Early failure with the bar oiler. Failure of the fuel cap leaking through the vent hole. Fuel cap, difficult at best, to remove and install. Do not purchase this product. Spend your money on a better quality product.
February 25, 2014
Do not buy this
The first time I was going to use the "wild thing" I had chain oil all over, the oiler grommet was missing new out of the box. I called customer service and they were less than helpful and the service locator web page is not up to date. I was able to use it once, and the blade dulled quickly. The last time i tried to use it the starter pulley cracked and broke.
February 4, 2014
6 years use and still going!
Bought this saw 6 years to replace a 20 year old huski I've been using to chunk firewood and occasional land maintenance. Works great! Most times it starts first pull on half choke. I used it last year to build a log cabin for a deer camp last year without one problem! I usually use between 14 and 16" bars depending on what I'm using the saw for and that does me just fine! I tune it twice a year... once for summer use and again for winter... as with any and all gas powered equipment... maintenance is key for more than occasional use.
For people that complain about how long it takes to start... prime it... pull the choke all the way out... pull the cord until it wants to turn over (about 2-3 pull... you'll hear it" put it on half choke... start the saw... let it idle for 30 sec and push the choke all the way in and you're good to go!
PS: If your saw is throwing the chain... tighten it up... If you don't know how... start using a bowsaw! ;)
February 1, 2014
good saw for the money
saw was ready to go in minutes. just had to add fluids and go. saw starts good and runs good. I was hoping for a little more power from a saw with an 18" bar, but it's a good saw for the price.
January 7, 2014
I've had good luck with these
I bought my first Poulan Wild Thing before I started heating with wood. Once I started using wood as a main source of heat the Wild Thing lasted one year of intense wood cutting before it quit oiling the chain. I shopped around and looked at some pricey chain saws. I asked what the shop rate was and hearing what the repair costs were on expensive saws I decided to buy another Wild Thing. The second one was three years old when the engine locked up one day. I bought another and it is now 6 years old. I think these saws have served my well and I am quite happy with them. I figure that as much wood as I cut I can buy one of these a year and be ahead of the game, every year I get out of one beyond the first year is a bonus. All mechanical things break down and I enjoy the fact that these saws are so reasonably priced that I can sit the broken one in the garage next to the others and just go buy another and not have to deal with repairs.
December 23, 2013
Very Poor Support / Not Even An Email
I own the Poulan Pro 967185102 PP4218A 42cc 18'' chainsaw, it's still being sold at Home Depot and Poulan doesn't even support there own product anymore. The chain bar oil feeder is no longer functional after minimal use, the gas cap doesn't twist on or off without a pair of plyers. It worked great for about 10 days in a year period, now it's going in the garbage because I can't find a parts for it. I always have need for a chainsaw, I'll never purchase a Poulan again because of the very poor support.
December 3, 2013
Stored for 2 1/2 years
My saw is 4 years old. I stored the saw after my divorce and forgot to empty the fuel. When I finally needed the saw I pulled it out, added a little fuel stabilizer and cranked it up on the first try. I have never had a hard time cranking or using my saw and believe me when I tell you in Northern Maine I used it year round. Now in Florida it is still working like a champ. Great saw.
November 11, 2013
JUNK JUNK JUNK!
Do not buy this product unless you want complete JUNK! The chain falls off constantly and does not like to start. The gas cap has swelled and you need to use a vice grip with a lot of force to get off and on. Oh yeah did I mention its only a year old with very little hours.
November 9, 2013