The Homelite UT43122 is part of the chain saw
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, chain saw
models like the UT43122 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
How fast a saw cut through a 10-inch-square oak beam.
Consists of kickback intensity, the potential for burn due to inadvertent contact with the muffler, and storage safety--how well protected the cutting chain is from accidental contact during storage.
Ease of use:
Based on engine-starting convenience (the average number of pulls to start), primer and choke location and operation, and the ease of adjusting the cutting chain’s tightness, checking and adding fluids, and accessing the air filter and spark plug.
About This Brand
Homelite is one of the leading brands of gas and electric chain saws. Homelite chain saws come in a variety of bar lengths, from 14 inches to 20 inches, and are marketed to consumers. Homelite electric chain saws have smaller bar lengths than their gas counterparts. Homelite chain saws can be purchased from dealers and Home Depot.
Features & Specs - Homelite UT43122
Chain brake This brake stops the chain almost instantly and either engages when the handguard is contacted or activates automatically via an inertial system.
Anti-vibration Rubber bushings or metal springs between the handle and the engine, bar, and chain that minimize vibration and user fatigue.
Tool-free chain adjuster A hand-operated wheel-and-crank mechanism that unlocks and locks the chain bar and moves it in and out, letting you adjust chain tension without loosening adjustment nuts or turning adjustment screws.
Tool-free chain adjuster
Translucent oil tank Lets you easily check the bar-oil reservoir.
Translucent oil tank
Metal bucking spikes Comes with metal bucking spikes that help with cutting stability.
Metal bucking spikes
Storage case Indicates that the model comes with a case for storage.
Protective sheath Comes with a protective sheath that covers the blade.
Extra chain Comes with an extra chain.
Warranty (yrs.) The length of time the saw is covered by its manufacturer for defects or repairs.
Well it worked okay for almost 2 years.Was cutting mainly branches and small trees up to 6 inch diameter. The chain bar is held in by a bolt and a set pin. The plastic around the set pin gave away letting the chain bar move up and down. That started cutting the housing and let the chain slip off the main gear. Metal held in plastic is a design flaw.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Elyria, Ohio
Cut downed tree of 18 max diameter with ease. Over 20 large diameter cuts and dozens of smaller cuts. Couldn't be happier.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Silver Spring, MD
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Plastic Gears Wear Poorly
The saw ran and cut well until the plastic gear reduction was ground out by the steel drive gear. The saw doesn't last long even with careful attention not to overload it.