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Great saw, good luck on parts
on September 15, 2011
I purchased this saw about 2 and a half years ago from a Lowe's store near me. The saw performs fantastic. It chops through whatever you throw at it (within reason). We had a big ash tree that fell in our yard from a storm about 6 weeks ago. I used my Poulan saw to clear much of the limbs, and good sized branches away. As I was cutting through a good sized piece, The gearbox started to make some noise, then just the motor was turning and no power to the chain. Being a carpenter, I have fixed all my own power tools so I threw it on the workbench and started to tear it down. Well, the PLASTIC drive gear for the chain had been chewed up. The motor drive gear is STEEL and the drive gear for the chain is PLASTIC! What do you think will eventually happen? I called a Poulan parts dealer and repair shop close to me, and they told me Poulan does not sell the drive gear I need. It is not what they call a serviceable part. All they sell is a replacement oil cap, and a new chain sprocket for my saw, that's it. Once anything internal goes, I guess that's how they get you to buy another one. Bottom line: The saw performed great, but I am really disappointed in Poulan for their replacement parts selection. Oh, and by the way the proper chain that fits this saw is a quest to find too. According to the Oregon replacement boxes, an S56 chain fits this model. It does not. It's too long. When I downloaded a manual on mine, they say you need a chain with 55 drive links. I read further on the internet that some people had trouble finding a chain, and they wound up using an Oregon S54 or an S55 replacement chain. This saw is not even listed on the replacement chain boxes as a model it fits.