Pros: Bigger and more powerful than most chainsaws.
Cons: Hard to start after the motor warms up.
You can find chainsaws at just about any home improvement store in your neighborhood. So, how do you make the right choice in deciding what size or namebrand to buy? Since I usually frequent the Home Depot chain of stores I found this Homelite 33 cc 16 inch chainsaw on sale for $100. I really did not need a chainsaw since I had my 10 inch Craftsman chainsaw at home, but when I see a deal such as this I usually jump on it. Homelite has been around since the 1920s and developed various gasoline and electric chainsaws. Just because it does not say Dewalt or Craftsman or Snap-on on the side of the product does not mean that it is not a good product. Homelite produces one million of these chainsaw's in any 12 month period. The only way to really tell which one is the best for you, is to actually purchase one and have something to compare it to.
This particular model is a 33 CC, 16 inch two cycle gas chainsaw. The overall width from side to side is 12 inches, and the overall length or height, whichever way you look at it is 32 inches, and the overall weight is approximately 20 pounds without the case. This is basically black and red color. There is a yellow handle for a quick easy pull start or you can order this with a push button electric start.
Along with the very powerful 32 CC two cycle engine, you have a 3 point vibration proof handle that will contribute to less fatigue during usage if you hold on to the handle. This also has an automatic chain oiler so you will not have to worry about the chain getting dull right away. Once you stop seeing the oil come out, that is when you need to stop immediately and refill the chain oil compartment. This also comes with a deluxe carrying case that I usually never use any way. This chainsaw will come fully assembled and with a bottle of two cycle engine oil. This also comes equipped with a wrench to tighten up the chain, and a scabbard (if you are wondering what a scabbard is, it is the sheath or plastic protective cover for the chainsaws blade) that will help you protect yourself and any bumps or nicks to the blade while in storage or moving. This also has a feature that when activated will automatically stop the chain from moving if it becomes bound up.
In this case, bigger is not always better; I have a 10 inch Craftsman chainsaw at home that I have been using for several years. With the addition of this one from Homelite, I can compare the differences in the two. These chainsaws come in very handy when you have a lot of land with tree limbs that have fallen in your yard and they need to be disposed of. I have also used them on overhanging trees limbs at my mom and dad's house, and even on the side to make a little extra money. When I was unemployed and needed some money to pay my bills I would go around the neighborhood and chop down any dead trees for my neighbors. I have noticed that the Homelite chainsaw leak's out a lot of oil and is hard to start once you begin the process of cutting trees down and the motor warms up. This is supposed to be a quick start an easy pull chainsaw, but I have found that my Craftsman does a better job, even though it is smaller than the Homelite chainsaw. My Craftsman saw usually rips right through the wood with no hesitation and no access leakage. But, the Homelite chainsaw will stay stuck in idle and will die after you remove your finger from the buttom. Once I let the chainsaw from Homelite cooldown, it will usually start with ease. The Homelite saw is quite a bit louder than my Craftsman saw. When the Homelite chainsaw was brand-new, it started up right away with one pull, but after about three or four tankfuls of gas, my craftsman chainsaw beats this hands down. I have soon found out that bigger is not always better. My craftsman is the one I usually turn to when I have jobs to do because of its dependability. There is nothing worse than grabbing a tool and it does not do the job usually end up grabbing your older and dependable model over the new one. I know that this Homelite chainsaw is a little bit bigger than my Craftsman chainsaw, but there is a definite weight problem. The Homelite chainsaw weighs a lot more than my smaller Craftsman saw and it does get very tiresome holding this 20 pound saw all the time.
Once you decide to purchase a chainsaw. Then I would suggest that you make sure, if you have never operated one, either have someone show you how to use this and read the manual thoroughly before starting this. There is a lot of danger when using one of these chainsaws to be considered, you will have to be careful of the kickbacks and trying to push the chainsaw too hard beyond its limits. Also, if this ever stops pumping oil that lubricates the chain, you must stop immediately.
Homelite provides you with a two year limited warranty when you purchase one of these, but that is drastically reduced if you plan on using this for commercial use, then it is knocked down to only 90 days. If you have any questions or concerns, you can call their customer service line at 1-800-435-4654 for any further warranty information.
My overall conclusion of this saw is that I would have to give it a thumbs down. When it comes to work ability and the amount of noise that this makes while running, (when it runs) this is not a good chainsaw. This is not a good sign, that this is a good chainsaw; I would highly recommend saving your money and purchasing another type of chainsaw unless you could get this one practically for free. When this is cool, it starts every time, and it does come with a case. But that is where I usually keep my Homelite saw and my Craftsman saw usually gets the workout.