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    My local HD has several Ryobi and Homelite chainsaws marked down, am wondering if a 14" Homelite saw for $30, or an 18" Ryobi for $75 is going to be worth my effort for occasional use.
    14 in. Gas 35 cc Chain Saw-UT10540 at The Home Depot
    18 in. Gas 46 cc 2-Cycle Chain Saw-RY10518 at The Home Depot

    [edit] after reading the reviews on the Homelite, I am unsure if you could pay me to receive one of them for free!
    We don't have preventative maintenance around here, we have CRISIS MANAGEMENT!

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    If your gona buy a chainsaw is buy a stihl lots if bottom end or husquavarna lots of high end I like stihl I got a johnsred that a good saw to?

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    • #3
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      The Ryobi are not bad little saws.
      I believe the insides are German-dolmar.
      They can be hot rodded.

      A better buy is one of the used Makita from their rental fleet.

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      • #4
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        Homelite was a good saw many years ago,not now! I would get the ryobi for the bigger displacement and see if I could mount a 16 inch bar. You will get better power cuts and cheaper replacement chains. If I was going to buy a chainsaw for more frequent and heavy use, stihl and husqvarna would be the way to go. Even with the top of the line saws I don't recomment getting the bare bones smallest cu in models. My neighbor got a small stihl and it seized up on him after light use, no return policy after 60 days! I would recommend a midrange model for power and 16inch bar and chain. Folks often buy the biggest bar thinking it will cut larger wood and faster, not true.

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        • #5
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          Do not waste your money on a homelite chainsaw dont think you should buy a ryobi chainsaw either for that matter just spend some real money and buy a Stihl or Husquvarna. I am absolutely astonished this brand is actually still sold at big orange. A bigger turd has yet to be made.

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          • #6
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            Have had no problems with my Stihl for the past 3 years. I had a Poulan before that which was a royal pain for many years but would not die. When it did I bought the Stihl. With any chainsaw be sure to use better grade fuels not the cheapest grade and don't use stale fuel (>30 days) if possible. And even though its a PITA drain and run the fuel out of the saw when you don't plan to use it for more than a week.
            "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

            https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

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            • #7
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              Well Phoey! I had extra cash to get one of the Ryobi saws, they were gone, only the Homelite stuff was there. I suppose I can get a bar for a homeline saw I got dumped on me and torture myself with that?
              We don't have preventative maintenance around here, we have CRISIS MANAGEMENT!

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