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Poulan ad pics
« on: December 08, 2013, 12:42:11 pm »
OhioGregg has some nice info saved.  Just saving this ad pic of the craftsman chainsaws.



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Re: Poulan ad pics
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2013, 01:59:57 pm »
I remember those ads.  IIRC, Mitch W has a scan of an old B/W Sears ad showing the Craftsman branded Micros, XXV series, 3.4/3.7 saws, and the big 4.2/5.2 CounterVibes.  Hopefully he'll see this thread and post up.
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For older saws:
Tune the H side so that it 4-strokes (burbles) at WOT unloaded and just cleans up when under load.
When you lift cutting load, the saw should immediately revert to 4-stroking.  Fine tune the transition point for the wood you're cutting.

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Re: Poulan ad pics
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2013, 03:11:03 pm »

I wonder how many people actually paid extra for the Power Sharp before it became common knowledge that it wasn't what it was **** up to be???


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Re: Poulan ad pics
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2013, 03:55:48 pm »

I wonder how many people actually paid extra for the Power Sharp before it became common knowledge that it wasn't what it was **** up to be???


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Seems to vary widely based on the saw model.

I've only see about 3-4 PS equipped Craftsman 3.7 branded Poulan 3700/3800's.......................including those I've seen listed on ebay.  That's compared to the many dozens of non-PS versions.  Never seen a PS equipped saw from that series in person.

Seen many many PS equipped XXV series saws (especially the older blue and yellow Sears versions).  Probably about 1/2 as many PS saws as non-PS.  Much higher percentage for this series for some reason.  Only one of my XXV series saws has it (a Craftsman red 2.3PS/VL branded S25-CVA PS).  Will probably paint a spare non-PS CVA cover red to run on it.

Then there's the Roper 3.7ci saws.  Probably seen 3 PS versions for every one non-PS version (especially the older models).  Mine is non-PS.

I've never seen a PS equipped 245SA/306SA in person.  Seen several on line.

My Dad's Mac PM320 (that he bought new in 1980 or so) has PS.  Worked OK as a brush/pruning saw setup.  Convenient.  If I ever get around to tackling the fuel lines and rebuild the carb on that saw (for sentimental reasons) I'll probably remove the stone and put a regular 3/8-LP loop of chain on it.
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For older saws:
Tune the H side so that it 4-strokes (burbles) at WOT unloaded and just cleans up when under load.
When you lift cutting load, the saw should immediately revert to 4-stroking.  Fine tune the transition point for the wood you're cutting.

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Re: Poulan ad pics
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2013, 09:08:46 am »
Check out those prices! They are cheaper now, of course I think those above are built a bit better then the new stuff.

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Re: Poulan ad pics
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2013, 04:13:32 pm »
Check out those prices! They are cheaper now, of course I think those above are built a bit better then the new stuff.

You're absolutely right.  Modern saws (especially the consumer models) are much cheaper to produce than the older saws.  Heck, most older saws intended for the consumer market had design characteristics that we only associate with pro saws today.

The chainsaws of the '40s and '50s were EXTREMELY expensive for the time period.  For example; a 1957 McCulloch 77 (120cc gear drive BIG timber saw) cost something like $499 (powerhead only).  That's over $4000 in today's dollars!  Look at ads for the monster 1940's Mercury and IEL chainsaws.  Some of those were something like $600-$800 back in the late 1940's.  That's around $5600-$7500 today!

http://www.calculator.net/inflation-calculator.html
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For older saws:
Tune the H side so that it 4-strokes (burbles) at WOT unloaded and just cleans up when under load.
When you lift cutting load, the saw should immediately revert to 4-stroking.  Fine tune the transition point for the wood you're cutting.
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Re: Poulan ad pics
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2014, 08:38:58 pm »
Check out those prices! They are cheaper now, of course I think those above are built a bit better then the new stuff.

You're absolutely right.  Modern saws (especially the consumer models) are much cheaper to produce than the older saws.  Heck, most older saws intended for the consumer market had design characteristics that we only associate with pro saws today.

The chainsaws of the '40s and '50s were EXTREMELY expensive for the time period.  For example; a 1957 McCulloch 77 (120cc gear drive BIG timber saw) cost something like $499 (powerhead only).  That's over $4000 in today's dollars!  Look at ads for the monster 1940's Mercury and IEL chainsaws.  Some of those were something like $600-$800 back in the late 1940's.  That's around $5600-$7500 today!

http://www.calculator.net/inflation-calculator.html



People laugh at me when I tell them that things are cheaper today than they have ever been.
Watch closely at the old movies. It is common knowledge that the cowboy pay rate was a dollar a day, a bunk and 3 meals.
Then they would go into a saloon and spend a dollar........a days wage........on one shot of questionable quality whiskey.
I've seen the menus from old restaurants where a good steak dinner was 25 cents, and a beer to wash it down was 25 cents. Imagine paying $50.00 today for a steak and a beer!


I've told this story many times, if you've heard it just forget it and that way it will be new to you again. My Dad left the "country" in 1955 making $1.50 a day for a 10 hour day.
He came to Louisville and got a job at General Electric making 61 cents an HOUR!!!
Can you imagine how it felt to make, in three hours what had been a 10 hour day the week before?
Yes Sir things are cheaper today than ever before in history.


Mike



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Re: Poulan ad pics
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2014, 08:31:14 am »
If you look at Sears and Roebuck one reason they sold so many saws even years ago was due to one thing ,credit .For instance the old slow as a snail David Bradley 360 was not cheap at all but they sold a ton of them because of monthly financing .

Things have changed some .For one thing those old DB's wouldn't cut as fast as two young strong farm lads with a cross cut saw .It would out last them though .

Today I'd well imagine one of those clam shell Poulans 50 some cc saws would cut three times the speed of those 360's  and cost about half of the former .You can still buy them on credit too .

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Re: Poulan ad pics
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2014, 08:42:57 am »
Sears, today, is merely a shadow of what it was 50 years ago.
We should share what we know... someone may learn...
That knowledge can live after us... and that "Pays It Forward".
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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2014, 10:00:29 am »
Sears had the bright idea they could price stuff about 20 percent higher than everybody else and get away with it .Didn't work so well for them .It used to be you could go to the catalog sales department ,order stuff and  pick it up at the store .Then they got the bright idea to direct ship it at some outlandish  rate and people would go for it even though it could have went to the store with a normal shipment .Another fouled plan .

Then there was a massive foul up on the billing on credit cards which I came within a stones throw of suing their socks off over ,real close .Too many young hot shots running the game after they let go all the good management .The young Turks of Wall Street about lost that  game .

I still buy things there but whoa be the sales clerk who attempts to give me the spiel of using Sears credit .They get an ear full and I prefer to do in front of a large crowd .-------The neat thing about getting a little long in the tooth is you reach a point you tell it like it is and don't really care what other people think ,I love it -- ;D



 

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