Worst saw I ever bought
Saw would barly start and ran very poorly
It had no power and would not come up to cutting speed. Saw was not adjustable and tool to do so no longer available. In order to get it to run properly I would have had to make a hundred mile trip to a dealer to drop it off and the same to pick it up which would have cost me another $50 minimum. As far as i am concerened it was a boat anchor. I would have expected a Poulan product to run properly out of the box. I ended up going to the hardware store and bought a Stihl saw. At the store they took it out of the box added gas and chain oil and it started right up. It starts and runs great. I feel the quality of the Poulan saw is not up to my standard or anyone elses. Dont you test run your equipment?
August 29, 2013
Chain tensioner horrible
The chain tensioner that they have on this chainsaw is terrible. The chain never stays tight and I can only get about 8 good cuts in before I have to retension the chain. This is not an uncommon complaint for this brand. Buy a better brand
March 24, 2013
Overall this chainsaw performs very well for light to average usage. I have had no problems with it starting and running well. The main problem I have is with the design of the gas cap. You have to use vice grips to open and close the gas cap. I understand this is a common problem caused by ethanol gas. Why should this be the customers problem to purchase new gas cap and how do I know if the new cap is going to do any better. Why would Poulan not fix this problem rather than having unsatisfied customers for the cost of a gas cap?
March 6, 2013
its not that good
i use it twice and the chains snapped off and needs to be sharpened already
March 5, 2013
Response to previous review
My earlier review on the Wild Thing had me wondering if all chain saws were as finiky as the one I purchased, but after replacing the carberator because of severe flooding I've decided this chain saw deserves a thumbs up. It has never idled so perfectly since day one. I guess I should Have taken it back the first day. It would never idle on it's own even with idle speed way up. Now you can set it down for repositioning logs and not have to restart it everytime.
February 21, 2013
Poorly made chainsaw
I first got the chainsaw based on the reputation and value. I have already had to replace the chainsaw within 90 days from the first purchase. The second chainsaw didn’t last either. Tried to contact the manufacturer only to find out they do not have 24 hour customer assistance. Normal business hours and that makes it difficult to when you have to work during that time and no e-mail address to send inquiries to. The chainsaw is not a quality product.
January 22, 2013
Wild Thing Is Awesome!
I have used this saw extensively for 8 years and have cut dozens of cords of Oak Firewood season after season without a hitch. It has never failed to start and I've cut logs big enough that I had to cut from both sides just to slice off a round. With regular maintenace and an occaisional new chain, I think it will last for many more years. I would recomend the Wild Thing to anyone who wants to "get things done!".
January 21, 2013
An Affordable, Reliable, Power Horse Of A Saw
The P4018 is powered by a 40cc 2-cycle gas engine.which has all the power you will need to cut firewood. I have owned this saw for nearly a year, and it starts right up every time! I am disabled, and this saw is light enough for me to use with a bad back. This saw does not only prove to be a power horse. But it is not a gas hog neither. I can cut a cord of wood and still have plenty of gas left over in my gallon container.
January 14, 2013