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Poulan Bowsaw

This past weekend at Busco Beach, I met up with one of Braaptor's friends and got a new piece of hardware.  It's a Poulan (original Shreveport, LA based Poulan, not this crappy imported junk) 5200 powerhead equipped with a bow instead of a bar. 

It's a rough older saw (built somewhere around 1975) and needs some serious TLC but it does run.  The major issue that it had was the handle not being attached to the body very well.   Originally made from thin walled aluminum tube and bolted down using 4 bolts (two upper and two lower) the handle had broken at some time in the past and two of the bolt holes had been stripped and oversized.  One was then re-stripped to the point that a helicoil won't even mount in there.  The handle has been rewelded but the case for the saw is all magnesium so welding up and retapping a hole in there isn't much of an option.  I am going to look tomorrow into time-sert style thread inserts at my hardware store.  I think I remember seeing some that MAY be able to be use to restore the threads on this machine. 

For now, I'm on the hunt for a few goodies for it and looking for paint in the correct shade of lime green.  I'll post some pics of of the machine as it sits later.
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This is the machine that I got, albeit with a black plug cover instead of green (later model, no functional difference)

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I finally got to use the bowsaw today.  About two months ago I had a split trunk tree top break out and lay over on top of the tree next to it.  Of course, this was about 25 feet up in the air so this week I finally worked up the courage to go up the tree on an extension ladder and cut the two tree chunks down.  I used my much smaller Stihl for the above ground portion, obviously but once the tree was on the ground, it was game on.

I can say I definitely see the advantage in a bow when you are cutting up a felled tree.  I can also see the advantage in a HUGE powerhead like the 5200 used with a bow bar.  The powerhead is heavy and lugging it around would get real old real quick.  However, with the fork dug into the ground and just levering the bow forward, the saw can be operated from a standing position and the weight of the saw sits on the fork.  What a wonderful system for cutting up downed trees!
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Ya know.... some footage would probably make this more interesting :P

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I know :-(  Just that usually when I'm doing such things, I'm doing them by myself.  I do have a tree to cut down in the back yard.....  #HMM
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Maybe I'll con the_mrs into recording the operation of this machine.  It is relatively straightforward, jab the pokey bits into the ground, roll the bow into the log.
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