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Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« on: January 07, 2014, 09:22:58 AM »
Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar I'm looking at one these saws for starts but my dream is to have stihl 031 or 036 with a 20in bar any good or bads on the poulan any info would be gladly appreciated

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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 09:28:56 AM »
The 031 is an antique compared to the 034/036. For the price of a new Poulan, you can find a nice used 034/036 and end up with what you really wanted to begin with.
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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2014, 11:05:38 AM »
TSC has the poulan 5020 for $179 right now.  Good bang for the buck IMO for a occasional use or homeowner firewood saw.  I bought one just to test out and on its 5th tank.
Mine needed tuned out of the box on the L side and I.  H was about right.  You will need a spline carb tool, if you know how to tune or redneck make a tool.  ;)

Most used 034 036 I see used are going for $250 - $350 asking. 034 on the 250-300 range and the 300-350 on 036.  I sold a rebuilt good looking 036 pro for $320 with b+c.

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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2014, 06:58:46 PM »
Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar I'm looking at one these saws for starts but my dream is to have stihl 031 or 036 with a 20in bar any good or bads on the poulan any info would be gladly appreciated

The bar oiling system is very weak IMO. Decent saw for the money,definitely not a pro equivalent saw :P

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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2014, 08:12:04 PM »
Almost need a sticky topic about this one saw.  :)

I almost bought one just as a beater.  Decided I'd rather get a good used saw instead.  Less chuckling in the shop when I need it fixed.  ;)

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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2014, 08:38:10 PM »
Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar I'm looking at one these saws for starts but my dream is to have stihl 031 or 036 with a 20in bar any good or bads on the poulan any info would be gladly appreciated

 ???  That's an odd list of options - any particular reason that you listed those?
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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2014, 02:35:42 PM »
20" bar would not be my first choice for a 50cc Poulan Pro saw. While they probably do sell them that way (I've never really paid attention to that particular saw, but the box stores always seem to want to put too big a bar for the powerhead, IMO).
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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2014, 04:50:05 PM »
 If you don't mind reconditioned vminnovations on Ebay has a Poulan Pro 5020 for $139 with free shipping.   Steve
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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2014, 05:16:45 PM »
20" bar would not be my first choice for a 50cc Poulan Pro saw. While they probably do sell them that way (I've never really paid attention to that particular saw, but the box stores always seem to want to put too big a bar for the powerhead, IMO).
The bar likely is way too long for the saw, unless it comes with one of the pathetic 3/8" lo-pro skip chains (or something like that).
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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2014, 02:42:04 PM »
If you don't mind reconditioned vminnovations on Ebay has a Poulan Pro 5020 for $139 with free shipping.   Steve
Or, go direct to www dot VMInnovations dot com and get FedEx shipping included.
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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2014, 02:47:04 PM »
20" bar would not be my first choice for a 50cc Poulan Pro saw. While they probably do sell them that way (I've never really paid attention to that particular saw, but the box stores always seem to want to put too big a bar for the powerhead, IMO).
The bar likely is way too long for the saw, unless it comes with one of the pathetic 3/8" lo-pro skip chains (or something like that).
I've run a PP5020 for a year plus now, with OEM 20" bar and 3/8" "vanguard" chain. Cuts just fine in blowdown hickory with bar buried. Where'd you get the "way too long" judgment?
It is a CHAIN saw, so, first see that the chain is fully ready. Ignore the snobs.
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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2014, 05:31:38 PM »
CTYank -  I'm sorry if my opinion rubbed you the wrong way.  I don't consider myself a chainsaw snob. I'm not dissing the saw. Just saying that there are not many 50cc saws that can do justice to a 20" bar (at least not in their stock condition), thus "not my first choice".  I own a Jonsered 2152 (50cc - twin sister to the Husky 353). I like the saw a lot, but I wouldn't put a 20" bar on it (even though their advertising says it will handle it). I don't like the balance with a longer bar, or the extra length swinging around when I'm cutting smaller stuff. Not to mention that it lacks the power to cut the type of wood I'm cutting in the time I want to spend (or perhaps I just lack the patience?)

I hear you about taking care of the chain. For several years, my ONLY saw was a 40cc Jonsered 2141. It was a nice saw for what it was. But you certainly needed patience if you were cutting hardwoods - especially over 12".  The one good thing that saw did was teach me to sharpen a chain well. If you buried that 16" bar in a beech or hard maple, you were going nowhere unless you had a sharp chain.  When I got the 2152, the 2141 went to my brother-in-law.  He's happier than a pig in slop with it, cutting some pretty good sized pine (just about all that grows on his island) , and it's still running strong.

I'll admit I tend to be biased towards the shortest bar that will get the job done. Old high school and college neck and back injuries tend to keep me towards the smaller saws and shorter bars (even then, a marathon weekend of firewood cutting usually means a visit to the chiropractor shortly afterward).
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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2014, 09:52:47 PM »
I'd keep my eye out for a used Stihl, Husky, or Dolmar for about the same price.  Problem I find with the cheap box store saws is the little stuff that breaks and goes bad after a few years.  Linkages, hoses, clips, plastic fittings, etc..  That little stuff will drive you nuts, and kill your productivity. 

A well maintained Stihl will be so much more enjoyable for you and reliable in the long run. 

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« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2014, 07:09:10 AM »
this Poulan Pro 5020av is a pretty good one and at $130 range I buy two when I see them Factory Reman .... they NEVER  get stolen and I like to say I can tape a $100 bill on them and still not get stolen
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« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2014, 07:53:43 AM »
 They're down to $105 with free shipping for a refurb now on fleebay.  Sure is tempting if I didn't have a bunch of 50cc saws that are lighter with better power.  Steve
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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2014, 12:19:55 PM »
just picked one up at Sears 20 inch bar 50 cc model 71 35098 for $199 runs ok
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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2014, 05:13:07 PM »
CTYank -  I'm sorry if my opinion rubbed you the wrong way.  I don't consider myself a chainsaw snob. I'm not dissing the saw. Just saying that there are not many 50cc saws that can do justice to a 20" bar (at least not in their stock condition), thus "not my first choice".  I own a Jonsered 2152 (50cc - twin sister to the Husky 353). I like the saw a lot, but I wouldn't put a 20" bar on it (even though their advertising says it will handle it). I don't like the balance with a longer bar, or the extra length swinging around when I'm cutting smaller stuff. Not to mention that it lacks the power to cut the type of wood I'm cutting in the time I want to spend (or perhaps I just lack the patience?)

I hear you about taking care of the chain. For several years, my ONLY saw was a 40cc Jonsered 2141. It was a nice saw for what it was. But you certainly needed patience if you were cutting hardwoods - especially over 12".  The one good thing that saw did was teach me to sharpen a chain well. If you buried that 16" bar in a beech or hard maple, you were going nowhere unless you had a sharp chain.  When I got the 2152, the 2141 went to my brother-in-law.  He's happier than a pig in slop with it, cutting some pretty good sized pine (just about all that grows on his island) , and it's still running strong.

I'll admit I tend to be biased towards the shortest bar that will get the job done. Old high school and college neck and back injuries tend to keep me towards the smaller saws and shorter bars (even then, a marathon weekend of firewood cutting usually means a visit to the chiropractor shortly afterward).

John, not in any way directed at you. Rather, at some who could be said to pontificate at a distance. I'll leave it at that. To me, it's all about the chain. That's why I really like guided filing.

I've also got a 16" bar for the PP5020. I'm no fan of the obvious symbology of the long bar. Ran a tankful through the 5020 today, cutting up some of the Sandy damage that's still available in quantity down here. Most of today's cutting was in downed black locust- a serious test. The saw just kept singing. Cuts for a long time on a tank, with the strato engine. More fun yet was running a few tankfuls through my new Dolmar PS-6100. Fellows named her "Dolly". I think they're fond of her, too.

When all was done, a stroke per tooth, and there were two sets of razors. Cared for, they're all good.
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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2014, 07:41:41 PM »
031



Pick this one up last summer with a 20" b/c
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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #18 on: August 18, 2014, 09:26:00 PM »
I have only seen two 031 Stihls in my life time .One in a dealers dead pile and one I tuned up for a neighbor .Kind of old school so to speak .

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Re: Poulan pro 50cc 20in bar
« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2014, 02:03:16 PM »
20" bar would not be my first choice for a 50cc Poulan Pro saw. While they probably do sell them that way (I've never really paid attention to that particular saw, but the box stores always seem to want to put too big a bar for the powerhead, IMO).
The bar likely is way too long for the saw, unless it comes with one of the pathetic 3/8" lo-pro skip chains (or something like that).
I've run a PP5020 for a year plus now, with OEM 20" bar and 3/8" "vanguard" chain. Cuts just fine in blowdown hickory with bar buried. Where'd you get the "way too long" judgment?
It is a CHAIN saw, so, first see that the chain is fully ready. Ignore the snobs.

You can of course get away with that - but the balance of the saw will be bad and the cutting slow. Not everyone care of course, each to their own.
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