Of all the chainsaws on the market right now, you’ll be hard pressed to find a machine offering better value for money than the TimberPro 62cc 20 inch Petrol Chainsaw. This heavy duty saw packs a surprising punch and is capable of handling most wood cutting tasks around the home or farm.
With its simple assembly, reliable starting mechanism, great performance and all at a price which smashes the competition, the TimberPro is an ideal saw for both experienced and first time users.
Carry on reading this review for the complete low down on this Chainsaw.
Performance and Handling
If you’re in the market for a saw capable of carrying out a range of heavy duty tasks, then the TimberPro is well worth checking out. Equipped with a powerful 62cc engine capable of delivering 3.6 horsepower, it delivers surprisingly good performance for a saw in this price range and is well suited to felling, bucking (cutting a felled and limbed tree into logs) and limbing trees. As well as this it can also be put to use pruning larger branches, although if you want a saw mainly for lighter pruning then you would be better advised to buy a smaller electric chainsaw.
So, if you need to clean up after some serious storm damage, want to cut a cord of firewood or just fell some trees on your land you won’t find the TimberPro lacking. It is capable of cutting an 18 inch diameter log in a single pass and users have reported that it has comfortably felled trees with diameters of 24”.
If you have owned gas powered saws in the past, you will find that the procedure for starting the TimberPro is slightly different than you are used to. Clear, precise instructions are provided on how to do this (demonstrated in the video below) so you shouldn’t have any issues powering your machine up. Indeed, the starting mechanism is power assisted to make starting the saw much easier.
A few users had issues with snapping the starter cord due to not properly following the instructions. It has a shorter pull than a Stihl or Husqvarna, for example, so the starting technique is slightly different. For most people, however, this has not been a problem. In fact, many users commented on how well the TimberPro starts compared to other saws. Just make sure you follow the instructions.
For a saw capable of carrying out some heavy duty work, the TimberPro is pretty easy to handle. It’s lighter than most gas powered saws and comes with a set of dog spikes to help stabilize and support the chain when bucking and felling. Starting it up is simple (as outlined above) and to turn it off all you need to do is release the throttle lever, allow the saw to idle for a few minutes then switch it off.
For added comfort during use, the saw incorporates a number of anti-vibration dampening springs to reduce vibration during operation. The use of gloves is also helpful.
In terms of performance, one particular neat feature is the carburetor anti-freeze mechanism. If humidity is high and the temperature is between 0-5°C (32-41°F), ice may form inside the carburetor and this could have an adverse impact on performance. To overcome this, you can operate the machine in anti-freeze mode during which warm air is supplied to the engine. This is handy if you need to operate your saw in cold conditions.
One issue you should be aware of is that the saw may not perform well in extremely hot temperatures. A few users who were working in 85°-90° temperatures reported that their saws stopped working. This is probably as a result of vapor lock (this just means the gas in the fuel delivery system overheats and evaporates too quickly). The users reported that the saws then worked fine again when they had cooled down. Vapor lock is not a problem exclusive to the TimberPro but if you live in a very hot climate you may wish to do your cutting at a cooler time of the day.
The TimberPro is equipped with a 20” bar and comes with two chains.
The bar has a sprocket on its nose which allows the chain to more easily move around the bar without losing too much heat and power. You can get bars without sockets (called hard tip) which are used for cutting in particularly gritty and dirty conditions, however most saws for home use have nose sprockets. Having a nose sprocket means that you will need to regularly grease the tip of the bar which can be done by injecting grease from a grease gun into the bar’s small lubrication hole. This is a very simple task which will take you just a few seconds. There is also a symbol printed on the bar which tells you which direction the chain should face.
The chain itself has a 0.325 pitch (distance between the links), 76 links and a 0.058 inch gauge (thickness of the links). Whilst the 0.325 may not cut quite as fast as the more popular 3/8 (0.375 inch) chain, it is still a popular size for small and medium size saws and many professional users believe it provides a smoother cut.
You should be aware that the chains which come with the saw are Chinese made and are not of the greatest quality. Although they are perfectly capable of doing the job you may find that they stretch quite a bit and on occasion may come loose during operation. For the most part they work fine but you should keep a close eye on chain tension. Fortunately, the chain tensioning screw is positioned on the outside of the saw and is easily accessible which will enable you to quickly adjust the tension without removing any covers.
One tip to lessen the effects of stretch is to soak the chain in chain bar oil overnight before it is first used. Several users commented that they had done this and that this made a noticeable difference to stretch.
In summary, you will find that the chains will hold the edge of the bar quite well. They may not be of the highest quality but will do a decent job and remember, this saw comes with two chains so should last quite a while.
Design and Construction
Firstly, let’s start with the TimberPro’s design. This is a traditional style saw with a large orange power unit incorporating a front and back handle. The front handle is a wraparound which means that the saw can be gripped on the left or top of the handle. Even though there is a grip on the top of the front handle, left handers should not be tempted to hold this with their right hands. The whole balance of the machine, bar positioning, not to mention safety features are designed for hand positioning to be in the prescribed way.
In addition to the throttle, there is also a user presence switch on the top of the rear handle. When the handle is gripped this is depressed and if released the chain will stop rotating. This is useful and will keep you safe if for any reason you lose your grip and control of the saw.
The ON/OFF power button is conveniently positioned next to the rear handle on the left hand side. On the right hand side of the handle you will find a primer button, which is used to feed gas to the carburetor, and the choke for use when starting the machine up.
You will need to assemble the saw upon receipt, which basically involves fitting the bar and chain. Full instructions are provided in the User manual and you should find this to be a relatively simple task. Indeed, many users have commented that this tool is very easy to be set up and can be assembled in around 15 minutes.
Moving on to construction, the TimberPro casing is made from hard plastic. This is in contrast to many gas powered saws that have metal casings. Whilst the saw is durable enough, it needs treating with a little care and is not something you can throw roughly into the back of your pick up truck like some saws you may have owned. On the positive side, the plastic casing helps to reduce the weight which in turn helps provide a better power to weight ratio and also makes handling easier.
There is an oil reservoir positioned towards the front of the power unit. The oil cap is partly obscured by the wrap around handle and adding the oil could be tricky without a funnel. The reservoir’s capacity is 8.8 fl oz (260 cm3). The downside is that there is no window to enable you to see if the chain oil is running low so you should check this regularly.
Turning to the fuel tank, this has a capacity of 18.6 fluid ounces (550 cm3). The fuel cap is on the left hand side of the saw towards the back of the power unit and is more accessible than the oil cap. You could probably fill the tank direct from your mixing bottle but it would be preferable to use a funnel to avoid fuel spillage.
Inside the main unit you will also find the air filter, which provides protection against dirt and dust. This is accessible by unclipping the top cover of the unit and there is a screw which enables you to remove the filter by hand. Regular cleaning of the filter is recommended and design of this part makes the procedure very simple.
Overall, whilst the unit is pretty robust, it is not as well constructed as some of the other gas powered saws on the market. This is perhaps not surprising, however, given that most of these products are three or four times more expensive (and in some cases even more!). Providing you take care of the saw you shouldn’t have any issues.
The TimberPro is powered by a 62cc air cooled 2 stroke engine capable of providing up to 3.6 brake horsepower. If you have used chainsaws for home use in the past, you may find this to be more powerful than you are accustomed to as generally most homeowners would be fine with anything ranging from 30cc to 45cc.
There are several issues with having an engine of this size. Firstly, the higher the number the greater the power! The saw is capable of handling plenty of heavy duty tasks, something which many users have attested to in their reviews. It also means that it is likely to be less fuel efficient. Whilst no fuel efficiency stats are supplied by the manufacturer, users have reported that it is quite thirsty and can get through a tank of fuel in around 20 minutes. This would mean getting through a gallon of fuel in around 2 hours 20 minutes so it would cost you slightly in excess of $1 per hour to run your saw.
To get the best performance from your saw you need to make sure that the carburetor is properly adjusted. The carburetor simply regulates the flow of air and gasoline and a properly adjusted one will ensure that the saw runs smoothly, produce maximum power and minimal smoke. If the idle speed is too low the engine may cut out when the throttle trigger is released, too high and it may set the chain in motion. When in use the engine needs to reach the required revs per minute to ensure the most efficient cutting. An incorrect adjustment will not allow the engine to reach optimum speed or run very hot and cause engine damage. The TimberPro is designed to run at an idling speed of 3,000 revs per minute and a maximum speed of 10,800 per minute. It has been set at factory conditions but may need adjusting if operating conditions change. There are three screws used to adjust the carburetor and instructions are provided in the user manual about how to do this.
In terms of the fuel required, you should run the saw with a fuel mixture of 25:1, which is 25 parts gasoline to one part two-stroke oil. As an example, this means that for every half gallon of gas, you will need 2.56 ounces of oil. To avoid harming the engine you should NOT fill up only with gasoline or use oil for 4-cycle engines. Furthermore, using fuel which has been stored for over a month runs the risk of clogging the carburetor.
Unlike electric saws, gas powered tools are not as clean to use and you can expect fumes to be dispelled during operation. On the TimberPro, the vents are on the front of the device to the right hand side so the fumes are directed away from the user.
One final note, like most gas powered saws the TimberPro can be pretty noisy. It can reach a noise level of 117db. This is the equivalent sound level to that experienced sitting in the front row at a rock concert so you may wish to invest in some ear protection. You may also wish to consider this if you live in a built up area or need to do your cutting near noise sensitive buildings such as schools, colleges and hospitals.
Chain Oil System
As mentioned above, the oil tank has a capacity of 8.8 Fl. Oz. (260ml). Unfortunately the reservoir is not translucent and doesn’t have a window to help inspect oil levels but this shouldn’t be an issue as long as you remember to check this regularly.
There is an automatic lubrication system which means that you don’t have to remember to flick a switch to release the oil when the blade is in motion. As well as this, there is also an adjustable chain oil screw positioned on the underside of the saw. This can be turned with a screwdriver to increase or reduce the amount of oil being released to the chain depending on your operating conditions.
The oil cap is positioned on the side of the unit next to the front handle. It isn’t in the most easily accessible places so you may need to use a funnel when filling up.
When it comes to the type of oil you should use, the manufacturer recommends:
• All year round use - SAE #10W – 30
• Summer – SAE #30 ~#40
• Winter – SAE #20
SAE stands for the Society of Automotive Engineers. A gallon of SAE10#-30 will cost around $30.
As you would expect, this saw is equipped with a number of safety features to help keep you and your machine protected.
First off, it has a chain brake which will activate and stop the chain rotating if there is any kickback during cutting. Kickback is the unexpected upward motion of the bar, which in some cases can be violent and throw the bar back towards the operator. The brake can also be operated manually by pushing the front guard down towards the guide bar.
Dog spikes (also known as bumper spikes) are also provided which can be attached to provide stability and support to the saw during felling and bucking.
You will find an operator presence button on the top of the rear handle. This will be held down by your grip on the handle but should it be released the chain will stop rotating. This will ensure that you are kept safe in the event that you lose your grip on the saw.
The TimberPro power unit weighs 12.75lbs. With the bar and chain the combined weight is just over 15lbs. This is lighter than most comparable gas powered saws, which can weigh well over 25lbs, however it is heavier than the average electric saw. You also need to remember that with fuel the saw will be even heavier so it won’t suit anyone who has difficulty lifting heavy weights.
In terms of size, including the bar it measures 35 inches long x 10 inches wide x 11 inches high.
The TimberPro comes with a range of accessories, including:
• Plastic chain bar cover for protection.
• Tool kit containing flat head screwdriver to adjust the carburetor, wrench, Allen key and a chain saw sharpening file.
• Fuel mixing bottle.
• Carry case.
• Instruction manual.
Though useful, the carry case isn’t of the highest quality and a number of users have reported that it rips quite easily. This shouldn’t really be a deal breaker, given that most saws do not come with any form of carry case.
• Not restricted by power supply
• Low Price
• Excellent power to weight ratio
• Simple assembly
• East to Start
• Not as robust as more expensive gas saws
• Heavier than the average electric chainsaw
Consumer Reviews for the TIMBERPRO 62cc
I’ve read almost 200 reviews for this product and the majority are overwhelmingly positive.
Many buyers were surprised by the power and performance of the TimberPro, given its low price. Buyers were also impressed with how easy the saw is to assemble and experienced chainsaw users were particularly pleased with how easy the saw is to start.
It was very difficult to find too many negatives. Several buyers mentioned that the saw wasn’t as robust as others they had owned but that this was to be expected given the price. A few reviewers said that they would have been prepared to pay a little more for the product for slightly better quality.
There are several particularly negative reviews on Amazon but interestingly none of these were from verified purchasers so they have to be treated with some skepticism.
You should buy this saw if:
• You need to carry out some heavy duty cutting on your land
• You don’t have close access to a power source
• You are an experienced saw user looking for decent performance at a low cost
• You are somebody looking to test the ‘gas powered’ market without breaking the bank
• You are not overly concerned with premium quality
• You are capable of handling a machine of this size.
You should not buy this saw if:
• You are looking for better quality and are prepared to pay a higher price.
• You have difficulty lifting heavy weights.
• You only require a saw for occasional light cutting and pruning
• You want a quiet, clean saw.
TIMBERPRO 62cc Petrol Chainsaw Price
The TimberPro scores very highly on price compared to other models and you get a whole lot of machine for under $200. Does it represent good value for money? I think this can be summed up by one user who said:
A neighbor of mine who had a Stihl couldn't believe the price vs performance of this chainsaw - his costing over 6 times as much for a smaller, less powerful saw that struggles to be restarted when warm!
Note: Some suppliers offer this product for sale at over $500, which is the only option available when other suppliers are temporarily out of stock. If you are interested in buying the Timberpro my advice is to wait until the saw is available for under $200.
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