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Old 04-16-2012, 04:35 PM   post #46 of 51
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Default 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.

There is a nice write up here. http://www.arboristsite.com/chainsaw/192321.htm

I use a 1974 Jonsereds 52 a small 50cc pro saw, a 1995 Jonsered 2050 (plastic crank case no problems, very light), and a PoulanPro 3516avx that has a better than stock bar and chain, and a muffler mod for increased performance.

P.S. "50 hour engine (homeowner) versus 300 hour (commercial)"

The EPA rating only indicates how long the polution levels the motor will operate at and still meet EPA emissions standards. It has nothing to do with motor longevity.

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Old 04-18-2012, 08:43 AM   post #47 of 51
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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.
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:09 PM   post #48 of 51
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My little 3516avx (42cc) had the tool-less chain tightener too. I agree it is junk, and I too modded the clutch cover to use a scrench. What impressed me the most about this PoulanPro is how much difference a muffler mod made. I couldn't stand to use it it was so weak. My bud had a Craftsman that was identical but for color. I let him try my little Poulan and in 10 minutes his Craftsman was on the workbench getting modded. I don't mind using my little yellow saw now.
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:29 PM   post #49 of 51
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A STIHL RS chain will REALLY make a difference on one as well. My Dad has a PP4218AV Classic and it was gutless from day one. Last fall I really needed a small saw as I was re-building my 026 PRO after I dropped a tree on it so I broke ouy the old Poulan, got it running, and put an RS chain on it and WOW, the dang thing cuts almost as good as my buddies 025!

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Old 04-18-2012, 07:00 PM   post #50 of 51
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A STIHL RS chain will REALLY make a difference on one as well. My Dad has a PP4218AV Classic and it was gutless from day one. Last fall I really needed a small saw as I was re-building my 026 PRO after I dropped a tree on it so I broke ouy the old Poulan, got it running, and put an RS chain on it and WOW, the dang thing cuts almost as good as my buddies 025!

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I've got full chisels with no safety features on all my saws. Round file type. Carlton and Oregon. I've used Stihl chains in the past and had no problem with them.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:01 PM   post #51 of 51
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I have had and used my Stihl.024 for almost 30 years. It has never given me a days grief. It's got an 18" bar and electronic ignition. I recently bought an MS362 because I had a lot of black locust come down in last October's storm and they were getting the best of the little 024. So far I have these 2 saws, a back pack blower, a pole pruner and a brush cutter, all Stihl. They are easy to get parts for, always start and do what they were intended to. If you buy a 6 pack (6 ounces) of Stihl 2 cycle synthetic oil with the saw the warranty is extended for a 2nd year.
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