended to do. Saw starts like most 2 stroke saws and if you are first time user, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!! My saw is now 2 years old has worked very well after approx 50 hours of use. Original chain is a slow cutting consumer low kickback type that lasted about 20 hours cutting hardwood that was up to 40" in diameter. Now using regular pro type chain and the saw cuts even better now. Great saw, but not for the pro.
Pros: Cuts Well, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
overall very good---easy to use---starts up fast with no problem--cuts good and cuts good size logs and trees. the only thing I could find was the bar was a little light, could have been little stronger bar.
Pros: Cuts Well, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Durable, Powerful, Great Engine, Light Weight, Easy to Store
I have completed my firewood cutting project with this saw (the Craftsman is still in the shop) and have no complaints whatsoever. I cut 18 pickup loads of hardwood, some as large as 26", without any problems from the saw. This was the best $99 I ever spent on a 2 cycle engine product. Actually, I got 10% off that price with the military discount, so the deal was outstanding.
Pros: Cuts Well, Easy to Use, Light Weight, Long-Lasting
Cons: the firewood didn't cut itself the saw did it.
Comes in a nice hard plastic case. We used it to clean up the cottonwood trees in the back of our property. The thickest branches we cut were about 4" and it did okay. This is definitely not a professional grade chainsaw, so don't get it expecting it to cut down your 2' wide 30 year old trees without a struggle. But we grab this when we need to cut more firewood from our burn pile and it starts right up (follow the starting instructions to avoid frustration). It comes with an extra chain which is great as well. So a good value for basic small jobs, just don't expect it to move mountains.
first time used started and ran as it should after about 10 minutes i shut it off moved some wood then went to restart and would not start. noticed air bubbles in prime bulb after 20 minutes it started then did the same thing brand new and needs fixed not happy
Cons: Not Durable
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Review 14 for 18 in. 42 cc Gas Chainsaw
from Dallas, TX
DO NOT BUY THIS SAW!
PostedJune 1, 2010
No, I do not recommend this product.
If you read the other reviews, you will notice several common complaints:
Chain oil leaks everywhere Chain will not stay on the bar Hard to start after being run for 20 or 30 minutes (Overheating)
I just returned my 3rd Homelite chainsaw in as many months. The first two were this model (18 in.) and the 3rd was the 20 in. Homelight. All three saws experienced the issues mentioned above, especially the overheating issue. Clearly Ryobi (who manufactures Homelite) has significant design flaws within these saws. I will NEVER buy another Homelite or Ryobi product again after this mess.
This should be considered a "one-cleanup-project" throw away item. Don't get cought up in the nice plastic case and pretty finish. It is made from very low quality materials and won't last beyond 5-10 hours of hard use. Less than 1 year old, and less than 6 hours of use, mine would not run. I replaced the entire fuel system including the carburetor to no avail. I then learned that the piston/cylinder quality is where the problem lies. Low quality.
Pros: cheap: for a "one use" "throw away" item.
Cons: Not Durable
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Review 16 for 18 in. 42 cc Gas Chainsaw
PostedSeptember 16, 2009
No, I do not recommend this product.
brand new!, cutting time 30 minutes, downtown 3hrs over 2 days and lots of anxiety! After little use would start a few seconds then die when using the throttle. Cant adjust the carb(except idle speed) with out special tools. The instructions tell you to take it to a service shop! Tthe metal safety piece flew off after 10 minutes off cutting!!! What a waste of money! This is junk, go ahead and and spend a little extra and buy a better quality saw
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Review 17 for 18 in. 42 cc Gas Chainsaw
Pure Junk. One star is generous.
PostedMay 7, 2011
No, I do not recommend this product.
Let me start by saying that I have sawed with a Husqvarna saw for years and years, and I understand that you usually get what you pay for. I recently flew down to Alabama to help with clean up after the giant outbreak of tornados and couldn't bring my Husq saw on the plane with me per FAA regulations, and by the time I got there the shelves were pretty bare, but a new shipment of these saws had come in, so with little choice, I picked one up and headed out. The saw fired right up out of the case, but within 10 minutes of cutting I was fighting with the poorly designed plastic tensioner and about 5 minutes later I threw the chain. I tried to reinstall the chain but throwing it damaged the teeth that ride in the bar and had to use the other chain supplied with the saw. Ten minutes later, after fighting the tensioner again, I threw the second chain with the same damage to the chain. At this point I installed a third chain, this time an aftermarket chain and it seemed to be much more durable than the two supplied by Homelite. On any other day of cutting I would have put my saw back in the case and headed back to the store for a refund, but given the circumstances under which I was working, I said a few swear words, sucked it up, and fought through it to get the job done. Now I know if I was reading someone else writing this review I would think, "well maybe you just need to learn how to run a chainsaw." Believe me, that's not the case. I've worked in timber management for years and years. The tensioner on this saw is pure garbage. It may seem convenient to have tool-less adjustment, but I'll take the old standard loosen two nuts, turn a screw, tighten two nuts back down and go any day of the week. That process takes all of two minutes if you're in no particular hurry and it's worth its weight in gold. The plastic wheel used to "tighten" the chain becomes so hard to turn before even reaching the proper tension it's essentially useless and also make the saw dangerous to use when you throw the chain. Outside of the tensioner issue, the saw, like most others, leaks bar oil when it's not being used, but this one leaks a lot more than any other saw I've ever used. After sitting overnight the entire bottom of the case was full of bar oil. Money down the drain and a mess to deal with. So as not to sound like an angry old woman just complaining, I will say that while cutting, the saw seemed to have a decent amount of power. If you want to buy a saw for occasionally trimming limbs around the house, maybe this is the one for you. Even if you do buy it, I recommend buying better chains and saving the two supplied by the factory for those cuts where you might hit rocks, dirt, and fences and wherever else you need a junk chain that you don't mind sacrificing. I would definitely not recommend this saw to anyone. It's going back.
This Homelite 18 in. 42 cc chainsaw comes packaged in a really nice, sturdy, and convenient hard plastic case. It even has a cover for the bar extension. It's been a long time since I have operated a chainsaw so I read the manual from front to back; this is usually not the case with so many other tools I get. I found this instruction manual to be one of the best I have seen in a long time! It is really thorough and I followed step by step in the setup, fueling, oiling, and startup sequence. It was so exact that the chainsaw started up right at the point it was supposed to according to the manual. It even indicates a different choke procedure in the startup for varying temperatures and I was able to test those as well with success. I ran this chainsaw off and on for a couple of days doing some brush and branches cleanup from this very long winter we have had. Each time I followed the instructions for a cold or warm startup depending on how long in between the chainsaw ran. I never experienced a single problem in the operation. It cut through some thick green branches and dry branches like butter. The chain tension stayed true the entire time but the manual gives clear instructions to adjust if need be in the future. The other thing I should note about the manual is the great instruction and detail on the best and safest ways to actually cut trees, logs, and the like. This was not really taught to me in the past and with this adequate manual I feel a whole lot safer in my methods now to lessen the chances of kickback. It even teaches you the proper technique in sharpening the chain if need be, something that I never knew how to do. It comes with everything, short of one gallon of gas and safety glasses, to get started on all your cleanup chores. It had the bar oil, gas fuel mix oil, wrench, and extra chain all included in the nice storage case. My opinion this saw is adequate for the average homeowner looking to do the occasional timber cleanup. It is not intended for extended use, as stated in the manual, so it is not for professional tree felling. It doesn't seem like the most rugged built machine and that is really my only complaint. Some parts just appear and feel really cheap. Other than that I would definitely recommend it to the average person for the mild seasonal use.
Pros: Cuts Well, All In One, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Easy to Store, owners manual is thorough
I'm old school and so I am rarely impressed favorably by today's designed obsolesce products. This saw is capable, but flimsy. It is safe, with built-in protections but hard to start. The chains are poor quality steel and the links/teeth bend at the slightest binding. Hard to start. Seriously? Very hard to start, mechanically and functionally. Do they build these for munchkins? Foot hold on the handle is a smart idea but doesn't fit a steel-toed boot (should you use a chain saw with anything less?) and the ergonomics of the design make the pull start very clumsy. There is plastic where there should only be metal but keep in mind, these are built to wear out in key areas quickly and not to last. They want to sell you another one soon.
i bought a homelite chainsaw not even a year ago, after reading the reviews i thought it would be a good saw, here it is not even a year later and its been to the shop 3xs for bars burning the bearings out, the first time i used it, it started great, after that overheating occured, dificulty starting it, and now it will not start, thanks to this saw i need to buy another one, its only good for a 1 time use, concider a diferent saw.