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Instruction Manual
Manual de Instrucciones
Manuel d’Instructions
P3314 / P3314WS / P3314WSA

ESPAÑOL
P3416 / P3516PR / P4018WM
P4018WT / P3818AV
P4018AV / P4018AV BH

For Occasional Use Only


WARNING:
Read and follow all Safety Rules and Operating Instructions before
using this product. Failure to do so can result in serious injury.

ADVERTENCIA:
Lea el manual de instrucciones y siga todas las advertencias e en-
strucciones de seguridad. El no hacerlo puede resultar en lesiones
graves.

AVERTISSEMENT:
Lire le manuel d’instructions et bien respecter tous les avertisse-
ments et toutes les instructions de sécurité. Tout défaut de le faire
FRANÇAIS

pourrait entraîner des blessures graves.


Poulan Poulan
7349 Statesville Road 850 Matheson Blvd. West
Charlotte, NC 28269 Mississauga, Ontario L5V 0B4

545186804 Rev. 5 3/15/10 BRW


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).

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

Kickback Path

Elbow locked
Avoid Obstructions

Thumb on underside of
handlebar
Clear The
Working Area
S Keep a good, firm grip on the saw with both
hands when the engine is running and don’t
REDUCE THE CHANCE OF let go. A firm grip will help you reduce kick-
KICKBACK back and maintain control of the saw. Keep
S Recognize that kickback can happen. the fingers of your left hand encircling and
With a basic understanding of kickback, your left thumb under the front handlebar.
you can reduce the element of surprise Keep your right hand completely around the
which contributes to accidents. rear handle whether your are right handed or
S Never let the moving chain contact any ob- left handed. Keep your left arm straight with
ject at the tip of the guide bar. the elbow locked.
S Keep the working area free from obstruc- S Position your left hand on the front handle-
tions such as other trees, branches, rocks, bar so it is in a straight line with your right
fences, stumps, etc. Eliminate or avoid hand on the rear handle when making
any obstruction that your saw chain could bucking cuts. Never reverse right and left
hit while you are cutting. When cutting a hand positions for any type of cutting.
branch, do not let the guide bar contact S Stand with your weight evenly balanced on
branch or other objects around it. both feet.
S Keep your saw chain sharp and properly S Stand slightly to the left side of the saw to
tensioned. A loose or dull chain can in- keep your body from being in a direct line
crease the chance of kickback occurring. with the cutting chain.
Follow manufacturer’s chain sharpening S Do not overreach. You could be drawn or
and maintenance instructions. Check ten- thrown off balance and lose control of the
sion at regular intervals with the engine saw.
stopped, never with the engine running. S Do not cut above shoulder height. It is diffi-
Make sure the bar nuts are securely tight- cult to maintain control of saw above
ened after tensioning the chain. shoulder height.
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KICKBACK SAFETY FEATURES
WARNING: WE DO NOT REP-
WARNING: The following features RESENT AND YOU SHOULD NOT AS-
are included on your saw to help reduce the SUME THAT THE CHAIN BRAKE WILL
hazard of kickback; however, such features PROTECT YOU IN THE EVENT OF A KICK-
will not totally eliminate this danger. As a BACK. Kickback is a lightning fast action
chain saw user, do not rely only on safety de- which throws the bar and rotating chain back
vices. You must follow all safety precau- and up toward the operator. Kickback can be
tions, instructions, and maintenance in this caused by allowing contact of the bar tip in the
manual to help avoid kickback and other danger zone with any hard object. Kickback
forces which can result in serious injury. can also be caused by pinching the saw chain
S Reduced--Kickback Guide Bar, designed along the top of the guide bar. This action may
with a small radius tip which reduces the push the guide bar rapidly back toward the op-
size of the kickback danger zone on the erator. Either of these events may cause you
bar tip. A Reduced--Kickback Guide Bar to lose control of the saw which could result in
has been demonstrated to significantly re- serious injury or even death. DO NOT RELY
duce the number and seriousness of kick- UPON ANY OF THE DEVICES BUILT INTO
backs when tested in accordance with YOUR SAW. YOU SHOULD USE THE SAW
safety requirements for gasoline powered PROPERLY AND CAREFULLY TO AVOID
chain saws as set by ANSI B175.1. KICKBACK. Reduced--kickback guide bars
Reduced Kickback Symmetrical Guide Bar and low--kickback saw chains reduce the
chance and magnitude of kickback and are
recommended. Your saw has a low kickback
chain and bar as original equipment. Repairs
on a chain brake should be made by an autho-
Small Radius Tip rized servicing dealer. Take your unit to the
place of purchase if purchased from a servic-
ing dealer, or to the nearest authorized master
Symmetrical Guide Bar service dealer.
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
Large Radius Tip guide bar may push the guide bar rapidly
S Low--Kickback Chain, designed with a back toward the operator.
contoured depth gauge and guard link S Either of these reactions may cause you to
which deflect kickback force and allow lose control of the saw which could result in
wood to gradually ride into the cutter. Low-- serious injury. Do not rely exclusively upon
Kickback Chain has met kickback per- devices built into your saw.
formance requirements when tested on a
representative sample of chain saws be- WARNING: Computed kickback
low 3.8 cubic inch displacement specified angle (CKA) listed on your saw and listed in the
in ANSI B175.1. CKA table below represents angle of kickback
Contoured Depth Gauge your bar and chain combinations will have
Elongated Guard Link when tested in accordance with CSA (Cana-
dian Standards Association) and ANSI stan-
Deflects dards. When purchasing replacement bar and
kickback force chain, considerations should be given to the
Low--- Kickback and allows wood
Chain
lower CKA values. Lower CKA values repre-
to gradually ride sent safer angles to the user, higher values in-
into cutter
dicate more angle and higher kick energies.
Computed angles represented indicate total
Can Obstruct Material energy and angle associated without activation
of the chain brake during kickback. Activated
Not a Low--- Kickback Chain angle represents chain stopping time relative to
S Front Hand Guard, designed to reduce the activation angle of chain break and resulting
chance of your left hand contacting the chain kick angle of saw. In all cases lower CKA val-
if your hand slips off the front handlebar. ues represent a safer operating environment
S Position of front and rear handlebars, de- for the user.
signed with distance between handles and The following guide bar and chain combina-
“in-line” with each other. The spread and “in- tions meet kickback requirements of CSA
line” position of the hands provided by this Standards Z62.1, Z62.3, & ANSI B175.1
design work together to give balance and re- when used on saws listed in this manual.
sistance in controlling the pivot of the saw Use of bar and chain combinations other
back toward the operator if kickback occurs. than those listed is not recommended and
CHAIN BRAKE AND CKA ANGLE may not meet the CKA requirements per
S Chain Brake, designed to stop the chain in standard.
the event of kickback.

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Computed kickback angle (CKA) Table
BAR
MODEL P/N Length CHAIN P/N CKA without chain brake
P3314 / P3314WS 952044368 14″ 952051209
P3314WSA 33_
P3416 / P3516PR 952044370 16″ 952051211 33_
P4018WM / P4018WT
P3818AV / P4018AV 952044418 18″ 952051338 33_
P4018AV BH
NOTE: If this saw is to be used for com- SPECIAL NOTICE: Your saw is equipped
mercial logging, a chain brake is required with a temperature limiting muffler and spark
and shall not be removed or otherwise dis- arresting screen which meets the
abled to comply with Federal OSHA Regula- requirements of California Codes 4442 and
tions for Commercial Logging. 4443. All U.S. forest land and the states of
California, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, New
WARNING: The engine exhaust Jersey, Oregon, and Washington require by
from this product contains chemicals known law that many internal combustion engines to
to the State of California to cause cancer, be equipped with a spark arresting screen. If
birth defects or other reproductive harm. you operate a chain saw in a state or locale
SAFETY NOTICE: Exposure to vibrations where such regulations exist, you are legally
through prolonged use of gasoline powered responsible for maintaining the operating
hand tools could cause blood vessel or nerve condition of these parts. Failure to do so is a
damage in the fingers, hands, and joints of violation of the law. Refer to the SERVICE
people prone to circulation disorders or section for maintenance of the spark arresting
abnormal swellings. Prolonged use in cold screen.
weather has been linked to blood vessel Failure to follow all Safety Rules and
damage in otherwise healthy people. If Precautions can result in serious injury. If
symptoms occur such as numbness, pain, situations occur which are not covered in this
loss of strength, change in skin color or texture, manual, use care and good judgement. If you
or loss of feeling in the fingers, hands, or joints, need assistance, contact your authorized
discontinue the use of this tool and seek service dealer or call 1-800--554--6723.
medical attention. An anti-vibration system STANDARDS: This saw is listed by Under-
does not guarantee the avoidance of these writer’s Laboratories, Inc., in accordance with:
problems. Users who operate power tools on ANSI B175.1-- 2000 American National
a continual and regular basis must monitor Standards for Gasoline--Powered Chain
closely their physical condition and the Saws -- Safety Requirements
condition of this tool. CSA Z62.1-- 03 Chain Saws -- Occupational
Health and Safety
CSA Z62.3-- 96 Chain Saw Kickback Occu-
pational Health and Safety

ASSEMBLY
Protective gloves (not provided) should be
worn during assembly.
ATTACHING THE BAR & CHAIN (If not
already attached)

WARNING: If received assembled, Clutch cover


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 Bar nuts
it is not moving! Location of
1. Loosen and remove the bar nuts and the shipping
clutch cover from the saw. spacer
2. Remove the plastic shipping spacer (if
present). Chain adjustment tool
(Bar Tool)

3. An adjusting pin and screw is used to ad-


just the tension of the chain. It is very im-
portant when assembling the bar, that the
pin located on the adjusting screw aligns
into a hole in the bar. Turning the screw will
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move the adjustment pin up and down the
screw. Locate this adjustment before you
begin mounting the bar onto the saw. See
following illustration.
Inside Clutch
view of Cover
clutch
cover

Adjustment located on clutch cover Adjusting Pin Lower


4. Turn the adjusting screw by hand coun- Hole
terclockwise until the adjusting pin just
touches the stop. This should allow the Guide Bar
pin to be near the correct position.
5. Slide guide bar on bar bolts until guide
bar stops against clutch drum sprocket. 12. Install bar nuts and finger tighten only.
Once the chain is tensioned, you will
need to tighten bar nuts.
CHAIN TENSION
(Including units with chain already installed)

WARNING: Wear protective gloves


when handling chain. The chain is sharp and
Bar bolts can cut you even when it is not moving.
NOTE: When adjusting chain tension,
make sure the bar nuts are finger tight only.
Guide bar Attempting to tension the chain when the bar
nuts are tight can cause damage.
6. Carefully remove the chain from the pack- Checking the tension:
age. Hold chain with the drive links as Use the screwdriver end of the chain adjust-
shown. ment tool (bar tool) to move chain around
guide bar. If the chain does not rotate, it is too
Tip of tight. If the chain is too loose, it will sag below
Bar the bar.

Guide
Bar

CUTTERS MUST FACE IN


DIIRECTION OF ROTATION
Chain Adjustment
Cutters Depth Gauge Bar Nuts Adjusting Tool
Screw (Bar Tool)

Adjusting the tension:


Chain tension is very important. Chains
stretch during use. This is especially true
Drive Links during the first few times you use your saw.
Always check chain tension each time be-
7. Place chain over and behind clutch re- fore you start the chain saw.
tainer, fitting the drive links in the clutch 1. Loosen bar nuts until they are finger tight
drum sprocket. against the clutch cover.
8. Fit bottom of drive links between the 2. Turn adjusting screw clockwise until chain
teeth in the sprocket in the nose of the solidly contacts bottom of guide bar rail.
guide bar.
9. Fit chain drive links into bar groove.
10. Pull guide bar forward until chain is snug
in guide bar groove. Ensure all drive Adjusting
links are in the bar groove.
11. Now, install clutch cover making sure Screw
the adjusting pin is positioned in the low-
er hole in the guide bar. Remember this
pin moves the bar forward and back-
ward as the screw is turned.
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3. Using bar tool, roll chain around guide bar 6. Use the screwdriver end of the bar tool
to ensure all links are in bar groove. to move chain around guide bar.
4. Lift up tip of guide bar to check for sag. 7. If chain does not rotate, it is too tight.
Release tip of guide bar, then turn ad- Slightly loosen bar nuts and loosen
justing screw 1/4 turn clockwise. Repeat chain by turning the adjusting screw 1/4
until sag does not exist. turn counterclockwise. Retighten bar
nuts.
Adjusting Screw -- 1/4 Turn 8. If chain is too loose, it will sag below the
guide bar. DO NOT operate the saw if
the chain is loose.
NOTE: The chain is tensioned correctly
5. While lifting tip of guide bar, tighten bar when the weight of the chain does not cause it
nuts securely with the bar tool. to sag below the guide bar (with the chain saw
sitting in an upright position), but the chain still
moves freely around the guide bar.

WARNING: If the saw is operated


Bar Nuts with a loose chain, the chain could jump off the
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.

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.
Chain Front Hand Guard Front Handle
Adjustment Tool
(Bar Tool) Starter Rope
ON/STOP
Switch Choke/
Fast Idle
Chain Muffler Lever

Bar Bar Oil Fill Cap


Sprocket
Hole Primer Bulb
Starter Housing Fuel Mix Fill Cap

Cylinder Cover

Throttle Chain Chain


Lockout Brake Direction
of Travel
Rear Adjusting Screw
Handle

Guide Bar
Chain
Throttle Clutch Cover Catcher
Trigger Bar Nuts

ON/STOP SWITCH THROTTLE TRIGGER


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

BEFORE STARTING ENGINE IMPORTANT


Use of alcohol blended fuels (called gasohol or
WARNING: Muffler is very hot dur- using ethanol or methanol) can cause major
ing and after use. Do not touch the muffler or engine performance and durability problems.
allow combustible material such as dry
grass or fuel to do so. WARNING: Alternative fuels (not
gasoline) such as E--15 (15% alcohol), E--20
WARNING: Be sure to read the fuel (20% alcohol), E--85 (85% alcohol) are NOT
handling information in the safety rules sec- classified as gasoline and are NOT approved
tion of this manual before you begin. If you do for use in 2--stroke gasoline engines. Use of al-
not understand the fuel handling information ternative fuels will cause problems such as: im-
do not attempt to fuel your unit. Seek help proper clutch engagements, overheating, va-
from someone that does understand the in- por lock, power loss, lubrication deficiency,
formation or call the customer assistance deterioration of fuel lines, gaskets and internal
help line at 1-800-554-6723. carburetor components, etc. Alternative fuels
FUELING ENGINE cause high moisture absorption into the fuel/oil
mixture leading to oil and fuel separation.
WARNING: Remove fuel cap slow- BAR AND CHAIN LUBRICATION
ly when refueling. The bar and chain require continuous lubri-
cation. Lubrication is provided by the auto-
HELPFUL TIP matic oiler system when the oil tank is kept
To obtain the correct oil mix filled. Lack of oil will quickly ruin the bar and
ratio, pour 3.2 ounces of chain. Too little oil will cause overheating
2-- cycle synthetic oil into shown by smoke coming from the chain and/
one gallon of fresh gas. or discoloration of the bar.
This engine is certified to operate on unleaded In freezing weather oil will thicken, making it
gasoline. Before operation, gasoline must be necessary to thin bar and chain oil with a
mixed with a good quality synthetic 2-cycle air- small amount (5 to 10%) of #1 Diesel Fuel or
cooled engine oil designed to be mixed at a ra- kerosene. Bar and chain oil must be free
tio of 40:1. Poulan/WEED EATER brand syn- flowing for the oil system to pump enough oil
thetic oil is recommended. A 40:1 ratio is for adequate lubrication.
obtained by mixing 3.2 fluid ounces (95 ml) of Genuine Poulan bar and chain oil is recom-
oil with 1 gallon (4 liters) of unleaded gasoline. mended to protect your unit against exces-
Included with this saw is a 3.2 ounce (95 ml) sive wear from heat and friction. Poulan oil
container of Poulan/WEED EATER brand syn- resists high temperature thinning.
thetic oil. Pour the entire contents of this con- If Poulan bar and chain oil is not available,
tainer into 1 gallon (4 liters) of gasoline to use a good grade SAE 30 oil.
achieve the proper fuel mixture. DO NOT USE S Never use waste oil for bar and chain lubri-
automotive or marine oil. These oils will cause cation.
engine damage. When mixing fuel follow the S Always stop the engine before removing
instructions printed on the container. Always the oil cap.
read and follow the safety rules listed under
HANDLE FUEL WITH CAUTION. CHAIN BRAKE
Ensure chain brake is disengaged by pulling
CAUTION: Never use straight gasoline in the front hand guard back toward the front han-
your unit. This will cause permanent engine dle as far as possible. The chain brake must be
damage and void the limited warranty. disengaged before cutting with the saw.
FUEL REQUIREMENTS
This engine requires the use of minimum 87
octane [R+M]/2 clean gasoline.
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WARNING: The chain must not IGNITION
move when the engine runs at idle speed. If SWITCH
the chain moves at idle speed refer to CAR-
BURETOR ADJUSTMENT within this ON
manual. Avoid contact with the muffler. A hot STOP
muffler can cause serious burns.
To stop the engine move the ON/STOP
switch to the STOP position.
To start the engine hold the saw firmly on the
ground as illustrated. Make sure the chain is Choke
free to turn without contacting any object. Lever

1. Move ON/STOP switch to the ON posi-


Use only 15″ -- 18″ (40 -- 45 cm) of tion.
rope per pull. 2. Slowly press primer bulb 6 times.
Hold saw firmly while pulling starter rope. 3. Pull choke/fast idle lever out to the full
Starter Rope Handle extent (to the FULL CHOKE position).
4. Pull the starter rope sharply 5 times with
your right hand. Then, proceed to the
Left Hand next step.
on Front NOTE: If the engine sounds as if it is trying
Handle to start before the 5th pull, stop pulling and
immediately proceed to the next step.
5. Push the choke/fast idle lever in to the
HALF CHOKE position.
CHOKE/FAST IDLE LEVER

Right Foot Through Rear Handle OFF


HALF
FULL
WARNING: Do not attempt to throw
or drop--start the chain saw. Doing so will put
the operator at risk of serious injury due to
loss of control of the chain saw.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER
When pulling the starter rope, do not use the 6. Pull the starter rope sharply with your
full extent of the rope as this can cause the right hand until the engine starts.
rope to break. Do not let starter rope snap 7. Allow the engine to run for approximate-
back. Hold the handle and let the rope re- ly 30 seconds. Then, squeeze and re-
wind slowly. lease the throttle trigger to allow engine
For cold weather starting, start the unit at to return to idle speed.
FULL CHOKE; allow the engine to warm up STARTING A WARM ENGINE
before squeezing the throttle trigger. 1. Move ON/STOP switch to the ON posi-
NOTE: Do not attempt to cut material with tion.
the choke/fast idle lever in the FULL CHOKE 2. Slowly press primer bulb 6 times.
position. 3. To set the fast idle, pull the choke/fast
idle lever out to the full extent (to the full
choke position); then push the lever
back in to the HALF CHOKE position.
HELPFUL TIP 4. Pull the starter rope sharply with your
If your engine still does not right hand until the engine starts.
start after following these 5. Squeeze and release throttle trigger to
instructions, please call allow engine to return to idle speed.
1-- 800-- 554-- 6723. DIFFICULT STARTING (or starting a
flooded engine)
The engine may be flooded with too much
STARTING A COLD ENGINE (or warm fuel if it has not started after 10 pulls. Flooded
engines can be cleared of excess fuel by
engine after running out of fuel) pushing the choke/fast idle lever in com-
NOTE: In the following steps, when the pletely (to the OFF CHOKE position) and
choke/fast idle lever is pulled out to the full then following the warm engine starting pro-
extent, the correct throttle setting for starting cedure listed above. Ensure the ON/STOP
is set automatically. switch is in the ON position.

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Starting could require pulling the starter rope OPERATING TIPS
handle many times depending on how badly S Check chain tension before first use, after
the unit is flooded. If engine fails to start, refer 1 minute of operation, and each time be-
to the TROUBLESHOOTING TABLE or call fore you start the chain saw. See CHAIN
1-800-554-6723. TENSION in the ASSEMBLY section.
CHAIN BRAKE S Cut wood only. Do not cut metal, plastics,
masonry, non-wood building materials, etc.
WARNING: If the brake band is S Stop the saw if the chain strikes a foreign
worn too thin it may break when the chain object. Inspect the saw and repair or re-
brake is triggered. With a broken brake band, place parts as necessary. If the chain
the chain brake will not stop the chain. The jumps off the guide bar, inspect the chain
chain brake should be replaced by an autho- for damaged drive links before reinstalling.
rized service dealer if any part is worn to less Burrs on drive links, which prevent them
than 0.020″ (0.5 mm) thick. Repairs on a from entering the groove of the guide bar,
chain brake should be made by an autho- can be removed with a flat file.
rized service dealer. Take your unit to the S Keep the chain out of dirt and sand. Even a
place of purchase if purchased from a ser- small amount of dirt will dull a chain, increase
vicing dealer, or to the nearest authorized the possibility of kickback, and require chain
master service dealer. sharpening or replacement.
S Practice cutting a few small logs using the
S This saw is equipped with a chain brake. following techniques to get the “feel” of us-
The brake is designed to stop the chain if ing your saw before you begin a major
kickback occurs. sawing operation.
S The inertia--activated chain brake is S Squeeze the throttle trigger and allow the
activated if the front hand guard is pushed engine to reach full speed before cutting.
forward, either manually (by hand) or S Begin cutting with the saw frame
automatically (by sudden movement). against the log.
S If the brake is already activated, it is S Keep the engine at full speed the entire
disengaged by pulling the front hand guard time you are cutting.
back toward the front handle as far as S Allow the chain to cut for you. Exert only
possible. light downward pressure. If you force
S When cutting with the saw, the chain brake the cut, damage to the bar, chain, or en-
must be disengaged. gine can result.
Disengaged S Release the throttle trigger as soon as
the cut is completed, allowing the en-
Engaged gine to idle. If you run the saw at full
throttle without a cutting load, unneces-
sary wear can occur to the chain, bar,
and engine. It is recommended that
the engine not be operated for lon-
ger than 30 seconds at full throttle.
Braking function control S To avoid losing control when cut is com-
plete, do not put pressure on saw at end
CAUTION: The chain brake must be of cut.
checked several times daily. The engine S Stop the engine before setting the saw
must be running when performing this proce- down after cutting.
dure. This is the only instance when the saw
should be placed on the ground with the en- TREE FELLING TECHNIQUES
gine running.
Place the saw on firm ground. Grip the rear WARNING: Check for broken or
handle with your right hand and the front han- dead branches which can fall while cutting
dle with your left hand. Apply full throttle by causing serious injury. Do not cut near build-
fully depressing the throttle trigger. Activate ings or electrical wires if you do not know the
the chain brake by turning your left wrist direction of tree fall, nor cut at night since you
against the hand guard without releasing will not be ale to see well, nor during bad
your grip around the front handle. The chain weather such as rain, snow, or strong winds,
should stop immediately. etc. If the tree makes contact with any utility
line, the utility company should be notified im-
Inertia activating function control mediately.
S Carefully plan your sawing operation in ad-
WARNING: When performing the vance.
following procedure, the engine must be S Clear the work area. You need a clear area
turned off. all around the tree so you can have secure
Grip the rear handle with your right hand and footing.
the front handle with your left hand. Hold the S The chain saw operator should keep on
chain saw approximately 14″ (35 cm) above a the uphill side of the terrain as the tree is
stump or other wooden surface. Release your likely to roll or slide downhill after it is felled.
grip on the front handle and use the weight of S Study the natural conditions that can cause
the saw to let the tip of the guide bar fall forward the tree to fall in a particular direction.
and contact the stump. When the tip of the bar Natural conditions that can cause a tree to
hits the stump, the brake should activate. fall in a particular direction include:
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S The wind direction and speed. the notch. This will leave enough uncut wood
S The lean of the tree. The lean of a tree between the felling cut and the notch to form
might not be apparent due to uneven or a hinge. This hinge will help prevent the tree
sloping terrain. Use a plumb or level to de- from falling in the wrong direction.
termine the direction of tree lean. Hinge holds tree on stump and helps
S Weight and branches on one side. control fall
S Surrounding trees and obstacles. Opening
Look for decay and rot. If the trunk is rotted, of felling
it can snap and fall toward the operator. cut
Check for broken or dead branches which
can fall on you while cutting.
Make sure there is enough room for the tree to
fall. Maintain a distance of 2-1/2 tree lengths
from the nearest person or other objects. En-
gine noise can drown out a warning call.
Remove dirt, stones, loose bark, nails, sta- Closing of
ples, and wire from the tree where cuts are to notch
be made. Plan a clear retreat path to the rear NOTE: Before felling cut is complete, use
and diagonal to the line of fall.
wedges to open the cut if necessary to
Plan a clear retreat path control the direction of fall. To avoid kickback
and chain damage, use wood or plastic
wedges, but never steel or iron wedges.
S Be alert to signs that the tree is ready to
Direction of Fall fall: cracking sounds, widening of the fell-
ing cut, or movement in the upper
45_ branches.
S As tree starts to fall, stop saw, put it down,
and get away quickly on your planned re-
treat path.
FELLING LARGE TREES S DO NOT cut down a partially fallen tree
(6 inches (15 cm) in diameter or larger) with your saw. Be extremely cautious with
The notch method is used to fell large trees. partially fallen trees that may be poorly
A notch is cut on the side of the tree in the de- supported. When a tree doesn’t fall com-
sired direction of fall. After a felling cut is pletely, set the saw aside and pull down the
made on the opposite side of tree, the tree tree with a cable winch, block and tackle,
will tend to fall into the notch. or tractor.
NOTE: If the tree has large buttress roots, CUTTING A FALLEN TREE
remove them before making the notch. If us- (BUCKING)
ing saw to remove buttress roots, keep saw Bucking is the term used for cutting a fallen
chain from contacting ground to prevent dull- tree to the desired log size.
ing of the chain.
NOTCH CUT AND FELLING THE WARNING: Do not stand on the log
TREE being cut. Any portion can roll causing loss
of footing and control. Do not stand downhill
S Make notch cut by cutting the top of the of the log being cut.
notch first. Cut through 1/3 of the diameter
of the tree. Next complete the notch by cut- IMPORTANT POINTS
ting the bottom of the notch. See illustra- S Cut only one log at a time.
tion. Once the notch is cut remove the S Cut shattered wood very carefully; sharp
notch of wood from the tree. pieces of wood could be flung toward opera-
Final (felling) cut here, 2 inches tor.
(5 cm) above center of notch. S Use a sawhorse to cut small logs. Never
allow another person to hold the log while
First cut cutting and never hold the log with your leg
or foot.
S Do not cut in an area where logs, limbs,
and roots are tangled such as in a blown
down area. Drag the logs into a clear area
Notch before cutting by pulling out exposed and
cleared logs first.
TYPES OF CUTTING USED FOR
Hinge BUCKING
Second cut
WARNING: If saw becomes
pinched or hung in a log, don’t try to force it
S After removing the wood from the notch, out. You can lose control of the saw resulting
make the felling cut on the opposite side of in injury and/or damage to the saw. Stop the
the notch. This is done by making a cut about saw, drive a wedge of plastic or wood into the
two inches (5 cm) higher than the center of cut until the saw can be removed easily. Re-
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start the saw and carefully reenter the cut. To Using a log for support 2nd Cut
avoid kickback and chain damage, do not
use a metal wedge. Do not attempt to restart
your saw when it is pinched or hung in a log.
Use a wedge to remove pinched saw

1st Cut
Turn saw OFF and use a plastic or
wooden wedge to force cut open.
Overcutting begins on the top side of the log 1st Cut
with the bottom of the saw against the log.
When overcutting use light downward pres-
sure.
Overcutting
2nd Cut

Undercutting Using a support stand 2nd Cut

Undercutting involves cutting on the under-


side of the log with top of saw against the log.
When undercutting use light upward pres-
sure. Hold saw firmly and maintain control.
The saw will tend to push back toward you.
1st Cut
WARNING: Never turn saw upside
down to undercut. The saw cannot be con- 1st Cut
trolled in this position.
Always make your first cut on the compres-
sion side of the log. The compression side of 2nd Cut
the log is where the pressure of the log’s
weight is concentrated.
First cut on compression side of log

LIMBING AND PRUNING

Second cut
WARNING: Be alert for and guard
against kickback. Do not allow the moving
Second cut chain to contact any other branches or objects
at the nose of the guide bar when limbing or
pruning. Allowing such contact can result in
serious injury.

WARNING: Never climb into a tree to


First cut on compression side of log limb or prune. Do not stand on ladders, plat-
forms, a log, or in any position which can cause
BUCKING WITHOUT A SUPPORT you to lose your balance or control of the saw.
S Overcut through 1/3 of the diameter of the
log. IMPORTANT POINTS
S Roll the log over and finish with a second S Work slowly, keeping both hands firmly
overcut. gripped on the saw. Maintain secure footing
S Watch for logs with a compression side to and balance.
prevent the saw from pinching. See il- S Watch out for springpoles. Springpoles are
lustrations for cutting logs with a compres- small size limbs which can catch the saw
sion side. chain and whip toward you or pull you off bal-
ance. Use extreme caution when cutting
BUCKING USING A LOG OR small size limbs or slender material.
SUPPORT STAND S Be alert for springback. Watch out for
S Remember your first cut is always on the branches that are bent or under pressure.
compression side of the log. Avoid being struck by the branch or the
(Refer to the illustrations below for your saw when the tension in the wood fibers is
first and second cut) released.
S Your first cut should extend 1/3 of the S Keep a clear work area. Frequently clear
diameter of the log. branches out of the way to avoid tripping
S Finish with your second cut. over them.
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LIMBING PRUNING
S Always limb a tree after it is cut down. Only
then can limbing be done safely and prop- WARNING: Limit pruning to limbs
erly. shoulder height or below. Do not cut if
S Leave the larger limbs underneath the felled branches are higher than your shoulder. Get a
tree to support the tree as you work. professional to do the job.
S Start at the base of the felled tree and work S Make your first cut 1/3 of the way through the
toward the top, cutting branches and limbs. bottom of the limb.
Remove small limbs with one cut. S Next make a 2nd cut all the way through
S Keep the tree between you and the chain. the limb. Then cut a third overcut leaving a
Cut from the side of the tree opposite the 1 to 2 inch (2.5 to 5 cm) collar from the truck
branch you are cutting. of the tree.
S Remove larger, supporting branches with
the cutting techniques described in BUCK- Second cut
ING WITHOUT A SUPPORT.
S Always use an overcut to cut small and free- Third cut
ly hanging limbs. Undercutting could cause
limbs to fall and pinch the saw.

Collar
First cut
Pruning technique

SERVICE
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
WARNING: Disconnect the spark Check:
plug before performing maintenance except Fuel mixture level . . . . Before each use
for carburetor adjustments. Bar lubrication . . . . . . . Before each use
We recommend all service and adjustments Chain tension . . . . . . . Before each use
not listed in this manual be performed by an Chain sharpness . . . . . Before each use
authorized or Master Service Dealer. For damaged parts . . . Before each use
For loose caps . . . . . . Before each use
HELPFUL TIP For loose fasteners . . . Before each use
IMPORTANT: Have all For loose parts . . . . . . Before each use
repairs other than the rec- Inspect and Clean:
ommended maintenance Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Before each use
described in the instruction Complete saw . . . . . . . After each use
manual performed by an Air filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . Every 5 hours*
authorized service dealer. Chain brake . . . . . . . . . Every 5 hours*
If any dealer other than an authorized Spark arresting screen
service dealer performs work on the and muffler . . . . . . . . . . Every 25 hours*
product, Poulan may not pay for repairs Replace spark plug . Yearly
under warranty. It is your responsibility Replace fuel filter . . . Yearly
to maintain and perform general mainte- * Hours of Operation --
nance. Each hour of operation is approximately
2 tanks of fuel.
GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS
The warranty on this unit does not cover
items that have been subjected to operator
abuse or negligence. To receive full value
from the warranty, the operator must main-
tain unit as instructed in this manual. Various
adjustments will need to be made periodical-
ly to properly maintain your unit.
S Once a year, replace the spark plug, air filter,
and check guide bar and chain for wear. A
new spark plug and air filter assures proper
air-fuel mixture and helps your engine run
better and last longer.
CHECK FOR DAMAGED OR
WORN PARTS
Contact an authorized service dealer for re-
placement of damaged or worn parts.
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NOTE: It is normal for a small amount of oil Replace guide bar when the groove is worn,
to appear under the saw after engine stops. the guide bar is bent or cracked, or when ex-
Do not confuse this with a leaking oil tank. cess heating or burring of the rails occurs. If re-
S ON/STOP Switch -- Ensure ON/STOP placement is necessary, use only the guide bar
switch functions properly by moving the specified for your saw in the repair parts list or
switch to the STOP position. Make sure en- on the decal located on the chain saw.
gine stops; then restart engine and continue. CHECK FUEL MIXTURE LEVEL
S Fuel Tank -- Do not use saw if fuel tank S See FUELING ENGINE under the OP-
shows signs of damage or leaks. ERATION section.
S Oil Tank -- Do not use saw if oil tank shows LUBRICATION
signs of damage or leaks.
CHECK FOR LOOSE
FASTENERS AND PARTS
S Bar Nuts Bar Oil
S Chain
S Muffler Fill Cap
S Cylinder Shield
S Air Filter
S Handle Screws
S Vibration Mounts
S Starter Housing
S Front Hand Guard S See GUIDE BAR AND CHAIN OIL under
the OPERATION section.
CHECK CHAIN SHARPNESS
A sharp chain makes wood chips. A dull INSPECT AND CLEAN UNIT AND
chain makes a sawdust powder and cuts DECALS
slowly. See CHAIN SHARPENING. S After each use, inspect complete unit for
CHECK GUIDE BAR loose or damaged parts. Clean the unit and
Conditions which require guide bar mainte- decals using a damp cloth with a mild deter-
nance: gent.
S Saw cuts to one side or at an angle. S Wipe off unit with a clean dry cloth.
S Saw has to be forced through the cut. CHECK CHAIN BRAKE
S Inadequate supply of oil to bar/chain. See CHAIN BRAKE in the OPERATION
Check the condition of guide bar each time section.
chain is sharpened. A worn guide bar will CLEAN AIR FILTER
damage the chain and make cutting difficult. CAUTION: Do not clean filter in gasoline or
After each use, ensure ON/STOP switch is other flammable solvent to avoid creating a
in the STOP position, then clean all sawdust fire hazard or producing harmful evaporative
from the guide bar and sprocket hole. emissions.
To maintain guide bar: Cleaning the air filter:
S Move ON/STOP switch to STOP.
S Loosen and remove bar nuts and clutch A dirty air filter decreases the life and perfor-
cover. Remove bar and chain from saw. mance of the engine and increases fuel con-
S Clean the oil holes and bar groove after sumption and harmful emissions. Always
each 5 hours of operation. clean your air filter after 10 tanks of fuel or 5
hours of operation, whichever comes first.
Remove Sawdust From Clean more frequently in dusty conditions. A
Guide Bar Groove used air filter can never be completely
cleaned. It is advisable to replace your air fil-
ter with a new one after every 50 hours of op-
eration, or annually, whichever comes first.
Oil Holes 1. Loosen 3 screws on cylinder cover.
2. Remove cylinder cover.
3. Remove air filter cover and air filter.
S Burring of guide bar rails is a normal 4. Clean the air filter using hot soapy water.
process of rail wear. Remove these burrs Rinse with clean cool water. Air dry com-
with a flat file. pletely before reinstalling.
S When rail top is uneven, use a flat file to re- 5. Reinstall air filter and air filter cover.
store square edges and sides. 6. Reinstall cylinder cover and 3 screws.
Tighten securely.
File Rail Edges
and Sides
Square

Worn Groove Correct Groove

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(19 mm) socket wrench. Spark plug gap
Cylinder should be 0.025 inch (0,6 mm).
Air Filter Cover
Cover 6. Reinstall the spark plug boot.
7. Reinstall the cylinder cover and 3
screws. Tighten securely.
Air Filter Cylinder
Cover

Spark
Plug Boot

INSPECT MUFFLER AND SPARK


ARRESTING SCREEN Spark
As the unit is used, carbon deposits build up Plug
on the muffler and spark arresting screen,
and must be removed to avoid creating a fire
hazard or affecting engine performance.
REPLACE FUEL FILTER
Replace the spark arresting screen if breaks To replace fuel filter, drain your unit by run-
occur. ning it dry of fuel. Remove fuel cap and its
Spark connected retainer from tank. Pull filter from
Exhaust tank and remove from line. Replace and re-
Arresting Outlet
Screen assemble.
Cover
CHAIN ADJUSTMENT
See CHAIN TENSION in ASSEMBLY section.
CHAIN SHARPENING

Nut WARNING: Improper chain sharp-


ening techniques and/or depth gauge mainte-
Muffler nance will increase the chance of kickback
which can result in serious injury.
CLEANING THE SPARK ARREST- WARNING: Wear protective gloves
ING SCREEN when handling chain. The chain is sharp and
Cleaning is required every 25 hours of op- can cut you even when it is not moving.
eration or annually, whichever comes first. Conditions which indicate the need for chain
1. Loosen and remove the nut from the ex- sharpening:
haust outlet cover. S Reduction in size of wood chips. The size
2. Remove the exhaust oulet cover. of the wood chip will decrease as the chain
3. Remove spark arresting screen. Handle gets duller until it becomes more like a
screen carefully to prevent damage. powder than a chip. Note that dead or
4. Clean the spark arresting screen gently rotted wood will not produce a good chip.
with a wire brush. Replace screen if S Saw cuts to one side or at an angle.
breaks are found. S Saw has to be forced through the cut.
5. Replace any broken or cracked muffler Tools required:
parts. S 5/32 inch (4 mm) diameter round file and
6. Reinstall spark arresting screen, exhaust file holder
outlet cover, and nut. Tighten nut securely. S Flat file
REPLACE SPARK PLUG S Depth gauge tool
The spark plug should be replaced each TO SHARPEN CHAIN:
year to ensure the engine starts easier and 1. Move ON/STOP switch to the STOP
runs better. Ignition timing is fixed and non- position.
adjustable. 2. Check chain for proper tension. Adjust
NOTE: This spark ignition system complies chain tension if necessary. See CHAIN
with the Canadian standard ICES--002. TENSION section.
1. Loosen 3 screws on cylinder cover. 3. Sharpen cutters.
2. Remove the cylinder cover. S To sharpen the cutters, position the
3. Pull off the spark plug boot. file holder level (90˚) so that it rests
4. Remove spark plug from cylinder and on the top edges of the cutter and
discard. depth gauge.
5. Replace with Champion RCJ--7Y spark NOTE: The chain has both left and
plug and tighten securely with a 3/4 inch right hand cutters.
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File Holder Depth Gauge Tool File
File
Depth Gauge
90˚
Cutter
Depth Gauge
S Align the 30˚ file holder marks paral- S Place gauge tool on cutter.
lel with the bar and to the center of the S If the depth gauge is higher than the
chain. depth gauge tool, file it level to the top of
the depth gauge tool.
Cutter S Maintain rounded front corner of
depth gauge with a flat file.
NOTE: The very top of the depth
gauge should be flat with the front
half rounded off with a flat file.
30˚ Cutter If you require further assistance or are unsure
File Holder Line about performing this procedure, contact your
S Sharpen cutters on one side of the authorized service dealer or call our customer
chain first. File from the inside of each assistance help line at 1--800--554--6723.
cutter to the outside. Then, turn the CARBURETOR ADJUSTMENT
chain saw around and repeat the pro-
cess for the other side of the chain. WARNING: The chain will be mov-
S File on the forward stroke only. Use 2 ing during most of this procedure. Wear your
or 3 strokes per cutting edge. protective equipment and observe all safety
S Keep all cutters the same length precautions. The chain must not move at idle
when filing. speed.
S File enough to remove any damage The carburetor has been carefully set at the
to cutting edges (side plate and top factory. Adjustments may be necessary if
plate of cutter). you notice any of the following conditions:
All Cutters Remove Damage S Chain moves at idle. See IDLE SPEED--T
Same Length adjusting procedure.
S Saw will not idle. See IDLE SPEED--T ad-
justing procedure.
Idle Speed--T
Top Plate Allow engine to idle. If the chain moves, idle is
Side Plate too fast. If the engine stalls, idle is too slow. Ad-
S File chain to meet the specifications just speed until engine runs without chain
as shown. movement (idle too fast) or stalling (idle too
80˚ slow). The idle speed screw is located in the
60˚ area above the primer bulb and is labeled T.
S Turn idle screw (T) clockwise to increase
engine speed.
S Turn idle screw (T) counterclockwise to
30˚ decrease engine speed.
Hook Angle If you require further assistance or are unsure
about performing this procedure, contact your
0.025 inch authorized service dealer or call our customer
(0.65 mm) assistance help line at 1--800--554--6723.
COOLING SYSTEM
Rounded To keep the working temperature as low as
Corner possible the machine is equipped with a
Right
cooling system.
Too Much Hook Angle Squared Off The cooling system consists of:
Corner S Air intake on the starter
S Air guide plate
S Fins on the flywheel
S Cooling fins on the cylinder
S Cylinder cover (directs cold air over the
cylinder)
Wrong Clean the cooling system with a brush after
each use, more often in demanding condi-
tions. A dirty or blocked cooling system re-
WARNING: Maintain the proper sults in the machine overheating which
hook angle according to the manufacturer’s causes damage to the piston and cylinder.
specifications for the chain you are using. Im-
proper hook angle will increase the chance of
kickback which can result in serious injury.
4. Check and lower depth gauges.
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STORAGE
Follow the mix instructions found on stabiliz-
WARNING: Perform the following er containers. Run engine at least 5 minutes
steps after each use: after adding stabilizer.
S Allow the engine to cool, and secure the Poulan/WEED EATER 40:1, 2-cycle engine
unit before storing or transporting. oil (air cooled) is blended with fuel stabilizer.
S Store chain saw and fuel in a well venti- If you do not use this oil, you can add a fuel
lated area where fuel vapors cannot reach stabilizer to your fuel tank.
sparks or open flames from water heaters,
electric motors or switches, furnaces, etc. HELPFUL TIP
S Store chain saw with all guards in place During storage of your gas/
and position chain saw so that any sharp oil mixture, the oil will sepa-
object cannot accidentally cause injury. rate from the gas.
S Store chain saw well out of the reach of We recommend that you
children. shake the gas can weekly
to insure proper blending of
SEASONAL STORAGE the gas and oil.
Prepare your unit for storage at the end of the
season or if it will not be used for 30 days or ENGINE
more. S Remove spark plug and pour 1 teaspoon
If your chain saw is to be stored for a period of 40:1, 2-cycle engine oil (air cooled)
of time: through the spark plug opening. Slowly
S Clean saw thoroughly before storage. pull the starter rope 8 to 10 times to distrib-
S Store in a clean dry area. ute oil.
S Lightly oil external metal surfaces and S Replace spark plug with new one of rec-
guide bar. ommended type and heat range.
S Oil the chain and wrap it in heavy paper or S Clean air filter.
cloth. S Check entire unit for loose screws, nuts,
and bolts. Replace any damaged, broken,
FUEL SYSTEM or worn parts.
Under FUELING ENGINE in the OPERA- S At the beginning of the next season, use
TION section of this manual, see message only fresh fuel having the proper gasoline
labeled IMPORTANT regarding the use of to oil ratio.
gasohol in your chain saw. OTHER
Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable alternative in S Do not store gasoline from one season to
minimizing the formation of fuel gum depos- another.
its during storage. Add stabilizer to the gaso- S Replace your gasoline can if it starts to
line in the fuel tank or fuel storage container. rust.

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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.

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LIMITED WARRANTY
Poulan, a division of Husqvarna Consumer Poulan, a division of Husqvarna
Outdoor Products N.A., Inc., warrants to the Consumer Outdoor Products N.A., Inc.
original consumer purchaser that each new 7349 Statesville Road
Poulan brand gasoline chain saw is free Charlotte, NC 28269
from defects in material and workmanship 1--800--554--6723
and agrees to repair or replace under this In Canada, contact:
warranty any defective gasoline chain saw Poulan
as follows from the original date of purchase. 850 Matheson Blvd. West
1 YEAR - Parts and Labor, when used for Mississauga, Ontario L5V 0B4
household purposes. Giving the model number, serial number and
60 DAYS - Parts and Labor, when used for date of purchase of your product and the
commercial, professional, or income pro- name and address of the authorized dealer
ducing purposes. from whom it was purchased.
30 DAYS - Parts and Labor, if used for rental THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC
purposes. LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY HAVE
This warranty is not transferable and does not OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM
cover damage or liability caused by improper STATE TO STATE.
handling, improper maintenance or alteration, NO CLAIMS FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR
or the use of accessories and/or attachments OTHER DAMAGES WILL BE ALLOWED,
not specifically recommended by Poulan for AND THERE ARE NO OTHER EXPRESS
this chain saw. This warranty does not cover WARRANTIES EXCEPT THOSE EX-
tune--up, spark plugs, filters, starter ropes, PRESSLY STIPULATED HEREIN.
chain sharpening, bars, chains, and other parts SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITA-
which wear and require replacement with rea- TIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WAR-
sonable use during the warranty period. This RANTY LASTS OR THE EXCLUSION OR
warranty does not cover predelivery setup, LIMITATIONS OF INCIDENTAL OR CON-
installation of guide bar and chain, and normal SEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE
adjustments explained in the instruction manu- ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION
al such as chain tension adjustments. This MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
warranty does not cover transportation costs. This is a limited warranty within the meaning
In the event you have a claim under this war- of that term as defined in the Magnuson--
ranty, you must return the product to an au- Moss Act of 1975.
thorized service dealer. The policy of Poulan is to continuously im-
Should you have any unanswered questions prove its products. Therefore, Poulan re-
concerning this warranty, please contact: serves the right to change, modify, or discon-
tinue models, designs, specifications, and
accessories of all products at any time with-
out notice or obligation to any purchaser.

U.S. EPA/CALIFORNIA/ENVIRONMENT CANADA


EMISSION CONTROL WARRANTY STATEMENT
YOUR WARRANTY RIGHTS AND OB- fective or a defect in the materials or workman-
LIGATIONS: The U.S. Environmental ship of the engine causes the failure of such an
Protection Agency, California Air Resources emission related part, the part will be repaired
Board, Environment Canada and Poulan are or replaced by Poulan. OWNER’S WAR-
pleased to explain the emissions control sys- RANTY RESPONSIBILITIES: As the small
tem warranty on your year 2010 and later small off--road engine owner, you are responsible
off--road engine. In California, all small off--road for the performance of the required mainte-
engines must be designed, built, and equipped nance listed in your instruction manual. Pou-
to meet the State’s stringent anti--smog stan- lan recommends that you retain all receipts
dards. Poulan must warrant the emission covering maintenance on your small off--
control system on your small off--road engine road engine, but Poulan cannot deny war-
for the periods of time listed below provided ranty solely for the lack of receipts or for your
there has been no abuse, neglect, or improp- failure to ensure the performance of all
er maintenance of your small off--road en- scheduled maintenance. As the small off--
gine. Your emission control system includes road engine owner, you should be aware that
parts such as the carburetor, the ignition sys- Poulan may deny you warranty coverage if
tem and the fuel tank. Where a warrantable your small off--road engine or a part of it has
condition exists, Poulan will repair your small failed due to abuse, neglect, improper main-
off--road engine at no cost to you. Expenses tenance, unapproved modifications, or the
covered under warranty include diagnosis, use of parts not made or approved by the
parts and labor. MANUFACTURER’S WAR- original equipment manufacturer. You are re-
RANTY COVERAGE: If any emissions re- sponsible for presenting your small off--road
lated part on your engine (as listed under engine to an Poulan authorized repair center
Emissions Control Warranty Parts List) is de- as soon as a problem exists. Warranty repairs
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should be completed in a reasonable amount CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES: Poulan
of time, not to exceed 30 days. If you have any may be liable for damages to other engine
questions regarding your warranty rights components caused by the failure of a war-
and responsibilities, you should contact your ranted part still under warranty. WHAT IS
nearest authorized service center, call Poulan NOT COVERED: All failures caused by
at 1--800--554--6723, or send e-mail corre- abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance
spondence to emission.warranty@HCOP-- are not covered. ADD-- ON OR MODIFIED
emission.com. WARRANTY COMMENCE- PARTS: The use of add--on or modified parts
MENT DATE: The warranty period begins can be grounds for disallowing a warranty
on the date the small off--road engine is pur- claim. Poulan is not liable to cover failures of
chased. LENGTH OF COVERAGE: This warranted parts caused by the use of add--
warranty shall be for a period of two years on or modified parts. HOW TO FILE A
from the initial date of purchase, or until the CLAIM: If you have any questions regarding
end of the product warranty (whichever is your warranty rights and responsibilities,
longer). WHAT IS COVERED: REPAIR OR you should contact your nearest authorized
REPLACEMENT OF PARTS. Repair or re- service center, call Poulan at
placement of any warranted part will be per- 1--800--554--6723, or send e-mail corre-
formed at no charge to the owner at an ap- spondence to emission.warranty@HCOP--
proved Poulan servicing center. If you have emission.com. WHERE TO GET WARRAN-
any questions regarding your warranty rights TY SERVICE: Warranty services or repairs
and responsibilities, you should contact your shall be provided at all Poulan service centers.
nearest authorized service center, call Poulan Call: 1--800--554--6723 or send e-mail corre-
at 1--800--554--6723, or send e-mail corre- spondence to emission.warranty@HCOP--
spondence to emission.warranty@HCOP-- emission.com. MAINTENANCE, REPLACE-
emission.com. WARRANTY PERIOD: Any MENT AND REPAIR OF EMISSION
warranted part which is not scheduled for re- RELATED PARTS: Any Poulan approved
placement as required maintenance, or replacement part used in the performance of
which is scheduled only for regular inspec- any warranty maintenance or repair on emis-
tion to the effect of “repair or replace as nec- sion related parts will be provided without
essary” shall be warranted for 2 years. Any charge to the owner if the part is under war-
warranted part which is scheduled for re- ranty. EMISSION CONTROL WARRANTY
placement as required maintenance shall be PARTS LIST: Carburetor, air filter (covered up
warranted for the period of time up to the first to maintenance schedule), ignition system:
scheduled replacement point for that part. spark plug (covered up to maintenance sched-
DIAGNOSIS: The owner shall not be ule), ignition module, muffler including catalyst
charged for diagnostic labor which leads to (if equipped), fuel tank. MAINTENANCE
the determination that a warranted part is de- STATEMENT: The owner is responsible for
fective if the diagnostic work is performed at the performance of all required maintenance
an approved Poulan servicing center. 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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