This saw is simply amazing. For right around $100 bucks you get a great saw with plenty of power. Can you stall it? Yes. I can also stall my V8 ford if I try to misuse it. If you pay attention to what you are doing and what the saw is doing you will have no problems with it. If you are careless and try to make a horizontal cut on a standing 14" tree it will bind, as will any other saw out there. Keep the bar oil reservoir full-not with motor oil as someone posted here-and the saw will be happy. I ran this woodshark for 6 hours today with only breaks to fill up the tanks and sharpen the chain, and it performed flawlessly. If you want a real beast, check out exhaust mods on youtube, learn how to adjust the carb, and put an 18 inch Oregon bar and chain on this sucker-it will SCREAM through some wood. As a final thought- this saw-with an 18 inch bar- will drop a 30 inch diameter oak with NO problems.
March 3, 2014
Miserable to start as shipped. Small carb mixture adjustment made it a wonderful saw. Works very well.
January 29, 2014
Big Bang For The Buck
I have larger and more powerful; Husqvarna and Stihl chainsaws, but I use my little Poulan P3314 the most. It's small and reasonably light, plus it's inexpensive.
I use mine almost every day in our logging operation on our farm here in Downeast Maine. It's not just used for limbing and cutting firewood. I also use it to drop some fairly large trees.
I tend to wear one of these out in about two years, but with constant (almost) every day use and given the inexpensive price, I can't complain. In fact, I'll keep buying them. Right now, I'm on my third P3314 and it's on it's second season. As of now, it shows no signs of wear or fatigue. I've noticed improvements though with each new saw, so I believe Poulan keeps working on making these saws better every year.
I used to run a power sports and power equipment repair shop and I have the tools, training, knowledge, and experience to repair or overhaul these saws, but it costs me less money to buy a new saw than it costs me for repair parts even at dealer cost when it comes time for overhaul.
I keep the old saws for spare parts if needed. I also have a professional chainsaw sharpening machine, so I keep several chains handy and spare bars. I always have a sharp chain to put on the saw when needed, so I don't have any appreciable down time.
The engines have been quite reliable and I have not experienced any problems with the plastic or chain drive components.
I'm very satisfied and I will continue to purchase these saws for our farm. The price is right - even at retail, and I don't know of another make or model saw that gives so much for such a little investment.
In my opinion, you get more than what you pay for with the Poulan P3314.
January 13, 2014
Used this saw 6 times. The fiber gear that drives the chain sprocket striped every tooth off. NO replacement parts available. Was a waste of $80.
January 6, 2014
the engine runs great but the case around it is plastic so after about 8 uses it melts from the heat from the bar . the saw is less than 6 months old and it is useless because the bar is at an angle now and wont cut anything .
January 4, 2014
used 3 times in 6 months, now doesn't work
I only used it three times in six months. The engine will rev, but the chain does not spin at all. Can not find the receipt (6months later) so warranty is useless.
Called Poulan customer service who said without a receipt don't waste their time - even though they can pull up upc number and see it to know it is within the 2 year warranty period
January 3, 2014
Review of Poulan 3414 Chainsaw
I received this chainsaw as a gift over Christmas.
The negative comments:
1) the pull cord is difficult to pull, as if there was too much compression.
2) once started it would not idle. I increased the idle speed setting "T", after re-reading the manual and then it held idle well.
3) the operators manual is written in a print size too small for my 61 year old eyes. Producing a manual using larger print size is suggested.
4) although not a big issue, the manual advises to add the entire contents of the included 3.2 oz of 2 stroke oil to one gallon of gas. In Canada we use an imperial gallon as compared to the smaller US gallon. The manual is not clear as to whether it means one US gallon or one Imperial gallon.
5) the red cutoff switch is very close to the choke control. Wearing gloves, it is easy to inadvertently turn the saw off in mid use.
6) I found that the chain oil leaks out of the saw. I cannot blame the saw yet, as I used 10-30 automotive oil. I hope the leak goes away once I use correct bar chain oil.
The positive comments:
1) once I increased the idle speed by turning the adjusting screw "T" clockwise, the saw held idle perfectly.
2) the saw is a powerful little beast. Once I had it going, it had no difficulty cutting through 10" maple that had been downed in an ice storm. It cuts impressively.
3) the operator's manual is very, very, well written and complete.
4) the saw came fully assembled and included 3.2 oz of 2 stroke oil.
5) for my first run of the saw, I purchased a 32 oz can of TruFuel (premixed) 2 stroke fuel, at Canadian Tire, as I did not have a gas container that I could dedicate to 2 stroke oil/fuel mixture.
6) I plan to completely service the unit after every use. ie pull off bar & chain, clean all woodchips, drain fuel and oil. I also plan to make a small carrying case for the saw and dedicate a used tool box as a tool kit for "chain saw operations"
++++++After reading the reviews on the Poulan website (I read the reviews before I removed the saw from its carton) I decided to pull the spark-plug and check the gap, before attempting to start the saw. It was correct at .025"++++++
December 30, 2013
Great value for what the saw is intended for. Pulled it out of the box filled it with bar oil and 40:1 fuel and it started right up after 3 pulls. I let the saw run to warm up then proceeded to cut down 4 small tress 6-8" inch in diameter approximately 15-20' ft high (2 cedar and 2 pine trees)..... No issues no stalling..... Plenty of power not even full throttle. Reviews can be misleading, you can purchase a lemon. I noticed the full tank on my p3314 smelled like full so I'm sure it was factory started. I seriously doubt every saw that leaves the factory is. On the other hand I will tune the low idle on the carb and purchase a NGK plug. If I had a issue with the saw it would be the plastic bar oil chamber located at the front of the saw... I don't like plastic, we shall see how this works out..... But remember this saw is not intended for large tree felling, I have my larger "big boy saw" for that. I purchased this saw to clean up and saw smaller pieces for fire wood (limbs no bigger than 10" inch) and also pruning my grandfathers apple trees and back yard jungle. Hope you enjoy....
December 10, 2013