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Offline Al Smith

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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2011, 08:37:03 pm »
Ahem,mumble ,actually I have somewhat recant my statement about an s-25 being able to almost out gun a 200t .

Much to my surprise several did this last weekend .Never say never . ;)

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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2011, 11:42:21 am »
Ahem,mumble ,actually I have somewhat recant my statement about an s-25 being able to almost out gun a 200t .

Much to my surprise several did this last weekend .Never say never . ;)

Isnt that the truth. Some of those ported S25 were just mean sounding little saws and cut great.

I must be getting old, because I had told Brad that dang saw was just to darn loud. 
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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2011, 06:24:30 pm »
My first Poulan was a 3400 I bought brand spanking new in 1982. Cut a lot of wood with that saw but moved it on to buy a big Stihl when I was cutting more dry redgum. Have always regretted selling it but in those days I did not have the money for two saws. Still love the Poulans though.

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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2011, 07:11:59 pm »
The first Poulan I ever observed was during a visit to the Lumbard dealer in 1960. I remember seeing them over there and they were lime green. Was more interested in Macs at the time though.

In more recent years (fall 1998) , I visited the local TSC store and there was a 1997 Poulan 3500, type III, 60cc saw setting there all covered in oil with a sign on it that said $75 as is - no warranty. The oil was the only bad appearing thing about the saw. The chain was pretty sharp and had never been sharpened and there was not a scratch on it.

I got permission to take it out back and run it. It started right up very rich, so I bought it.

Got it home, reset the high speed needle, and sawed a tank of gas through it. It was my primary (Pro) saw for several years. In more recent times, I have had to change the fuel filter and put diaphragms in the carb.

The best I can tell the 3500 is pretty much the same as the 3750 except it doesn't have a chain brake and the air filter cover is a little different.

I had it at the GTG at Gregg's last week. It started and ran like it was supposed to.

Here's how it looked back in the spring.




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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2011, 07:24:45 pm »
 On that loud business Kevin I've got to be more prudent about those ear plugs myself .

I spent much of last week felling and draging out ash logs plus the firewood . Between an assortment of saws ,one being a gutted muffler S-25 have a little rigning in the ear .Got some dandy saw logs though . ;D

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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2011, 08:12:13 pm »


The best I can tell the 3500 is pretty much the same as the 3750 except it doesn't have a chain brake and the air filter cover is a little different.



The 3500 reminds me of the 365 and the air filter set up too.






Also my first 3750 didnt have chain brake, just a handguard on handle.

County Fair racing pic, only the dolmar 6400 beat it for the first 4 places, I got 5th 0-65cc work saw.



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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2011, 09:08:19 pm »
Yes they are pretty much identical except for the color and the wording.

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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2011, 09:37:38 am »
Not only my first Poulan but my very first saw.  4200 w/22-24" (don't know how to measure a bow)bow bar bought new in 78 I think.  Hasn't cut much wood.  The original chain would still be on it but my Buddy??? loaned my saw to an IDIOT!  He burned up the chain and the clutch cutting up an American Live Oak (Quercus Virginiana).  Don't leave my saws at anybodys house any more.  Lesson learned saw & so called Buddy!  The IDIOT did send it to saw shop and was repaired when I got it back.  This the guy that rolled a ring to hold a propane bottle on a trailered cooker, put the bottle in the ring beat it in w/hammer cause ring was too small.  Next step to remove bottle he fired up the acetylene to cut it out!  Again I say IDIOT!!!!!
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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2011, 09:56:46 pm »
3400!
Absolutely fantastic saw! Cut ALL my wood for 15 years and surprised a LOT of guys.
Bought it on time after a storm and paid for it cleaning up blowdowns in the neighborhood.
I'd still kill the S.O.B. that stole it today if I could find him!!!


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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #19 on: November 23, 2011, 12:13:34 am »
My first Poulan saw was made for Craftsman by Poulan, I was an all red, Sears Craftsman Model 358.352070.  Was 2.0cc, 3/8LP, .050 chain with laminated sprocket nose 14" bar

Acquired it from a fellow fireman that was an arborist on his days off.  Had used the saw hard and it had become a parts saw.  Paid $12.50 for it, had good compression, but screws, nuts and bolts were missing.  Don't know the year of manufacture, I got it in 1980.

I replaced the missing parts and put an new Zip Pen bar and chain on it.  This saw was my primary firewood cutting saw until 2004.  It did share the wood cutting with a couple of mini Macs and later on a Jonsered 910E to help with bigger logs.

Shortly after I acquired the Craftsman I was cutting wood with a friend that had a lime green Poulan XXV Deluxe, 33cc, 2cin that was an exact duplicate of my Craftsman.  He had killed the Poulan by locking up the engine, so he gave it to me for a parts saw.  The parts from this saw helped me keep the Craftsman going until 2004.  It still would be a runner with a carb rebuild and new fuel line.  Looked a little strange when it would sometimes be seen with a lime green pull start housing and the remainder of the saw was red.  Two tone Poulan/Craftsman.

The only work I did to the saw over those years was normal maintenance, replaced at least two chains, replaced the fuel line and filter and some new spark plugs.  It wasn't necessarily the smoothest running saw, but it always started with a few pulls, just kept running and running.  Was always amazed how durable and dependable the saw was.

It has been replaced by several other small to mid sized saws, but still is stored under a work bench in the shop and with some TLC should come back to life.  Always was somewhat tough on the operator vibration wise. Had no vibration dampening at all, one of the main reasons it is under the work bench.

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