|Review by Rick M||posted 01-22-2013 10:03 AM||3265 views||1 time favorited||18 comments|
- Poulan PLN1514 14-Inch 1-1/2 HP Electric Chain Saw
- Brand: Poulan | Category: Chainsaws
I was skeptical of electric chainsaws but when a maple blew down in our yard I decided to give electric a shot. A gas powered saw would rarely get used and probably the next time I needed it, wouldn’t run. What I really wanted was an Earthwise, not a brand I’m familiar with but they have rave reviews. Unfortunately my only choice locally was Poulan.
Once home I filled it with bar oil, plugged in and went to work on a 14” wide limb and it zipped right through it. Spent the rest of the day sawing up a sizable maple and even felled an 18” trunk. My neighbor brought his Homelite gas saw and we were running about dead even but then he busted out the Stihl and left me in the (saw)dust. I tried sawing through some of the bigger trunk sections, 28-30 inches, but it was very impractical (the Homelite couldn’t do it either and even the Stihl was at it’s limits).
The only real problem I had throughout the day was the chain tension. Loosening I understand but sometimes it would get super tight, so the chain wouldn’t spin. I never did figure out what was causing the problem but it eventually settled down. Sawdust packs up inside the saw and once in awhile I had to stop and dig it out with a screwdriver. I thought that might be causing the chain problem but they didn’t coincide. The most annoying thing is the bar oil leaks like crazy. Set it down for a few minutes and you’ll have a puddle. On the plus side, it’s lightweight, relatively quiet, a lot more powerful than I expected and no mixing gas.
Update April 2016 – The saw is still going strong but it still leaks bar oil if you store it flat so I built a holder to store the saw bar up on the wall and the oil stays inside the saw. See pics.