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Re: poulan pro 295 chain brake fix

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05-29-2014 04:37:00

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Because it doesn't attach at the bottom. It encircles the clutch drum. The little divot at the bottom is a drain hole as far as I've ever been able to figure, to let bar oil or water get away fromt he drum. Look at the 2nd pic in this ebay link to see what it's supposed to look like-

No offense intended, but you let so much garbage build up in there that it wore through the brake band. You need to clean the saw up every few hours of use. That applies to any make of saw, not just Poulon. The other poster with the melted side cover did the same thing. I've seen the same thing on other makes.

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robert major

05-29-2014 16:43:16

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 Re: poulan pro 295 chain brake fix in reply to Bret4207, 05-29-2014 04:37:00  
Hi I get what you are saying about the build up and why it happened. My biggest problem with the poulan is it's a $3 chainsaw, with many issues. I just hate the thing, Dads got more hours than It's worth in making 1 out of 2 every time it quits. I would just rather go get something with a better name and quality , thats worth fixing, and the chain stays tight for more than 2 minutes. Regards Robert

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05-30-2014 04:37:31

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 Re: poulan pro 295 chain brake fix in reply to robert major, 05-29-2014 16:43:16  
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Todays Poulans are not what they were 30years ago. But then, todays consumer grade Stihls and Huskys aren't either. You're going to pay well over $500.00 for a pro quality saw. The bigger ones are well over a grand. A mid grade saw is still going to run close to $400.00 new. That's probably why Dad is running the Poulan.

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05-30-2014 06:45:29

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 Re: poulan pro 295 chain brake fix in reply to Bret4207, 05-30-2014 04:37:31  
The new poulans are better than the old ones but still not in the same class as a Stihl or Husky. BIL has a new Poulan Pro 50 cc ( nice running saw) but it can't begin to keep up with my MS250 45cc and it's not a pro. I like saws that cut fast and at the end of day I have a pile of wood to show for it. I have got so now all I use are Stihl,Husky and Echo. My larger saws are German or Swedish made. My very first new saw was a Poulan (15 years ago} and It spent more hours in work shop than in woods.

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05-31-2014 04:54:12

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 Re: poulan pro 295 chain brake fix in reply to D beatty, 05-30-2014 06:45:29  
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The new Poulans ARE Huskys, or rather the new consumer grade Huskys are Poulans. Poulan hasn't made a really good saw since the early to mid 80's, maybe a few in the late 80s-early 90's.

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