Homelite Chain Saws 18 in. 42cc Gas Chainsaw UT10680A

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Shop for Outdoors at The Home Depot. The Homelite 18 in. Gas 42cc 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, 1 Qt. of bar and chain lubricant, and extra chain for convenience.
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Product Title Homelite Chain Saws 18 in. 42cc Gas Chainsaw UT10680A
Manufacturer Homelite
Lowest Price $149.00 from HomeDepot.com
Power Score 2.3 | 106 Reviews
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POOR QUALITY
1 Star Review   By MacInTown on Home Depot - Jun 9, 2013   

Without question...the worst product experience I have had with a gas-powered outdoor machine. The quality of build and ease of use are terrible.

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use staring fluid
3 Star Review   By HOustontexas on Home Depot - Jun 8, 2013   

I work on my boat ,cars and home so it is a no brainier to start any 2 stroke engine by cheating .. I use staring fluid on any 2 stroke motor and after the motor warms up then anybody can start it . overall for lite use cutting couple of trees this is a good deal. if it is small tree I pull my electric saw. I have sharpen the chain as well and have the same chain . I have about 2 hrs on it and managed to cut 3 large trees some as big as 18 inch dia.

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Good for small jobs around the property
4 Star Review   By aroyals on Home Depot - Jun 4, 2013   

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.

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Well, It works good BUT......
3 Star Review   By MrBFS on Home Depot - Jun 1, 2013   

I bought this saw in 2010, When it had the big plastic dial tightner for the chain bar. The chain it had was the B72 links. If you wanted another bar, it cost 75$ to get one. I have replaced the throttle cable on it. Since then, it is in the shop again. With all that said, for the price, what I am using it for, It works for me. Light, easy to start, and has all the power I need. If you are cutting wood for JUST camp fires, GREAT, If you are going to cut wood for your home all the time, GO BUY THE STIHL FARM BOSS 290. spend the cash and get a real saw.

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Great consumer grade saw!!
4 Star Review   By handydad on Home Depot - May 29, 2013   

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.

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good for the buck
4 Star Review   By dogwood on Home Depot - May 28, 2013   

worked fine for 4 years until stolen. easy start, light weight, well balanced. used year round for cutting firewood, small trees & shrubs. will likely get another.

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Not a bad saw
4 Star Review   By ljohnson on Home Depot - May 17, 2013   

I picked this saw up after i saw a neighbor down the street with one hes had his over a year and cleared out a couple large trees for me. So when i saw someone trying to get rid of a 4x8 foot stump that was cut down last year i jumped at the chance to grab a ton of fire wood rolled it back to the house and the next morning went out and grabbed this saw. I followed the instructions to a T and she fired up right away. Went and started cutting threw the stump and it was like a knife through butter. Ran it for 30-40 mins before i had to go to work came home primed it and got started again. The stumps gone and the bad boys does everything I'm looking for. The only problem i had was the chain started to loosen after the first few cuts but was easily fixed with the socket provided,

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Good for small cleaning/cutting jobs
4 Star Review   By Aayan on Home Depot - May 7, 2013   

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.

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Spring cleanup made much easier!
4 Star Review   By jbreitmun on Home Depot - May 4, 2013   

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.

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Nice chainsaw
5 Star Review   By Hejoanne on Home Depot - Apr 29, 2013   

This is my first chainsaw. Start up was easy if you read the instructions carefully. It comes with a bottle of motor oil, a bottle of lubricant, and a replacement chain. The whole thing comes in a plastic carry case which makes storage nice and neat. I ran it for about half an hour and chopped up some old fence. Everything goes smoothly.

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Shop for Outdoors at The Home Depot. The Homelite 18 in. Gas 42cc 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, 1 Qt. of bar and chain lubricant, and extra chain for convenience.
Summary
Product Title Homelite Chain Saws 18 in. 42cc Gas Chainsaw UT10680A
Manufacturer Homelite
Lowest Price $149.00 from HomeDepot.com
Power Score 2.3 | 106 Reviews
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POOR QUALITY
1 Star Review   By MacInTown on Home Depot - Jun 9, 2013   

Without question...the worst product experience I have had with a gas-powered outdoor machine. The quality of build and ease of use are terrible.

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use staring fluid
3 Star Review   By HOustontexas on Home Depot - Jun 8, 2013   

I work on my boat ,cars and home so it is a no brainier to start any 2 stroke engine by cheating .. I use staring fluid on any 2 stroke motor and after the motor warms up then anybody can start it . overall for lite use cutting couple of trees this is a good deal. if it is small tree I pull my electric saw. I have sharpen the chain as well and have the same chain . I have about 2 hrs on it and managed to cut 3 large trees some as big as 18 inch dia.

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Good for small jobs around the property
4 Star Review   By aroyals on Home Depot - Jun 4, 2013   

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.

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Well, It works good BUT......
3 Star Review   By MrBFS on Home Depot - Jun 1, 2013   

I bought this saw in 2010, When it had the big plastic dial tightner for the chain bar. The chain it had was the B72 links. If you wanted another bar, it cost 75$ to get one. I have replaced the throttle cable on it. Since then, it is in the shop again. With all that said, for the price, what I am using it for, It works for me. Light, easy to start, and has all the power I need. If you are cutting wood for JUST camp fires, GREAT, If you are going to cut wood for your home all the time, GO BUY THE STIHL FARM BOSS 290. spend the cash and get a real saw.

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Great consumer grade saw!!
4 Star Review   By handydad on Home Depot - May 29, 2013   

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.

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good for the buck
4 Star Review   By dogwood on Home Depot - May 28, 2013   

worked fine for 4 years until stolen. easy start, light weight, well balanced. used year round for cutting firewood, small trees & shrubs. will likely get another.

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Not a bad saw
4 Star Review   By ljohnson on Home Depot - May 17, 2013   

I picked this saw up after i saw a neighbor down the street with one hes had his over a year and cleared out a couple large trees for me. So when i saw someone trying to get rid of a 4x8 foot stump that was cut down last year i jumped at the chance to grab a ton of fire wood rolled it back to the house and the next morning went out and grabbed this saw. I followed the instructions to a T and she fired up right away. Went and started cutting threw the stump and it was like a knife through butter. Ran it for 30-40 mins before i had to go to work came home primed it and got started again. The stumps gone and the bad boys does everything I'm looking for. The only problem i had was the chain started to loosen after the first few cuts but was easily fixed with the socket provided,

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Good for small cleaning/cutting jobs
4 Star Review   By Aayan on Home Depot - May 7, 2013   

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.

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Spring cleanup made much easier!
4 Star Review   By jbreitmun on Home Depot - May 4, 2013   

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.

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Nice chainsaw
5 Star Review   By Hejoanne on Home Depot - Apr 29, 2013   

This is my first chainsaw. Start up was easy if you read the instructions carefully. It comes with a bottle of motor oil, a bottle of lubricant, and a replacement chain. The whole thing comes in a plastic carry case which makes storage nice and neat. I ran it for about half an hour and chopped up some old fence. Everything goes smoothly.

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Decent Value
4 Star Review   By Smo77 on Home Depot - Apr 24, 2013   

I used this to complete some spring clean up around the yard. I didn't cut down a tree or anything, but I certainly did cut a few limbs. The chain saw cut through each limb easily. I don't have a ton of experience with chain saws, just a few that I've rented from time to time and I have owned a smaller electric model. I can't say that this chain saw was any better or worse than the rented models I've used, however, it certainly had more power than the electric model that I own.

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New, out of box & chain came off dozen plus times first 4 hours
1 Star Review   By edutek on Home Depot - Apr 19, 2013   

I gave up on this new Homelite. After only one day, about 4 hours of use, the chain must have popped off over a dozen times. No matter how I adjusted it, the chain popped. Heading back to Home Depot today to try a different brand.

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Should have forked out the extra $$$
1 Star Review   By shoulda on Home Depot - Apr 15, 2013   

Kill switch has gone out for the third time. Now have to let it die or choke it to kill saw. If you choke it, then good luck getting it started any time in the near future. Flooding an engine tends to do that. Should have spent an extra 100$ or saw and gone with an upgrade...

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DO NOT PURCHASE!!!!!
1 Star Review   By HomeUser on Home Depot - Apr 7, 2013   

Only good for 1 Time use. I had a 14" chain saw for 5 years and finally had to replace it. Purchased this one and did not even get the one tree I needed to take down before it locked up and now will not start. It might be ok if you run for 10 minutes, then stop for 30 minutes, then run for another 10 minutes. Otherwise you will burn it up and it will no longer start

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cutting with ease
5 Star Review   By Tomi46 on Home Depot - Apr 2, 2013   

Bought this saw to trim large trees and limbs and have used it to help out a neighbor and some friends. So easy to start my wife uses it too. Light wieght and a breeze to start.

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A piece of junk..
1 Star Review   By Bill on Home Depot - Mar 29, 2013   

My last chainsaw was a homelite. Worked great for several years, This one is poorly made, very difficult to adjust the chain tension, and hard to start. My last Homelite!

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Six year old worked fine
4 Star Review   By Cliff on Home Depot - Mar 26, 2013   

I borrowed the 18' from a friend to cut fire wood at a camp. The wood was dead oak, 6"-24" diameter. The saw was used about four hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon. I was surprised at the way it handled. There were no problems with the starting or chain tension. This saw was six years old and did very well. However I believe the clutch may be going. As I've read the comments, most positive comments relate to older saws, as the negatives pertain to newer saws. Perhaps Homelite should re-visit their past workmanship. Based on new saw comments, I will look elsewhere.

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Useless
1 Star Review   By bbe15031999 on Home Depot - Mar 23, 2013   

This saw is useless for serious work. I brought it back for repair three times and it still doesn’t work.

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you will use it for 5 minutes and then fix the chain for half an hour
1 Star Review   By Lenn on Home Depot - Mar 16, 2013   

will use the chain saw for 5 minutes and then align and fix its chain for another half an hour or more. stay away from this product!

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Works great
5 Star Review   By Woodturner on Home Depot - Feb 7, 2013   

I bought this and then read the reviews. I was considering taking it back without opening the box, but I decided to try it anyway. To my surprise it started on the second pull. It has started easy every time since. I use it often and for long periods at a time. The only negative thing I can say about it is that the gas tank is too small. I have to stop to refuel too often.

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great if you like to work on engines a lot
1 Star Review   By bcwjr on Home Depot - Feb 2, 2013   

This is the chainsaw for you if: 1) You like to work for hours on your tool before using it on your project. 2) You believe no engine ever works right. On a positive note, you will never dull the blade or require any maintence realted to hours of use.

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One use and junk
1 Star Review   By Bigguy2 on Home Depot - Jan 30, 2013   

I bought this saw 2 springs ago to cut up a tree that had fallen in a storm. Ir cut well the first time but was hard to keep started. I did not use it again until last month. when I tried to start it, no go. I knew is was out of the one year warranty, so I took it to my trusted service center for hopefully minor repairs. No og, the clinder was shot and it would not hold compression. No good on an exchange or return form Home Depot- too old. The good news, it cut well for the hour and a half that I used it the first time, now I have a $139.00 paper weight. This was a model UT 10564. Beware, Homelite is not as good as in the past.

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Quality not great
1 Star Review   By Goingfishing2day on Home Depot - Jan 29, 2013   

I purchased one. It ran good for about 30-45 mins. and the chain stopped turning on the bar... I checked to make sure no debris was stuck in the chain or chain housing all clear. It started right back up no problem however it was acting like the clutch was stuck closed an easy fix - usually it is the tension spring that has misaligned itself - upon removing the clutch cover indeed it was the spring misaligned. I noticed that parts of the clutch itself were made out of plastic and could not be replaced - UnSat - I started inspecting the engine housing - how in the heck is a plug replaced on the engine??? no access panel - this piece of equipment was meant to be tossed if or when problems arise,,, A major UnSat - lesson not soon forgotten 35 years ago Homelite was a pretty good product - I wonder what happened

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Returned
2 Star Review   By 15CLE40 on Home Depot - Jan 1, 2013   

After getting it home and looking at this saw, I decided to take it back and went with the 14" ECHO. The Homelite just felt and looked cheap.

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The thing won't start!
1 Star Review   By Darren on Home Depot - Dec 25, 2012   

What a waste. Day one: It ran for 20 minutes, shut off and never started again. Assuming I flooded it, I let it rest and went back to it 2 hours later. Again it ran for 15 minutes and never started again for the rest of the day. Same result on day two. I cut down less than ten 6 inch trees with this thing. This will definitely be going back to Home Depot. Wish I would have read all of these reviews BEFORE buying it.

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The worst saw I have ever owned.
1 Star Review   By Stone on Home Depot - Dec 5, 2012   

The safety design on the end of the bar, which by the way none of the high quality saws like Husky, or Echo, not even Poulan have that terribly designed supposedly safety feature, The Chain gets caught in the safety tip which quickly vibrates loose and comes off. I had forgotten that I had the same problem with another Homelite a couple of years ago and chunked. Get a Poulan Wild Thing, a Husky or an Echo avoid the Homelite like the plague.

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Good saw for a homeowner.
5 Star Review   By bkk69 on Home Depot - Nov 25, 2012   

Bought this saw like everyone else after Hurricane Sandy. Was the only saw left at Home depot, So I figured I would have to try it. Was pleasently suprised. Started rite up cut the tree great and kept starting and cuttig no problem. Cut two decent size trees complete with no problems at all.

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SAVE YOUR MONEY!!
1 Star Review   By NothappyinNJ on Home Depot - Nov 24, 2012   

I can't keep this piece of junk running and its basically brand new. I bought it in the fall and used it with mixed results early on. After Sandy I had three trees to cut up and it constantly stalls. To top it off, they make it as difficult as possible to adjust the carborator. Hopefully they will take back this cheap, useless junk!

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Junk
1 Star Review   By JayG on Home Depot - Nov 23, 2012   

Hard to start and the chain tensioner is poorly designed. Chain won't stay on for more than 5 or 10 min.

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Better then I expected
5 Star Review   By easye on Home Depot - Nov 11, 2012   

I got lucky and was able to purchase this chain saw right after Sandy, because it was a return (I drove far to get to a Home Depot that was in an area that was not effected by Sandy). I was a little worried because of the reviews, but it has worked like a champ. It's a nice kit that comes with a hard case, chain lube, 2 cycle oil, an extra chain saw chain, and a tool. I have several 2 stoke tools and as a result have developed my own method to starting these types of tools. First of all, if the unit is brand new you will have to prime the motor more then the instructions. Second, I leave the choke off on the regular run mode when first starting (I do this with all my 2 stroke motors, it just seems to start better). Third, if the unit doesn't start you may have to prime the unit more. So when the engine fires up it will start to rev, now you will want to slowly pull the choke out. If you do it too quickly the unit will stall. I finally turn of the choke once I feel the unit will run properly. I had no less then 8 large trees fall into my yard and of course destroyed my fence. I used the chain saw for two days straight, then every weekend since the storm going through countless tanks of fuel. I have more firewood then I could use. I'll probably be using the chainsaw for another month's worth of weekends to finish cutting all of the trees down to firewood size. It has performed flawlessly and I have followed the maintenance schedules. I'm already into my second bottle of chain lube. I almost got a 14", but I'm glad I went with the 18" since some of the trees were just too larger for the 14". The chain saw case is really a nice added bonus. I would definitely recommend this chainsaw. It's been a life saver for me.

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Don't do it!
1 Star Review   By Handygal on Home Depot - Nov 11, 2012   

I have seen better quality Fischer Price toys. Here are some of the problems: choke lever is tricky to pull out and push in and looks like it will break with "normal" handling, where you are supposed to put your right foot to hold it down to start is so small you etiher have to take off your shoes or have a child foot do it, pull string is so jerky my arm was about to rip out, even my grown teen had the same problem. We took it back without ever getting it to start.

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Nice unit if you read the instructions
4 Star Review   By Wolf on Home Depot - Nov 10, 2012   

Like many people I bought one of these post Sandy. I didn't have a choice - it was the only one left - but it has worked great. I was surprised to see so many people having problems starting it. It seems people are trying to start it with the the choke on. The instructions clearly say to put on the choke, pull 5 times, and then turn the choke OFF to start it. Chain adjustment was easy and replacing the chain after use was likewise pretty simple. Filling oil and gas was simple with nice caps that are easy to grip even with gloves on. Not exactly a professional grade piece of equipment but then for the price I wouldn't expect that.

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poor quality. avoid this chain saw
1 Star Review   By jmmarshjr on Home Depot - Nov 6, 2012   

i purchased this chain saw in the aftermath of Sandy and was extremely disappointed in its quality. while the saw started up well the first time within 30 minutes of moderate use would no longer start as the pull was stuck. i brought it back to the store and since there were no more 18in or larger saws available i exchanged it. the second saw started but within an hour would not start. the saw is light weight and that says a lot about the quality it almost feels like a toy and my experience suggests that it works as well as a toy. as you can imagine, the experience has been extremely frustrating as i need to clean up the numerous trees in my yard but instead i spend time going back and forth to Home Depot to return this poor quality product. i have previously purchased a Homelite products (in fact have another saw that served me well for a number of years) as well as a rototiller. but the quality of this product is noticeably inferior. save your time and money and buy something else. Home Depot should really consider even stocking this product in my opinion as it leaves a very bad taste in this long time Home Depot fan i am very disappointed in the product. i will not be buying Homelite products until the re

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Absolute junk-Don't buy it
1 Star Review   Home Depot   

I had to replace an 18" chain saw that was stolen from my driveway, and decided to get this 18" Homelite model after comparing the features of the stolen one vs. the Homelite. I had numerous problems with starting as if the carb jetting as supplied from the manufacturer is just not right- acts like it is too lean to run off the choke, and too rich with the choke on. Difficult and time consuming to warm it up enough to use it. Noticed air bubbles in the primer bubble which indicates it is sucking in air somewhere along the gas lines between the gas tank and the carb. Power wise, it had terribly low power for the first several gas tanks, and then seemed to break-in and develop more power with time. With a freshly sharpened ( I use the round files and know how to do it right- used to be a logger) chain, I was able to cut down several 30" diameter pine trees and trim them up for my Woodmizer portable sawmill. The chain easily is derailed and I know how to set the chain tension and keep it oiled by filling the oil tank every time I fill the gas tank. The gas tank capacity is very small, limiting the amount of cutting you can do before you must locate your refill can and oil. It is basically a throw-away chainsaw, it is made that poorly. The chain adjuster screw is on the outside near the two case 13mm nuts, which is easier to adjust than the older style screw (that is often behind the chain bar and hidden by oily cutting debris.) The chain 2 hole case cover doesn't seem to seat correctly on the molded- in posts at the front of the cover, as if the heat from the unit is distorting it. Neither the gas cap nor the oil cap had a tether attached to them, so they could easily roll off on you as you are filling them. The stock chain and extra chain they give you seems to stretch very quickly unlike replacements that you buy. I've had it less than one week, about 8 gas tanks of use, and it is going back to Home Depot for a refund.

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Garbage
1 Star Review   By barracuda on Home Depot - Nov 1, 2012   

So I am trying to clean up after Sandy, bought this at the Manahawkin Store, as it was the ONLY one they had... started once, then will not start again, the bulb shows air getting in the system and the pull start skips... DO NOT BUY THIS... I am returning first thing...

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Good for nothing
1 Star Review   By JimT on Home Depot - Oct 31, 2012   

Used 3 times, quit working. Exchanged and the same with the replacement.

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Junk
1 Star Review   By eazye on Home Depot - Oct 16, 2012   

Used this machine 3 times and its ready for the trash. Cant keep the chain on the bar and when its on it wont cut even the smallest branches. Dont buy this.

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a piece of junk
1 Star Review   By wsci1 on Home Depot - Oct 6, 2012   

after 2 uses---would not start...had it repaired...worked for three hours then the piston froze....the only thing good about this is I might be able to use the case for a more worthy chain saw....don't waste your money !!!!

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A happy camper
2 Star Review   By Scotty on Home Depot - Sep 9, 2012   

I purchased my 18" Homelite chain saw 18 years ago, used it heavily (nothing over 12") for 2 years and clean up jobs for the next 16. It required little maintenance during that time but finally it gave out. Perhaps they were made in the USA back then.

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Good for small jobs
2 Star Review   By BigDaddyDan on Home Depot - Aug 31, 2012   

This saw states in its features that it has a max cut of 36 inches, I'm telling you right now that you will almost certainly destroy this saw very fast using it for cutting anything over 16 inches. I bought mine last year and cut two trees down with it , the piston and cylinder walls are shot, and it will not start. I had problems with the chain jumping off, the saw wont cut straight on a large cut, this twists the blade and causes it to jump off. I will say that it started easy and ran good for me until the motor destroyed itself, I'm gonna guess from cheap low grade manufacturing. My over all out look on this saw is good for SMALL jobs 12 inches or less with a occasional 16 to 18 inch cut.

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Good for ONE use only.
1 Star Review   By Jeff on Home Depot - Aug 26, 2012   

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.

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Homelite 4218C is pure garbage!
1 Star Review   By TickedOff on Home Depot - Aug 22, 2012   

I purchased this saw today (8/22/2012). Like many other reviewers, I immediately ran into the problem of the chain jumping off the bar, and quickly went through two chains. In my case, the first two times the chain came off, the drive teeth were so damaged that they would not fit in the bar's slot. The third chain jumped off, and now the outside stud on the chain cover is stripped, so I can no longer remove the chain cover to reseat or replace the chain. This saw is complete garbage - DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS SAW!!

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nice case
3 Star Review   By steve on Home Depot - Aug 22, 2012   

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

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great saw
5 Star Review   By drywall886 on Home Depot - Aug 9, 2012   

this is a great saw for a great price,easy starting,easy operation,lite weight for its size

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Dont waste your money
1 Star Review   By dmj281 on Home Depot - Jun 16, 2012   

Bought this earlier today. Used it for about an hour and promptly returned it. Blade spun after the unit started without pulling the trigger. Shut off after a minute or so by itself. Quite difficult to start. Save yourself the time, and buy a better chainsaw.

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Great saw!
5 Star Review   By HomeliteCollector on Home Depot - Jun 4, 2012   

I have the model before this saw, the UT10580. Basically the same saw though. This saw starts right up, has good RPM, and cuts great! I also have a Homelite trimmer, blower, and another Super 2 chainsaw. I have had great luck with all of these Homelite machines! And I would defiantly recommend this saw!

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Terrible Quality - Piece of Junk
1 Star Review   By Jetguy17 on Home Depot - May 30, 2012   

Purchased this saw to trim trees in the back yard (light duty). Was very difficult to start. After 20 minutes of operation, with the saw properly adjusted, the chain jumped the bar and trashed the chain. Put on new chain, ensured proper adjustment, and the new chain jumped the bar again. Replaced both the bar and the chain, adjusted properly, and then the pull start broke upon attempting to start. I am a mechnical engineer and after close examiniation, this saw is a total and complete piece of junk and should not be sold by home depot. I should have researched and bought a better saw. Shame on me!

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Doing a great job
5 Star Review   By newlogger on Home Depot - Apr 17, 2012   

I quit using this saw years ago after it wouldn't start. I bought an electric which worked for small branch trimming. Then I received a truck full of logs to cut and split for firewood. The electric wouldn't touch it. So I picked up my bladeless old saw that'd been sitting in my shop for at least 5 years. I put on a blade, filled it with gas and blade oil, gave it two pulls and off it went. It's been cutting these logs (20 inchers, maple and alder) like they were butter. What a great saw! I don't know why it wouldn't start years ago!

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good for what you paid
3 Star Review   By Samuel on Home Depot - Jan 29, 2012   

Not too bad for around the house. We used it after the large destructive local snowfall at Halloween this past year. Cut up trees and large brush without much trouble. 18 utility trailers full of wood. Only bad thing is you have to keep an eye on the chain tension or it'll pop off pretty quick. I cut so much I'm on my second chain now, which was included. Cuts like butter again. I liked my old electric chainsaw, but this gas powered little thing is quite a lot more fun for a homeowner.

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Takes a Beaten keeps on going
5 Star Review   By Butler1 on Home Depot - Jan 21, 2012   

I have one theses saws I bought it from Home Depot about 6 years ago, I use mine for cutting BBQ wood the chain and bar was'nt that good, so I change to a 20"Oregon chain and bar that I bought from Home Depot Some of the Hickory and Pecan and Oak I cut is so big I have to cut it from two sides ,I like the base of the trees to spliting for Smoking meat it last longer and it stays at a desired heat , if this Homelite blew today I would buy another one. It starts on 2nd to 3rd pull everytime ,I do keep it tuned,Plug, fuel filter , and the breather.

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Great chain saw
5 Star Review   By Chiefsfaninca on Home Depot - Jan 17, 2012   

I filled this up, started it and began cutting right away. Great size for me (don't know if I could easily wield a bigger one). Great saw and a great price, Chiefsfan

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Worse Chain saw I've ever owned
1 Star Review   By LVLARRY on Home Depot - Jan 14, 2012   

I have used chain saws most of my life on the job and off. Having used Homelite on the job (fire fighting) I bought this saw. What a disappointment. Make of plastic, chain does not stay tensioned and after a few uses the threaded insert in the chain cover stripped and the bar and chain came off the saw during a cut. Stay away from this product.

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Not good for more than pruning
1 Star Review   By werods on Home Depot - Jan 11, 2012   

I bought this chainsaw for use on a home with a wooded lot. I owned it for a few months before closing so I didn't get to put it into use until after the return period to HD had passed. Upon first use I realized the chain tensioner wasn't working. I opened it and found that a piece of metal fell out. I called Homelite and got a replacement chain cover assemble right away. I had the second one for two uses before the chain cover assembly shot off the chainsaw during some light work. I realized that the nut inside the chain cover assembly had lost all its threads. I called Homelite and the experience did not go well. I ended up being told I could not get a free replacement part or talk to a manger to vent my displeasure. I decided to order the part to finish the job. Well after cutting three more 10 inch trees down I took the cover off and already see threads around the bolt. I hate this chainsaw because the one part that could keep me safe is 90 percent plastic and the nuts are cheap and undersized. You can't replace the nut either, you have to order another chain cover assembly for $26 and $13 FedEx ground is your only shipping option.

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Inexpensive and built like it.
2 Star Review   By tom4ed on Home Depot - Dec 27, 2011   

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.

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It feels like a child's toy
2 Star Review   By Trouphaz on Home Depot - Dec 27, 2011   

I was quite disappointed in the Homelite chainsaw. I bought it because that's the only saws Home Depot had left in stock after a major blizzard that took down tons of trees in my area, but I quickly found out why. To call this a tool is exaggerating. It had more plastic than metal and just felt like a child's toy. The plastic handle for your right hand felt like it was held on with plastic instead of metal. So, the whole time using it, I was afraid it would just snap in half. The other issue is that it was a pain in the neck to start, though their instructions were right on the money. You had to give it about 5 pulls with the choke out, then put it in a give it a couple more to get it running. The Echo one, while a bit more expensive, started so much easier and felt so much safer. So this piece of junk went back to the store and I waited for the Echo to come. Definitely glad I did that.

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So far so good.
4 Star Review   By MarylandReviewer on Home Depot - Dec 4, 2011   

I bought this chainsaw after Hurricane Irene when two trees fell down in my yard, and used it to cut up and remove those two trees. The chain adjustment is a bit tricky, and you should keep an eye on the chain for a while to make sure it isn't becoming slack, but other than that I have had no problems with it yet. I have also used it to cut wood at a friend's cabin, cutting up a few fallen trees. I have not had any of the engine problems other reviewers have described, but it is still relatively knew. I have used it maybe a total of 8 or 10 hours, but seems like a good value so far.

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GARBAGE
1 Star Review   By Budd on Home Depot - Nov 29, 2011   

I guess when you are used to STIHL you really shouldn't go to cheaper products. Bar oil leaks, Stalls all the time rather you are cutting small twigs or large branches.

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returned
3 Star Review   By vino on Home Depot - Nov 29, 2011   

I found that this saw was to heavy for me to handle. Returned for small saw.

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Junk - but under Warranty
1 Star Review   By NeverAgain on Home Depot - Nov 28, 2011   

I bought the predecessor to this model on sale. Only real difference is 46cc instead of 42cc. Bought it at the end of February, 2011. I didn't need it until summer to cut up some fire wood. Worked great the first time around, it did over heat but started right up and did the job fine. Needed it again after October 29th snow storm to cut up fallen branches, was a pain to start, many pulls following directions to the T. Once started ran good and did job. Then I tried to use it a week later, went through all the procedures to start it, pull after pull after pull, took out spark plug twice, no go. My arm was ready to fall off. I was ready to smash it to pieces. I waited until this past weekend, tried it again, I think there is more bar oil in carry case than there is in saw. Wouldn't start, same procedure same result. Then I realized, I had a Homelite leaf blower a couple years back that ran just as bad. Must be the brand, Junk!! Saw is still under warranty so I will try to take it to repair shop and see what can be done. Bottom line is this, I will never buy another Homelite product for as long as I live!!

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I would recommend the saw for the quality and price
4 Star Review   By Chuck on Home Depot - Nov 27, 2011   

The chain will jump off and then is difficult to reattach (the guides get niched). Keep the chain tight and cut carefully (do not cut sidewise or cut carefully through bushes). I use a channel lock plier to tighten the chain. At times it is difficult to start, but just baby the saw. With temperament , the saw cuts fast.

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Lousy product!!!
1 Star Review   By Rich on Home Depot - Nov 27, 2011   

Started with some difficulty. Cut up one small tree, and the saw did this okay. I turned it off and cleared away some brush, then I could not restart the saw. I gave up after trying for 15 Min. I am returning the saw and will get a different brand.

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horrible
1 Star Review   By hammer on Home Depot - Nov 22, 2011   

rent a sthil rather than buy this. the chain stretched and motor cut out half way through the log. Sorry I wasted my time to buy it.

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Worst Chain Saw Ever!!!!!
1 Star Review   By Sorry on Home Depot - Nov 20, 2011   

I've had a few chain saws over the years and this one has to be the worst one ever! Don't waste your money.

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Not pro quality but good
4 Star Review   By Mrvn on Home Depot - Nov 19, 2011   

I've used this saw extensively and have had NO issues with it except the auto oiler tends to leak a bit. It starts easily and works well.

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AVOID AT ALL COST!
1 Star Review   By rexmobile on Home Depot - Nov 17, 2011   

Bought the Homelite 18in because of trees that came down during the Oct'11 freak snowstorm, in Fairfield county, CT. After 1st cut into an 18" tree, saw stopped. I tried to adjust loose chain, and started again, stopped after a few more cuts. After doing this sevaral times, the pull start eventually got stuck and wouldnt come out anymore. Not to mention the gobs of bar oil this saw seemed to be wasting. Waste of money - I went with the 20inch Ryobi and it's been fantastic!

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JUNK!!!! Major JUNK!!!!
1 Star Review   Home Depot   

Used it less than 3 hours, in the two years it was under warranty.I went to use it for the third time and it does not idle only runs wide open. I took it in and it will cost almost as much $ to fix it, as it costed to begin with. It must be a throw a way item (use it for two hours and than throw it away). Homelite will not do anything, because it is out of warranty. I'll never buy a homelite product again.

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Absolutely useless
1 Star Review   Home Depot   

I followed all the instructions, and the saw wouldn't start. Now I have to try to get my money back from Home Depot

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I should have read the reviews first
1 Star Review   By Bill on Home Depot - Nov 12, 2011   

I had a Homelite 28 years ago and it worked just fine. This one started with some difficulty the first time, but never again. Took it back to Home Depot the next day. No problem. Took my money and ordered a Blue Max at homedepot.com for $10 less. It works great!

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Let the pile of returned saws behind the desk scare you!
1 Star Review   By Rick777 on Home Depot - Nov 8, 2011   

After a massive storm with unprecedented trees falling in the Northeast I settled back into life by buying this chainsaw to cut the 4 trees that fell in my backyard. Let me tell you this was a serious mistake to purchase this saw. I unpacked it, mixed my gas/oil, put oil into the saw as well, followed all the directions for start up and it would start but it would not idle. So I would have to start it and immediately rev it up to keep it on. Playing with the idle screw and raising the idle did not help. After about 5 minutes of use it would shut off anyway, I continued to use it like this for a couple of hours until it would just not start again. Don't let me forget to mention that this saw didn't have the power to cut thru a small tree, it would get stuck in the middle, even when using wedges so it wouldn't bind up. So I drove back to home depot hoping they would take it back "used". Behind the returns desk there was literally about a dozen of these piled up, and 3 people in line with me had them to return. They sent me back to the rental dept for them to check it and I was told they were getting them back left and right with starting issues. After that I quit being cheap and just spent the money on a Stihl.

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Terrible saw
1 Star Review   By Mikez on Home Depot - Nov 7, 2011   

This saw is poorly made. The effort it took to start it was more than I could take. It was very obvious that it would not last very long. I took it back to Home Depot and when I walked in, the guy in front of me was bringing back his for the same reason.

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Chainsaw is JUNK
1 Star Review   By AMac on Home Depot - Nov 7, 2011   

Do not waste your time buying any Homelite chainsaws. Spend a few $$ more for a reputable brand. Purchased an 18" Homelite which did not work (motor ran, but chain didn't move). Called tech support, they told me that they have a clutch problem and I should return it. The return bin at Home Depot's service counter had 8 other Homelite chainsaws which had all been returned.

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junk
1 Star Review   By jimmy on Home Depot - Nov 5, 2011   

i have had to replace 4times . now i am stuck with something i cant use.did put it in the shop once got it back in worse shape . DONT wast your money

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Workable for brief periods
3 Star Review   By icerabbit on Home Depot - Nov 1, 2011   

Two years ago, we purchased a new house with a few wooded acres and needed to trim and remove some trees. Value & price conscious I purchased this saw, based on features. Following the instructions on the saw, it cold starts every time. Warm start can be a hit or miss (typically it starts right up or I prime 3 times and pull) The tool-less chain tensioner is convenient, but not perfect. It has come loose and thrown the chain a couple times - luckily without injury, after checking oil, tension etc before starting to cut. It can be a bit tricky to get the right tension dialed in. Cleaning inside that cover with compressed air helps. The bar is thinner and flimsier than it should have been. I had to replace mine in very short order, and it wasn't that I abused the saw, by any means. The standard replacement bar & chain combo from the store was considerably thicker and more durable. Power is adequate, till you start tackling a bigger load and then it fails to power through ... and we get to my biggest complaint with the saw: overheating. You can cut plenty of branches and small stuff, or softwood; but try to cut through a small oak or maple and you'll only make a few through cuts after felling it, before the saw overheats and stops. Leaving you to do something besides cutting for the next half hour. I've had this overheating occur at the most inconvenient moment, during the last secs of a wedge cut on a leaning oak tree ... Another negative is that the oil leaks out badly when not in use. All in all, I think this is a basic, workable saw for a reasonable price. There are probably dozens more like it. Recommend yes/no. For intermittent and light use, it is fine. Personally, I am looking to upgrading to a pro brand. I'm sick & tired of the saw overheating and needing to tackle a tree in bits & pieces. Or, being able to fell a couple trees but then have to wait for the saw to cool off to cut them up into manageable lengths.

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This product great features but if it doesn't prime and run longer then this not good
1 Star Review   By warlord on Home Depot - Oct 31, 2011   

bought two because of reviews can't get ether one to prime or start after 7 mo. of use. Called homelite took over an hour to talk to someone. Told something to do with carb not covered by warrenty.

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its junk pure and simple
1 Star Review   By sparky on Home Depot - Oct 26, 2011   

the chain wont stay on for more then 5 minutes of cutting , when it pops off the riders get bent and scuffed so it will not fit back on the bar. no safety grill over the exhaust makes for plenty of burnt fingers while lugging it around.i bought it for the occasional fall clean ups when branches fall into the yard thinking a cheap saw would work . next saw i buy will be a better brand

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Good value, hold it before you buy it.
3 Star Review   By wswellman on Home Depot - Sep 20, 2011   

I haven't bought one for a while, but I needed one in a semi-hurry and they were all sold out in our storm blasted area. So I ordered online with free shipping. Great deal. All the usual do dads and safety stuff. Not sure I like the non-wrench blade tightening and adjusting system. I think I could work faster with that special wrench that used to come with them.

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Poor Quality Control
1 Star Review   By Leon on Home Depot - Aug 31, 2011   

After the very first 10 minutes of using the chain saw the chain jump out of the bar groove and the chain was jammed tight. I then tried to loosen the chain and found that the chain tensioning dial was jammed. I had to remove the clutch cover and install the chain tensioning dial and clutch properly. The saw seems to working properly after reinstalling and adjusting the chain.

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forget it
1 Star Review   By angryhomeliteowner on Home Depot - May 16, 2011   

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.

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GREAT FOR THE MONEY
4 Star Review   By GroovyAl on Home Depot - May 10, 2011   

It's really a great saw for the money, especially for the occasional user. Fired right up and ran fine. Cut through 12" tree trunks like butter. Like the chain tension adjustment. Relatively quiet engine. You do need to drain chain oil before storing or it will leak into case. Air filter and spark plug access is inconvenient but not a big problem. Haven't had it long so hopefully it will continue to work well.

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Pure Junk. One star is generous.
1 Star Review   By WoodyB on Home Depot - May 7, 2011   

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.

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You get what you pay for!
3 Star Review   By autotech1976 on Home Depot - May 6, 2011   

The first saw I had to return because the muffler fell off and melted the plastic housing. Second saw I add locktite to the exhaust bolts and no more issues. It does not restart hot due to fuel vapor lock. Have moved main fuel line-removed part of housing for more airflow over carb.-and removed plastic around the engine to aid in cooling. Hoping hot restart issue is solved. As far as chain coming off- KEEP THE CHAIN ADJUSTED PROPERLY AND CLEAN THE BAR GROOVE. Cheap plastic housing is melted slightly by exhaust. We will see tomorrow how it runs since helping clean-up from tornado damage in Birmingham. Like the summary says You get what you pay for. So far worth the money

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very poor product
1 Star Review   By clevelandchainsaw on Home Depot - Mar 13, 2011   

I have used this chainsaw once without a problem. Even then, it smelled as if something was burning. Since the first time, I have been unable to start it or keep it running. Also, the chain bar oil leaks out into the case, emptying the oil reservoir and leaving the case a disaster. We got this chainsaw because it was deeply cut in price, and now see why. I strongly suggest that anyone in the market for a chainsaw look at another brand

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18" Homelite Chain Saw
5 Star Review   By john1311 on Home Depot - Dec 27, 2010   

Great saw for the price. This is for the once in awhile use and not for the contractor. We took down 9 trees and had them cut into logs within 3 hours. Excellent speed and power. Be sure to fill bar/chain oil with every fuel fill as it does go through the oil. Take care of it and it will do the job for a long time to come.

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Nice for Domestic use
5 Star Review   By Mauricio on Home Depot - Dec 12, 2010   

By it Price it is an exellent choice, only if you want something for a commercial use, you need to pay for a commercial Brand.

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Built like a toy-Junk!
1 Star Review   By i3fo4ngk on Home Depot - Dec 2, 2010   

Worked good on first use, then started having these problems: * Would overheat and then be impossible to start for another few hours. * Muffler fell off during use and started pine needles on fire. Replaced muffler bolts and would fall off again after 10-15 min of use(then be impossible to restart). * Chain would fall off (with correct tension) and chew up the drive teeth on chain. Had to replace bar and chain, had the same problem almost immediately. * Idle speed became erratic and could not adjust. * Leaked oil all over the place. I had previously owned a Homelite chain saw for almost 20 years before it wore out so I thought this would be a good investment. They definitely don't make them like they used to.

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Made the right Choice
5 Star Review   By BoMac on Home Depot - Oct 24, 2010   

A few initial issues with the chain but nothing major. Easy to start every time. Prime, choke and starts within 5 pulls. This is a good saw for home use. Just keep the chain at the correct tension. I made the right choice with this saw.

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Poor Quality
1 Star Review   By DenverGal80120 on Home Depot - Oct 11, 2010   

I returned the 1st one as the chain had been installed backwards on it and was ruined with the 1st use of it. The 2nd one runs OK, but has the already-reported issues of leaking oil, chain falling off, and refusing to restart due to overheating. I am returning this one as well and will be replacing it with a quality one, and certainly not this brand

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junk
1 Star Review   By johnny11 on Home Depot - Aug 6, 2010   

this saw is the worst investment i have made in years. I have a 15 year old saw that was cheaper that will put this one to shame. what a piece of junk, it lasted about two hours.

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Shame on you, Homelite!
1 Star Review   By mvb42 on Home Depot - Aug 3, 2010   

Homelite has always been a top name in saws, but buyer beware! The plastic chain tensionsers on all size saws DOES NOT WORK... I bought the saw on Sunday & it was returned on Monday. The chain just would not stay on. It came off on the first cut & a half dozen or so more times. At first I thought well maybe I don't understand how the adjuster works and read the manual and through experiencing the chain coming off numerous times, I soon learned it wasn't me. Plastic gismos do not cut it on a tough piece of machinery. What happened to the good 'ol days when things were made to last? Not any more. I hope that Homelite reads reviews here and there and find out that folks aren't going to buy their things when they are made so cheap. The saw ran and cut great - if only they wouldn't have cut so many corners resulting in a product that people can't use. Stay away from plastic...

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Good saw for the $$$$
4 Star Review   By RonR on Home Depot - Jun 11, 2010   

Bought this to replace the homelite I've had for 20+ years. plenty of power, lightweight, controls vibration well. all around good saw for the homeowner/handyman. I love the tool-less chain tensioner, but not too fond of the fact that its plastic. (time will tell) Extra chain included, as well as a quart of bar oil, and a bottle of 2 cycle with my saw, so free stuff is always a plus!

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DO NOT BUY THIS SAW!
1 Star Review   By Brunzwick on Home Depot - Jun 1, 2010   

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.

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good saw for the price
4 Star Review   By Bryan77 on Home Depot - Jun 1, 2010   

This saw is pretty good for the price. I had a tree fall during the biggest snow last year and just got to cleaning it up. I was looking at different ones and this saw looked pretty good. Two hours of cutting and it took every bit of abuse I gave it! The no tool tensioner is awesome, the only drawback is it uses too much chain oil in my opinion. I would definitely recommend this saw!

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Ugh.
1 Star Review   By watlo on Home Depot - May 22, 2010   

Where to begin.. Easier to chop my trees down with a toothbrush than it is to start this saw. Once it starts, it won't run for more than a few minutes. During that time the chain falls off every minute or two no matter how much you adjust it. The chain oil leaks out all over the place. The chain break handle falls off during starting. The throttle lock on the handle doesn't work. The carrying case tends to open and spill the saw onto my leg while carrying. Other than this, its a great saw.

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Engine won't run
1 Star Review   By cranky69 on Home Depot - May 22, 2010   

This chain saw is very difficult to start and will not run for more than a couple of minutes, after which it needs twelve hours to rest before it can be started for another couple of minutes. My entire body aches from pulling the rope over an over and over and over and over and over and over. I have owned and used many chain saws over the years, this is by far the worst. It is not suitable for its intended purpose. Buy this as a present for someone you hate.

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Good saw for the money
4 Star Review   By rgdem on Home Depot - May 16, 2010   

I have used this saw several times now and it works just fine. Cut trees up to 20" in diameter with ease. I bought a mixture adjustment tool online. Good power and cutting speed and I love the anti-vibration system. Great saw for the home owner!

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Update on my earlier review
1 Star Review   By Piglet on Home Depot - May 12, 2010   

I was pretty positive in my first review, but right after that the chain started falling off the bar. There never appeared to be any problem with the chain tension. I would put the chain back on and the tension would be good. Then the chain would fall off again, over and over. I thought there must be more than one way to engage the chain with the drive sprocket, but looking at the chain and sprocket from underneath did not reveal anything. That chain finally got ruined by the metal drive sprocket banging on the drive links each time the chain fell off. The front of the plastic cover and the metal guides are also a mess. I put on a new chain and that immediately fell off. Once again, the tension was fine. I took it off, cleaned everything up, filed the drive links because some were banged up too much to fit in the bar groove. The chain hasn't come off since, but the usage is down because it's been starting so hard, which brings up the next issue. This is probably Champion's fault, but the spark plug fell apart. I couldn't start the saw. When I took the top cover off, the plug wire was hanging there with the top of the plug in it. Other problems: The teeth on the saw front are rounded over and provide no aid in cutting. Just stupid not to put a metal plate on. I still think it uses too much chain oil. Sometimes it just drips off the bar. I never did figure out the chain derailment issue.

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Homelite 18 in chain saw
1 Star Review   By John101 on Home Depot - May 8, 2010   

First time giving a review but I must infrom others about this product. This product will only cut trees and branches of 6 inches or less in diameter anything larger it will bind into the tree or branch.

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NOT SO GREAT
1 Star Review   By BIGOLDHORSE on Home Depot - May 1, 2010   

I bought two of these for my vacation properties after having three Poulan Pros fail to function properly. The chains on these will not stay on more than a few minutes. The bar appears not to be parallel to the sprocket, it appears that the bar leans to the left on both of mine. If you can't keep the chain on the saw it is worthless. I guess I am going to have to buy one of the more expensive saws.

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definitely worth it
4 Star Review   By froehicke on Home Depot - Apr 10, 2010   

I've used a 16 inch homelite at work for years, and have no complaints, so naturally I went with homelite ( I also did'nt have $300 for an echo). I chose the 18 inch mainly because of the features ( extra chain , carry case, chain oil included, and the bonus two containers of ready mix for a gallon of gas). Basically all you need for extended cutting in one purchase, if you have a one gallon gas can ( $6 at home depot). I'm simply clearing my back yard, some 14 inch and fewer trees , but tall ( 75 feet ), so alot of cutting once the trees fall. Only downfall to Homelite series is they "heat up" and tend to require a cooling period of about a half hour before any really serious cutting resumes ( thats ok if you need to drag brush or stack what youve cut). Would highly recommend to anyone on a budget who is doing simple tree falling , not for someone on discovery channel ( get a husqvarna).

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Homelite 18 in 42cc - Junk
1 Star Review   By HDCust4 on Home Depot - Mar 15, 2010   

Absolute Junk. Don't wate money or effort. I spent most of my time trying to start it. I was so exhausted from pulling the starter I had to take a breaks. It finally started and ran for literally 5 minutes, the chain de-railed, stalled, and never started again. What a waste of money. This is going back. I hope I never see it again. I would have returned it the day I bought it, but I was so tired from trying to start it I couldn't make it out. By the way, the chain oil leaks all over the place. So if you decide to keep it store it over a bucket or drain out the chain oil. Chain oil drips were all over the ground the garage floor where I was trying to start it, my pants and shoes. Just ruined them. Ugh!

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