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Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
12/28/2007

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 2
Performance: 2
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 2

Summary:

Strengths:
After my wild thing was ripped off I bought this POS w/ insurance money. My observations: another overgovernmental regulated POS. Govt assumes populace is too dumb to tune the carb, therefore the carb tuning screws that are not standard ie need special tool. spark plug is 3/4 or some wierd metric deep socket. pull rope sticks. top cover requires torx head or deep standard slotted. small chain size and bar cause were too dumb to run a saw. I have a 30 yr old 10" Poulan still going w/ none of this crap. If I had to do it over again I wouldnt have bought it. Had to bust plastic to tune it right. I live in the boonies and gas is too much to have some goon rip me off.

Weaknesses:

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From home depot
Review
Reviewed by:
big wood
Review Date
4/14/2008

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 4
Performance: 2
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: 4

Summary:
its ok

Strengths:
this saw is great for the back yard lumber jack or cutting your own fire wood but it is not a bussnes saw for that i bought a stihl ms880

Weaknesses:
too littel motor

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Jay
Review Date
5/20/2008

Overall Rating: 3
Reliability: 4
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Have used saw to cut enough wood to heat my 2.5 car garage for 4 Chicago area winters with minimal maintenance. Am only now having problems which a good carb cleaning should fix. 18" bar works with this saw, but just enough. A shorter bar perks this dude up and reduces strain on engine.

Strengths:
Has been a pretty good running and starting saw. When cold 2-3 pulls on choke til it coughs then choke off and 1-2 pulls. Mostly first pull when warm! I like the balance/ low weight. For smaller limb work I like to swap in a 14" bar that I had on an old saw and watch the chips FLY!!

Weaknesses:
Recently will run 30 sec and die. Put in new spark plug and runs 45 sec-am figuring carb/fuel problem now. ViBrAtIoN!! Wear padded gloves to reduce tingling hand at end of day. Stock chain dulls quickly. Replacement Oregon blades hold edge longer. When dull cut will curve to left. Gas and oil caps lack tethers and are sometimes difficult to put on.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Menards
Review
Reviewed by:
Bill
Review Date
8/21/2009

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 5
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
I bought this saw from Lowes about 10 yrs ago and I've noticed the newer models are different while I am now looking for a larger saw. Seems like they screwed up a good thing.. or 'wild thing' I should say. I've used to drop about 40-50 small pines and cut firewood for occasional use. If you can find the old version like I have, I'd certainly buy another.

Strengths:
Starts everytime: prime/choke, two pulls, push in choke, 2 pulls.. fires right up. Runs on year old gas, no problems.

Weaknesses:
Has tough time with larger logs but it's not meant to be lumber jack saw.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
10/3/2009

Overall Rating: 2
Reliability: 1
Performance: 2
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: 2

Summary:
would never buy a poulan again. i now own a husquvarna and let me tell you peeps the best damn saw out there. light weight no vibration at all it's like it's a part of your hand when you use this saw so don't waste your money on shit buy a husquvarna the last saw you'll buy

Strengths:
motor preaty good. light weight,starts easy 1 or 3 pulls

Weaknesses:
CAN NOT ADJUST CARB, YOURSELF WHAT THE HELL!! vibration bad.has problem with chain dulling to fast.and after 3 days of useing it had problem with not running right would shut off after 30 sec, changed plug,changed fuel filter,made wrench to adjust carb, then sold the damn thing for $50.00

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From home depot
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
10/3/2009

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 1

Summary:
IT'S FUCKEN CRAP DON'T BUY IT I SOLD MINE FOR 25.00 BUCKS AFTER 3 HOURS USE I OWN A STIL FARM BOSS NOW

Strengths:
THERE IS NONE IT'S THE BIGGEST GREEN AND PURPLE SHIT I EVER BOUGHT

Weaknesses:
THERES A HELL OF ALOT OF THEM CAN NOT ADJUST CARB YOURSELF AFTER 3 HOURS USE HAD PROBLEM WITH IT RUNNING IT WOULD'NT IT WOULD SHUT OFF AFTER 30 SEC,

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From LOWES
Review
Reviewed by:
BILL
Review Date
5/13/2010

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: N/A
Performance: 5
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
SAW IS GOOD FOR WHAT I DO ON THIS SMALL FARM. SATISFIED WITH SAW AFTER IT RESPONDED SO WELL TO THE SYN. 2 STROKE OIL.

Strengths:
AFTER EXPERIMENTING WITH SEVERAL BRANDS OF 2 STROKE OIL ,I FOUND THAT A HIGH END SYNTHETIC MIXED AT 80:1 MADE THE SAW EASY TO START,NO SMOKE AND MUCH MORE POWER.CUTS AS WELL AS A $500 SAW-AT LEAST FOR ME.WON'T GO BACK TO MINERAL OIL . A DECENT SAW FOR THE MONEY.THIS ONE WAS PURCHASED ONLINE AS A REFURBISHED UNIT.

Weaknesses:
BAR OIL LEAKED WITH ENGINE OFF.FIXED IT BY ADDING STP OIL ADDITIVE(VERY THICK) TO BAR OIL TANK.THIS IS A RECENT PURCHASE .I AM SOMEWHAT SKEPTICAL ABOUT THIS SAWS SERVICE LIFE,BUT IF IT FAILS I'LL GET ANOTHER.NEEDS A SPECIAL TOOL TO ADJUST CARB LOW/HIGH SPEED MIXTURE,LOCAL SHOPS DON'T SELL TOOL.

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From NORTHERN
Review
Reviewed by:
N O Y D B
Review Date
9/29/2010

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 1

Summary:
You get what you pay for.

Strengths:
It was cheap to buy.

Weaknesses:
These things really are junk. If you want a saw that you will use once a year get it. If you plan a using it twice a year or more buy a real chainsaw.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From TSC
Review
Reviewed by:
Marvin Atkins
Review Date
3/4/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 1

Summary:
Terrible! Don't buy it and if this is any indication of Poulan's work, don't buy anything from them.

Strengths:
Absolutely None!

Weaknesses:
The biggest piece of crap that I have ever purchased. Most of the time, absolutely refuses to start. When it does sputter, it won't keep running. It kicks back and practically breaks your hand when trying to start! The place where you steady it with your foot is so small, that most men cannot get their foot in the opening. I have had it running a couple times and the blade dulled within an hour. Absolutely the worst tool I have ever purchased.

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From Home Depot
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
4/19/2011

Overall Rating: 3
Reliability: 3
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
not bad for $40. but would'nt pay new price for this saw. if you do any hevy work buy areal saw thats intended for real work.

Strengths:
I bougt mine for $40. 7 years ago had some problems with the carb but with some enginuity you can get to the H/L ajust with nedle nedle nose plyers. I.v used mine alot and have little to complain about.

Weaknesses:
it's cheep, no stihl or husqvarna by any means. Im a thinker so it's triky to keep runnig good but you can do it.thers alot they could have done to make it better to maintenace.

Used product for
Purchased From clown
Review
Reviewed by:
Ticked Off Customer
Review Date
7/8/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 1

Summary:
Not impresses, not even a little.

Strengths:
Don't really know since I used it one time and the second attempt it would not turn over. piece of crap. I had an Eager Beaver for 14 years and only bought this because I got it for a $99 sale price versus the $150 regular price. Now I know why it was on sale.

Weaknesses:
One time use. Extremely dissatisfied. I will never buy another poulan. Probelm with air filters letting debris through. You really need to RTV it on. Also no easy adjustment to the carb. Again this thing sucks.

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From Lowes
Review
Reviewed by:
big utah
Review Date
10/4/2011

Overall Rating: 2
Reliability: 2
Performance: 2
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: 3

Summary:
if you do small liming it's okay

Strengths:
its really cheap an works for small branches.

Weaknesses:
to small of motor an stalls whenever you cut anything lager than 8 inches

Used product for 1-year
Purchased From wal-mart
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
12/21/2011

Overall Rating: 5
Reliability: 5
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 5
Accessories: N/A

Summary:
Only bought it because I ran into a situation where I needed a saw immediately and didn't have the out of pocket funds to purchase a more expensive one. Surprised me - runs well, starts every time. It isn't for big timber or professional work, but mine hasn't given me any trouble worth mentioning and I use it for far more than it was built for. The obnoxious color scheme makes it hard to lose.

Strengths:
I have other, much more expensive saws, but this one has easily seen the most use, simply because it starts every time and runs reliably. I have cut about 10 cord of firewood a year for the last six years with it. The only time it has been in the shop is to replace the fuel line when it came loose.

Weaknesses:
Narrow cutting track means it can cut quickly, but it also means the blade can pinch easier. Tends to run hot, and the bar oil outlet has a tendency to clog with sawdust, so watch keep an eye on it. Chains this narrow don't tend to be very sturdy or last very long. Underpowered for the big stuff, although I have used it to cut some fair size (36"+)wood.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From Post Exchange
Review
Reviewed by:
Anonymous
Review Date
12/31/2011

Overall Rating: 1
Reliability: 1
Performance: 1
Ease of Use: 1
Accessories: 1

Summary:
junk do not buy poulan products as they are garbage.

Strengths:
none

Weaknesses:
crank broke at the clutch.

Used product for 30-Days
Purchased From canadian tire
Review
Reviewed by:
andrew Spitzer
Review Date
9/10/2016

Overall Rating: 4
Reliability: 4
Performance: 4
Ease of Use: 4
Accessories: 3

Summary:
Great for the money.

Strengths:
Received as Christmas present about 8 years ago. Reliable and has more power than my similar box store bought husky. I cleared the better part of three acres of pine with it.

Weaknesses:
After 8 years had to replace carb and was not able to adjust new carb (need special tool.

Used product for 3+ Years
Purchased From box store
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