My dad has a WeedEater trimmer,blower and hedge trimmers and if they made a chainsaw he'd buy that too cuz he thinks they are the best, so he settled for next best chainsaw,a Craftsman.
They crank for him and he likes them,that's all that matters I guess.
I found that pic on Ebay while looking for 2 cycle parts. I have used Poulan and Weed Eater machines all my life and they've given me excellent service. My Poulan 2400 brushcutter is on its tenth season and it starts and runs like new. My 2050 saw is on its 14th season and runs great. As long as most people hate them I'll be able to buy nearly new machines that won't start for cheap!!:trink39:
The older WeedEater, Poulan and Craftsman brands were o.k., but still far from pro quality. They'd last longer than today's junk. Not trying to diss your brand, but have seen and worked on far too many of these newer models that are not even worth the initial price paid off the shelf! Take that money, then double it for a quality unit that will surely last 20 plus years with home/landowner use. These units are basically made to break after 3-4 years of service. Then when the owner takes it to a shop, they're at the total price paid when new after only 1 hrs service rate, not including parts, or few if any.
I still love my old Homelite. It must be at least 15 yrs old and I rescued it from the dump due to a plugged spark arrestor. Just found it's twin at a yard sale for $10 and it runs very well also. With any luck the two will outlast me.
Echoman, for the average consumer I agree with you totally. I take really good care of my machines, which is a must to get these cheapos to be reliable. Also, I was a mechanic in my first career and do all my own repairs.
Poulan has made quite a few machines that even I would say are junk. The Featherlite bent shaft weedeaters are just too darn flimsy to last long even if you don't abuse them (the straight shaft Featherlites are decent light duty units). Some of their recent brushcutters have an eerie resemblance to Ryobi.:eck16: The no-tools chain tensioner on many of their saws is absolutely sorry. Is it really that difficult to use the supplied scrench to do the job?