The Craftsman 42cc gas chainsaw is a powerful medium-sized tool that can be used for almost all woodcutting jobs, both around the house for entry-level users, as well as for some larger jobs for professionals. The two-cycle gas engine improves the power of the Craftsman chainsaws as compared to the previous electric models that the manufacturer produced, and it will take some time to adjust to this.
Performant and durable tool
The first thing you will notice and like about the Craftsman 42cc chainsaw is its high performance and endurance. You can use it to cut trees, no matter what their strength may be, for all day long, without experiencing any major issues. It cuts through pine and oak with ease.
Easy to use
Due to its somewhat light design – not as light as its predecessor Craftsman chainsaws – you can use this 42cc model to climb and cut branches without problems. You will notice that it’s one of the fastest cutting saws; it starts easy and offers high maneuverability. You may get the job done a lot faster than you initially thought you would.
Being inexpensive has its costs
The fact that this saw is not expensive really shows when you start using it for a longer period of time. The bar will vibrate a lot due to the fact that it is too thin. And if you use it for about one year, the chain will fail often; even right after you tighten it, so it may need replacing. You may wish to double check that you have set it up correctly before using it if you want to avoid these issues.
Relatively poor components
The gas cap is hard to get off and you will usually have to use pliers to loosen it, which becomes frustrating over time. You will also have some difficulties getting the Craftsman 42cc started, especially for the first time, but it should eventually work well. Major problems starting it may be caused by the gas line, which may get slightly crimped.
Specifications & Dimensions
|Dimensions and Capacity:|
|Fuel Capacity (gal.):||0.089|
|Color and Styling:|
|Chain Saw Length:||18 in.|
|Guide Bar Type:||Low Kickback, sprocket nose|
|Reduced Kickback:||Bar and Chain|
|Translucent Oil Tank:||No|
|Included with Item:|
|Extra Chain Included:||No|
|Includes Hearing Protection:||No|
|Includes Safety Glasses or Face Shield:||No|
|Extra Bar Included:||No|
|Anti Vibration Handle:||Yes|
|Engine Displacement (cc):||42|
|Max Engine Speed (RPM):||0|
|Chain Oil Capacity:||0|
|Chain Type:||Oregon low kickback|
|Tool Free Chain Adjustment:||No|
|CARB Compliant:||CARB Compliant|
|Meets ANSI Standards:||Yes|