The PP5020AV Chainsaw is an excellent all around medium duty chainsaw ideal for general property management and firewood cutting. It features a 50 cc, 2-cycle engine with Super Clean air filter system, aluminum Professional style clutch cover for more durability, automatic gear driven oil pump, tool-less a ccess to the air filter and spark plug, reduced vibration handle with effortless pull starting system, a double post chain brake for added safety and an on-board locking wrench holder is built into the rear handle. 20 in. bar length. Fully assembled. Includes carry case. 2 year limited warranty.
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70%of customersrecommend this product39 of 56reviews
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Ease of use
70%of customersrecommend this product39 of 56reviews
This is a good value for a chainsaw. Pros: Decent power for cutting big logs. Weight is not too bad for this price range
Cons: This saw requires lots of TLC. The air filter clip holds it in place but not very securely. When the filter starts getting clogged, dust will slip past the filter and enter the engine. Clean the filter after every hour of use or you will ruin the engine! Lots of things to wear out. After the warranty runs out, expect to be taking it apart, cleaning and fixing things frequently. In my case, I fount the nuts holding the carburetor in place started coming loose all the time. The throttle-trigger linkage has a plastic part that wears out pretty quickly and needs to be replaced often. The Off switch needs to be cleaned because it stops working when dust collects in it. None of these are major repairs and can be easily performed DIY but the frequency of repairs is down right inconvenient!
Have only used this saw for one session, but am already very impressed with the quality and features. Handles well, good power and very comfortable to use. Note- The spark plug cap was not properly attached when I first tried starting the saw. Make sure to give everything a once over before starting the first time. Will save you 10 minutes of frustration.
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Cuts Well, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Easy to Store
I have owned and used chainsaws for 35 years, In my youth I spent 2 years as a topper jack. When my 20 year old McCullogh finally wore out, I picked this up exchanged one and returned the second within 8 hours. It starts hard when cold, will not start when warm, tried one and the chain jumped , found the weak bar to have been deformed, exchanged it, only to find the same cold start issue (but at least it started eventually) then proceeded to spend the next 3 hours fighting warm starts, When I returned it, the sales associate said he would put it with the rest of them to be returned....Found that Husqvarna (they make Poulan) discontinued this model. Spend a little more and get the Echo,
Cons: Difficult to Use, Not Durable, fails to start
I'm a country boy and couldn't live without my pickup and chainsaw. However, I'm not going to pay extra for just a name. I demand durability, and even though I hate plastic, I'll live with it if it brings the price down and still functions. But above all, I want a chainsaw that starts and runs when I need it. I bought the PP5020 because I also have a chainsaw called the "Wildthing" by the same company that I fell in love with it because it started well and was easy to maintain. Its big brother did not let me down! In fact, the PP5020 is even easier to start, I kid you not. In fact, the ease of starting kind of surprised me. I loved it! You should read the manual or spend a few minutes studying the chainsaw before you try and start it. It is different than the "Wildthing." Another thing, the chain itself appears to be of a slightly higher quality than what I expected. I just downed a 80-100 foot Walnut, cleaned it up, and the chain is still really sharp! Does it have any drawbacks. Maybe. It burns gas quicker than my other chainsaws, but who cares. It runs and starts easily and is a lot more powerful. It definitely isn't afraid of work. It may also be too heavy for some small stature women to use. Many of my friends use the competitor's models, but we all chop down the same trees, and no one is cutting wood any faster than me. I have a collection of chainsaws, but this isn't a collector's piece; this one is a worker, a real keeper for the price.
Pros: Cuts Well, Easy to Use, Powerful, starts easily
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Review 5 for 20 in. 50 cc Gas Chainsaw
from SE Michigan
Age Range:55 to 64
Home Improvement Profile:Other
Very Difficult To Start
PostedApril 20, 2014
Ease of use
No, I do not recommend this product.
I am now 6 hours into a 2 hour job. If I were trying to make money with this saw, I would fail. This is the hardest 2 cycle engine I have ever worked with and I have owned about 5 other 2 cycle tools. I have about 15 minutes of cutting left. I have been trying to start this saw for the last hour. I walked away. Cuts well when it is running.
I wore out my 20 year old Homelite after I moved to the country and starting cutting fire wood for the house, not just limbs for camping. I was looking for a saw that would break the bank at $500 plus, and tried this Poulan saw for under $200. Very impressed, of course it has more power than my old Home-lite, that is expected, but not overly powerfull as to be an intimidating beast. My 13 yr old son can operate it. I am very please with the small investment, and seems to fit the bill for a country home saw cutting about 1 chord of wood every two months. The travel case could use a little improving, storage for files, gloves, rags etc... I would recommend.
Pros: Durable, Cuts Well, Easy to Use, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Easy to Store
This is my 5th Poulan saw over the past 20 years. I have tried others but they don't start or don't cut straight like these do. The only problem is the vibration resistant handle ( caused by the US Government nanny state regulations) Check the springs and keep them tight; if they fall off they are impossible to find.
Pros: Durable, Cuts Well, Easy to Use, easy to start
Cons: vibration resistant handle comes loose over time.
I have never used a chainsaw before so I did my research and purchased this one. I lost 10-12 75'-100' trees over the winter so I was using this to saw those trees into logs and I did not drop any trees with it. I read the directions, bought the bar oil and immediately began sawing up logs anywhere from 6" diameter to 30". I had no problems. After about 15-20 minutes the chain needed to be tightened but the directions said this would occur. The chainsaw started after 5-7 pulls like instructions said it would and I was continually letting it idle or was turning it on/off as I was moving the logs around. No problems cuttting, no problems with it running/idling correctly. Great deal for the money and easy enough to use for a novice.
Runs great, cuts great, and is very easy to use. The only issue i have had with this chain saw is the chain tension, IT is NOT correct right out of the package. I checked it before my first cut out of the box and it looked and felt correct per instructions and the manual, however after the first tree was 99% complete cutting the chain came off and bent the "L shape" chain guard under the cover. it did this 4 more times while cutting and felling tree's......
Pros: Cuts Well, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Durable, Powerful, Great Engine, Light Weight, Easy to Store
After reading all the bad reviews on this Poulin machine, I decided to buy one based on price and frequency of use. (I deluded myself into thinking that if I was meticulous about setting it up per manufacturer's specs, that all would be well.) I noted on my watch when 15 min. would be up so that I could re-adjust the chain per manufacturer's instructions, and started cutting. After literally 8 min. of cutting 4 - 5" logs with no foliage, the chain came off, and bent a piece under the cover, so that I could not repair it or reset the chain. To Home Depot's credit, I was able to return it to them with absolutely no problems. I considered buying a good quality battery operated saw, but ultimately decided against it, as I have heard that battery life is poor. Now the issue is, do I spend an additional $200 for a gas machine that I will use only a couple of times a year, or do I rent.
If you follow the instructions for starting it starts up easily. The saw is well balanced and has plenty of power. The case is nice in that there is room inside for hearing protectors, gloves and safety glasses. The location for the chain oil is at an angle that makes it easy to fill.
Pros: Cuts Well, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Great Engine, Easy to Store
Good saw. Like its power. Uses quite a lot of bar oil(guess that's a good thing). Chain stretches quite a lot during the first few hours, resulting in the chain coming completely off the bar. I had to file the sprocket teeth to get the chain to fit back on the bar. Must watch for loosening for the first few hours!!
I purchased a display model was a little worried about it. Gave it a try anyway after they said they would return it if I had any problems. Took a little to get it started but once I got it to idle it ran really well. Took out an apple tree and this saw didn't hardly break a sweat. Looked at stihls and huskys but couldn't justify the price, this price sold me, and so far I am happy.
Had some storm damage and a few large branches to cut. The saw handled it fine. Had trouble starting at first but after a small adjustment ran great. Chain loosens a lot but was noted in manual and not a big deal. After one days use and 3 hours it was great.
Pros: Powerful, Great Engine, Cuts Well, Accurate, Easy to Store
i bought this saw last week as a brush saw and a limbing remover. i also have a 455 rancher husqvarna 20'' bar, and 2 craftsman 20'' bar chain saws that ar 52ccs each. this saw out performed all of them it was better on gas and didn't heat up or bog down like my other saws and i was cutting 50 inch diameter logs.
Pros: Cuts Well, All In One, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Durable, Powerful, Great Engine, Light Weight, Easy to Store, Long-Lasting
Buying this for my husband was the best gift he has gotten in a long time. He loved that it came in a case and had the oil and cover all in the case. Can't say how it works yet because he is out of town, but I wish I could share the look on his face when he opened his present! Priceless.
Hard to start, easy to flood the engine. Would not recommend. I'm holding onto it for when i have more patience but ended up buying another chainsaw (electric, corded) because of all the issues in this gas-powered model. Had other borrowed gas-fueled chain saws and they weren't as easy to stall or flood as this BRAND new ... would NOT recommend. The Pros - has a good storage container. When it DOES work and not stalling, it does have a good, powerful engine so perhaps mine is a dud.