Rated 2.6 out of 5Â by 17
Rated 3 out of 5Â by brent Works ok
I bought this saw last year for routine tree care/maintenance. Works great if I can get it to run. It run's better now that I have it broken in, But when I first bought it, it would stall after almost every branch I cut. Now it just stalls once in awhile. My recommendation is to spend a little more on a nicer saw.
July 26, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5Â 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 4 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â by cpsturm 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 4 out of 5Â 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