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    Cheap Chinese Chainsaw Review

    I bought a 62cc Ebay saw &, as there has been a lot of chainsaw chatter on AULRO, I thought I'd post up a report.

    Purchased Sunday night for $48.00 plus $47.00 postage, it arrived by mail today (Friday)
    First Impressions.
    Arrived promptly -without postal insurance (was another $15.00)



    It came with a "bonus" earmuffs, gloves & goggles "worth $49.00" - or $2.00 each at the local trinkett shop.
    However it had good instructions, tools (plug spanner/screwdriver small screwdriver, 2x Allen tools sharpening file & small fuel container & bar cover.
    The only thing that has no mention or seems to be needed anywhere is the threaded plug at top right, its a bit of a mystery,actually not a plug as its hollow. Also its more like a 18" bar not 22 as advertised but I expected that.



    The quality of castings etc are no where near Swedish but not as crappy as I expected.



    It has a chain catcher, floating rim, & good quality bar nuts & studs



    The chain is supposedly Carlton, certainly the box looks genuine, but not the chain.



    It has good design features such as Quickstop ( no doubt mandatory) anti vibe, good ergonomics, good air filter, CDI Ignition, adjustable oiler, side access bar adjuster, sprocket nose etc. Pictured with air filter removed & set to one side.




    Starting / using the saw.

    It does'nt have a throttle latch as per instructions, but fired on 3rd pull with the choke out & started on the next pull with half choke. There is no decomp start & you only seem to get one revolution per pull which is a bit odd.
    I gave it a minutes running to lube the bar & then put it through a 12" dead redgum log, that was the only thing I could test it on. Whilst it certainly cut like a 62cc saw, it was certainly not as smooth as the Huskys, but quite acceptable. The chain was a bit dry afterwards so I upped the flow rate a couple of notches.Also, its stickers says 110 DB & my Huskies are 94 but I cant tell any difference.
    This is not a complete review, just a users impressions, I dont intend to destruction test the saw for AULRO's benefit but my first impressions are this saw is not junk, quite reasonably well made and bloody good value for its intended purpose. I might add as an afterthought that I was a Sales rep/demonstrator for McCulloch chainsaws back in 78-80 ( when they made good saws) so have a fair idea of chainsaws.
    I'll revisit this post after maybe an hours use to report back on wear & tear.
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    Good first impressions.
    I also bought one of these cheapies. I don't think the same brand as the box looked different and there was a bit more orange on it. The motor is pretty good, but, where mine fell down was..........those two studs....one threaded pretty quickly, and actually needs replacing before I can use the saw again.
    The chain adjusting system is very weak and stopped working VERY quickly.
    I've done some pretty heavy work with the saw and got my moneys worth in comparison to hiring a man and a saw, it did the job I bought it for....just BUT, it aint no Husky

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    Yep I have one of those too, mine is 52cc, 18" bar, and has Estart, it was $53 and $47 postage, hasn't missed a beat in nearly 12mths.

    Best $100 on a saw I've ever spent, if it craps itself tomorrow it doesn't matter. cause it's already paId for itself in firewood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redback View Post
    ......... hasn't missed a beat in nearly 12mths.....
    Are we talkin 5 hours of use, 10? 50? 200? in those 12 months??

    I'd say most household firewood gatherers would only ever spend about 2 hours a month actually cutting wood - maybe another 4-6 hours moving, stacking, splitting on top of that, but only a couple with the saw actually working...

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    chainsaw ebay plastic threaded part

    this plastic threaded bung supplied with saw is a spare oil pump housing , saw has an worm type oil pump this is a spare housing supplied for future servicing

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    I've just bought the exact same model and it arrived yesterday.

    Its certainly no Stihl but like you say, its not junk either. For $100 its pretty good value. Looks like my Dolmar will be getting a rest while I try to kill this one.

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    Which ebay did you get it from, I had a look on Aussie Ebay and they want around $100++ and extra for postage. I couldn't find any $47 specials

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    Looks to be a sthil clone.
    That plug MAY be to hold the crank at TDC whist removing the clutch???? It doesnt look long enough to me.I have a plastic insert to do such a job,does it have the same thread as the spark plug???
    It would be good to keep this thread alive with further progress reports on how the saw performs,GOOD or BAD.
    Thanks
    Andrew
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    By the way,Carlton chain is rubbish.It stretchs way to much.Get oregon or sthil chain,well worth the little bit more in cost.
    Andrew
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    hi there

    I bought one as well, but it was a bit more dollars than you quoted (approx $140 delivered)

    Works a treat but must admit I have broke the pull start, but they are replacing it under warrantee.......very impressed indeed.

    Wayne
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