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Offline trappermike

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Re: Poulan 5400
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2019, 09:41:59 am »
In the 80's I worked for a Stihl and Poulan dealer,we sold a lot of saws,a few fallers bought the 5400,and they were quite reliable with no real problems and the reed valve motor had good power,and they were really smooth,less vibration. One quirk they had was idling,because of the reed design and the angle the port entered the crankcase they tended to "load up" with fuel and idle quickly got richer if asked to idle for very long,the engine could slow down and stall. The only cure for this I found was to set the low speed mixture as lean as possible but so it could still accelerate without a bog,that works best.
Some different brand bars were often a sloppy fit on the barstuds,you could move the bar too much up and down.
There is one thing I learned you must be very careful of on these saws,removing and re-installing the clutch to maybe replace the rim sprocket,you must try to tighten the clutch back on as well as you can,but NEVER test run the saw after without the bar and chain on,or you will have grenade blow up in your face at 10,000 rpm! After installing the clutch you need to put the bar and chain on and do a good hard cut in some wood to tighten the clutch on completely. If you try running the saw after installing the clutch with no bar and chain on the clutch will not be on tight enough,as usual you will start it, blip the throttle a few times,and then rev 'er up to hear it rev cleanly,but when you back off the trigger... to your horror you will suddenly see the clutch unscrewing and coming off the the end of crankshaft,get your face outa the way quick and hit the deck because when the clutch comes off at high rpms if flies apart instantly with tremendous force,one time I could not find any of the clutch parts after,they flew too far and were gone,but later that day an old guy came to the shop with all the clutch parts in his hands,found them scattered on his lawn 2 houses away. It happened to me several times.
They are great saws with few faults. One day Poulan shipped us the new 8500's, they looked better,the cast starter cover and rewind cover were replaced with more modern light weight ones and the saw looked more modern and was lighter.  We quickly sold 2 of them but they were soon to haunt me,the top covers and starter covers would not stay on,they fell off,the screws broke,they wore deeply into the crankcases and one crankcase broke soon, I think they needed some heftier better quality screws,but both saws were soon so damaged they were unfixable so we stopped selling them,what a shame because the 5400 was so reliable. I suppose maybe Poulan rectified the problem but we didn't risk selling another,we took a loss on the 2 we did. I imagine they were remedied and and were loved by their owners but I have no further experience with the 8500.
Poulan sent us a couple of performance reed valve kits for the 5400.
I made a hotsaw from a 5400 and it ran very well and was reliable. 
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Re: Poulan 5400
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2019, 04:05:06 pm »
All I know is the 5400 and 8500 weighed alot. 18lb+ pho dry.   5200 was lighter going by Rogers weight pics. Look at the chainsaw weight threads where we save the info.

Here is where I saved pics of the 8500 I found local too. http://chainsawrepair.createaforum.com/poulan/poulan-8500/

The 5400 I picked up local was 1 owner their big saw for farm when needed.  They said it wasnt needed to much.
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Re: Poulan 5400
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2019, 08:22:07 pm »
In the mid 80's I don't think the 5400 was any heavier than the 056 Supers that were our biggest seller,but they were smoother and really reliable.
Ron Hartil was running them for a while in 100cc stock appearing with a pipe and did very well but I believe he had 100cc pistons in them,as he had unlimited factory support.
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Re: Poulan 5400
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2019, 02:31:57 pm »
trappermike, I hear you worked at a Stihl dealership on the island. Did you ever meet a Stihl dealer on thd island named Bob Braden?
Braden was a Stihl dealer and operated a rental shop originally in Regina, Saskatchewan in the 1980's. I heard he had a yearly million $ sales with Stihl which was excellent in the '80s.
I heard he moved his business to the island and setup shop in Nanaimo,
You ever hear of him?
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Re: Poulan 5400
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2019, 02:41:07 pm »
Sorry but I never heard of him, over the decades I worked for a few Stihl and Husky dealers on the Island,I worked for the very knowledgeable and reputable Neiser family who had shops in Duncan and Lake Cowichan,among others. Of course I was familiar with Bob Walker and his shop in Naniamo.
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Re: Poulan 5400
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2019, 03:16:48 pm »
I never weighed a 056 but yeah I bet the 056 was a couple pounds heavier still then the 5400.
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Re: Poulan 5400
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2020, 08:44:42 am »
Saving pics of a poulan 5400 with chain brake clutch cover.  Owner in Australia

Had him post some clutch side pics to save here.

 
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