Poulan Pro PR4218 Review
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|Bottom Line||An overpriced gasoline saw that doesn't run well and is lacking key elements||If you want an easy-to-use cordless electric chainsaw with a long-lasting battery and a long bar this is the one||An easy-to-use corded electric model that will hardly dent your bank account||For a reasonable price, this model performs well although it does not quite contend with the top-ranked models||This saw offers good cutting performance and a few nice features but falls short of the best models|
|Rating Categories||Poulan Pro PR4218||Ego Power+ CS1800||Oregon CS1500||Husqvarna 120i||Worx WG303.1|
|Saw Performance (35%)|
|Ease of Use (30%)|
|Power Performance (25%)|
|Specs||Poulan Pro PR4218||Ego Power+ CS1800||Oregon CS1500||Husqvarna 120i||Worx WG303.1|
|Bar Length||18 inches||18 inches||18 inches||14 inches||16 inches|
|Power Source||Gasoline||Battery||Corded Electric||Battery||Corded Electric|
|Measured Weight||14 lbs, 6 oz||12 lbs, 4 oz||10 lbs, 10 oz||10 lbs, 11 oz||10 lbs 13 oz|
|Measured Battery Weight||n/a||3 lbs, 8 oz||n/a||2 lbs, 12 oz||n/a|
|Amps||n/a||5 amp||15 Amp||4.2 amp||15 amp|
|Motor Size||42cc 2-Cycle||56V||15 Amp||36V||15 Amp|
|Measured Runtime||28 minutes||60 minutes||22 minutes||40 minutes||n/a|
|Measured Run Time Eco Mode||n/a||n/a||n/a||54 mins||n/a|
|Recharge/Refuel Time||1 minute||90 minutes||n/a||120 minutes||n/a|
|Measured Average Cutting Time||10.1 seconds||5.9 seconds||7.8 seconds||13.5 seconds||7.4 seconds|
|Measured Wind Up Time||0.5 seconds||1.25 seconds||0.5 seconds||0.5 seconds||1 second|
|Measured Decibel Reading at 48in||105.1 dBa||88.8 dBa||86.6 dBa||85.9 dBa||99.1 dBa|
|Control Type||Thumb safety w/ chain brake||Palm safety w/ chain brake||Thumb safety w/ chain brake||Electronic button, side safety and brake||Side safety w/ chain brake|
|Chain Replacement and Tensioning Type||Included Tool||Tool Free||Tool free||Tool free||Tool free|
|Metal Bucking Spikes||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Bar & Chain Tank Location and Type||Side||Side, Screen||Side||Side, flip-up||Top|
|Measured Body Dimesions||16 x 8 x 7.5 inches||16 x 9 x 8 inches||17.5 x 12 x 6 inches||19 x 7 x 7 inches||17 x 12 x 6.5 inches|
Our Analysis and Test Results
If you're shopping for a gas-powered model, it's easy to find chainsaws that outperform the Poulan Pro PR4218 for a similar price. Unless you find a ridiculous deal or huge sale on this saw, it would be wise to shop around before buying this one.
To create a true head-to-head analysis for these wood cutting machines and their sawing performance, we built a sawbuck and used dimensional lumber in order to create a repeatable controlled test. By using lumber rather than logs for our tests, we know that each saw is cutting through the same amount of wood and the same type of wood.
During this evaluation, we found that when the Poulan Pro PR4218 was warmed up and idling properly, this model made fairly quick work of our "fake log." After several cuts, we calculated an average cutting time of 10.1 seconds. While this time is more than double the time of the top-tier models, it's still nearly four times the speed of the slowest model.
When we used the Poulan Pro PR4218 on larger logs around our test site, we found that the 42cc engine with the 18-inch bar did a fairly good job.
When we measured runtime by securing the saws to a stand and running them at full throttle, we found that the Poulan Pro PR4218 did a fairly decent job. 28 minutes is right about in the middle of the pack.
We appreciate that this model comes with several extras. With your purchase, the Poulan Pro PR4218 includes a carrying case, enough 2-cycle oil to mix a gallon of gas, and an extra chain.
It's nice to store any required tools on the device that requires them. The Poulan stores its wrench/screwdriver combo tool in the bottom of the handle.
The main problem we have with the Poulan Pro PR4218 is that it is hard to start. The pull cord is unusually difficult to pull, and it takes many more tugs to get it going than the other 2-cycle models that we've tested. Once it's started, it doesn't like to idle on its own so you are constantly feathering the trigger in between cuts. Often while doing tree work or bucking logs, you need that other hand to drag a branch or throw a round out of the way for your next cut, so keeping it on the throttle can really hinder workflow.
Not only is the Poulan Pro PR4218 lacking bucking spikes, but it also doesn't even have plastic ones. Metal bucking spikes are an absolute industry standard for 2-cycle chainsaws, especially one with this size of an engine and bar.
This model is also brutally loud. In general, the loudest saws often offer the highest performance. Unfortunately, with the Poulan Pro PR421888, this is not the case.
Considering that we've tested 2-cycle chainsaws that outperform the Poulan Pro PR4218 but have a similar price tag, it's hard to see the value offered by this model.
The Poulan Pro PR4218 includes several attractive extras including 2-cycle oil, a case, and an extra chain. It does a commendable job of making cuts when it is running well. As with other gas-powered models, it's great that it's so quick and easy to fuel up once it's out of gas. Unfortunately, it does not like to idle, and it is difficult to start. This model is also extremely loud. Despite the things we like about this machine, your money is likely better spent elsewhere.