I've, for years now, owned a single Poulan saw, an 18 inch blade 2450 Woodmaster. I heat my cabin with all wood, and have once used the old Woodmaster to clear cut a solid spruce and birch tree forest of 18 acres out front and 23 acres in back of a nearby property, with out a single major hiccup or day of downtime, rain - shine - or snow, during the almost year long job. This machine appears very similar and I expect this saw will deliver the same years of performance I have experienced from my previous Poulan. My best friend swears by a Stihl, an old 026 Pro model, but it gives him 10 times the headaches of my old 2450 Woodmaster, that I paid less than half of a Stihl for. Poulans have always been good to me, and I will remain loyal to the green machines. Of course you DO have to read and regularly follow the idle mixture adjustments in the manual, etc, but the same goes for a Husky, Echo, Stihl, or any other gas powered equipment for that matter. If you can't handle simple maintenance, then electric might better suit you. Some things I highly recommend is that you use all Oregon Brand Bars, Chains and Oils, and grease the bar sprocket with each tank of gas, use Stabil and Iso-Heet in all your Gas, burn all the gas out of your saw everyday or each time you run it, keep your Carb Adjusted Properly ( a major culprit of non-idling, quick dying or low powered machines), and clean the screen inside the muffler about every 25 hours. If you quickly do a two minute "three pass per tooth" sharpening routine with your file on the chain with each tank of gas, you'll make the saw cut better and since the chain cuts easier through the wood - the engine may last longer too. Change the Air filter every other day or every 10 hours, and keep a good supply of Spare Air Filters, Sharpened Cutting Chains, Spark Plugs, Sprocket Grease, Spare New Bars, & Chain Files on hand. DO NOT USE ANY CHAMPION PLUGS. Use only AC, Bosch, or NGK (If you can find them). I always cut my Bar oil 50%-50% with 5w-30 engine oil in the winter months too, to help it flow better. Hope these tips help someone out there!
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