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55cc Craftsman - made by Poulan?

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by joecool85, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. joecool85

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    I've always thought that all craftsman saws were made by Poulan, but what about this beast?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Craftsman-55-CC...ryZ20538QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    55cc, 18" bar, antivibe, has dogs on the front (unlike any current Poulan I've ever seen) and looks like an all around ok saw. Would Poulan make a saw bigger than what they sell just for Craftsman? Looks pretty cool, if I had the money I'd grab it.
     
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    It's a McCulloch.

    Well, it looks like a McCulloch. The kill switch, the filter cover, recoil...all looks McCulloch. But non of their lineup goes to 55cc
     
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    Did a little research, turns out to be a Ryobi made unit. Not sure if thats good or not, but since they don't make it anymore I'm gonna say "not."
     
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    Ive worked on a few "craftsman Incredipull" weedeaters, that were in fact made by Ryobi...they were junk
     
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    Good to know. Maybe it's not as good as it looks then. I wish there was a Poulan 55cc saw. I've enjoyed the poulans I've worked with, they may not be as good as a Stihl or Husqvarna, but they are good for homeowner usage.
     
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    The 3400 Poulan is a 56cc saw .
     
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    Not so Po bear.That is as much Poulan as ugly is to ape.That saw is a direct close relative of the 2800 Poulan or 2.8 cu inch Craftsman.
     
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    The 55cc I looked at sears had made in Taiwan or China on it last year.
     
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    It is a Ryobi, no doubt about it. Check the model #, the 316 at the beginning indicates Ryobi as a manufacturer. 358 is Poulan.
     
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    Looks similar to the Troy-Bilt models, those are made in Taiwan
     
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    No way is it related to that, that saw was introduced in 1979 according to what I found, and the 2800 is a 46cc saw.
     
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    Hey Joe , you were wishing for a 55cc Poulan but to my knowledge they did make one so why not try a 56cc model ? They also made a 54cc model 3300 .
     
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    Let me rephrase that.Built similarly look at them closely the design is nearly identical.
     
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    Because they are really old. I'd like to have a saw less than 20 years old.

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    Didn't realize the 3300 was made in 1987 and later, that might fit the bill. Too bad they seem kinda rare, I can't seem to find any info on them.

    Also, I don't need a Poulan, I'd just assume have something else that fits the bill. I do like that Poulan is American made though, even if the quality is lower than the big two.
     
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    Nothing wrong with old saws if you get the right one and are willing to hunt down parts been lucky with all my old ones they were in great shape when I bought them and have not needed anything other than air filters and fuel lines.
    I can see your point in wanting a newer saw they sure are smooth in the cut compared to the old ones.
     
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    Actually to tell you the truth my big beef with old saws is their lack of chainbrake. I like old equipment so long as it runs well. It seems the 3300 didn't come with a chainbrake in the US, but it did in Canada, so it should be possible to find one with a little looking.
     
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    My dad bought a 3300 new around 85-87. Did not have any troubles till a impulse line cracked. I ran all new lines and rebuilt the carb and it was like new again last spring.
    Also you can still find Poulan pro 330's (NON-EPA) on the shelves in TSC farm stores for $279, 54cc and can be upgraded to 60cc topends down the road.

    Pretty heavy for the size, compared to the more modern saws.

    My dads 3300 came with 20" .325 chain.
    330 came with 22" 3/8. To much bar for the saw in hardwoods, OK for softwoods.
     
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    I too like them older Poulans even the newer ones don't seem all that bad at least for me. I have a friend who's dad has a mint 306a I am trying to get, 60cc saw that is like new but he only uses it during hunting season to cut camp wood it probable only has 10- 15 run time on it and looks like it just came outa the box.
    Hard wood whats that frozen pine count:)
     
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    So strange, it seems that 20ish years ago Poulan had some decent products, what the heck happened? I mean, the new stuff isn't as bad as some people make it out to be, it just frequently comes tuned so damn lean from the factory that the saws are hard to start and blow up after a few hours use, but they aren't what they use to be even disregarding the factory tune.
     

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