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Thread: Gas Chain Saw Question

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Palm Springs, Ca

    Gas Chain Saw Question

    I currently have a 14" electric and was looking for a more powerful chain saw and looking at other electric (Sthil etc-). Anyway a friend tonight gave me his gas powered chain saw and said it may need some TLC but has worked fine for him. I thought this may be a good thing because i have the electric one and now i have one i can take with me to cut up wood if i need to. I downloaded the manual and will start going thru it but i realize I dont know what the mixture of oil and gas is.........anybody know?
    Any other thoughts on this kind of a saw ?

    Pictures are below - It is a Poulan woodshark model 1975 LE
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    I found what I think is a manual for you unit here:

    It has the following paragraph on fuel:

    This engine is certified to operate on unleaded
    gasoline. Before operation, gasoline
    must be mixed with a good quality synthetic
    2-cycle air-cooled engine oil designed to be
    mixed at a ratio of 40:1. Poulan/Weed Eater
    brand synthetic oil is recommended. A 40:1
    ratio is obtained by mixing 3.2 ounces of oil
    with 1 gallon of unleaded gasoline. Included
    with this saw is a 3.2 ounce container of Poulan/
    Weed Eater brand synthetic oil. Pour the
    entire contents of this container into 1 gallon of
    gasoline to achieve the proper fuel mixture.
    DO NOT USE automotive or boat oil. These
    oils will cause engine damage. Whenmixing
    fuel follow the instructions printed on the
    container. Always read and follow the safety
    rules listed under HANDLE FUEL WITH

    Hope that helps, Wes

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    If the manual says synth oil, and 40:1 go with that.

    I've always run my saws on 32:1

    BTW, congrats on the saw, be safe and enjoy!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Last edited by John Bartley; 12-04-2010 at 12:53 PM.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Use only gasoline that does not contain ethanol. Some small engines will not even run on it. Many others run but not at their best.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Tampa & NC

    Gas Chainsaw Question

    Dan,you have a pretty good little saw there.A lot of folks knock poulan,but I think there one of the toughest little saws out there.Just make sure you keep the air filter clean in it and if you go out in the woods,be sure and take an extra chain,or two with you and don't cut with a dull chain,as that shortens the life of the saw.You can get the two chain pack for about 20 bucks at walmart.

  7. #7
    as has been said..... keep the chain sharp! if the chain does not cut! take it off and turn it around because it is on wrong....... I know!! stupid me! and I have cut wood for most of my life.. and I am OLD!
    Remember the tea kettle - it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it
    still sings!

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