Re: In the market for a chainsaw
If I had .38 acres and needed a saw once in a while, I would spend $200.00 on a PP2050. That's Poulan Pro 20"bar 50 cc. I wouldn't hesitate.
Yes - I've done that for several remote properties I own in the NY Adirondacks and northern Michigan. I consider the Poulans "throw-away" saws that - if stolen - I won't lose sleep over. I've got several in 55 cc, 50 cc, 42 cc, etc.
Poulan Pro product support is near zero and useless. Their saws don't make near the power that higher priced saws do with the same ccs. But - for the price - or occaisional use - makes a good deal. Especially if you buy for $140-$150 instead of the full $200 retail price.
Last time I needed an extra saw - I drove all around Presque Isle and Alpena counties in northern MI (lower peninsula). I refuse to buy a new saw with a plastic crankcase. I went to several Husqvarna dealers and most they had were plastic crankcase only. I also looked for good used saw. Finally gave up and bought several Poulan Pros from Home Depot and Tractor Supply. At least they have metal crankcases. Clamshell and not very big - but at least the crank and main bearings are all metal supported.
One of my new Poulans came with the so-called "tool-less" chain adjuster. What a useless piece of junk!. Near impossible to keep the chain tight with any serious cutting. I called product support and got nowhere. Finally - I removed the plastic single-nut tool-less device, drilled the bar cover, added two bar nuts and made use of the one stud that was there but not being used.
I've got the new 50 cc Poulan Pro. I tried to download an owner's manual from the Poulan Pro Website and they don't have one!. Like I said, awful product support. I also ran my 50 cc Poulan Pro alongside my 51 cc Makita/Dolmar. No comparison. Power-wise and cutting speed with the Makita/Dolmar is MUCH better. No comparison. But to be fair, the Makita/Dolmar DCS510 cost $330 with a 18" bar and two chains. The 50 cc Poulan Pro cost me $179 new with case.
Same when comparing my 55 cc Poulan Pros to my el-cheapo Husqvarna 455 or my pro-model EFCO 156. The Husky and EFCO with engines the same size as the Poulan Pro cut much faster. Huge difference. The 55 cc Husqvarna cost me $75 at a yard sale. The EFCOs were $320 each brand new when John Deere dealers dropped the line and were liquidating inventories. The 56 cc EFCOs are amazing pro saws.
Tractors: IH B275 (2), Case VAC,/VAC-14(2), Case DC (3) Ford 641, Shaw R12, MF35, Ferg TO35, Bolens Ridemaster, AC HD4/ HD6 dozer, Oliver HG dozer, Oliver OC46 crawler, Deere 300B TLB/ 1010 crawler, Ford 4000 TLB, Pettibone TLB, IH 3414 TLB
Garden tractors (over 100 ).
Chainsaws: Remington Mall (2), Sthil S10, 040, 041G, 045 Super, 051, 041 Super; Dolmar/Makita DCS510 and DCS6401, Echo(3), EFCO/Deere CS56 (3), Poulan Pro (4), Husqvarna 455, Hoe, Lombard 2 man, Homelites (over 20).