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If it's going to cost over $20 to fix - trash it
Nov 14, 2008 (Updated Nov 15, 2008)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Good blower, Easy starting, Light, Handles well
Cons:Poor bag design, awkward to convert from blower to vac, unreliable.
The Bottom Line: Only buy this if your willing to accept that it's disposable. It's NOT WORTH FIXING WHEN IT BREAKS.
I bought this unit 4 years ago
Recommend this product?
It's moderately light. Easy to handle. Easy to start. It blows a LOT of air at nearly 200 mph.
It does exactly what I want from a leaf blower. It moves leaves very easily, quickly, with complete freedom to move about the yard (no cord)
It also is a good vacuum.
But, as a vacuum, it leaves a little to be desired.
The bag is slightly smaller than average. Significantly smaller than my electric
The bag design is also awkward to empty.
The ideal bags' zipper starts at one corner, and runs the entire length of the bottom, and then ‘wraps' up the side for a few inches. This makes for easy emptying.
A good bag design allows you to unzip the bottom and then put it down into your paper leaf bag, and grab the top and lift. The leaves slide out the bottom. That's not the case with this bag. The zipper does not run the entire length of the end of the bag. The leaves get stuck behind the zipper ends. You have to reach into it the bag with your hands and ‘pull' out the leaves, It's slow, it's awkward, it's dirty, and it's anything BUT convenient.
Converting this unit from ‘blower' to ‘vacuum' is awkward also. The bag attaches with a ‘spanner' type nut. Making the change from one function to the other is difficult.
As a net result, I kept my old ‘electric' blower-vac and used it in the vacuum mode. This isn't that much of an inconvenience. I could blow the leaves into one area with the Poulan and then pick them up with the electric.
The REEELLLY BAD
A couple of weeks into the units third season, as I was using it, it died. It acted like I had unplugged the spark plug in the middle of the yard. I tested it and it had no spark.
I replaced the plug, to no avail. I purchased a new ‘electronic module' for approx $25.00. I also replaced the fuel filter, air filter, and as I mentioned before, the plug. All to no avail. By this time, I was already out nearly $40.00. I took it to my neighborhood small engine repair for a diagnosis. Diagnostic Cost $20.00. Their report was It had a broken piston ring. Repair cost $30.00 more.
At this point, I weighed buying a new one vs. repairing this one. I repaired it. My total repair cost was approx $90. For a unit that cost me (new) less than a hundred. It had a two year warrantee and I checked my receipt. I was out of warrantee by about 3 weeks.
I mix my two cycle gasoline very precisely. I have several appliances that use two cycle fuel and I have a gas can for each. There is zero possibility that improper mix caused the problem.
At that point, I vowed that if it goes out again, If I can't fix it,... It goes.
The DOWN - RIGHT - UGLY
It died again yesterday. In the middle of using it, with a full tank of gas.
Hmmm, this is disturbingly familiar.
I checked it today, There's no spark to the plug.
I would guess that this unit has a total of 200-300 hours on it. Less than 50 since the last ‘re-build'.
You can draw your own conclusions, but I'm pretty well DONE with Poulan
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