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IDENTIFICATION OF SYMBOLS

WARNING! This chain Read and understand the


saw can be dangerous! Care- instruction manual before
less or improper use can cause using the chain saw.
serious or even fatal injury.

Always wear appropriate ear protection, eye protection and head protection.

Always use two hands when operating the chain saw.

WARNING! Contacting the guide bar tip with any object


should be avoided; tip contact may cause the guide bar to
move suddenly upward and backward, which may cause se-
rious injury.

XX_
Measured maximum kickback value without chain brake for the bar
and chain combination on the label.

Starting Reminder

Move ON/STOP switch to Pull the starter rope


the ON position. sharply 5 times with your
right hand.

Slowly press primer bulb Push the choke/fast idle


6 times. lever in to the HALF
CHOKE position.

Pull choke/fast idle lever Pull the starter rope sharply


out to the full extent (to with your right hand until
the FULL CHOKE posi- the engine starts.
tion).

WARNING
The engine exhaust from this product contains
chemicals known to the State of California to cause
cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
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SAFETY RULES
OPERATE YOUR SAW SAFELY
WARNING: Always disconnect S Do not operate a chain saw with one hand.
spark plug wire and place wire where it can- Serious injury to the operator, helpers, by-
not contact spark plug to prevent accidental standers or any combination of these per-
starting when setting up, transporting, ad- sons may result from one-handed opera-
justing or making repairs except carburetor tion. A chain saw is intended for
adjustments. two-handed use.
Because a chain saw is a high-speed wood- S Operate the chain saw only in a well-venti-
cutting tool, special safety precautions must lated outdoor area.
be observed to reduce the risk of accidents. S Do not operate saw from a ladder or in a tree.
Careless or improper use of this tool can S Make sure the chain will not make contact
cause serious injury. with any object while starting the engine.
PLAN AHEAD Never try to start the saw when the guide
S Read this manual carefully until you com- bar is in a cut.
pletely understand and can follow all safety S Do not put pressure on the saw at the end of
rules, precautions, and operating instruc- the cut. Applying pressure can cause you to
tions before attempting to use the unit. lose control when the cut is completed.
S Restrict the use of your saw to adult users S Stop the engine before setting the saw down.
who understand and can follow safety S Do not operate a chain saw that is dam-
rules, precautions, and operating instruc- aged, improperly adjusted, or not com-
tions found in this manual. pletely and securely assembled. Always
S Wear protective gear. Always use steel- replace bar, chain, hand guard, or chain
toed safety footwear with non-slip soles; brake immediately if it becomes damaged,
snug-fitting clothing; safety chaps; heavy- broken or is otherwise removed.
duty, non-slip gloves; eye protection such S Hand carry saw only when engine is
as non-fogging, vented goggles or face stopped. Carry with muffler away from body;
screen; an approved safety hard hat; and guide bar and chain projecting behind you;
sound barriers (ear plugs or mufflers) to guide bar covered with a scabbard.
protect your hearing. Regular users MAINTAIN YOUR SAW IN GOOD
should have hearing checked regularly as WORKING ORDER
chain saw noise can damage hearing. Se- S Have all chain saw service performed by a
cure hair above shoulder length. qualified service dealer with the exception
Hearing Safety Hat of the items listed in the maintenance sec-
Protection tion of this manual. For example, if improp-
Eye er tools are used to remove or hold the fly-
Protection wheel when servicing the clutch, structural
Snug Fitting damage to the flywheel can occur and
Clothing Heavy Duty cause the flywheel to burst.
Gloves S Make certain the saw chain stops moving
when the throttle trigger is released. For
correction, refer to CARBURETOR AD-
JUSTMENT.
Safety Chaps S Never modify your saw in any way.
Safety Shoes S Keep the handles dry, clean, and free of oil
or fuel mixture.
S Keep fuel and oil caps, screws, and fas-
teners securely tightened.
S Keep all parts of your body away from the S Use only Poulan PRO accessories and re-
chain when the engine is running. placement parts as recommended.
S Keep children, bystanders, and animals a HANDLE FUEL WITH CAUTION
minimum of 30 feet (10 meters) away from S Do not smoke while handling fuel or while
the work area. Do not allow other people operating the saw.
or animals to be near the chain saw when S Eliminate all sources of sparks or flame in
starting or operating the chain saw. the areas where fuel is mixed or poured.
S Do not handle or operate a chain saw when There should be no smoking, open flames,
you are fatigued, ill, or upset, or if you have or work that could cause sparks. Allow en-
taken alcohol, drugs, or medication. You gine to cool before refueling.
must be in good physical condition and men- S Always have fire extinguishing tools avail-
tally alert. Chain saw work is strenuous. If able if you should need them.
you have any condition that might be aggra- S Mix and pour fuel in an outdoor area on
vated by strenuous work, check with your bare ground; store fuel in a cool, dry, well
doctor before operating a chain saw. ventilated place; and use an approved,
S Carefully plan your sawing operation in ad- marked container for all fuel purposes.
vance. Do not start cutting until you have a Wipe up all fuel spills before starting saw.
clear work area, secure footing, and, if you S Move at least 10 feet (3 meters) from fuel-
are felling trees, a planned retreat path. ing site before starting engine.
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S Turn the engine off and let saw cool in a REDUCE THE CHANCE OF
non-combustible area, not on dry leaves, KICKBACK
straw, paper, etc. Slowly remove fuel cap S Recognize that kickback can happen.
and refuel unit. With a basic understanding of kickback,
S Store the unit and fuel in an area where fuel you can reduce the element of surprise
vapors cannot reach sparks or open which contributes to accidents.
flames from water heaters, electric motors S Never let the moving chain contact any ob-
or switches, furnaces, etc. ject at the tip of the guide bar.
KICKBACK S Keep the working area free from obstruc-
tions such as other trees, branches, rocks,
WARNING: Avoid kickback which fences, stumps, etc. Eliminate or avoid
can result in serious injury. Kickback is the any obstruction that your saw chain could
backward, upward or sudden forward motion hit while you are cutting. When cutting a
of the guide bar occurring when the saw branch, do not let the guide bar contact
chain near the upper tip of the guide bar con- branch or other objects around it.
tacts any object such as a log or branch, or S Keep your saw chain sharp and properly
when the wood closes in and pinches the tensioned. A loose or dull chain can in-
saw chain in the cut. Contacting a foreign ob- crease the chance of kickback occurring.
ject in the wood can also result in loss of Follow manufacturer’s chain sharpening
chain saw control. and maintenance instructions. Check ten-
S Rotational Kickback can occur when the sion at regular intervals with the engine
moving chain contacts an object at the upper stopped, never with the engine running.
tip of the guide bar. This contact can cause Make sure the bar nuts are securely tight-
the chain to dig into the object, which stops ened after tensioning the chain.
the chain for an instant. The result is a light- S Begin and continue cutting at full speed. If
ning fast, reverse reaction which kicks the the chain is moving at a slower speed, there
guide bar up and back toward the operator. is greater chance of kickback occurring.
S Pinch-Kickback can occur when the the S Cut one log at a time.
S Use extreme caution when re-entering a
wood closes in and pinches the moving previous cut.
saw chain in the cut along the top of the S Do not attempt cuts starting with the tip of
guide bar and the saw chain is suddenly the bar (plunge cuts).
stopped. This sudden stopping of the S Watch for shifting logs or other forces that
chain results in a reversal of the chain could close a cut and pinch or fall into chain.
force used to cut wood and causes the S Use the Reduced--Kickback Guide Bar
saw to move in the opposite direction of the and Low--Kickback Chain specified for
chain rotation. The saw is driven straight your saw.
back toward the operator.
S Pull-In can occur when the moving chain MAINTAIN CONTROL
contacts a foreign object in the wood in the
cut along the bottom of the guide bar and the Stand to the
saw chain is suddenly stopped. This sudden left of the saw
stopping pulls the saw forward and away
from the operator and could easily cause the
operator to lose control of the saw.
Avoid Pinch-- Kickback: Thumb on
underside of
S Be extremely aware of situations or ob- handlebar
structions that can cause material to pinch Never reverse
the top of or otherwise stop the chain. hand positions
S Do not cut more than one log at a time.
S Do not twist the saw as the bar is with-
drawn from an undercut when bucking.
Avoid Pull-- In:
S Always begin cutting with the engine at full
speed and the saw housing against wood.
S Use wedges made of plastic or wood.
Never use metal to hold the cut open. Elbow locked
Kickback Path

Thumb on underside of
handlebar

Avoid Obstructions S Keep a good, firm grip on the saw with both
hands when the engine is running and don’t
let go. A firm grip will help you reduce kick-
back and maintain control of the saw. Keep
Clear The the fingers of your left hand encircling and
Working Area your left thumb under the front handlebar.
Keep your right hand completely around the
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rear handle whether your are right handed or
left handed. Keep your left arm straight with
the elbow locked. Can Obstruct Material
S Position your left hand on the front handle-
Not a Low--- Kickback Chain
bar so it is in a straight line with your right
hand on the rear handle when making S Front Hand Guard, designed to reduce the
bucking cuts. Never reverse right and left chance of your left hand contacting the chain
hand positions for any type of cutting. if your hand slips off the front handlebar.
S Stand with your weight evenly balanced on S Position of front and rear handlebars, de-
both feet. signed with distance between handles and
S Stand slightly to the left side of the saw to “in-line” with each other. The spread and “in-
keep your body from being in a direct line line” position of the hands provided by this
with the cutting chain. design work together to give balance and re-
S Do not overreach. You could be drawn or sistance in controlling the pivot of the saw
thrown off balance and lose control of the back toward the operator if kickback occurs.
saw. CHAIN BRAKE AND CKA ANGLE
S Do not cut above shoulder height. It is diffi- S Chain Brake, designed to stop the chain in
cult to maintain control of saw above the event of kickback.
shoulder height.
KICKBACK SAFETY FEATURES WARNING: WE DO NOT REP-
RESENT AND YOU SHOULD NOT AS-
WARNING: The following features SUME THAT THE CHAIN BRAKE WILL
are included on your saw to help reduce the PROTECT YOU IN THE EVENT OF A KICK-
hazard of kickback; however, such features BACK. Kickback is a lightning fast action which
will not totally eliminate this danger. As a throws the bar and rotating chain back and up
chain saw user, do not rely only on safety de- toward the operator. Kickback can be caused
vices. You must follow all safety precautions, by allowing contact of the bar tip in the danger
instructions, and maintenance in this manual zone with any hard object. Kickback can also
to help avoid kickback and other forces be caused by pinching the saw chain along the
which can result in serious injury. top of the guide bar. This action may push the
S Reduced--Kickback Guide Bar, designed guide bar rapidly back toward the operator. Ei-
with a small radius tip which reduces the ther of these events may cause you to lose
size of the kickback danger zone on the control of the saw which could result in serious
bar tip. A Reduced--Kickback Guide Bar injury or even death. DO NOT RELY UPON
has been demonstrated to significantly re- ANY OF THE DEVICES BUILT INTO YOUR
duce the number and seriousness of kick- SAW. YOU SHOULD USE THE SAW PROP-
backs when tested in accordance with ERLY AND CAREFULLY TO AVOID KICK-
safety requirements for gasoline powered BACK. Reduced--kickback guide bars and
chain saws as set by ANSI B175.1. low--kickback saw chains reduce the chance
Reduced Kickback Symmetrical Guide Bar and magnitude of kickback and are recom-
mended. Your saw has a low kickback chain
and bar as original equipment. Repairs on a
chain brake should be made by an authorized
servicing dealer. Take your unit to the place of
purchase if purchased from a servicing dealer,
Small Radius Tip
or to the nearest authorized master service
dealer.
Symmetrical Guide Bar S Tip contact in some cases may cause a light-
ning fast reverse REACTION, kicking guide
bar up and back toward operator.
S Pinching the saw chain along the top of the
guide bar may push the guide bar rapidly
Large Radius Tip back toward the operator.
S Low--Kickback Chain, designed with a S Either of these reactions may cause you to
contoured depth gauge and guard link lose control of the saw which could result in
which deflect kickback force and allow serious injury. Do not rely exclusively upon
wood to gradually ride into the cutter. Low-- devices built into your saw.
Kickback Chain has met kickback per-
formance requirements when tested on a WARNING: Computed kickback
representative sample of chain saws be- angle (CKA) listed on your saw and listed in the
low 3.8 cubic inch displacement specified CKA table below represents angle of kickback
in ANSI B175.1--2000. your bar and chain combinations will have
Contoured Depth Gauge when tested in accordance with CSA (Cana-
Elongated Guard Link
dian Standards Association) and ANSI stan-
dards. When purchasing replacement bar and
Deflects
chain, considerations should be given to the
kickback force lower CKA values. Lower CKA values repre-
Low--- Kickback and allows wood sent safer angles to the user, higher values in-
Chain to gradually ride dicate more angle and higher kick energies.
into cutter Computed angles represented indicate total
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energy and angle associated without activation The following guide bar and chain combina-
of the chain brake during kickback. Activated tions meet kickback requirements of CSA
angle represents chain stopping time relative to Standards Z62.1, Z62.3, & ANSI B175.1 when
activation angle of chain break and resulting used on saws listed in this manual. Use of bar
kick angle of saw. In all cases lower CKA val- and chain combinations other than those listed
ues represent a safer operating environment is not recommended and may not meet the
for the user. CKA requirements per standard.
Computed kickback angle (CKA) Table
BAR
MODEL P/N Length CHAIN P/N CKA without chain brake
PP5020AV 577179801 20″ 577180501 17_
NOTE: To comply with Federal OSHA Reg- U.S. forest land and the states of California,
ulations for Commercial Logging, a chain Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey,
brake is required and shall not be removed or Oregon, and Washington require by law that
otherwise disabled. many internal combustion engines to be
SAFETY NOTICE: Exposure to vibrations equipped with a spark arresting screen. If you
through prolonged use of gasoline powered operate a chain saw in a state or locale where
hand tools could cause blood vessel or nerve such regulations exist, you are legally respons-
damage in the fingers, hands, and joints of ible for maintaining the operating condition of
people prone to circulation disorders or these parts. Failure to do so is a violation of the
abnormal swellings. Prolonged use in cold law. Refer to the SERVICE section for
weather has been linked to blood vessel maintenance of the spark arresting screen.
damage in otherwise healthy people. If Failure to follow all Safety Rules and
symptoms occur such as numbness, pain, Precautions can result in serious injury. If
loss of strength, change in skin color or texture, situations occur which are not covered in this
or loss of feeling in the fingers, hands, or joints, manual, use care and good judgement. If you
discontinue the use of this tool and seek need assistance, contact your authorized
medical attention. An anti-vibration system service dealer or call 1-800--554--6723.
does not guarantee the avoidance of these STANDARDS: This saw is listed by Under-
problems. Users who operate power tools on writer’s Laboratories, Inc., in accordance with:
a continual and regular basis must monitor ANSI B175.1-- 2000 American National
closely their physical condition and the Standards for Gasoline--Powered Chain
condition of this tool. Saws -- Safety Requirements
SPECIAL NOTICE: Your saw is equipped CSA Z62.1-- 03 Chain Saws -- Occupational
with a temperature limiting muffler and spark Health and Safety
arresting screen which meets the require- CSA Z62.3-- 04 Chain Saw Kickback Occu-
ments of California Codes 4442 and 4443. All pational Health and Safety

ASSEMBLY
Protective gloves (not provided) should be 1. Move ON/STOP switch to the STOP
worn during assembly. position.
NOTE: CHAIN BRAKE MUST BE 2. Disengage chain brake.
3. Loosen and remove the chain brake
DISENGAGED BEFORE CLUTCH nuts and the clutch cover from the saw.
COVER CAN BE REMOVED OR RE-
INSTALLED ON THE CHAIN SAW. NOTE: If clutch cover can not be easily re-
moved from the chain saw, ensure chain brake
TO DISENGAGE CHAIN BRAKE, is disengaged by pulling the front hand guard
PULL THE FRONT HAND GUARD back toward the front handle as far as possible.
BACK TOWARD THE FRONT HAN- 4. Attach the bumper spike with the two
DLE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE (SEE screws as shown.
ILLUSTRATION).
Disengaged

Engaged Clutch Cover

Bar
Nuts

ATTACHING THE BUMPER SPIKE


(If not already attached) Bumper Spike
The bumper spike may be used as a pivot
when making a cut.
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ATTACHING THE BAR & CHAIN (If
not already attached)

WARNING: If received assembled,


repeat all steps to ensure your saw is properly
assembled and all fasteners are secure. Al-
ways wear gloves when handling the chain.
The chain is sharp and can cut you even when
it is not moving!
1. Move ON/STOP switch to the STOP
position. Clutch
2. Disengage chain brake. Drum
3. Loosen and remove the bar nuts and the Bar
clutch cover from the saw. Bolts Guide
NOTE: If clutch cover can not be easily re- Bar
moved from the chain saw, ensure chain brake
is disengaged by pulling the front hand guard 8. Carefully remove the chain from the pack-
back toward the front handle as far as possible. age. Hold chain with the drive links as
4. Remove the plastic shipping spacer (if shown.
present).
Tip of
Bar
Clutch Cover

Bar
Nuts CUTTERS MUST FACE IN
DIIRECTION OF ROTATION
Location of Cutters Depth Gauge
Shipping Spacer
5. An adjusting pin and screw is used to
adjust the tension of the chain. It is
very important when assembling the
bar that the pin located on the adjust-
ing screw aligns into the lower hole in Drive Links
the bar. Turning the screw will move 9. Place chain over and behind clutch
the adjustment pin up and down the drum, fitting the drive links in the clutch
screw. Locate this adjustment before drum sprocket.
you begin mounting the bar onto the 10. Fit bottom of drive links between the
saw. See following illustration. teeth in the sprocket in the nose of the
guide bar.
11. Fit chain drive links into bar groove.
Inside 12. Pull guide bar forward until chain is snug
view of in guide bar groove. Ensure all drive
Clutch links are in the bar groove.
Cover 13. Now, install clutch cover making sure
the adjusting pin is positioned in the low-
er hole in the guide bar. Remember this
pin moves the bar forward and back-
Adjustment located on Clutch Cover ward as the screw is turned.
6. Turn the adjusting screw by hand coun-
terclockwise until the adjusting pin just
touches the stop. This should allow the
pin to be near the correct position. Clutch
7. Slide guide bar on bar bolts until guide Cover
bar stops against clutch drum sprocket.

Lower Hole

Adjusting Pin
Guide Bar

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14. Install bar nuts and finger tighten only. 3. Using bar tool, roll chain around guide bar
Once the chain is tensioned, you will to ensure all links are in bar groove.
need to tighten bar nuts. 4. Lift up tip of guide bar to check for sag.
CHAIN TENSION Release tip of guide bar, then turn ad-
(Including units with chain already installed) justing screw 1/4 turn clockwise. Repeat
until sag does not exist.
WARNING: Wear protective gloves
when handling chain. The chain is sharp and Adjusting Screw -- 1/4 Turn
can cut you even when it is not moving.
NOTE: When adjusting chain tension,
make sure the bar nuts are finger tight only.
Attempting to tension the chain when the bar
nuts are tight can cause damage.
5. While lifting tip of guide bar, tighten bar
Checking the tension: nuts securely with the bar tool.
Use the screwdriver end of the chain adjust-
ment tool (bar tool) to move chain around
guide bar. If the chain does not rotate, it is too
tight. If the chain is too loose, it will sag below
the bar.
Bar Nuts
Guide
Bar

Chain Adjustmen 6. Use the screwdriver end of the bar tool


Bar Nuts Adjusting Tool to move chain around guide bar.
Screw (Bar Tool) 7. If chain does not rotate, it is too tight.
Adjusting the tension: Slightly loosen bar nuts and loosen chain
Chain tension is very important. Chains by turning the adjusting screw 1/4 turn
stretch during use. This is especially true counterclockwise. Retighten bar nuts.
during the first few times you use your saw. 8. If chain is too loose, it will sag below the
Always check chain tension each time be- guide bar. DO NOT operate the saw if
fore you start the chain saw. the chain is loose.
1. Loosen bar nuts until they are finger tight NOTE: The chain is tensioned correctly
against the clutch cover. when the weight of the chain does not cause it
2. Turn adjusting screw clockwise until chain to sag below the guide bar (with the chain saw
solidly contacts bottom of guide bar rail. sitting in an upright position), but the chain still
moves freely around the guide bar.

WARNING: If the saw is operated


Adjusting with a loose chain, the chain could jump off the
Screw guide bar and result in serious injury to the op-
erator and/or damage the chain making it un-
usable. If the chain jumps off the guide bar, in-
spect each drive link for damage. Damaged
chain must be repaired or replaced.

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OPERATION
KNOW YOUR CHAIN SAW
READ THIS INSTRUCTION MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR
CHAIN SAW. Compare the illustrations with your unit to familiarize yourself with the location of
the various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference.
Front Hand Guard/ Front Handle
Chain Brake Starter Rope
ON/STOP
Switch Choke/
Chain Muffler Fast Idle
Lever

Bar
Sprocket
Bar Oil Fill Cap Primer Bulb
Hole Starter Housing Fuel Mix Fill Cap
Air Filter Cover
Cylinder Cover
Chain
Throttle Direction
Lockout of Travel
Rear
Handle Adjusting Screw

Guide Bar
Chain
Throttle Catcher
Trigger Clutch Cover Bar Nuts
Chain Adjustment Tool
(Bar Tool)

ON/STOP SWITCH CHAIN BRAKE


The ON/STOP SWITCH is used to stop the The chain brake is a device designed to stop
engine. the chain if kickback occurs. The chain brake
THROTTLE TRIGGER activates automatically in the event of kick-
The THROTTLE TRIGGER controls engine back. The chain brake activates manually if the
speed. front hand guard is pushed forward. The chain
brake is disengaged by pulling the front hand
THROTTLE LOCK--OUT guard back toward the front handle as far as
The THROTTLE LOCK--OUT must be possible.
pressed before you can squeeze the throttle
trigger. This feature prevents you from acci- CHAIN TENSION
dentally squeezing the trigger. It is normal for a new chain to stretch during the
first 15 minutes of operation. You should check
CHOKE/FAST IDLE LEVER your chain tension each time before you start
The choke and fast idle are set by pulling the the chain saw. See CHAIN TENSION under
CHOKE/FAST IDLE LEVER out to the full ex- the ASSEMBLY section.
tent for cold starting or after refueling. The
choke provides additional fuel to the engine WARNING: If the saw is operated
during cold starting. with a loose chain, the chain could jump off
PRIMER BULB the guide bar and result in serious injury to
The PRIMER BULB circulates fuel to the car- the operator and/or damage the chain mak-
buretor to provide quicker starting. ing it unusable.

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BEFORE STARTING ENGINE Genuine Poulan or Poulan PRO bar and chain
oil is recommended to protect your unit against
WARNING: Muffler is very hot dur- excessive wear from heat and friction. Poulan
ing and after use. Do not touch the muffler or or Poulan PRO oil resists high temperature
allow combustible material such as dry thinning. If Poulan or Poulan PRO bar and
grass or fuel to do so. chain oil is not available, use a good grade SAE
30 oil.
WARNING: Be sure to read the fuel S Never use waste oil for bar and chain lubri-
handling information in the safety rules sec- cation.
tion of this manual before you begin. If you do S Always stop the engine before removing
not understand the fuel handling information the oil cap.
do not attempt to fuel your unit. Seek help CHAIN BRAKE
from someone that does understand the in- Ensure chain brake is disengaged by pulling
formation or call the customer assistance the front hand guard back toward the front han-
help line at 1-800-554-6723. dle as far as possible. The chain brake must be
FUELING ENGINE disengaged before cutting with the saw.

WARNING: Remove fuel cap slowly WARNING: The chain must not
when refueling. move when the engine runs at idle speed. If
the chain moves at idle speed refer to CAR-
BURETOR ADJUSTMENT within this
HELPFUL TIP manual. Avoid contact with the muffler. A hot
To obtain the correct oil mix muffler can cause serious burns.
ratio, pour 3.2 ounces of To stop the engine move the ON/STOP
2-- cycle synthetic oil into switch to the STOP position.
one gallon of fresh gas.
To start the engine hold the saw firmly on the
ground as illustrated. Make sure the chain is
IMPORTANT: This equipment is designed free to turn without contacting any object.
to operate on unleaded gasoline with a minim-
um 87 octane (R+M/2 method), with ethanol
blended up to 10% maximum by volume Starter Rope Handle
(E-10). Before operation, gasoline must be
mixed with a good quality synthetic 2-cycle
air-cooled engine oil designed to be mixed at a Left Hand
ratio of 40:1. Poulan/WEED EATER brand on Front
synthetic oil is recommended. Mix gasoline Handle
and oil at a ratio of 40:1. A 40:1 ratio is obtained
by mixing 3.2 fluid ounces of oil with 1 gallon of
unleaded gasoline. DO NOT USE automotive
oil or marine oil. These oils will cause engine
damage. When mixing fuel, follow instructions
printed on container. Once oil is added to gas-
oline, shake container momentarily to assure Right Foot Through Rear Handle
that the fuel is thoroughly mixed. Always read
and follow the safety rules relating to fuel before
fueling your unit. Purchase fuel in quantities
that can be used within 30 days to assure fuel WARNING: Do not attempt to throw
freshness. or drop--start the chain saw. Doing so will put
the operator at risk of serious injury due to
CAUTION: Never use straight gasoline in loss of control of the chain saw.
your unit. This will cause permanent engine
damage and void the limited warranty. Do not IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER
use alternate fuels such as ethanol blends When pulling the starter rope, do not use the full
above 10% by volume (E-15, E-85) or any extent of the rope as this can cause the rope to
methanol blended fuel. Use of these fuels can break. Do not let starter rope snap back. Hold
cause major engine performance and durability the handle and let the rope rewind slowly.
problems. For cold weather starting, start the unit at
BAR AND CHAIN LUBRICATION FULL CHOKE; allow the engine to warm up
The bar and chain require continuous lubrica- before squeezing the throttle trigger.
tion. Lubrication is provided by the automatic NOTE: Do not attempt to cut material with
oiler system when the oil tank is kept filled. the choke/fast idle lever in the FULL CHOKE
Lack of oil will quickly ruin the bar and chain. position.
Too little oil will cause overheating shown by
smoke coming from the chain and/or discolor-
ation of the bar. In freezing weather oil will thick- HELPFUL TIP
en, making it necessary to thin bar and chain oil If your engine still does not
with a small amount (5 to 10%) of #1 Diesel start after following these
Fuel or kerosene. Bar and chain oil must be instructions, please call
free flowing for the oil system to pump enough 1-- 800-- 554-- 6723.
oil for adequate lubrication.
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STARTING A COLD ENGINE (or warm DIFFICULT STARTING (or starting a
engine after running out of fuel) flooded engine)
NOTE: In the following steps, when the The engine may be flooded with too much fuel
choke/fast idle lever is pulled out to the full if it has not started after 10 pulls. Flooded en-
extent, the correct throttle setting for starting gines can be cleared of excess fuel by pushing
is set automatically. the choke/fast idle lever in completely (to the
OFF CHOKE position) and then following the
warm engine starting procedure listed above.
Ensure the ON/STOP switch is in the ON posi-
tion. Starting could require pulling the starter
ON/STOP rope handle many times depending on how
Switch badly the unit is flooded. If engine fails to start,
refer to the TROUBLESHOOTING TABLE or
Choke call 1-800-554-6723.
Lever CHAIN BRAKE
WARNING: If the brake band is worn
too thin it may break when the chain brake is
triggered. With a broken brake band, the chain
brake will not stop the chain. The chain brake
should be replaced by an authorized service
dealer if any part is worn to less than 0.020″
Primer Bulb (0.5 mm) thick. Repairs on a chain brake
should be made by an authorized service deal-
er. Take your unit to the place of purchase if
1. Move ON/STOP switch to the ON posi- purchased from a servicing dealer, or to the
tion. nearest authorized master service dealer.
2. Pull choke/fast idle lever out to the full S This saw is equipped with a chain brake.
extent (to the FULL CHOKE position). The brake is designed to stop the chain if
3. Slowly press primer bulb 6 times. kickback occurs.
4. Pull the starter rope sharply 5 times with S The inertia--activated chain brake is
your right hand. Then, proceed to the activated if the front hand guard is pushed
next step. forward, either manually (by hand) or
NOTE: If the engine sounds as if it is trying automatically (by sudden movement).
to start before the 5th pull, stop pulling and S If the brake is already activated, it is
immediately proceed to the next step. disengaged by pulling the front hand guard
5. Push the choke/fast idle lever in to the back toward the front handle as far as
HALF CHOKE position. possible.
CHOKE/FAST IDLE LEVER S When cutting with the saw, the chain brake
must be disengaged.
Disengaged
OFF
HALF Engaged
FULL

Braking function control


CAUTION: The chain brake must be
6. Pull the starter rope with your right hand checked several times daily. The engine
until the engine starts. must be running when performing this proce-
7. Allow the engine to run for approximate- dure. This is the only instance when the saw
ly 30 seconds. Then, squeeze and re- should be placed on the ground with the en-
lease the throttle trigger to allow engine gine running.
to return to idle speed. Place the saw on firm ground. Grip the rear
STARTING A WARM ENGINE handle with your right hand and the front han-
1. Move ON/STOP switch to the ON posi- dle with your left hand. Apply full throttle by
tion. fully depressing the throttle trigger. Activate
2. To set the fast idle, pull the choke/fast the chain brake by turning your left wrist
idle lever out to the full extent (to the full against the hand guard without releasing
choke position); then push the lever your grip around the front handle. The chain
back in to the HALF CHOKE position. should stop immediately.
3. Slowly press primer bulb 6 times. OPERATING TIPS
4. Pull the starter rope sharply with your S Check chain tension before first use, after
right hand until the engine starts. 1 minute of operation, and each time be-
5. Squeeze and release throttle trigger to fore you start the chain saw. See CHAIN
allow engine to return to idle speed. TENSION in the ASSEMBLY section.
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S Cut wood only. Do not cut metal, plastics, S Weight and branches on one side.
masonry, non-wood building materials, etc. S Surrounding trees and obstacles.
S Stop the saw if the chain strikes a foreign Look for decay and rot. If the trunk is rotted,
object. Inspect the saw and repair or re- it can snap and fall toward the operator.
place parts as necessary. If the chain Check for broken or dead branches which
jumps off the guide bar, inspect the chain can fall on you while cutting.
for damaged drive links before reinstalling. Make sure there is enough room for the tree to
Burrs on drive links, which prevent them fall. Maintain a distance of 2-1/2 tree lengths
from entering the groove of the guide bar, from the nearest person or other objects. En-
can be removed with a flat file. gine noise can drown out a warning call.
S Keep the chain out of dirt and sand. Even a Remove dirt, stones, loose bark, nails, sta-
small amount of dirt will dull a chain, increase ples, and wire from the tree where cuts are to
the possibility of kickback, and require chain be made. Plan a clear retreat path to the rear
sharpening or replacement. and diagonal to the line of fall.
S Practice cutting a few small logs using the
following techniques to get the “feel” of us- Plan a clear retreat path
ing your saw before you begin a major
sawing operation.
S Squeeze the throttle trigger and allow the
engine to reach full speed before cutting. Direction of Fall
S Begin cutting with the saw frame
against the log. 45_
S Keep the engine at full speed the entire
time you are cutting.
S Allow the chain to cut for you. Exert only
light downward pressure. If you force FELLING LARGE TREES
the cut, damage to the bar, chain, or en- (6 inches (15 cm) in diameter or larger)
gine can result. The notch method is used to fell large trees.
S Release the throttle trigger as soon as A notch is cut on the side of the tree in the de-
the cut is completed, allowing the en- sired direction of fall. After a felling cut is
gine to idle. If you run the saw at full made on the opposite side of tree, the tree
throttle without a cutting load, unneces- will tend to fall into the notch.
sary wear can occur to the chain, bar, NOTE: If the tree has large buttress roots,
and engine. It is recommended that remove them before making the notch. If us-
the engine not be operated for lon- ing saw to remove buttress roots, keep saw
ger than 30 seconds at full throttle. chain from contacting ground to prevent dull-
S To avoid losing control when cut is com- ing of the chain.
plete, do not put pressure on saw at end
of cut. NOTCH CUT AND FELLING THE
S Stop the engine before setting the saw TREE
down after cutting. S Make notch cut by cutting the top of the
TREE FELLING TECHNIQUES notch first. Cut through 1/3 of the diameter
of the tree. Next complete the notch by cut-
WARNING: Check for broken or ting the bottom of the notch. See illustra-
dead branches which can fall while cutting tion. Once the notch is cut remove the
causing serious injury. Do not cut near build- notch of wood from the tree.
ings or electrical wires if you do not know the
direction of tree fall, nor cut at night since you Final (felling) cut here, 2 inches
will not be ale to see well, nor during bad (5 cm) above center of notch.
weather such as rain, snow, or strong winds,
etc. If the tree makes contact with any utility First cut
line, the utility company should be notified
immediately.
S Carefully plan your sawing operation in ad-
vance. Notch
S Clear the work area. You need a clear area
all around the tree so you can have secure
footing. Hinge
S The chain saw operator should keep on Second cut
the uphill side of the terrain as the tree is
likely to roll or slide downhill after it is felled.
S Study the natural conditions that can cause
the tree to fall in a particular direction. S After removing the wood from the notch,
Natural conditions that can cause a tree to make the felling cut on the opposite side of
fall in a particular direction include: the notch. This is done by making a cut about
S The wind direction and speed. two inches (5 cm) higher than the center of
S The lean of the tree. The lean of a tree the notch. This will leave enough uncut wood
might not be apparent due to uneven or between the felling cut and the notch to form
sloping terrain. Use a plumb or level to de- a hinge. This hinge will help prevent the tree
termine the direction of tree lean. from falling in the wrong direction.
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Hinge holds tree on stump and helps Use a wedge to remove pinched saw
control fall
Opening of
felling cut

Turn saw OFF and use a plastic or


wooden wedge to force cut open.
Overcutting begins on the top side of the log
with the bottom of the saw against the log.
When overcutting use light downward pres-
Closing sure.
of notch
Overcutting
NOTE: Before felling cut is complete, use
wedges to open the cut if necessary to
control the direction of fall. To avoid kickback
and chain damage, use wood or plastic Undercutting
wedges, but never steel or iron wedges.
S Be alert to signs that the tree is ready to fall: Undercutting involves cutting on the under-
cracking sounds, widening of the felling cut, side of the log with top of saw against the log.
or movement in the upper branches. When undercutting use light upward pres-
S As tree starts to fall, stop saw, put it down, sure. Hold saw firmly and maintain control.
and get away quickly on your planned re- The saw will tend to push back toward you.
treat path.
S DO NOT cut down a partially fallen tree with WARNING: Never turn saw upside
your saw. Be extremely cautious with par- down to undercut. The saw cannot be con-
tially fallen trees that may be poorly sup- trolled in this position.
ported. When a tree doesn’t fall completely, Always make your first cut on the compres-
set the saw aside and pull down the tree with sion side of the log. The compression side of
a cable winch, block and tackle, or tractor. the log is where the pressure of the log’s
CUTTING A FALLEN TREE weight is concentrated.
(BUCKING) First cut on compression side of log
Bucking is the term used for cutting a fallen
tree to the desired log size.

WARNING: Do not stand on the log


being cut. Any portion can roll causing loss of
footing and control. Do not stand downhill of Second cut
the log being cut.
IMPORTANT POINTS Second cut
S Cut only one log at a time.
S Cut shattered wood very carefully; sharp
pieces of wood could be flung toward opera-
tor.
S Use a sawhorse to cut small logs. Never
allow another person to hold the log while First cut on compression side of log
cutting and never hold the log with your leg
or foot. BUCKING WITHOUT A SUPPORT
S Do not cut in an area where logs, limbs, S Overcut through 1/3 of the diameter of the
and roots are tangled such as in a blown log.
down area. Drag the logs into a clear area S Roll the log over and finish with a second
before cutting by pulling out exposed and overcut.
cleared logs first. S Watch for logs with a compression side to
prevent the saw from pinching. See il-
TYPES OF CUTTING USED FOR lustrations for cutting logs with a compres-
BUCKING sion side.
WARNING: If saw becomes BUCKING USING A LOG OR
pinched or hung in a log, don’t try to force it SUPPORT STAND
out. You can lose control of the saw resulting S Remember your first cut is always on the
in injury and/or damage to the saw. Stop the compression side of the log.
saw, drive a wedge of plastic or wood into the (Refer to the illustrations below for your
cut until the saw can be removed easily. Re- first and second cut)
start the saw and carefully reenter the cut. To S Your first cut should extend 1/3 of the
avoid kickback and chain damage, do not diameter of the log.
use a metal wedge. Do not attempt to restart S Finish with your second cut.
your saw when it is pinched or hung in a log.
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Using a log for support 2nd Cut S Watch out for springpoles. Springpoles are
small size limbs which can catch the saw
chain and whip toward you or pull you off bal-
ance. Use extreme caution when cutting
small size limbs or slender material.
S Be alert for springback. Watch out for
branches that are bent or under pressure.
Avoid being struck by the branch or the
saw when the tension in the wood fibers is
1st Cut released.
1st Cut S Keep a clear work area. Frequently clear
branches out of the way to avoid tripping
over them.
LIMBING
S Always limb a tree after it is cut down. Only
then can limbing be done safely and prop-
erly.
2nd Cut S Leave the larger limbs underneath the felled
tree to support the tree as you work.
Using a support stand S Start at the base of the felled tree and work
2nd Cut toward the top, cutting branches and limbs.
Remove small limbs with one cut.
S Keep the tree between you and the chain.
Cut from the side of the tree opposite the
branch you are cutting.
S Remove larger, supporting branches with
the cutting techniques described in BUCK-
1st Cut ING WITHOUT A SUPPORT.
S Always use an overcut to cut small and free-
1st Cut ly hanging limbs. Undercutting could cause
limbs to fall and pinch the saw.
2nd Cut PRUNING
WARNING: Limit pruning to limbs
shoulder height or below. Do not cut if
branches are higher than your shoulder. Get a
professional to do the job.
S Make your first cut 1/3 of the way through the
bottom of the limb.
LIMBING AND PRUNING S Next make a 2nd cut all the way through
the limb. Then cut a third overcut leaving a
WARNING: Be alert for and guard 1 to 2 inch (2.5 to 5 cm) collar from the truck
against kickback. Do not allow the moving of the tree.
chain to contact any other branches or objects
at the nose of the guide bar when limbing or Second cut
pruning. Allowing such contact can result in
serious injury. Third cut

WARNING: Never climb into a tree to


limb or prune. Do not stand on ladders, plat-
forms, a log, or in any position which can cause
you to lose your balance or control of the saw.
Collar
IMPORTANT POINTS
S Work slowly, keeping both hands firmly First cut
gripped on the saw. Maintain secure footing
and balance. Pruning technique

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SERVICE
NOTE: It is normal for a small amount of oil
WARNING: Disconnect the spark to appear under the saw after engine stops.
plug before performing maintenance except Do not confuse this with a leaking oil tank.
for carburetor adjustments. S ON/STOP Switch -- Ensure ON/STOP
We recommend all service and adjustments switch functions properly by moving the
not listed in this manual be performed by an switch to the STOP position. Make sure en-
authorized or Master Service Dealer. gine stops; then restart engine and continue.
S Fuel Tank -- Do not use saw if fuel tank
shows signs of damage or leaks.
HELPFUL TIP S Oil Tank -- Do not use saw if oil tank shows
IMPORTANT: Have all signs of damage or leaks.
repairs other than the rec- CHECK FOR LOOSE
ommended maintenance
described in the instruction FASTENERS AND PARTS
manual performed by an S Bar Nuts
authorized service dealer. S Chain
If any dealer other than an authorized S Muffler
S Cylinder Shield
service dealer performs work on the S Air Filter
product, Poulan PRO may not pay for S Handle Screws
repairs under warranty. It is your re- S Vibration Mounts
sponsibility to maintain and perform S Starter Housing
general maintenance. S Front Hand Guard
CHECK CHAIN SHARPNESS
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE A sharp chain makes wood chips. A dull
Check: chain makes a sawdust powder and cuts
Fuel mixture level . . . . Before each use slowly. See CHAIN SHARPENING.
Bar lubrication . . . . . . . Before each use CHECK GUIDE BAR
Chain tension . . . . . . . Before each use Conditions which require guide bar mainte-
Chain sharpness . . . . . Before each use nance:
For damaged parts . . . Before each use S Saw cuts to one side or at an angle.
For loose caps . . . . . . Before each use S Saw has to be forced through the cut.
For loose fasteners . . . Before each use S Inadequate supply of oil to bar/chain.
For loose parts . . . . . . Before each use Check the condition of guide bar each time
Inspect and Clean: chain is sharpened. A worn guide bar will
Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Before each use damage the chain and make cutting difficult.
Complete saw . . . . . . . After each use After each use, ensure ON/STOP switch is
Air filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . Every 5 hours* in the STOP position, then clean all sawdust
Chain brake . . . . . . . . . Every 5 hours* from the guide bar and sprocket hole.
Spark arresting screen To maintain guide bar:
and muffler . . . . . . . . . . Every 25 hours* S Move ON/STOP switch to STOP.
Replace spark plug . Yearly S Loosen and remove bar nuts and clutch
Replace fuel filter . . . Yearly cover. Remove bar and chain from saw.
* Hours of Operation -- S Clean the oil holes and bar groove after
Each hour of operation is approximately each 5 hours of operation.
2 tanks of fuel.
Remove Sawdust From
Guide Bar Groove
GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS
The warranty on this unit does not cover
items that have been subjected to operator
abuse or negligence. To receive full value Oil Holes
from the warranty, the operator must main-
tain unit as instructed in this manual. Various
adjustments will need to be made periodical- S Burring of guide bar rails is a normal
ly to properly maintain your unit. process of rail wear. Remove these burrs
S Once a year, replace the spark plug, air filter, with a flat file.
and check guide bar and chain for wear. A S When rail top is uneven, use a flat file to re-
new spark plug and air filter assures proper store square edges and sides.
air-fuel mixture and helps your engine run
better and last longer. File Rail Edges
CHECK FOR DAMAGED OR and Sides
WORN PARTS Square
Contact an authorized service dealer for re-
placement of damaged or worn parts. Worn Groove Correct Groove
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Replace guide bar when the groove is worn, Knob Air Filter
the guide bar is bent or cracked, or when ex- Cover
cess heating or burring of the rails occurs. If re-
placement is necessary, use only the guide bar
specified for your saw in the repair parts list or
on the decal located on the chain saw. Air Filter
CHECK FUEL MIXTURE LEVEL Wire
S See FUELING ENGINE under the OP- Clamp
ERATION section.
LUBRICATION

INSPECT MUFFLER AND SPARK


Bar Oil Fill Cap ARRESTING SCREEN
As the unit is used, carbon deposits build up
on the muffler and spark arresting screen,
and must be removed to avoid creating a fire
hazard or affecting engine performance.
Replace the spark arresting screen if breaks
occur.
S See GUIDE BAR AND CHAIN OIL under Air Filter Cover
the OPERATION section.
INSPECT AND CLEAN UNIT AND Cylinder Cover
DECALS
S After each use, inspect complete unit for
loose or damaged parts. Clean the unit and Exhaust
decals using a damp cloth with a mild deter- Outlet
gent. Cover
S Wipe off unit with a clean dry cloth.
CHECK CHAIN BRAKE
See CHAIN BRAKE in the OPERATION
section.
CLEAN AIR FILTER
CAUTION: Do not clean filter in gasoline or
other flammable solvent to avoid creating a
fire hazard or producing harmful evaporative
emissions.
Muffler
Cleaning the air filter:
A dirty air filter decreases the life and perfor- CLEANING THE SPARK ARREST-
mance of the engine and increases fuel con- ING SCREEN
sumption and harmful emissions. Always Cleaning is required every 25 hours of op-
clean your air filter after 10 tanks of fuel or 5 eration or annually, whichever comes first.
hours of operation, whichever comes first. 1. Loosen knob on air filter cover. Remove
Clean more frequently in dusty conditions. A air filter cover.
used air filter can never be completely 2. Loosen 3 screws on cylinder cover.
cleaned. It is advisable to replace your air fil- Remove the cylinder cover.
ter with a new one after every 50 hours of op- 3. Loosen and remove the screw from the
eration, or annually, whichever comes first. muffler exhaust outlet cover.
1. Loosen knob on air filter cover. Remove 4. Remove spark arresting screen. Handle
air filter cover. screen carefully to prevent damage.
2. Press down on wire clamp to release air 5. Clean the spark arresting screen gently
filter. Remove air filter. with a wire brush. Replace screen if
3. Clean the air filter using hot soapy water. breaks are found.
Rinse with clean cool water. Air dry com- 6. Replace any broken or cracked muffler
pletely before reinstalling. parts.
4. Reinstall air filter and reposition wire 7. Reinstall spark arresting screen.
clamp. 8. Reinstall screw in muffler exhaust outlet
NOTE: Ensure air filter is correctly installed cover.
and fully seated in pocket before reposition- 9. Reinstall the cylinder cover and 3
ing wire clamp and reinstalling air filter cover. screws. Tighten securely.
5. Reinstall air filter cover. Tighten knob se- 10. Reinstall air filter cover. Tighten knob se-
curely. curely.

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REPLACE SPARK PLUG TO SHARPEN CHAIN:
The spark plug should be replaced each 1. Move ON/STOP switch to the STOP
year to ensure the engine starts easier and position.
runs better. Ignition timing is fixed and non- 2. Check chain for proper tension. Adjust
adjustable. chain tension if necessary. See CHAIN
NOTE: This spark ignition system complies TENSION section.
with the Canadian standard ICES--002. 3. Sharpen cutters.
1. Loosen knob on air filter cover. Remove S To sharpen the cutters, position the
air filter cover. file holder level (10° ) so that it rests
2. Pull off the spark plug boot. on the top edges of the cutter and
3. Remove spark plug from cylinder and depth gauge.
discard. NOTE: The chain has both left and
4. Replace with Champion RCJ--7Y spark right hand cutters.
plug and tighten securely with a 3/4 inch
(19 mm) socket wrench. Spark plug gap File Holder
should be 0.025 inch (0.6 mm). File
5. Reinstall the spark plug boot.
6. Reinstall air filter cover. Tighten knob se-
curely. Cutter
Knob Depth Gauge 10°
Spark
Plug Air Filter S Align the 25° file holder marks paral-
Boot Cover lel with the bar and to the center of the
chain.
Cutter

25° Cutter
File Holder Line
S Sharpen cutters on one side of the
chain first. File from the inside of each
cutter to the outside. Then, turn the
chain saw around and repeat the pro-
cess for the other side of the chain.
REPLACE FUEL FILTER S File on the forward stroke only. Use 2
To replace fuel filter (part #530095646), drain or 3 strokes per cutting edge.
your unit by running it dry of fuel. Remove fuel S Keep all cutters the same length
cap and its connected retainer from tank. Pull when filing.
filter from tank and remove from line. Replace S File enough to remove any damage
and reassemble. to cutting edges (side plate and top
CHAIN ADJUSTMENT plate of cutter).
See CHAIN TENSION in ASSEMBLY section. All Cutters Remove Damage
CHAIN SHARPENING Same Length

WARNING: Improper chain sharpen-


ing techniques and/or depth gauge mainte-
nance will increase the chance of kickback Top Plate
which can result in serious injury. Side Plate
WARNING: Wear protective gloves S File chain to meet the specifications
when handling chain. The chain is sharp and as shown.
can cut you even when it is not moving.
Conditions which indicate the need for chain 60° 60°
sharpening:
S Reduction in size of wood chips. The size
of the wood chip will decrease as the chain
gets duller until it becomes more like a 25°
powder than a chip. Note that dead or
rotted wood will not produce a good chip. Hook Angle
S Saw cuts to one side or at an angle. 0.025 inch
S Saw has to be forced through the cut. (0.65 mm)
Tools required:
S 7/32 inch (5 mm) diameter round file and
file holder Rounded
S Flat file Right Corner
S Depth gauge tool
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Too Much Hook Angle Squared Off The carburetor has been carefully set at the
Corner factory. Adjustments may be necessary if
you notice any of the following conditions:
S Chain moves at idle. See IDLE SPEED--T
adjusting procedure.
S Saw will not idle. See IDLE SPEED--T ad-
justing procedure.
Wrong Idle Speed--T
Allow engine to idle. If the chain moves, idle is
WARNING: Maintain the proper hook too fast. If the engine stalls, idle is too slow. Ad-
angle according to the manufacturer’s specifi- just speed until engine runs without chain
cations for the chain you are using. Improper movement (idle too fast) or stalling (idle too
hook angle will increase the chance of kick- slow). The idle speed screw is located in the
back which can result in serious injury. area above the primer bulb and is labeled T.
4. Check and lower depth gauges. S Turn idle screw (T) clockwise to increase
engine speed.
Depth Gauge Tool File S Turn idle screw (T) counterclockwise to
decrease engine speed.
Depth Gauge If you require further assistance or are unsure
about performing this procedure, contact your
authorized service dealer or call our customer
assistance help line at 1--800--554--6723.
S Place gauge tool on cutter.
S If the depth gauge is higher than the COOLING SYSTEM
depth gauge tool, file it level to the top of To keep the working temperature as low as
the depth gauge tool. possible the machine is equipped with a
S Maintain rounded front corner of cooling system.
depth gauge with a flat file. The cooling system consists of:
S Air intake on the starter
NOTE: The very top of the depth S Air guide plate
gauge should be flat with the front S Fins on the flywheel
half rounded off with a flat file. S Cooling fins on the cylinder
If you require further assistance or are unsure S Cylinder cover (directs cold air over the
about performing this procedure, contact your cylinder)
authorized service dealer or call our customer Clean the cooling system with a brush after
assistance help line at 1--800--554--6723. each use, more often in demanding condi-
CARBURETOR ADJUSTMENT tions. A dirty or blocked cooling system re-
sults in the machine overheating which
WARNING: The chain will be mov- causes damage to the piston and cylinder.
ing during most of this procedure. Wear your
protective equipment and observe all safety
precautions. The chain must not move at idle
speed.

STORAGE
S Lightly oil external metal surfaces and
WARNING: Perform the following guide bar.
steps after each use: S Oil the chain and wrap it in heavy paper or
S Allow the engine to cool, and secure the cloth.
unit before storing or transporting.
S Store chain saw and fuel in a well venti- FUEL SYSTEM
lated area where fuel vapors cannot reach Under FUELING ENGINE in the OPERA-
sparks or open flames from water heaters, TION section of this manual, see message
electric motors or switches, furnaces, etc. labeled IMPORTANT regarding the use of
S Store chain saw with all guards in place gasohol in your chain saw.
and position chain saw so that any sharp Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable alternative in
object cannot accidentally cause injury. minimizing the formation of fuel gum depos-
S Store chain saw well out of the reach of its during storage. Add stabilizer to the gaso-
children. line in the fuel tank or fuel storage container.
SEASONAL STORAGE Follow the mix instructions found on stabiliz-
Prepare your unit for storage at the end of the er containers. Run engine at least 5 minutes
season or if it will not be used for 30 days or after adding stabilizer.
more. Poulan/WEED EATER 40:1, 2-cycle engine oil
If your chain saw is to be stored for a period (air cooled) is blended with fuel stabilizer. If you
of time: do not use this oil, you can add a fuel stabilizer
S Clean saw thoroughly before storage. with 2--cycle engine oil to your fuel tank.
S Store in a clean dry area.
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S Replace spark plug with new one of rec-
HELPFUL TIP ommended type and heat range.
During storage of your gas/ S Clean air filter.
oil mixture, the oil will sepa- S Check entire unit for loose screws, nuts,
rate from the gas. and bolts. Replace any damaged, broken,
We recommend that you or worn parts.
shake the gas can weekly S At the beginning of the next season, use
to insure proper blending of only fresh fuel having the proper gasoline
the gas and oil. to oil ratio.
ENGINE OTHER
S Remove spark plug and pour 1 teaspoon S Do not store gasoline from one season to
of 40:1, 2-cycle engine oil (air cooled) another.
through the spark plug opening. Slowly S Replace your gasoline can if it starts to
pull the starter rope 8 to 10 times to distrib- rust.
ute oil.

TROUBLESHOOTING TABLE
WARNING: Always stop unit and disconnect spark plug before performing all of
the recommended remedies below except remedies that require operation of the unit.
TROUBLE CAUSE REMEDY
Engine will not 1. Ignition switch off. 1. Move ignition switch to ON.
start or will run 2. Engine flooded. 2. See “Difficult Starting” in
only a few Operation Section.
seconds after 3. Fuel tank empty. 3. Fill tank with correct fuel mixture.
starting. 4. Spark plug not firing. 4. Install new spark plug.
5. Fuel not reaching 5. Check for dirty fuel filter; replace.
carburetor. Check for kinked or split fuel line;
repair or replace.
Engine will 1. Idle speed requires 1. See “Carburetor Adjustment” in the
not idle adjustment. Service and Adjustments Section.
properly. 2. Carburetor requires 2. Contact an authorized service dealer.
adjustment.
Engine will not 1. Air filter dirty. 1. Clean or replace air filter.
accelerate, 2. Spark plug fouled. 2. Clean or replace plug and regap.
lacks power, 3. Chain brake engaged. 3. Disengage chain brake.
or dies under 4. Carburetor requires 4. Contact an authorized service dealer.
a load. adjustment.
Engine 1. Too much oil mixed with 1. Empty fuel tank and refill with
smokes gasoline. correct fuel mixture.
excessively.
Chain moves 1. Idle speed requires 1. See “Carburetor Adjustment” in the
at idle speed. adjustment. Service and Adjustments Section.
2. Clutch requires repair. 2. Contact an authorized service dealer.

LIMITED WARRANTY
Poulan PRO, a division of Husqvarna Con- This warranty is not transferable and does not
sumer Outdoor Products N.A., Inc., war- cover damage or liability caused by improper
rants to the original consumer purchaser that handling, improper maintenance or alteration,
each new Poulan PRO brand gasoline chain or the use of accessories and/or attachments
saw is free from defects in material and not specifically recommended by Poulan PRO
workmanship and agrees to repair or replace for this chain saw. This warranty does not cov-
under this warranty any defective gasoline er tune--up, spark plugs, filters, starter ropes,
chain saw as follows from the original date of chain sharpening, bars, chains, and other parts
purchase. which wear and require replacement with rea-
2 YEARS - Parts and Labor, when used for sonable use during the warranty period. This
household purposes. warranty does not cover predelivery setup,
60 DAYS - Parts and Labor, when used for installation of guide bar and chain, and normal
commercial, professional, or income pro- adjustments explained in the instruction manu-
ducing purposes. al such as chain tension adjustments. This
30 DAYS - Parts and Labor, if used for rental warranty does not cover transportation costs.
purposes.
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In the event you have a claim under this war- NO CLAIMS FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR
ranty, you must return the product to an au- OTHER DAMAGES WILL BE ALLOWED,
thorized service dealer. AND THERE ARE NO OTHER EXPRESS
Should you have any unanswered questions WARRANTIES EXCEPT THOSE EX-
concerning this warranty, please contact: PRESSLY STIPULATED HEREIN.
Poulan PRO, a division of Husqvarna SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITA-
Consumer Outdoor Products N.A., Inc. TIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WAR-
9335 Harris Corners Parkway RANTY LASTS OR THE EXCLUSION OR
Charlotte, NC 28269 LIMITATIONS OF INCIDENTAL OR CON-
1--800--554--6723 SEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE
In Canada, contact: ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION
Poulan PRO MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
850 Matheson Blvd. West This is a limited warranty within the meaning
Mississauga, Ontario L5V 0B4 of that term as defined in the Magnuson--
Giving the model number, serial number and Moss Act of 1975.
date of purchase of your product and the The policy of Poulan PRO is to continuously
name and address of the authorized dealer improve its products. Therefore, Poulan
from whom it was purchased. PRO reserves the right to change, modify, or
THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC discontinue models, designs, specifications,
LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY HAVE and accessories of all products at any time
OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM without notice or obligation to any purchaser.
STATE TO STATE.

IMPORTANT: This product is compliant with U.S. EPA Phase 3 regulations for exhaust and evap-
orative emissions. To ensure EPA Phase 3 compliance, we recommend using only genuine Poulan
PRO brand replacement parts. Use of non-compliant replacement parts is a violation of federal law.

U.S. EPA/ENVIRONMENT CANADA


EMISSION CONTROL WARRANTY STATEMENT
YOUR WARRANTY RIGHTS AND OB- that Poulan PRO may deny you warranty
LIGATIONS: The U.S. Environmental coverage if your small off--road engine or a
Protection Agency, Environment Canada part of it has failed due to abuse, neglect, im-
and Poulan PRO are pleased to explain the proper maintenance, unapproved modifica-
emissions control system warranty on your tions, or the use of parts not made or ap-
year 2012 and later small off--road engine. In proved by the original equipment
California, all small off--road engines must be manufacturer. You are responsible for pres-
designed, built, and equipped to meet the enting your small off--road engine to an Poulan
State’s stringent anti--smog standards. Pou- PRO authorized repair center as soon as a
lan PRO must warrant the emission control problem exists. Warranty repairs should be
system on your small off--road engine for the completed in a reasonable amount of time, not
periods of time listed below provided there to exceed 30 days. If you have any questions
has been no abuse, neglect, or improper regarding your warranty rights and responsi-
maintenance of your small off--road engine. bilities, you should contact your nearest autho-
Your emission control system includes parts rized service center, call Poulan PRO at
such as the carburetor, the ignition system and 1--800--554--6723, or send e-mail corre-
the fuel tank. Where a warrantable condition spondence to emission.warranty@HCOP--
exists, Poulan PRO will repair your small off-- emission.com. WARRANTY COMMENCE-
road engine at no cost to you. Expenses cov- MENT DATE: The warranty period begins
ered under warranty include diagnosis, parts on the date the small off--road engine is pur-
and labor. MANUFACTURER’S WARRAN- chased. LENGTH OF COVERAGE: This
TY COVERAGE: If any emissions related warranty shall be for a period of two years from
part on your engine (as listed under Emis- the initial date of purchase, or until the end of
sions Control Warranty Parts List) is defective the product warranty (whichever is longer).
or a defect in the materials or workmanship of WHAT IS COVERED: REPAIR OR RE-
the engine causes the failure of such an emis- PLACEMENT OF PARTS. Repair or re-
sion related part, the part will be repaired or re- placement of any warranted part will be per-
placed by Poulan PRO. OWNER’S WAR- formed at no charge to the owner at an
RANTY RESPONSIBILITIES: As the small approved Poulan PRO servicing center. If
off--road engine owner, you are responsible you have any questions regarding your war-
for the performance of the required mainte- ranty rights and responsibilities, you should
nance listed in your instruction manual. Pou- contact your nearest authorized service
lan PRO recommends that you retain all re- center, call Poulan PRO at 1--800--554--6723,
ceipts covering maintenance on your small or send e-mail correspondence to emission.
off--road engine, but Poulan PRO cannot warranty@HCOP--emission.com. WARRAN-
deny warranty solely for the lack of receipts TY PERIOD: Any warranted part which is
or for your failure to ensure the performance not scheduled for replacement as required
of all scheduled maintenance. As the small maintenance, or which is scheduled only for
off--road engine owner, you should be aware regular inspection to the effect of “repair or
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replace as necessary” shall be warranted for est authorized service center, call Poulan
2 years. Any warranted part which is sched- PRO at 1--800--554--6723, or send e-mail
uled for replacement as required mainte- correspondence to emission.warranty@
nance shall be warranted for the period of HCOP--emission.com. WHERE TO GET
time up to the first scheduled replacement WARRANTY SERVICE: Warranty services or
point for that part. DIAGNOSIS: The owner repairs shall be provided at all Poulan PRO
shall not be charged for diagnostic labor service centers. Call: 1--800--554--6723 or
which leads to the determination that a war- send e-mail correspondence to emission.
ranted part is defective if the diagnostic work warranty@HCOP--emission.com. MAINTE-
is performed at an approved Poulan PRO NANCE, REPLACEMENT AND REPAIR
servicing center. CONSEQUENTIAL DAM- OF EMISSION RELATED PARTS: Any
AGES: Poulan PRO may be liable for dam- Poulan PRO approved replacement part
ages to other engine components caused by used in the performance of any warranty
the failure of a warranted part still under war- maintenance or repair on emission related
ranty. WHAT IS NOT COVERED: All failures parts will be provided without charge to the
caused by abuse, neglect, or improper main- owner if the part is under warranty. EMIS-
tenance are not covered. ADD-- ON OR MO- SION CONTROL WARRANTY PARTS
DIFIED PARTS: The use of add--on or modi- LIST: Carburetor, air filter (covered up to main-
fied parts can be grounds for disallowing a tenance schedule), ignition system: spark plug
warranty claim. Poulan PRO is not liable to (covered up to maintenance schedule), ignition
cover failures of warranted parts caused by module, muffler including catalyst (if equipped),
the use of add--on or modified parts. HOW fuel tank, line and cap. MAINTENANCE
TO FILE A CLAIM: If you have any ques- STATEMENT: The owner is responsible for
tions regarding your warranty rights and re- the performance of all required maintenance
sponsibilities, you should contact your near- as defined in the instruction manual.

The information on the product label indicates which standard your engine is certified.
Example: (Year) EPA and/or CALIFORNIA.

This engine is certified to be emissions compliant for the following use:

Moderate (50 hours)


Intermediate (125 hours)
Extended (300 hours)

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