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Offline wrenchtech

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Poulan 25DA:Worth Repairing?
« on: May 18, 2017, 05:00:50 pm »
I recently "rescued" a Poulan 25 DA chainsaw from the scrap heap. Cosmetically speaking it's in very nice condition. I put some fresh fuel in it and tried to start it. No luck. So I put in a new fuel filter, fuel line, spark plug and an air filter. It ran pretty well after that, but it was pretty hard to start. So I cleaned the carburetor and put in new needle and gaskets. It's still hard to start when its cold. I think this is mainly due to the fuel draining back and leaving the carburetor dry. So that's problem one.

Secondly, the chain oil does not seem to be working. It's not oiling automatically and the manual pumping button seems frozen.

Thirdly, what gas/oil blend should I be running? I think originally Poulan specified 32 to 1. The mix I keep on hand is a more standard 50 to 1.

And finally, there is the matter of the quarter inch pitch chain. The saw could probably use a new bar pretty soon. I'm finding that it's pretty hard to locate bars and chains in that pitch, except for specialty items for wood carving. I'm thinking about changing the sprocket so I can run three-eighths pitch. Is it possible? If so where should I be looking the right parts? For instance, would the clutch drum/sprocket from the Poulan S25DA be a straight swap?

It seems like a lot of work and expense for saw like this, but I'm just going to take a little at a time see where it takes me. It's already served me to do some tree trimming around the property and it cuts pretty nicely.

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Re: Poulan 25DA:Worth Repairing?
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2017, 07:38:41 am »
If it has a hard nose bar you can get a 3/8" low profile clutch drum for it .The oiler is under the flywheel and it probably is the diaphragm or it just needs cleaned out .

Fuel/oil ratio when new was 32 to 1.You could probably use 40 to 1 I suppose although I run everything I own on the former .

In good running order they are great little saws .It might be the starting problem is a deteriorated fuel line which I might add is a pain in the bottom to change because it snakes up through the handle .

This model is the very first chainsaw I ever owned and it still runs very well .It was like 1975 and I've dressed the 14" hard nose bar on a belt sander at least 4 times and can't remember how many loops of chain I used but it was a bunch .It originally came with 1/4" chain later changed .In 42 years all I've done was rebuilt the carb once and new fuel line plus cleaned out the oil pump but only after sitting idle for about 6 years .It runs as good or better than when it was when new ..So in answer to the question it is worth spending some time on in my opinion .
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Re: Poulan 25DA:Worth Repairing?
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2017, 01:56:38 am »
Thanks. I like you answer because I am well disposed towards fixing it just because it pleases me, even if it doesn't make economic sense.

I'm not sure what you mean by "hard-nosed" bar though. Perhaps you are referring to a bar without a roller sprocket in the nose. In any case, the 1/4" pitch chain on the saw now is pretty sharp, so no hurry to change it. The hard starting problem this is a thing I need to address next. I did put a new fuel line in it already. I'm pretty sure the problem lies with the needle in the carburetor. The answer may be as simple as me learning how to properly adjust the tab that pushes the needle.

In the meantime, I have learned that the clutch drum/sprocket for 3/8" chain is readily available and easy to swap. Once that is done a good selection of chains and bars becomes available.
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Re: Poulan 25DA:Worth Repairing?
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2017, 05:52:30 pm »
Good for you on repairing that saw.    Those are pretty good saws for their size and there are a lot of them still around so used parts are available.

You are correct a hard nose bar is without the sprocket in the nose.
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