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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #60 on: May 03, 2012, 09:04:00 am »
I may have my 1st Poulan next week if my brother decides to sell it. It's a 8500 he bought new in the mid 1980s. It has a working chainbrake [all saws sold in Canada since 1980 had to have chainbrakes, the Stihl 090 seemed to escape that for a few yrs]. This 8500 was the last "true Poulan" pro saw before Electrolux took over in '86. Poulan built a beautiful saw here, 85cc ,well balanced, fast and light. It competed with the Stihl 064 which came out in '86.

If any of you guys have never run a 8500, then you missed out experiencing a great saw. I don't have any pictures at the moment but maybe Kevin or someone can post some.
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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #61 on: May 03, 2012, 01:28:34 pm »
I don't have any pictures at the moment but maybe Kevin or someone can post some.

You know we need some good pics of this poulan 8500   8) ;D

Here some utube video of 8500

says just put back together 1 of 3 of his 8500

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqOOnK9aByU


first cuts from new rebuild

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy8lzoKBpH8


2nd 8500 first run after rebuild

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K8zPzeTAqs


poulan 8500 #3 making cuts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n21Nn808hPM
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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #62 on: May 03, 2012, 01:34:12 pm »
The 3300 3500 3600 and that whole series of poulan  saws are worth using and fixing IMHO.

good. you dont happen to have a service manual for it?

I dont sorry.

These saws is so simple to work on. If you have a question just ask and someone here can walk you through it. 

You have the IPL?  3300 or 3500,3600 have you figured that part out?

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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #63 on: May 03, 2012, 01:35:57 pm »
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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #64 on: May 03, 2012, 02:10:18 pm »
Some pics of 8500 in Chainsaw Collectors Library   http://www.chainsawcollectors.se/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=8860
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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #65 on: May 03, 2012, 11:56:47 pm »
I don't have any pictures at the moment but maybe Kevin or someone can post some.

You know we need some good pics of this poulan 8500   8) ;D

Here some utube video of 8500

says just put back together 1 of 3 of his 8500

first cuts from new rebuild
2nd 8500 first run after rebuild
poulan 8500 #3 making cuts
Thanks for that Kevin, but I have to admit poor Homelite Jim's videos were pretty painful to watch.
If I get my brothers 8500 I'll post some pics and maybe a video or two. Along with that 8500 comes a Wolf tune pipe,some strong porting and a WB carb.
The saw has barely a scratch on it and I fondly remember how smooth and quick that thing cut even before he modded it .Plus it doesn't have that ugly full wrap handle either.
Like alot of guys I know who had said, you're not a Poulan man until you own a 8500.
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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #66 on: May 04, 2012, 12:36:51 am »
I forgot I had this pic of a 8500 from a 1985 Poulan ad.
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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #67 on: May 04, 2012, 07:38:59 am »
Yeah it was Willard.

I was looking for the pic of a 8500 with the K&N filter set up I had seen before. So I settled for those video's when I gave up.
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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #68 on: October 30, 2012, 02:21:18 pm »
Hi,

Just pick up a Poulan, going by the pics on here is either a 3500 or 3600.

its a Type i Serial Number 530-029086

then this is below 95093h

Anyone know which one it is????

Its a brilliant saw, i fitted a clutch cover with a chain brake handle, but after 3 hrs i'd melted the handle off!

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Re: What was your 1st Poulan saw?
« Reply #69 on: October 31, 2012, 01:36:20 am »
First Poulan was a 2000.   It is the first saw that I modified also.  Removed the base gasket and used needle files on the ports to open them alittle.  I put a new ring in it muffler modded it and that little sucker screamed pretty good.  I still have it and it cracks me up evertime I fire it up.
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