From day 1 just a problem 2 many to list. Loose chain, sucks air, chain oil blocks, returned 3 times to agent - fixed and lasted 5 min on average.Local repairer won't touch.
I have had no end of problems with my M4218, the chain comes loose every time I use it , It has a spring tensioner , I even made a new lock nut for it but its still crap and I'm a Fitter and Turner with more than 40 years experience working on machinery , cars, trucks and bikes. The only thing good was the engin .
Purchased in May 2015 for A$299.00.
A hidden gem of a chainsaw
I bought as a landowner to clear fire load and for wood collection, and I have fairly cained the guts out of it...but never had any problems at all
The hidden jem with these is they are a cheap chainsaw however made by husky badged mculloch!
If you have one the original chain is rubbish toss it! Get a decent Oregon chain chisel cut seriously you wont look back.
For the price I paid , this bit of kit has more than earnt his keep and still keeps going.
Keep the spark plug in good nick and service regular. The chain tensioner sometimes gives...
Great little chainsaw
Got this saw second hand 2 years ago.. I had a brand new McCullough from Bunnings 36cc, which died in the first month.. This older model is a completely different machine.. I cut a lot of wood, 10 to 12 ton a season.. And this machine has run non stop since the dsy I got it .. I put a 16 inch bar and new chain on it and sharpen it every week.. I run 25:1 oil petrol mix and it starts every time and cuts great, yes chain needs tightening every few days... The anti vibration Spring snapped today, which I will spend the $30 to replace. This is the...only thing that's has gone wrong in 2 years.. I can't justify getting a new saw when this does everything I need, I run a wood fire for 5 months a year, 24 hr... If you can get your hands on a US MADE older McCulloch, you won't be disappointed. It's not a husky, but nor is the price..
This chainsaw is easy to start and use .I have had mine or a few years and have had good service from this machine .
I use it mainly for trimming trees both at home and for customers of my home and garden maintenance business.
The machine is well balanced and performs all tasks with ease.
Have been using the saw continually for 3 years now with no issues. I have had many saws, husky, stihl, solo and all including this one have been very good. I cut normally large hardwood trees but do full maintenance and chain service after each use. Sharp chain, clean saw, clean filters and flow starting procedure place less strain on the saw and makes light work of large cutting jobs. I feel many comments made about this saw by some lacking experience are totally unjustified. Engine is made in the USA, bar and chain are made by Oregon and the rest of the saw made by husqvana the parent company.
Cheep and cheerfull
I've Given it a good going for 3 years now keeping my wood pile stacked after getting it second hand.
Follow the starting procedure and it would start with no problems.
Typical I would spend half a day each weekend through winter cutting through eucalypts of one sort or another.
The chain tensioner is a bit dubious but never found any big issues with it.
Loosen the knob and the spring would tension the chain up and re tighten the knob.
Relaxing the chain and refitting the cover was a bit tedious but - so is cutting firewood :-)
Unf...ortunately yesterday it decided it was going to be difficult to start and once it started it would not idle and lacked power. I'll pull it apart and give it a clean and see how it goes For the hundred bucks I paid for it I can't complain - I've spent more on chains over the last 3 years.
No prpoblems with M4218
I purchased a M4218 from Bunnings over 2 years ago. I have used to cut up a few quite large pine trees from my yard, some of which were stretching it a bit due to their girth, but it did a great job. I found it a great light weight little saw, with no problems starting and handling. The only maintenance has been having chain re-sharpened.
I regard it as a good little handyman saw. Using the correct starting technique and ensuring correct 40/1 fuel mix is something I am diligent about. From a value-for-money point of view I rate it highly from my experience.
works very well if treated well
my M4620 has served me well over 4 winters cutting hardwood all the time. sufficient power, starts quite easily providing you follow the simple instructions and idles/revs cleanly.Nothing has malfunctioned or broken so far. Only negative is chain adjuster, it's not nearly as user friendly/effective as the simple locknut/screw systems as on my stihls but providing you check tension regularily is not a big deal, remember bar must be tensioned upwards when tightening and the tension will change as it is tightened so recheck before use.
the Husky ...
These bad reviews are spot on!
I bought the M4218 second hand, near new condition. It worked for half a tank load of fuel and then stopped. Tried to start it again and the cord couldn't move the fly wheel. On closer inspection the piston had seized or stuck in the barrel. I took out the spark plug and squirted some WD40 into the chamber, left it for 15 mins and when I returned I could move the fly wheel about an inch. I squirted some oil in there and eventually it came free. I switched to 25:1 fuel mix instead of the recommended 40:1 and it hasn't seized up since.
The re...viewer who said the chain tightening mechanism is dangerous is right. Well I wouldn't say it's dangerous. I've had plenty of chains break or run off the bar. It's a million one shot it could harm you because of the triangular bit of metal on the bottom of the saw and the sprocket cover and chain brake. But there so called easy tensioning systems are rubbish. How are they quicker and easier to use? What's hard and time consuming about loosening two nuts slightly and turning a screw clockwise? Anyway, despite the fact that the oil pump was working and oil was oozing out the side of the machine, it wasn't finding its way on to the bar. The hole on the bar is clean and it matches up with the outlet on the saw but the oil was just dripping through the machine, down to the ground. It went for a tank load of fuel and then we I refueled it, I couldn't get it to go. I don't think the primer does anything. It would fire on full choke but once you begin to slowly push the choke back in it would die. I cleaned the spark plug, air filter.
Dangerous barchain tensioner
Bought from Masters returned it when the chain became loose immediately after tightening the chain tensioner time after time. Told me I had to contact a rep store to repair under warranty. In Queensland this is illegal! As they sell the product it is THEIR obligation to get the product repaired not me running around! However I was not aware of this at the time and got it repaired under warranty. Bar was replaced with new chain. Just started cutting firewood and guess what? Every 2nd cut chain loose! Even with continual tensioning the cha...in came off twice. When undoing tensioner inspecting what was going on bar snapped back to the correct position. This unit in my view is the most unsafe chainsaw I have operated. Luckily the safety bar for the chain coming off stopped possible serious hand injuries. I've owned McCulloch chainsaws previous to this with no issues, but these were the basic chain tensioner units. I can see what they are trying to achieve but safety first! Good engine New dangerous bar tensioner
OK for a year or so. Then......... time for recycling
The unit started ok for the first few months then had problems starting when hot. Took to local repair shop, tuned etc. Was ok for a while then started having problems again. Got it tuned again! I ended up putting on a Sthil chain and wow did it cut nice. Again the saw would start ok then after running for a while would simply conk out. Managed to get it going a few times. But alas the saw is no more.
Bought an EFCO instead. This is a world apart in quality and starting ease. Will never buy McCulloch chainsaw again.
Great when new.
Hard to start, harder to keep running,
M3616 no problems with mine
Have had this chainsaw for around five years and is running strong i have used it for mainly light odd jobs around the house but as of late it has been taking on some heavy fire wooding jobs.
The only issue i have had is losing teeth from the chain but in saying that i am using it to cut 70 year old rail sleepers :).
Was one of the more pricey units but we are talking bunnings! so cheap really.
I did find i have to adjust chain tension more than i would like but no biggie .
Seems i got a good unit starts first pop and has never given any major problems.
Price and has run without fault for me
Will not hold chain tension well
The savings will cost you
Thought I'd go for the top of the range at Masters. Apparently McCulloch quality isn't what it used to be. Had trouble starting it by the third use. Struggled to cut gum for fire wood. Disappointed with the performance. I would not recommend any one buy this saw for what it is meant to do. Returned it to Masters.
Value for money
Performance. Trouble starting it.
Spent most of the warranty in repair
To use the words of their own warranty guy, cheap chinese junk that he wouldnt waste money on. Absolute rubbish. Got it at Bunnings, used it the second time and the motor ceased. Took a month for their repairer to get it back. A few uses later, ceased again. Repaired under warranty again, but they also charged me $100, as not all parts were under warranty. Now it's out of warranty, spent 3.5 months being repaired, won't run much higher than idle, and parts are falling off as the repairer slapped it back together.
It's a pretty yellow lol.
Great saw previous reviews obviously user error
Great saw cant fault it for the money, cuts through firewood , ghost gum with ease!
Previous reviews sound like tyre kickers they sell these at bunnings still,
I have used mine constantly for the last couple of months with no problems except chain to be sharpened.
The double inertia brake is a great safety feature
Powerful reliable well priced
Spare chain would be nice
McCulloch M4218 - Useless 2
I bought from Bunnings on special. I used it for 30 - 45 mins on 6 to 12 inch logs then it cut out. Allowed to cool overnight. Ran for 5 mins - did 10 cuts. Conked out. I took it back to Bunnings and they gave me a replacement. Second unit - I double checked fuel mix to the ml. Same thing happened.
Exactly. This time I took it to the dealer and they said "user error lean fuel mix". I looked at the websites some said 40:1 another 50:1. The manual said 40:1. There is an issue here. I went back to Bunnings - they have had issues with McCulloch...s - they have since stopped selling these units. They gave me my money back. Well done Bunnings Mount Barker - Poor show local dealer and McCulloch. Great for 10 mins A manufacture error for sure. Fuel mix issues.
Had it 3 weeks , used it to cut through 5 inch logs.......decided to stop and then never started ever again! Cleaned it and cleaned it some more.....gave it fuel , gave it oil......checked the McCulloch website for support ....there was NONE! Only in USA.....[inappropriate language removed] useless! On the bright side I have a great video of me and my trusty sledge hammer beating it into many pieces!!!! Soon to go on youtube! For those who have had some luck with this product....I challenge you to come over to my property and cut some timber with me, Im sure your review on the product will change.
Not the McCulloch of old
If your thinking this is a McCulloch chainsaw like Dad owned think again. Its made in China and like other products in this category it is made as cheaply as possible. However it works ok if you accept that it is not a high quality product. The big problem comes when its service time. Parts in Australia - if you can find them - are obscenely expensive. I have to get them from the US. In addition, an consistent with the new fashion, the mixture screws require a special tool which is impossible to buy in Australia although it is available in ...the US. If you want a saw to trim bushes in your suburban backyard this machine is ok. Any more than that and you will need to check that it fits in your rubbish bin because thats where it will end up. Cheap, lightweight Parts inavailability, using the McCulloch name in a way that is a little misleading
'bout 20 minutes work - stopped never to go again ?? seems hand saw's the go !!! took out a 3inch stump - 1/2 way through a foot one when she stopped and that was that !
local repairman mor euseful thankfully .......
fortunately I had it on newspaper in the shed so the leaking oil didn't do too much damage ..
y won't it go ??
Questions & Answers
The chain tensioning cam on my 4218 is worn and the chain comes off the bar every few minutes. I am unable to source a new (or old) part but am pretty sick of that particular mechanism. Do any of you know if there is a replacement from another saw that is compatible?
Will saw chain 3/8 .050 62dl suit the M3816
Does anyone have details on the best chain and its length for the M4218.
After much research and consideration I have bought a few of these and at around $15 each (2 for $30) on Ebay it is cheaper to replace them regularly rather than get them sharpened.
"2 X TITAN CHAINSAW CHAIN 3/8LP .050 62DL 18” FOR MCCULLOCH M4218".
All these measurements are critical to fitting correctly.
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