Sunday, June 5, 2016

Homdox 20-Inch 52cc 2 Stroke Gas Powered Chain Saw Tree Chainsaw CS5200

- Gasoline Chain Saw,
- 20" bar and chain,
- Scabbard cover (for protection against the chain amidst transportation)
- Oil & Gas Tank (for mixing purposes),
- Owner's Manual (English language only),
- 2 Allen's wrenches,
- Guard teeth
- Combination Screwdriver and wrench for adjusting bar and chain
- Small screw driver for adjusting amount of chain lubricant dispensed
other parts the picture shows.(Not all parts in manual are included.)
- Pouch for carrying tools included

Please see the picture I posted for details. Having said that, there are a couple things I want to point out:
1. The box says it is a 3.0 HP chain saw while the listing and manual states a 2.6 HP engine
2. The instructions state it is compatible with an 18", 20" and 22" bar. However, the box states 18" and 20"
I have asked that question in the section above, because I don't have the answers to them at the time of this review. I figured others might want to know.

I've used strictly Stihl chain saws for cutting trees in the past. I currently have 2 that I use around the house and on 450 acres. I'm not a logger or farmer by profession, but I've used them enough to know my way around a chain saw.

As you might expect, you have a bit of assembly to do. You have to install the guard teeth (extremely easy) with 2 bolts using the supplied allen's wrench. Next you install the bar and chain and tighten. This is standard with any chain saw. If you aren't sure how to do it, you can watch a YouTube video. There are hundreds on how to install the bar and chain. It's not too difficult though.

The chain saw cold starts up very easily. It's probably easier to start than either of my Stihl's. See video for more details.

The first thing I used this for was to remove a tree that had fallen and tore down the barbed wire fencing. The saw was easily able to cut the tree. Granted, this tree wasn't 300 years old. It was probably 15" in diameter. The saw had power to sufficiently cut through the tree with no issues. I've used it a few times since (at the time this is posted) and have been pleased. I had to adjust the automatic flow of chain lubricant on the bottom (you turn a screw with the included screwdriver). The balance of the saw is very similar to my other saws. It has molded grips with rubber bumps on it. The bumps provide positive grip with the saw, particularly if you choose to use gloves. If you are using your bare hands, it might be a bit rough after hours of use.

Any downsides? I wish this saw came with a carry case where you could throw in your tools and a can of bar and chain lubricant. However, it's hard to argue about that given the price. Also, I don't know what the warranty on this saw is. I think that should be listed on Amazon somewhere as well as in the owner's manual.

I think this saw is intended for homeowners and ranchers/farmers wanting a light to medium-duty saw. If you are a professional logger or using your saw for hours, you want to upgrade (as you would expect).

FYI: the replacement chain is 20 inch .325 pitch, .058 gauge and 76 drive links

I received this product at a discount for purposes of testing and reviewing. However, the opinions expressed herein were formulated based on my personal use of the product. I welcome all suggestions, feedback and/or product questions!
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