Being one of the most widely used power tools in the world, chainsaws come in a variety of types and sizes. However, it is gas powered chainsaws that dominate the market thanks to their greater level of portability and the superior power output they provide the user with. However, deciding on which chainsaw to purchase is a difficult task and one that should not be rushed into.
If you plan on using the power tool on a regular basis or for commercial use then you must put some serious consideration into this. Firstly, we recommend taking a look at the chainsaws specifications to see if they match what you need.
Secondly, you also need to consider what your budget is. It is important not to get carried away with a whole list of specifications to then realize that such a chainsaw would be very expensive and out of your price range. With this in mind, we will now take a detailed look at the Remington RM5118R chainsaw and let you know if it is worth you parting with your hard earned money.
The Basics of the chainsaw
It may not be the best chainsaw currently available on the market but it has got some functions and features that are definitely worth mentioning. One of these is the high level of power output. Remington has not released the official figures for this but we believe the RM5118R to have a motor that is between 3 horsepower and 3.5 horsepower. The revolutions per minute (RPM) figures are also unreleased by the manufacturer.
If you are wanting to cut small branches, prune bushes or even trim medium sized trees then this model of chainsaw is more than adequate for such jobs. However, it may struggle with bigger jobs such as cutting through thick logs or continued commercial work. So if you are a professional tree surgeon then this is probably not the chainsaw for you to go for.
Design of the RM5118R
This is a highly compact power tool. As soon as you use the RM5118R you can feel that its a quality chainsaw. This is partly thanks to the robustness of the materials used in its production. A high level of quality is present throughout the entire Remington chainsaw with every component being graded and tested to a high standard. The chainsaw’s handle has been designed in a way that it works to reduce vibrations.
Strong vibrations can cause fatigue so using the RM5118R means you will not finish a job feeling battered and exhausted. An automatic oil pump system works to keep the entire power tool well lubricated at all times and in good working condition. This helps to increase its overall life span.
The Remington Engine
It has a 2 cycle engine meaning it will easily work for extended periods of time but will struggle when it comes to cutting through thick branches and trees. The engine is powered on a gas/oil mixture with a ratio of 40:1. We also recommend taking care when decided which fuel to opt for. The gas should always be unleaded and have a extremely low ethanol content. Those with zero alcohol content are the best ones to go for. Where you can, go for fuel that is high octane, i.e. 90 or above. This will help to improve the performance of the chainsaw.
The oil you use should be synthetic air cooled that is specifically formulated for engines such as the Remington’s. You should never use boat or automotive oil as this can seriously damage the engine on this chainsaw. The Remington’s fuel tank has an 18 ounce capacity, so a gallon of fuel should fill it up approximately 7 times.
Safety Features of the Remington RM5118R
The main safety feature you should be looking for on any chainsaw nowadays is a low kickback mechanism. This is something that the RM5118R, along with most other models currently available on the market, has. In order to make sure you get fully to grips with this system we recommend that you read the user manual. We suggest you do this before using the chainsaw in order to avoid any sort of sever injury or even, in the most extreme circumstances, death.
Another safety feature includes the considerably sized bumper spikes on the RM5118R that work to provide a more stable and safer cutting experience for the user. When you are cutting through a tough piece of wood and a kickback happens, the operator’s hand will automatically push against the brake lever and thus instantly deploy the brake, meaning the chainsaw comes to a complete stop within a few milliseconds.
Similarly, the chainsaw comes with a chain catching devices that has been specially designed to intercept the chain in the case of it whipping. This acts to prevent serious injury in those instances where the chain either brakes or derails during use.
The power tool also comes armed with a large stop switch, which if pressed will bring the engine to an immediate stop. The operator’s hands are protected from flying pieces of debris or the chain by both rear and front hand guards. Finally, a spark arrester screen minimizes the risk of you accidentally starting fires from hot sparks.
As well as a user instruction manual, the Remington RM5118R comes with oil for the chain and bar, and a scabbard to put the bar in and keep it well protected from the elements. What is quite unusual is the fact that it also comes with a strong and robust case to carry the chainsaw in. This is not something that typically comes as standard with most other models currently available on the market.
- A 51 cc cylinder displacement
- An 18 inch bar length
- Gas powered
- An automatic lubrication system
- A total weight of 16 pounds
- A 2 year warranty
- Compact design
- Low vibrations
- Strong and robust carry case
- Poor quality control
- Prone to overheating
What we like about the Remington RM5118R
The compactness of this particular model is definitely it biggest asset. It has a highly powerful motor that is able to fit into a conveniently sized chassis. The anti vibration technology that Remington utilize is also a big plus point. It means you can use the chainsaw for extended periods of time without having to constantly take breaks and does not leave you feeling fatigued come the end of use.
What we do not like about the Remington RM5118R
There have been numerous cases reported of poor quality control by Remington that has led to some chainsaws being faulty and having to be returned. This is something you should definitely keep in mind if you are seriously considering purchasing this chainsaw, and something you should look out for if you already have one. The fact that Remington is not a well known power tool brand means that some people question their quality.
However, we can say with confidence that this chainsaw does feature parts and components that are extremely well made. The RM5118R is prone to occasionally over heat, so again this is something you need to consider if you are thinking about buying this particular model, or already own it.
Getting the right chainsaw model can be a difficult task at the best of times. Our review has hopefully provided you with some useful insight into the functions, features and capabilities of the Remington RM5118R chainsaw, making your decision about if you should purchase this model that bit easier. If you need a chainsaw for primarily trimming, pruning and cutting branches in the garden then we definitely recommend this model.
It is more than capable of tackling these types of jobs. However, if you are a professional tree surgeon who is likely to be using a chainsaw on a daily basis then this model is probably not for you. It is an adequate power tool but will not perform well when tasked with handling larger jobs and continual use.