Cheap tools cost you in the end...my story.....
This story is for all of you who come to this forum for advice on power tools. I know it's hard to resist a $99 gas blower or a $149 chainsaw. It looks good there on the shelf at Sears or Home Depot. PLEASE, DON'T DO IT. Walk away. You're throwing your money away if you buy cheap gas powered tools.
How many times have I read "I can't afford a $400 chainsaw" on this forum? Lots. Yet, this person (me) will buy the $200 chainsaw, fight it for a few years and then go buy the $400 one. So, for $600 I got a great $400 chainsaw. Such a deal!
I've thrown away hundreds of dollars with this thinking. I thought I was saving money, but really, I was wasting it and giving my self problems and headaches at the same time.
Yesterday I finally threw away my last gas-powered Craftsman tool. I'm now free from cheap 2 cycle powered yard tools, and it feels great!!!!
It was a 20" chainsaw that my wife bought me as a gift 6 years ago. Even by then I had sworn off cheap tools and I probably should have returned it at the time, but I figured that for my limited wood cutting it would probably work fine.
I was wrong.
For 6 years I've fought this thing. Mainly difficult starting and stalling. My arms would be sore and my hand blistered from pulling the starter cord countless times. Oh, and then there were the carb adjusting screws that vibrated out of adjustment, which would cause stalling. I had to keep a small screwdriver in my pocket and reset the thing every 5 minutes. So handy when trying to clean up after a storm. It used an odd-sized chain as well, which was hard to find and expensive when you did find it. And the automatic oiler would continue to work even when the thing sat in the case, which meant a nice puddle of bar oil would greet you when you went to use it again. Pure garbage.
My other "Craftsman" experience was with their gas blowers........why did it take me so long to learn? I'd get maybe 2 years from one before the carb mounting screws would break off in the engine head. The last one I bought lasted one whole year before it lost compression. But the $99 price sucked me in. Pure garbage. Why Sears continues to sell this crapola is beyond me. I avoid their stuff now like the plague.
I've converted. I've learned that spending a few more bucks on a quality piece of equipment is the only way to go. They last longer and they WORK!
My yard equipment now carries names the likes of Echo, Stihl and John Deere (not the Home Depot version, thank you.) Each one was somewhat painful to pay for, but the rewards continue every time you pull the starter cord or turn the key. The controls are in the right locations, the fuel and oil caps can be removed without vicegrips, they don't vibrate themselves out of adjustment, and did I mention that THEY WORK???????
My last bit of advice is this: Patronize your local power equipment dealer--avoid the big box stores. The advice and expertise of the people who sell and service QUALITY power equipment is really overlooked these days. Today's society is so focused on price that we screw ourselves out of a very important part of buying any expensive product-SERVICE.
Yesterday I went to my local Stihl dealer. (After I threw the Craftsman saw in the trash.) A nice lady greeted me and asked me what I needed.
"I just threw my chainsaw in the garbage. I need a good one," I said.
She smiled, "Ahh. Let me guess....Homelite?"
"No," I replied.
"Poulan?" she asked.
"No, even better-a Craftsman," I told her.
"Yep, we hear that pretty often."
She then took her time to explain (in detail) the differences between the models, and even shared her experiences with her Stihl saw (15 years old and running strong.) When I made my selection, she gassed it up and made sure it ran properly and gave me a few tips for keeping my new purchase running like new.
(Try to even find someone at Home Depot who's even used a chainsaw, then ask them if they'd mind gassing up and testing that Wild Thing before you take it home. Go ahead, try it!!)
Okay, I've ranted long enough.
I'm sure lots of you will go to the box store and buy cheap anyway. Oh well, you'll have to learn like I did. That's life.
If I save a few of you from doing the dumb things I have done, then well this was time well spent.