So, I own several saws of good reputation and of European manufacture. They cost me several hundred dollars in some cases. So, why is it that I have to tinker and fart around with my high dollar Euro-saws, but the ancient, Walmart cheapy, given to me by a friend, ugly as sin, with cracked housings and a fuel line that looks like a Gummy Worm Poulan will start right up on the 3rd pull after doing nothing more than adding gas and scraping the corrosion out of the gas cap threads enough so I could keep the gas in the tank? It shouldn't work like this. My Huskys should always start on the 2nd pull, my Stihls should run without changing plugs or carb kits for years. Instead it's a free Poulan (one of 3 saws the guy gave me) that starts right up after sitting in my garage for over 10 years. I always said, "They'll never run!" In fact it's in my sig line. So far this week I brought a Farm Pro 375 and this old lime green unknown model back to life with nothing more than some electrical tape and some Walmart spray lube! The 375 needed half a roll of tape to hold the handle halves together after the guy ran it over with a skid steer and the limey needed the same thing because the aluminum has actually corroded away from the nuts and bolts.
It's kinda like that brand spankin' new Crapsman garden tractor I bought some years back. Paid $2500.00 for a hunk of garbage that 10 years later has just over 100 hours on the meter. Meanwhile my 1964 Wheelhorse Lawn Ranger will start on the third pull any day of the year.
It makes you wonder- why? Is it the famous Mr. Murphy? Karma? The gods? The God? An ancient curse laid on my family by some Saracen as my ancestor plunged a sword into his gut during a Crusade? Got me. But it happens a little too regularly to be chance.