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Which Poulan Pro chainsaws have plated cylinders?
« on: December 12, 2012, 02:40:11 am »
Not sure if anyone but me cares about this, but.....

It's my understanding that some of the Poulan Pro branded versions of similar Poulan chainsaws have chromed bores and bare pistons in place of the bare bores and plated pistons of the 'more pedestrian' Poulan versions (and Craftsman branded versions) that they are similar to. 

Which Poulan Pro models does this apply to................and which PP models still have the bare cylinder/plated piston combo that's used in the non-PP saws? 

I'm not trying to start an argument over the merits and/or shortfalls associated with having bare bores and plated pistons vs the 'normal' plated cylinder/bare piston configuration.  Just trying to get a handle on which PP saws had what.

These are the saws I'm thinking of.  There are more models I'm sure.  When they pop up on feebay and CL, I'd like to have an idea about what configuration they have before I drive to see the saw or bid....

If anybody cares to answer this.....would you mind putting a "(C)" or "(A)" next to each model to designate whether it's a Chromed or bare Aluminum bore?  Also, if you feel like putting the Poulan model # that the PP saw is close to next to that (also in parenthesis to keep things separate) I'd appreciate that too.  Feel free to add models or make other modifications to this 'chart' as you see fit.  You folks know much more about these 'modern' Poulans than I do.

PP285 

PP295 

PP380  (3800-ish?)

PP260 

PP220

PP235

PP236 (2100?)

PP262

PP4620
-Aaron

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: Which Poulan Pro chainsaws have plated cylinders?
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2012, 06:38:16 am »
I just deleted my saw list because I just seen you wanted poulan pro saws only?  I thought all poulan pros were chromed cylinder.

Just some of the non pros like poulan 3300 was A and the PP335 C  etc.

I have a PP236 and 2100 and never been inside though.
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Re: Which Poulan Pro chainsaws have plated cylinders?
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2012, 12:04:06 pm »
I though also that all the Poulan Pro series saws in yellow had a chrome bore on the cylinder.

Here are some.


PP 335  (C)
PP 365  (C)
PP 395  (C)
PP 375  (C)
PP 505, 475, 445.

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Re: Which Poulan Pro chainsaws have plated cylinders?
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2012, 01:38:48 pm »
Thanks guys.  I guess I should have just asked if all yellow PP saws had chromed jugs........but I have a habit of being long winded.  I didn't ask about the 'regular' Poulans (and Craftsman branded variants), as I thought I'd start a separate thread for them after this one ran its course.

So..........are all yellow/black PP saws equipped with chromed cylinders?

These two I know to be chromed.

PP330 (C)
PP380 (C)
-Aaron

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: Which Poulan Pro chainsaws have plated cylinders?
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2012, 04:13:18 pm »
I think it is a given that all the Poulan Pro yellow saws are going to have a chrome cylinder.  Where it gets confusing is the green saws.  Also this does not always apply to craftsman saws as some were labled 3.7 meaning 3700 and were actually 3800.
Poulan 1800    A reed valve
Poulan 2000    A reed valve
Poulan 2300    A reed valve
Poulan S25DA  C reed valve
Po Pro  260      C
Po Pro  285      C
Po Pro  295      C
Poulan 306A    C  reed valve
Po Pro  4620    C
Poulan 3300    A
Po Pro  305     C
Po Pro  325     C
Po Pro  330     C
Po Pro  335     C
Poul Pred 335  C
Poulan 3450    C
Poulan 3400   A
Poulan 3500   C
Po Pro  365    C
Po Pro  375    C
Poulan 3700   C
Poulan 3750   C
Poulan 3800   A
Po Pro  380    C
Po Pro  395    C
Poulan 4000   C
Poulan 4200   C  reed valve
Po Pro  445    C
Po Pro  475    C
Po Pro 5020   C
Po Pro 505     C
Poulan 5200   C  reed valve
Poulan 5400   C  reed valve
Poulan 6000   C 

C= Chrome   Cylinder
A= Aluminium  Cylinder
PP 505, 475, 445.

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Re: Which Poulan Pro chainsaws have plated cylinders?
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2012, 04:27:32 pm »
Make as many threads as you want.

Because I can guarantee things wont get lost in the shuffle here and thats why I set the site up the way I did.

I dont know the older stuff  much at all so thats all up to you guys. Even though I know the poulan 4200 4900 5200 5400 8500 are super strong cutters, I just dont have no interest in any saws with reeds. I just like the newer poulans from the late 80's to 2005 or so.  OK my little poulans 2000 1800 2100 etc have a reed they are the exceptions.  :D

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Re: Which Poulan Pro chainsaws have plated cylinders?
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2012, 04:37:18 pm »
Make as many threads as you want.

Because I can guarantee things wont get lost in the shuffle here and thats why I set the site up the way I did.

I dont know the older stuff  much at all so thats all up to you guys. Even though I know the poulan 4200 4900 5200 5400 8500 are super strong cutters, I just dont have no interest in any saws with reeds. I just like the newer poulans from the late 80's to 2005 or so.  OK my little poulans 2000 1800 2100 etc have a reed they are the exceptions.  :D

Thanks for the input.  I won't hold your 'reed' prejudice against you.  I'll be happy to take all the 4200-8500, PP455, PP525, and PP655/655BP saws that would otherwise be offending your sensibilities.:D

I prefer plated cylinders (and steel liners) to unplated aluminum cylinders.........but I do like Micros and 3400/3800 Poulans.  We can get past our hangups sometimes...:D
-Aaron

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: Which Poulan Pro chainsaws have plated cylinders?
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2012, 04:42:15 pm »
Better check the 245 and others I just posted in CL today.  Older post a 4200

All I ask is dont ask me to drive and get any of them please. Thats why I dont own them to flip or trade off anyways. I'm working 7 days a week right now. No time and just burned out on travel. 

http://chainsawrepair.createaforum.com/trades-swap-section/craigslist/msg13782/#new
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Re: Which Poulan Pro chainsaws have plated cylinders?
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2012, 04:45:49 pm »
I was somewhat skeptical of the 3800's myself until I dropped the cylinders on a couple of them and got the compression up to 150 psi.  What a difference it made.
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Re: Which Poulan Pro chainsaws have plated cylinders?
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2012, 05:08:16 pm »
Better check the 245 and others I just posted in CL today.  Older post a 4200

All I ask is dont ask me to drive and get any of them please. Thats why I dont own them to flip or trade off anyways. I'm working 7 days a week right now. No time and just burned out on travel. 

http://chainsawrepair.createaforum.com/trades-swap-section/craigslist/msg13782/#new

You posted up some great stuff.  I don't blame you on the no time/burned out on travel thing.  That 4200, 288XP, 3750TA, and 245SA would be very interesting to me if they were local.  Probably just as well that they're not however.  Gotta curtail the saw spending for a while.  Trying to sell off a few in fact......
-Aaron

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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