Pros: CHEAP! Turns on instantly. Easy handling.
Cons: Not for big jobs. Not recommended for shaving.
My first chainsaw, an electric WAN, barely survived six months, a victim of my stubborn refusal to follow directions. A bright red, in your face WARNING on the saws shell stated clearly that only one type of oil could be used to lubricate the chain. Using a different type could be catastrophic. A search of the shed turned up oil of a different weight and type, but I was in the middle of cutting up a fallen tree and didnt want to be bothered by a trip to the store. Besides, oil is oil; the warning was too dramatic and for others to follow. With its contraband oil refill the saw worked fine for a few minutes until it started to smoke. Hard headed and determined to finish what I started, I kept my finger on the throttle. A few more cuts later the saw burst into flames filling the yard with smoke. At that moment as the telltale black smoke blanketed my yard and my neighbors I resolved to henceforth read and heed directions to the letter.
To this day Mrs. Spudman thinks the saw was defective. I might have forgotten to tell her about the oil thing. It was probably a coincidence anyway. On a positive note, for the victims of the bloody, video massacres via chainsaw, I got a small measure of revenge on one chain saw anyway.
I really didnt need another chain saw until moving to spacious Spud Acres a little over a year ago. Too many nuisance pines needed to be felled and many fallen trees and limbs needed to be cut into pieces. While trying to decide whether to go gas or electric I saw this electric Remington on sale at the local Ace Hardware for an irresistibly low price. I bought it, and after a year have never regretted my decision.
WHAT IT IS
This is a little saw, one begging to be mocked and scorned by the macho lumberjack in his red checked flannel shirt and high top heavy shoes who might lift the brim of his John Deere hat to sneer at this electric plaything. The Remington measures about 25 inches from its nose to the end of the plastic handle. It weighs less than 8 pounds so even one of Arnolds girly man friends could maneuver it with one hand if necessary. Thats one of the problems with this saw. Its so light and easy to use that one can easily become complacent, perhaps careless, while using it.
Some minimal assembly is required for this saw. The front hand guard is first attached with several screws. Then the guide bar and chain are installed, not a difficult process. The chain tension is adjusted with the turn of a screw. Directions in the owners manual are written clearly in correct English and well illustrated with large visuals. For example the manual cautions not to put the chain on backwards. Bold fonts, repetition and close up pictures of the chains cutters reinforce this. After assembly the only thing left to do is to remove the oil cap and fill the oil tank. As I now read the owners manual for the first time in months I notice that #30 motor oil should be used; #10 for temperatures below 30 degrees. OOPS!
There is an oil level sight hole on the saws body between the front handle and the front hand guard. Because of its inconvenient location I find it easier to check the oil by removing the oil cap.
The manual goes on to state that it is normal for oil to seep when saw is not in use. The oil tank should be emptied after each use to prevent seepage. This is true. I dont usually empty the tank and have experienced some seepage. In fact when I suffer with insomnia , I visualize the saw and count seep.
The owner is also advised to use a proper extension cord marked for outdoor use. A heavy-duty cord is recommended for cord lengths over 100 feet.
More saw stuff:
8 amp motor
front and rear hand guards
positive chain adjustment
manual pushbutton oiler
reduced kickback guide bar and chain
one year limited warranty
Made in the USA
In the year Ive had this saw Ive probably cut the equivalent to at least four cords of wood, probably much more. Most of my cutting has been of fallen trees and large limbs, though I have felled a few trees of modest size. Until this week all Ive ever had to do to this saw is keep it clean and adjust the chain tension. Recently its become more difficult to keep the chain tension constantly tight necessitating more frequent tightening. Yesterday I replaced the chain for the first time without too much difficulty and the new chain has been a vast improvement over the old, dulled chain. Today I felled a small oak with an 8-inch diameter trunk at its base. The Remington made quick work of this tree, but a larger diameter trunk would tax or max it.
Squeezing the trigger alone will not operate the saw. A switch lock out button must be pressed simultaneously for the trigger to be functional, a good safety feature. The blade runs for a few seconds after the operator releases the trigger, requiring the user to remain vigilant even after the trigger release.
Over time it has become more difficult to keep the chain tight. To tighten the chain one must first loosen the two bar nuts and then turn the adjusting screw, a screw not particularly easy to see.
Kickback is always a danger when using a chain saw, but knock on wood, its never happened to me with this little saw. A few times Ive had the saw stall and get hung up in a piece of wood, but it was easily disengaged and was more my fault than the saws.
I bought a small gas chain saw recently (review coming soon) only because with an electric tool the length of the extension cord limits the users reach. Even two hundred feet of extension cord wont allow me to reach the perimeter of Spud Acres. The gas saw is more powerful, but the electric starts effortlessly, is much lighter and is easier to handle and control.
One who wants a chain saw for occasional use, doesnt want the noise or maintenance of a gas model, and for whom a saw of this size is adequate, the Remington Limb N Trim might be just the ticket.
Here's a review of a newer Remington saw that I am very pleased with.
Remington Lift and Dial Saw