Rated 2.7 out of 5 by 18
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by T808 I guess I got a good one!?
Got this for a Christmas present. Didn't look like much. Two days later, after installing the bar and chain, I filled it up using the supplied oil mixed with my premium gas and started cutting some fire wood out back. Saw performed well. The wood I cut is live oak, so it's not that soft. Since then I have used this saw every week end to down trees, trim and cut fire wood for just over a year now. I will say that I did have to adjust the idle twice in that time to compensate in the change in the weather, so I would recommend making or buying the carburetor adjustment tool if you get the version of saw that has the multi-spline adjustment screws. Other than this saw is a good buy. Oh, and buy a spare chain, if you plan to be cutting a lot oak.
February 13, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jamie A good saw if you're willing to tinker
I've had mine eight months now and am happy with its power and overall usability. Out of the box, though, this saw disappointed me too. It would not idle cold - you had to hold the trigger on a little until it warmed up or it would quit. Worse, it only had power if you kept it revved up to maximum RPM - if you let the chain bite too deep, it would bog down until you let it rev up again. When it did cut, the kerf curved to one side, and the saw bumped and jerked around. I took it to our local repair shop, and in about two minutes, the tech fixed all the motor problems. He twiddled the carburetor's high speed adjusting screw, richening the mixture from the factory setting. You can buy a special splined screwdriver to do this yourself if you're familiar with tuning chainsaws, but leave it to a pro if you're not, as you can burn up the motor in seconds if you misadjust it. He recommended replacing the original skip-tooth chain with a full complement chain, and now it cuts like a champ, with plenty of power at various RPMs and very smoothly. Still, because it lacks the anti-vibe feature, if you use it for a couple of hours continuously, you'll feel the buzzing in your fingers afterwards. The saw runs very clean - no visible smoke, and after bucking 4 cords of wood and felling about 30 trees, there are no carbon deposits on the spark screen. As for the reviewer whose fuel pickup tube disintegrated, that's more likely due to bad gas than it is Poulan's fault - the same thing happened to my Husqvarna 55, twice. Lots of people recommend running ethanol-free gasoline if you can find it, to prevent fuel system component damage.
April 23, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by yardworker bad choice
The manual says it is for occasional use,,,,NO DOUBT! It Only worked "occasionally". Less than 5 tanks of gas on down limbs and 1 small tree. The saw has already malfunctioned and is virtually unusable because it will not idle correctly. Checked all the normal stuff, fuel, filter plug. My recommendation is to just pay for a quality saw and be done with it. Stihl comes to mind. The frustration, aggravation , and dangerous conditions this saw has put me in are at least worth the price difference for a Stihl or other quality unit.
When I buy a power tool I do not want to have to work on it more than I use it.
April 21, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Buzz Easy fix for the idleing problem
The main issue with these saws is the idle screw backs out and they barely run and never idle. So if you look on the pulls start sideside of the saw there are 3 carb. adjustment holes H, L, I...I is the idle screw which probably fell out as in still inside the housing. Remove the handle (4 screws) and remove the top cover (3 screws) hold the saw upside down and shake and the idle needle (screw) and spring will fall out. Stretch the spring, install on the screw and re install it. Turn it all the way in (clockwise) Now start the saw and slowly back the screw off until the chain stops. Idle is set.. These saws also don't like a lot of oil I found 50:1 was perfect...Do this and you'll get your 100 bucks worth
June 19, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Fred Great saw and Price
One of 3 different size saws I own. Starts fantastic and runs like a champ. I use it for firewood and cutting lines and love it's light weight and reliability. I've had this saw for over 4 years and many of my friends have purchased one after using mine. Frankly I've used this saw on trees larger than the 14" bar is designed for and it's gotten the job done. Replacement bar, chains, filters are all reasonably priced.
May 17, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Train Lil' Beast
I've used a bunch of chainsaws over the years for clearing brush and removing trees. This little saw is appropriately named Wood Shark. It runs great, light weight and not awkward or bulky to hold while your cutting. I have other chainsaws that are big name brands (which are great and more expensive) but I like using this little fella to get the job done.
April 21, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by steve Spend more for a better saw
Bought saw just for light work around the yard. Used it only 3 times and then the saw quit- it appears that clutch flywheel froze. Hard to start- pull cord would bind up and it would not idle properly. Since it was out of warranty not worth fixing. I bought an Echo as a replacement.
September 21, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Slim Great little saw for the money. A must for anyone needing a chain saw.
Easily assembled right from the box. A little apprehensive about the choke and high idle set up but followed the starting instructions as written and everything worked just like they said it would. Slightly longer (handle) than my older 14" so doesn't fit the carrying case that I had built. No problem, just build another!
November 30, 2011