After having a detailed discussion on two of the most versatile gas-powered chainsaws, i.e. Poulan Pro 18 inch, and Poulan Pro 20 inch, it was time to try something out of the box.
So, I thought, why not give a try to the Blue Max Chainsaw as it looked quite sharp, smooth, and cool with the first impressions.
That said, today we will break down the Blue Max 8901 gas-powered chainsaw. My focus will remain on whether it could meet the power and efficiency of brands like Poulan Pro or not.
Let’s, therefore, get right into the Blue Max chainsaw reviews as follows:
What Makes Blue Max Chainsaw a Standout?
First things first, the fact that it comes in with two different bars and chains gives it an edge over other chainsaws available in the market.
Furthermore, it’s not too bulky as compared to the likes of Poulan Pro 20 inch chainsaw as you can easily handle and transport it from one place to another.
More teeth on the chain of Blue Max 8901 also hints towards improved cutting efficiency.
Last but not least, the affordability of the 2-in-1 chainsaw is what makes it a standout among other chainsaws.
Our Review of the Blue Max 8901 Gas Powered Chainsaw 2021
I got the chainsaw delivered to my doorstep a few weeks ago.
The first impressions were a bit awkward. It was just a cardboard box and it seemed like I had made a mistake of ordering the chainsaw.
However, first impression is not the last one and that’s what happened to me.
Right after I unpackaged the box, there was a sturdy ABS plastic case present there that I took out of the box.
Along with that, the 20 inch chainsaw bar was also present. It was also protected properly via ABS plastic housing.
To my surprise, the 14 inch chainsaw bar was placed just under the box and it was also housed properly.
So, I took a screwdriver and unpackaged the 14 inch bar first. Straightaway, I opened the box and the chainsaw was perfectly placed there.
Now, what you need to know is that all the parts came in disassembled. Even the chains were not installed on the bar. So, it took me round about 10 to 15 minutes to assemble it properly.
Right in the box, you’ll also get a complete user manual with some maintenance tools that you could use later.
Anyways, after assembling, it took me almost a minute to get the chainsaw operational. I teased around a little bit with the choke that helped me enough to make the chainsaw operational.
Compared with the Poulan Pro chainsaws, this one gave me a tough time, i.e. took me a good half hour to actually assemble and get it operational.
Done few experiments on cutting medium wood logs and it sliced them quite well.
On the other hand, it took some time to make its way through thick wood logs, but I think it did well considering the 45 cc engine it had got.
Overall, I’ll give Blue Max 8901 a solid 8/10 based on first impressions, start-up, and some random experiments.
The story, however, doesn’t end here!
Let us now get back to discussing some of the major features of this chainsaw:
Major Technical Features Blue Max 8901 Chainsaw Offers
Powerful 45cc Single Cylinder Engine:
Thanks to the efficient and powerful 45cc engine, the chainsaw performs better than rest of the counterparts and gives almost 40% better performance.
That said, as per the official statements from the brand, Blue Max 8901 offers 2,700 to 3,400 RPM speed when it’s idle.
However, when cutting wood materials, the speed could go as high as 10,500 RPM which is simply superb.
Automatic oiler is already there to keep the engine on the safe side. Thus you could expect an exceptional performance on it while cutting medium wood logs or firewood pieces.
More Chain Teeth Improves Efficiency:
What I liked the most about Blue Max gas chainsaw is that it comes with 30% more chain teeth compared to its competitors.
It, therefore, makes slicing works look extremely convenient.
I, in fact, felt like slicing a hot cake with a sharp knife while I was cutting wood logs just outside my home with this chainsaw.
So, that’s something for which I’d surely appreciate the efforts of manufacturer as it saves time and extra energy.
Mind you that this machine comes with two different bars.
The first chainsaw bar measures 14 inches and it’s ideal for minimal work such as cutting small wood logs or cleaning the backyard from thick bushes etc.
The 2nd bar measures 20 inches and it goes deep down a thick wood log without causing any issue.
You can use both bars depending upon the type of work you want from the chainsaw.
Quick Start (CDI) Ignition System:
Compared to the EPS system offered by Poulan Pro, Blue Max uses CDI ignition technology for making the chainsaw operational.
However, it simply isn’t worth it. It took me around 10 to 15 good tries to make the chainsaw operational even with the choke out.
So, as per my experience, I liked the EPS system more as it took me no more than 5 tries to start both 18” and 20” versions of Poulan Pro.
You can still try it out nonetheless. Could work out for you maybe or maybe not.
Well, yeah I must praise the anti-vibration handle of the chainsaw.
Not only did it give me full control, but I was also able to complete cutting work within a short time. That too without facing any fatigue.
Also, Blue Max chainsaw is center balanced to make sure that it remains stable enough and doesn’t fire back while you are busy cutting wood trunks.
Variable Speed Control Button:
Along with other features, the variable speed button control is obviously available.
It’s installed at an ergonomic position, i.e., just inside the handle to make sure that you can keep the chainsaw controlled enough.
Compared to Poulan Pro, I noticed that the Speed Control button of Blue Max was quite responsive.
Well, protection and safety come first and that’s surely a priority for Blue Max.
An efficient chain brake is installed to ensure a safe working environment.
You could apply the brake whenever you feel that the chainsaw is getting out of your control.
Although it won’t happen anytime soon, it’s still better to know this feature as it could help you out in emergencies.
Let’s have a look at some of the benefits and disadvantages of Blue Max 8901 chainsaw:
Pros: (What I Liked)
- 2 chain bars (14” and 20”) included.
- Powerful and versatile 45cc engine.
- Perfect for medium wood logs and falling trees.
- 30% more teeth in the chain save time, energy, and fuel.
- Quite affordable (Compared to Poulan Pro Chainsaws)
- Sudden chain brake for safety and protection.
- Automatic oiler keeps the chain lubricated enough.
- Smooth and responsive speed control button.
- Attractive color variation.
- Takes 10 to 15 kicks to start.
- CDI ignition isn’t effective enough.
- Not as powerful as Poulan Pro chainsaws.
- You have to assemble the chainsaw as it arrives.
- Fuel might leak off.
What Do You Get with the Blue Max 8901 Chainsaw?
The box includes 2 chainsaw bars measuring 14” and 20” respectively.
Furthermore, the ABS plastic box includes a chainsaw machine, a user manual, and some maintenance tools.
That’s all about my use of the Blue Max Chainsaw. Moving on, let us take a look at how customers have rated this chainsaw:
Customer Ratings (Out of 10)
Value for money: 8/10
Ease of use: 9/10
Overall Ratings: 9/10
I’ve also got the views from some expert homeowners who’ve been using gas-powered chainsaws for quite some time.
Micheal Miller says that, “This saw offered me great value for the money. Although it took some time to get assembled and I had to try kicking it a lot at first. However, it got really easy to start later and I simply loved the 2-in-1 interface offered by Blue Max 8901.”
R.Corbett, on the other hand, gives a solution to kick-starting problem as follows, “I needed a versatile chainsaw in a limited budget and got this bad boy from Blue Max. If you are facing issues to get it started, then simply give a read to the manual and download its tutorials from official website of Blue Max. I tried all the suggestions they gave and started the chainsaw with a single pull.”
Why Should You Purchase the Blue Max 8901 Gas Chainsaw in 2021?
If I have to sum this chainsaw up in one word, then I’d say that it’s all about “Affordability.”
You’d get to enjoy the interface of two different chainsaws confined in a single machine.
Everything is well up to the mark even though it’s made in China. On top of that, the durability of the chainsaw could not be ignored.
These are some of the reasons to invest in this powerful, sturdy, and portable gas chainsaw in 2021.