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Offline maxmag

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Poulan quality
« on: February 11, 2014, 09:24:05 pm »
When I read reviews on late model Poulan& poulan pro's, many of them are very negative. I have a 1998 2150 woodsman that has been a great little saw. Has quality dropped off, or just people that don't take care of their equipment.

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Re: Poulan quality
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2014, 09:47:22 pm »
When I read reviews on late model Poulan& poulan pro's, many of them are very negative. I have a 1998 2150 woodsman that has been a great little saw. Has quality dropped off, or just people that don't take care of their equipment.

It's mostly the latter.  Gotta consider the source when reading those reviews.  Only thing somewhat low quality on the newer Poulans is the fuel line.  Don't know if that's improved, but for a long time the fuel line they put on the saws and sold as replacements) was crap.  Replace the lines (and put on some non-consumer chain), and you have a good saw for the $$$.

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Re: Poulan quality
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2014, 11:07:25 pm »
+1 That has been the case for me too. O maintenance cuss it for being crap saw.
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Re: Poulan quality
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2014, 09:45:52 am »
I have a one-owner 3000 from the 80s that was just used but little by the previous owner. Replaced the lines and it has been a great saw! I am with Shep, if it belonged o a home owner assume that it was never maintained. IMHO lack of maintenance is the ruin of any tool no matter the cost!
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Re: Poulan quality
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2014, 10:58:12 am »
I have a Poulan Farm Pro 375 that I bought not long after they introduced the Pro line.  1993?   It's been solid.  Basic maintenance only it has been no trouble.  I ran a lot of fuel through it.   I run a tank of gas or two through it a year for old times sake.  The power to weight ratio isn't very good and it's pre chain brake.  But it's willing.

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Re: Poulan quality
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2014, 11:29:39 am »
Most problems I have are the small supply line. Replace it & usually about 1/4 out on the L , adjust the idle and they make great little homeowner saws....
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Re: Poulan quality
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2014, 12:15:17 pm »
I have a 40 cc Poulan wild thing that was given to me because the cylinder and piston was scored.     It gave me the opportunity to see first hand how they are made.    Other than it has no Antivibe it seems to be made as well as some of the older small Poulans I have.
    There is a large group of people that buys these saws and really know nothing about chainsaws in general.    You will see things like clutch covers that have been cooked from running the saw with the chain brake engaged.  The bars are so plugged up that oil would never get to it for oiling.   Letting old gas sit in the saw and then trying to run the saw with bad gas.   Chains on backwards, and so dull you would do better with your butter knife.   Rakers not at the correct height.  Sprockets that are grooved badly and should have been replaced.   Bars that are uneven and have hugh burrs on the sides from leaning on it to get it to cut.    Large areas of excessive heat discoloration on the bars from lack of oil.   I could go on and on.    But I do not think it is as likely to find these types of examples on pro saws because of the people that use them.
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Re: Poulan quality
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2014, 01:49:04 pm »
There couldn't be a better chainsaw for those people that don't take care of them.

I was snickering to myself while looking at a friend's Wild Thing with the Chinese tri-link 3/8 LP skip chain etc. Then I made a couple firewood cuts with it and noticed he had a bank barn full of firewood cut with that chainsaw. I didn't snicker to myself anymore.

He also had one of those MTD splitters than break apart at the trunnions. It had probably split two barns full of wood and nothing had ever happened to it. Looked brand new.
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Re: Poulan quality
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2014, 07:27:56 pm »
Same here, but yet I have always wanted a Wild Thing or one of there 42cc pro's for a trail saw.Might just end up with one yet!!

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Re: Poulan quality
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2014, 07:35:35 pm »
Same here, but yet I have always wanted a Wild Thing or one of there 42cc pro's for a trail saw.Might just end up with one yet!!

The Poulan 295 is 46cc and is actually lighter then the wild thing or the 260.  Put a 16"bar on it and you would have a good trail saw.
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