Chainsaw Repair

Husqvarna - Stihl - Poulan - Jonsered - Dolmar chainsaws and more => Cordless Battery OPE - Corded Electric => Topic started by: Cut4fun . on May 05, 2013, 09:02:46 pm

Title: Poulan 400 Electric
Post by: Cut4fun . on May 05, 2013, 09:02:46 pm
Poulan Pro 400E 4hp  or 400es  ???

I've been keeping one of these going for a friend at work whenever she has problems.  I'm pretty freaking amazed with it. 

It's power has me  scared to make her up a loop of PS3 for it though.


http://www.poulanpro.com/products/chain-saws/400es/



Title: Re: Poulan 400 Electric
Post by: Cut4fun . on October 11, 2017, 01:29:09 pm
Poulan Pro 400E it has  4 hp on side.

I just got another one in and says not turning. They now have a gas saw so this poulan corded electric  is mine for helping them out.  Just hope I can fix whatever has it locked up.

https://youtu.be/dL-sKID4mvc
https://youtu.be/MjRoH-k5HAo

Title: Re: Poulan 400 Electric
Post by: Cut4fun . on October 11, 2017, 01:43:56 pm
poulan pro 400e IPL  and owners manual links below





Title: Re: Poulan 400 Electric
Post by: Cut4fun . on October 11, 2017, 09:08:26 pm
Working again  8)  :P.  Going to make me up a stihl PS or PS3 chain for it someday soon.
Title: Re: Poulan 400 Electric
Post by: Cut4fun . on October 12, 2017, 03:58:02 pm
Looked at decal. 13 amp husqvarna power equipment on it.
Title: Re: Poulan 400 Electric
Post by: Philbert on October 12, 2017, 04:28:43 pm
Been following you on this topic on the FB page, so I guess it is time to mosey over here, to the 'real' site.

I have about a dozen electric chainsaws; mostly because they go for 'stupid cheap' prices at garage sales.  A lot of the older Craftsman branded electric (and many gas) chainsaws were re-branded Poulans.  The ones I have are mostly older than the one you have pictured.

Very simple saws.  Add bar oil.  Keep the chain sharp.  Press the trigger.  If it stops running, probably either the cord pulled out of the outlet, or you tripped a breaker.  Of course, there can be wear / maintenance issues with brushes or a bad switch.  But unless it has been abused, much simpler than a gas saw.

The chain speed is typically slower than a gas saw, but they will cut through 'real wood', and do 'real work',  if you let them do the work. They are also capable of 'real kickback' and causing 'real injuries' if you are not careful - some people think of them as toys, and do not realize that they are 'live' when plugged in - they do not hear the loud engine noises, so they playfully pull the trigger with the bar scabbard still on, or without regard to which way the chain is pointing! Just use basic care when operating.

Make sure to use an appropriate sized extension cord for the motor.  I would run that 13A saw with a 100 foot 14 gauge cord (even though the manual says 'No').  I use a 100 foot 12 gauge cord with my 15 A electric saws.

Photo shows real work I have done with other electric chainsaws.
Title: Re: Poulan 400 Electric
Post by: Cut4fun . on October 12, 2017, 06:13:08 pm
This one has a working chain brake. First I have seen of the ones I have had and came through in past.

It shuts off when chain brake trips.
Title: Re: Poulan 400 Electric
Post by: Philbert on October 12, 2017, 11:21:35 pm
I don't know if all of the newer saws do, but the better electric saws have mechanical chain brakes, just like the gas saws. They are interlocked to shut off the power as well.

Some of them also have an electric chain brake, that stops the chain as soon as the trigger is released - no coasting!

One of my battery saws (Oregon CS300) also has an 'idiot alarm' on the chain brake: it beeps if you press the trigger with the chain brake engaged!  Sounds a little silly, but I have wasted some time 'trouble shooting' circuits, GFCI's, and breaker boxes, only to find the chain brake engaged on one of my cordless electric saws!

Philbert
Title: Re: Poulan 400 Electric
Post by: Cut4fun . on October 13, 2017, 12:08:44 pm
I don't know if all of the newer saws do, but the better electric saws have mechanical chain brakes, just like the gas saws. They are interlocked to shut off the power as well.

Some of them also have an electric chain brake, that stops the chain as soon as the trigger is released - no coasting!

One of my battery saws (Oregon CS300) also has an 'idiot alarm' on the chain brake: it beeps if you press the trigger with the chain brake engaged!  Sounds a little silly, but I have wasted some time 'trouble shooting' circuits, GFCI's, and breaker boxes, only to find the chain brake engaged on one of my cordless electric saws!

Philbert

Just cleaned and tested. Oiler working too.  Was worried after that one video on good bad with them.

When chain brake trips it is instant off and no coast of chain. It locks up the spur right now like.
Title: Re: Poulan 400 Electric
Post by: Cut4fun . on October 13, 2017, 12:13:41 pm
Didnt have 62dl worth of ps ps3 to make a loop. So went with carlton for now.

Title: Re: Poulan 400 Electric
Post by: Philbert on October 13, 2017, 12:21:27 pm
 Careful!!  You might end up liking it!

Philbert