I am writing this review from the perspective of a heavy use homeowner/light use farmer. This Remington (MTD) saw came ready to use, save for adjusting the chain and adding fluids. it started up strong and powerful with a lot of room to give. I have noticed that the saw seems to struggle getting through any hard woods (Hickory/Oak) of 15" or bigger, but if you don't dig into the wood it will pull through strong without overheating. the chain and bar are Oregon. Since I've been using chainsaws, Oregon has established a GREAT name for themselves in the chainsaw market. My bar and chain have made it through an estimated 10 hours of use and are both holding up great, even after being pinched by quite large trees (operator error) twice. I went ahead and purchased the Walmart warranty that was offered, in addition to the manufacture's warranty, just to be safe. -------Aditional detail---------
I have owned a small Poulan and a Stihl MS250... both 18" bars. After using a Stihl, I was very skeptical going with any other name brand; however, there is only so many times you can re-build a saw before you have to move on.
If you are used to / enjoy the Stihl chain/bar adjustment setup, this saw is NOT the same, the screw is in the front.... its not bad, and doesn't seem to slip, but the heat from the blade/exhaust is a bit concerning.
This saw is heavy compared to other 18" barsI've used before; however, it doesnt' seem to hurt anything except how long you can hold it up.
Very easy to start, exceptional quality with the electric ignition... does seem to take getting used to... if the saw was used 20 minutes ago, typically i would just yank and go; however, with this saw, you have to continue to follow the intial start up proceedures (setting 1 - 3 pulls, setting 2, then repeat if it doesn't start) unless you're restarting almost immediately. since there's almost no strength or speed required to pull the rope though, this is not a bother, just a learning curve.