If you’re anything like me, when you are looking to buy a new power tool you probably want to know how some of the best-selling models compare to each other. After all, many of them have similar features and share the same characteristics. Some of them even look the same! Which is the best? Which offers the best value for money? Why should I choose Product X over Product Y? These are just a few of the great questions you should be asking, but just how do you decide?
In this article, I’m going to compare the Poulan Pro PP5020AV with the Timberpro 62cc 20” Petrol Chainsaw. These are two popular gas powered chainsaws which share many similar characteristics. One is produced by Poulan (now part of Husqvarna), a well-known and respected name in the chainsaw field, the other by Timberpro, a less well known UK based company.
First, I’m going to summarize both products:
The Timberpro 62cc Petrol Chainsaw
The Timberpro boasts a 62cc engine capable of delivering up to 3.6 horsepower, which is more powerful than you would expect to see in a typical home use saw. It has a 20” guide bar which makes it ideal for cutting firewood, clearing storm damage and felling medium sized trees. It is also capable of bucking logs with a diameter of 18” in a single pass.
It runs on a gas/oil mix ratio of 25:1 and has a maximum speed of 10,800 revs per minute. It is constructed mainly of hard plastic, which makes it less robust than some saws but reasonably lightweight for a gas saw (Operating weight around 15.4lbs).
In addition to this, it has some useful features that you don’t find in all saws and these include:
• Automatic chain oiling system. This means that as the chain starts moving you don’t have to remember to flick a switch to release the oil. There is also an adjustable screw to regulate the amount of oil which is released during operation.
• Anti-freeze mechanism. This can be activated to ensure that ice doesn’t form inside the carburetor when working in low temperatures.
The PoulanPro PP5020AV
The Poulan has a 50cc engine which has a chrome plated cylinder for longer life and which offers plenty of power for a home use saw. Like the Timberpro it has a 20” bar and chain enabling it to handle jobs like cutting firewood, clearing storm damage and felling medium sized trees.
In terms of fuel, the Poulan runs on a gas/oil ratio of 40:1 and has a maximum speed of 9,000 revs per minute. It is constructed of hard plastic and metal and weighing in at around 15.5lbs is pretty light for a gas saw. Many of the 5020’s parts are Husqvarna branded, which should ensure that they are of excellent quality.
The oil pump is automatic so you don’t need to worry about flicking a switch to release the oil during use.
Table of Features
This table provides a more detailed list of features for each saw.
|Features||Poulan Pro PP5020AV||Timberpro 62cc Petrol Chainsaw|
|Gas and Oil Fuel Mix Ratio||40:1||25:1|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||15oz||18.6oz|
|Oil Reservoir Capacity||10.4oz||8.8oz|
|Price (Including shipping)||Under $200||Under $200|
On the face of it, these saws are very similar.
As you would expect due to its larger engine size, the Timberpro has more power than the Poulan, producing higher revs per minute. All other things being equal (such as chain performance) this should translate into better cutting ability and whilst the Timberpro just about edges it in terms of cutting performance, in reality both saws can pretty much deal with the same tasks.
The Timberpro also has a larger fuel tank, which it may need because with the bigger engine it is likely to burn more fuel. Conversely, it has a smaller oil reservoir than the Poulan, so you may need to fill it up more often.
It terms of construction, the Poulan has a slightly more solid build and as mentioned now contains many Husqvarna branded parts. In terms of build quality, therefore, the Poulan just has the edge.
What other buyers think
Given that the specifications for both saws are very similar, it is worth considering what consumers actually have to say about the saws.
Firstly, the Timberpro. I have read over 200 reviews for this product and it’s fair to say most are overwhelmingly positive. The saw’s power seems to have taken many buyers by surprise, with many commenting that they weren’t expecting such excellent performance, especially given the price paid. Buyers are also happy with the ease of assembly and how painless the saw is to start up.
It was difficult to unearth too many negatives, other than the fact that the saw isn’t as solidly constructed as other gas chainsaws and needs treating with care. This is a little unfair and only to be expected given the low price. After all comparing it to a Stihl which can cost three times as much is a bit like comparing apples to oranges.
Turning to the Poulan, customer experience is far more mixed. As with the Timberpro, consumers are pleased with its power, cutting performance and great low price.
However, there was a fair degree of criticism about how difficult the saw can be to start up and the fact that it stalls on a regular basis. This seems like quite a valid complaint given that many positive reviews also mentioned this issue.
So if I had a spare $200 which one would I plump for?
Both models cost around the same and are competitively priced. They have virtually the same features, apart from the odd minor difference. Their cutting performance and capabilities are virtually the same.
My main issue with the Poulan would be its starting and stalling problems, which would require tinkering with the carburetor to resolve. I would therefore opt for the Timberpro – just!
That said, I can fully understand that if buying a proven brand is important to you or if you are one of the many Poulan devotees out there you might decide to opt for the 5020AV. Not only is it a more established brand, but now has the backing of Husqvarna, another great chainsaw institution.