Poulan Bowsaw September 30, 2015, 09:39:50 pm 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 Originally made from thin walled aluminum tube and bolted down using 4 bolts (two upper and two lower) the handle had broken at some time in the past and two of the bolt holes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.