|Review by TopamaxSurvivor||posted 05-10-2010 08:51 AM||12888 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
I bought this Poulan 14” P3314 a couple of years ago because I wanted a smaller saw for small jobs. It had a very good price at Lowes. I have a small electric for around home, but now needed one for woods use. My other saw is a 041 Super Stihl. I don’t recall what it weighs but I run 28 and 32 inch bars on it. It is a bit unwieldy at times and a bit tiring for all day use.
This little Poulan has plenty of power for its 14 inch bar and cuts fast and straight. The only down side is the recoil starter, I doesn’t want to retract too well. I always fiddle around and get it back in. I only had to take it apart to fix it once. When it came out of the box, I had to repair the off/on switch. It does take a lot of pulls to start. The back of the saw has these instructions:
1) Push the primer button 6 times
2) Pull the choke out all the way
3) Pull the cord 5 times
4) Push the choke in half way
5) Pull until it starts
It usually starts within 1-5 pulls after pushing the choke to half way. Be sure to read the instructions that say to increase the idle speed. It would stall every time I released the throttle as it came from the factory. If you remember to push the safety bar forward to disengage the chain, it will start a little easier, sometimes. Maybe this is a child proofing feature; they will give up playing with it before they ever get it started ;-)
I would give it 5 stars if it were easier to start. My Stihl weed wacker is just a hard or harder to start.
Edit: replace the factory spark plug with Champion CJ8. It starts a lot easier ;-)
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