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Bought a new Poulan Pro 5020 to see what there about

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Modifiedmark, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. Modifiedmark

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    I was thinking about this anyway and was in the store where you "save big money" and stumbled across them walking to the hardware department. They were on sale till the 12th for $179. I didn't even know they carried this model there.

    I was curious to see what these were about and why Poulan/Husqvarna decided to come out with a new and bigger then what they put out in a while 50cc saw.

    Now before I go any farther, all you saw snobs and Poulan haters, read if you want to but I dont want to hear a bunch of BS about Pullons and such. These are low priced consumer saws, no more no less and I just wanted to see what there all about. I doubt if I keep it, I will test it out for a while and then probably move it along but who knows it might be decent and I may keep it around for a while.

    It comes with a decent hard case, manuals and a bottle of Poulan synthetic 2 cycle oil. It also comes with a common K041 mount Oregon laminated 70DL sprocket nosed bar with a Oregon V72 Vanguard chain. Not pro stuff but not bad. The rear handle has a mount to keep the scrench underneath it. It is secured with a metal clip.

    The air filter cover is large and is secured with one thumb screw and lets you get to the filter and plug very easily. The filter is fairly large and pleated and reminds me of the PP 330 style. The only thing that bothers me though is it is only secured at the bottom with a flip up wire clamp. Seems a little loose on the top when secured but a gasket between the filter and base may secure it up some.

    The clutch cover is a metal cover and houses the Husqvarna style chain brake and a conventional front mounted chain adjuster. Not a bad setup. No its not a side adjuster but at least its cover mounted and not hard to get to.

    Pulling all the covers to inspect its innerds only took a T25 torx driver for the recoil cover and a 4mm allan wrench for the top cover.

    The muffler came off with a T27 torx and I was shocked to see a completly hollow tin can, not even a diffuser in it. The top mounted outlet is pretty small in dia though, maybe just a little over 1/2". It should be easy to mod this one.

    It appears to be a chrome bore with a single ring piston.

    The 3/8s sprocket is a spur and the clutch is a common looking Poulan style 2 shoe which appears small but this style has been around for many years with good service on up to 60cc models so the clutch dont concern me at all. I dont know at this point if the spur sprocket is model specific yet but I'm betting it might be the same as some other Poulan Pro models like the 330 and maybe a rim setup will fit it.

    I put the empty power head on the scales right away and found its no super light weight as it tipped the scales at 12lbs 6oz and fully loaded with fuel, oil, bar and chain it was 16lbs 8oz. Again were talking a $200 clamshell, strato, consumer saw so I guess the weight isnt awfull.

    It started right up in 3 pulls but like most strato saws I have run it was plenty cold blooded and took a few seconds to warm up some. I was surprised that the carb settings were pretty much right on it seemed and while I attempted to fool with the L screw I ended up returningt it to about the original position. Now this could change when it sees wood, but after warming it up I held it wide open and it seemed to have a little 4 stroking going on and the tach read 13196 RPM.

    The fit and finish of the plastics seem pretty good with everything lining up well and the parts seemed to fit together pretty well.

    I like the fact that the spring mounted antivibe handles seem to be seperate from the engine cradle and it seemed pretty smooth in my hands. The oil and fuel tanks seemed pretty large and had the nice large caps on them. The controls are the common two lever choke and stop lever kinda combined like the Husky 350 etc...

    Now I'm just relaying my first impressions and am trying to be objective here with it. If I see something bad I will point it out but first impressions are not too bad especially if you keep in mind the original price paid for it.

    I'll post a few pictures of it and will try to get it out to the wood pile soon but that probaly wont happen till the weekend as I dont get home before dark most nights.

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    Man the similarities between that and a 445 are scary. Its like Husky put a 445 and a 4620 in a blender turned it on and closed their eyes.
     
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    Really? I have never had my hands on a 445 but it wouldnt surprise me.
     
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    Nice post on the Poulan Mark. I would love to see one ported, I bet you could get some good results. It looks pretty well built for the price of it also. Thanks for posting, curious to see how you like it in wood.
     
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    Great pictures - I'll be looking forward to hear how it runs, and if it ends up requiring any tuning. And of course any muffler mods that may be in its future! It looks like a decent design to me, and hopefully the performance will match.
     
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    That cheap???
    I might have to get my hands on one!!
    Would love to see it in some wood!
     
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    Looks like a new Jonsered that I saw on the shelf at my local shop too. Nice saw!
     
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    I like it!

    I like the air filter cover.
    The scrench holder is just plain clever.
    I like the outboard chain adjuster.
    No crazy baffles to plug up in the muffler.
    Looks like there is some nice meat on the exh.:msp_razz:
    Sounds nice out of the box.
    Whats the comp?
    Adjustable oiler?
    You said over 50cc's, how much over?
    B/C?
     
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    I didnt have time to run the compression test yet, in fact I forgot to.

    I dont think I said it was over 50cc, I meant that 50cc is bigger then what Poulan has sold in a while.

    No the oiler is not adjustable, and it seems to really put alot out on the bar. Just keep in mind, no adjustable oiler, $200 saw.
     
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    Looks pretty dang good. Thanks for the review, Mark!
     
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    I second the liking the wrench holder, it really is something every saw could use.
     
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    Just thought I'd ask, looks kinda fancy, never know.
    Looks like a nice package for $200 I'd buy it.
     
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    Good objective observations Mark, looks like a fine little saw. That muffler does not look like you could give it the easy 3400 treatment, though. I had a Stihl 361 with a muff like that and I drilled holes in the mounting tubes which worked out fine.

    Al.
     
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    Great review mark. I had been interested in that saw since I saw it a few months ago. After seeing your review I must say Im impressed, for the price and target market its got to e hard to beat:clap:
     
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    Mark it really looks like you got your moneys worth,Like the scrench holder top cover and filter set up looks like it's worth every penny ,great review.
     
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    Send that sucker to me and let's open it up and make her run, saw meet foredom.......
     
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    cool thread. i'm interested to see how it performs. another vote for the scrench holder.
     

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