Would not stay running
I always thought Poulan was a good product until I purchased this. I don't do a lot of cutting so I thought this saw would be enough. I took the saw out of the box and put in gas and chain oil according to the instructions. I spent the next 45 minutes trying to get it started. After I finally got it started it would not stay running. I cut one limb and it stalled. I let it cool down and started to cut the second limb and it stalled in the middle of the cut. Bar got stuck in the tree and a strong wind came up and the tree came backwards and pinched the saw good. As I went to get another saw to try and retreave my brand new, out of the box saw, another breeze came up and I could hear the tree cracking. Long story short...the limb snapped off, the saw came loose and the branch came down on it crushing it. Not even one tree down!
July 10, 2014
Junk. Junk. Junk. Garbage.
Bought this model on a Saturday morning to remove a tree that had fallen onto the drive way. Ran well first hour. Then began shutting off due to no idle. Let it cool down. Cleaned and refilled bar/chain oil and gas mixture. Would not start. Followed instructions in troubleshooting section of manual. Still would not start. Called Customer Service number provided. No answer. Only work weekdays. Returned unit to store. Exchanged for same model/new machine. Assembled. Added fluids. New gas/oil mixture. Started immediately. Ran for about two hours. Same problems repeated. Cut off due to no idle. Would not start. Called it a day. Cleaned machine again. Next day would not start. Called Customer Service, said to return to store. Junk. Junk. Junk.
Sorry for negativity - frustrated working trying to get saw working. Hands bruised, cut & blistered pulling starting cord all day.
June 23, 2014
waste of money
Got about 25 minutes of use on 2 separate days and the unit locked up. Home Depot send it to poulan or a authorized dealer and they blame me because I did not drain the fuel between use. Sorry way to get out of a warranty. I can not find any place in the manuel that says drain between use. I will not ever own another polan product.
June 5, 2014
Always ran strong right out of the box, and still does ~5 yeas later. Plenty of power so the chain break is a must have feature. The chain tension adjustment works fine it you realize a new chains stretch and all chains expand when hot, so keep it oiled and sharp so it doesn't overheat and loosen too much. The body construction is fine, it's as tough as it needs to be. I've only now replaced the fuel lines, which is needed on all 2-cycle equipment after a few years, it was fairly simple as it's carb is easy to access. I've seen other saws where you have to split the case to do this.
June 2, 2014
Faults of product
I love Poulan items but I have a problem with this chainsaw because the chain slips off! I may need to put a lock watcher to insure the chain stays in place.
May 26, 2014
Great chainsaw for the money. Worked straight out the box and was easy to put together. I use synthetic bar oil and 92 octane synthetic canned fuel in it. Cut the whole weekend with no issues and it started back after it was cut off every time. The only con that I found was the stock chain that they use could be better.
January 5, 2014
I bought this from Lowes and it would not start after a week. I took it back and they exchanged it for a new one. One week later it does not start. The chain it constantly coming off the bar when it does run
December 11, 2013
Save your money.
I'm one of the lucky ones, that engine at least starts. Can be finicky to get started. I've run synthetic gas / oil mix and, once started, runs fairly well. The consistent complaint you will find, over and over, is inability to maintain tension on chain, for more than a few cuts. It will throw the chain off, very often, before you see it getting slack. I've owned 4 saws over the last 35 years and know how to maintain and adjust. With my research, these days...headed to Stihl.
December 8, 2013