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Re: poulan saw

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D beatty

08-09-2013 22:39:33

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I have an Echo Model 3400 top handle saw that I bought used about 8 years ago and so far no problem with primer bulb. I run mid grade regular with opti-2 two cycle oil.

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08-10-2013 14:06:49

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 Re: poulan saw in reply to D beatty, 08-09-2013 22:39:33  
I think it depend on the gas you use how long the primer bulbs last. I have had Poulans for years, they don't seem to attract the thieves as much as a real saw. I also abuse my saws, cutting way too close to the ground a lot...Anyhow I have bad primer bulbs in most of my lawn equipment this year. Last year we had drought conditions so nothing got used much but it all got plenty of heat... Must have gotten a bad batch of fuel at some point too, went to start the weedeater and there were no fuel lines left.Local places get $6 a foot for the line too, and it lasts a year. Changed the fuel line, pushed the primer bulb and it split wide open. Two saws, one mower and a pair of weedeaters have bad primer bulbs to change. I never changed one until this year in my own stuff, and most was bought used.

I took a Wild Thing Poulan apart this spring, bought it from Tractor supply as an unrepairable returned parts saw...Never had one this far apart before but for a cheap saw I am impressed with the engineering. It should run fine once I get it back together, a fastener had jammed the flywheel where it could not be seen until the saw was apart completely.

Anyone got a hint for keeping bar oil in a Poulan during storage?

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Mel in SW Iowa

08-11-2013 18:10:43

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 Re: poulan saw in reply to Truck, 08-10-2013 14:06:49  
If I remember to remove and replace the oil cap when I put it away releasing the pressure in the bar oil tank, my two Poulan's seem to not puke it out nearly as bad. I think any change in temp will pressurize and push some of the oil out though.

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08-12-2013 07:07:05

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 Re: poulan saw in reply to Mel in SW Iowa, 08-11-2013 18:10:43  
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Depending on which model Poulan you have, you can try fixing the leak. The biggest issue I've had in my shop is that Poulan fits a slightly small hose into a slightly big hole and expects the oil to stay put. This is the fitting leading from the tank to pump line. I've fixed a couple by making a new fitting, another by using parts from a different saw I had laying around and one with JB Weld. In the end there's no easy fix except to find a bushing of some sort to fit the tank hole to provide a tighter fit.

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D beatty

08-10-2013 15:39:29

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 Re: poulan saw in reply to Truck, 08-10-2013 14:06:49  
I am glade to hear you have had good luck with your Poulan saw. I had a new one just before I got the used Echo saw and it spent more time in the shop than it did out in the woods. My large saws are Stihl and my small saw is the Echo. I do have an old Husky 50 Special that I use every so often. I like my Stihl the oldest is 10 years old and the newest is 5 and none of them have been back to a dealer. I clean mine every time I get done cutting for the day.

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