The Poulan Pro PP5020AV is a medium-duty chainsaw that is suitable for firewood cutting and general property management. It is often cited as being an all round saw, and with its easy start up, maximum power speed of 9,000 rpm, and relatively large fuel tank capacity, it is easy to see why. However, that isn’t to say that it is a perfect saw; there are a few issues, although they are minor in the grand scheme of things.
A little more powerful than the popular Poulan Pro PP4218AVX, the PP5020AV is powered by a 50 cc, 2-cycle engine and has a maximum power speed of 9,000 rpm (open throttle) and 3,000 rpm when idle, making it suitable for a variety of jobs, even taking down large trees, although you’ll find that the saw may bog down a little in the process.
It’s also good to see that the Poulan’s engine is a DuraLife model, as these engines are known to be more durable and last longer thanks to their chromium plated cylinder.
A fuel tank capacity of 15 oz. also means that you can undertake larger jobs without having to refuel half way through.
Other chainsaws manufactured by Poulan are renown for their hard startup, take the Poulan Pro PP4218AVX, for example. However, considering that the PP5020AV has mostly been manufactured by Husqvarna (there’s even “Husqvarna” plastered on the side of the saw in big letters) it does not suffer from this problem.
A couple of pulls is all that is often required, which is largely down to the saw’s EPS sytem (Effortless Pull Starting) – the starter system is spring assisted for ease of startup purposes.
A few things come into play to ensure that the Poulan Pro PP020AV delivers a comfortable user experience. The most significant being the low vibration handle which is able to drastically reduce vibration levels and thus lessen operator fatigue, and the ergonomically designed, well-padded handle.
Gas-powered chainsaws are often anything but easy to maintain. Fortunately, this isn’t the case with the PP5020AV.
While a lot of this is down to the Superclean Air Filter System which is able to prevent debris and dust from reaching the air filter and thus extend the life of the air filter, the automatic chain oiler, and tool-less access to the air filter and spark plug should not be overlooked.
The PP5020AV is backed by a 2-year warranty.
14.9 x 15.8 x 22.3 inches
Poulan Pro PP5020AV User Reviews
With over 100 reviews to its name and an average rating of 4.0 out of 5.0, it’s clear that users think highly of the PP5020AV.
The general consensus is that the PP5020AV is one powerful saw, and certainly more powerful than its price indicates: “the power was great, the feel wonderful and this ripped better than my Stihl,” “laid her into a 35″ across log and she cut it.”
Owners have also been impressed with the ease at which the saw starts up, its build quality and durability, as well as its overall feel and value for money.
However, you may also want to keep in mind that a couple of users have ran into a couple of issues, including the air filter not sealing well, and the chain becoming loose after use. Although, you should be aware that Poulan even state that this will happen in the manual: “within the first 15 minutes you will see the chain get lose, while it stretches.”
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Apart from a couple of quality control issues, there is nothing of significance to complain about. If we had to find something to complain about then perhaps we would say that the saw is a bit on the heavy side, but considering how much power the Poulan has behind it this seems inevitable.
Anything Else You Should Know?
The PP5020AV includes an on-board locking scrench holder as well as a carrying case.
All that’s left to say is that the PP5020AV is one fine saw. One user puts it best when he says, “A 50cc saw for 200 bucks seems like a steal compared to others,” particularly when many of the parts and features are found on Husqvarna saws that retail for a further couple hundred of dollars.”