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Chainsaws, recalls, synthetic 2 cycle oil

man114

man114

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I currently own Craftsman 46cc 18 inch, 38cc 16 inch, McCulloch Pro Mac 440vc (I call this "the professsional"), a more modern 16 inch Mccullouch and a vintage one I haven't touched but needs some restore work.

I've been messing around with this consumer grade stuff, but synthetic 2 cycle oil is a must. All of these smoothly idle when adjusted properly with synthetic.

The 16 inch Poulan sourced Craftsman was garbage, but a new chain and synthetic 2 cycle oil, it never stalls and runs fine. Cut 3 trees this afternoon.

The 18 inch 46 CC I bought late last summer may have been recalled , but I've literally cut dozens of cords of wood with it. It may have been recalled, I haven't checked, I may even take the risks, that thing purrs and it cuts like nothing.

I think a sharp chain, adjusted carb and synthetic 2 cycle oil make more difference than the brand. That 18 inch Craftsman has cut more trees than you could imagine for the price.

I think it's mostly maintenance, knowledge and understanding of the machine it probably makes more difference than the brand on the saw.
 
Little Al

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If you maintain your saw, either Pro or Home Owner & use a realistic fuel mix ratio, carb set up correctly They should perform as expected. The use of synthetic oil is a personal thing they will perform equally well on semi synthetic or castor based but if you think synthetic is a must carry on it certainly will not harm
 

bang

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I have a Poulan pro I use for limbing and a 4218 Craftsman(Poulan) that I did a mild muff mod on both and I use them alot especially the pro. I put a 14 inch bar on it and it does a great job, its lite and nimble. I have about $100 in the pair and if I drop a tree or run over them , no big deal. I do love my Dolmar and 028s though and use them on the bigger stuff.
 
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