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Poulan Pro trimmer. Anybody using?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by MikeA57, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. MikeA57

    MikeA57 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    Almost 10 years ago I went to one of those traveling tool sales and found a Poulan straight shaft string trimmer that I gave $40 for. It was refurbished. When we moved to our current place (1.6 acres) I decided to get a pro type trimmer so I bought an Echo. The Poulan was relegated to a backup. I didn't have the Echo 2 months and somebody broke into my shed and stole it and a brand new pressure washer I had also bought.

    So, the Poulan was brought back into full service. I used it 2 1/2 seasons and last year at the end of the season it was dead. It took forever to start, black oil was coming out of the exhaust, it didn't have the power it used to. It was time to give it a proper sendoff. So I chunked it. But it lasted a good long time and it was a reliable trimmer.

    I've kept looking at getting another pro trimmer, and was leaning towards a Stihl this time, but I just couldn't see spending that kind of money (again). If I was a pro, yeah, but I'm not. So I decided to look at other brands. I happened to see a Poulan Pro unit that looked interesting. It's the Poulan Pro PP133 and it can be found at Amazon. Here's a link:http://www.amazon.com/Poulan-PP133-Gas-Powered-Straight-Shaft-Attachment-Capable/dp/B001L4GGUW

    Has anyone else used one of these? How has it done for you? Like I said, I was very impressed with my original Poulan and am just trying to decide if I just got real lucky the last time or if they really are that good.
  2. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    I really can't say about the Poulan one way or the other. Buy, I'll suggest this instead:

    It's a Tanaka trimmer. Tanaka is owned by Hitachi and if you'd prefer, you can buy a Hitachi that's identical. I bought this trimmer last year because it 1) gets some of the best Reviews you've ever seen on Amazon, 2) Is very highly rated by some professionals on Lawnsite, 3) Has a 7 (yes, seven) year homwowner's warrenty and 4) Ended up costing only $150 for a light professional grade trimmer after the $40 rebate they had last year. They still have a rebate, but I think it's only $20 now.

    A couple of caveats 1) In a lot of places Tanaka dealers are few and far between, so getting the 7 year warrenty honored might be a problem, but based on what the pros on this site and the amazon reviews said, I'm hoping I don't need the warrenty and 2) It took something like 3 months to get the rebate, not the 4-8 weeks like they said, which was frustrating, but I did eventually get it.

    Now the good part. This trimmer is a joy to operate!!!! It starts very easily, is very light at about 9 pounds and feels even lighter because it is very well balenced. It has plenty of power, revs freely and cuts great!. Admittedly, I only got it in September of last year, so I've only used it a little, but based on my early impressions and everything I've read, this trimmer should be perfect for my needs.

    Good luck on whatever you decide.
  3. MikeA57

    MikeA57 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    Thanks looks interesting. My wife would occasionally use the Echo that I had on a temporary basis, but would always complain about how heavy it was. She liked the old Poulan much better so the weight aspect would be welcome. (I even noticed that the Echo was heavy)

    How about adding new line? Is it pretty simple to do? And, is it a bump feed? I noticed it said it was Semi-Automatic but I don't know what that means...

    Thanks for the suggestion! It's something else to consider.
  4. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    Like I said, I just got the trimmer at the tail end of last season and haven't even had to add line yet. It is a bump feed. I think your wife (and you, too) would love the weight and balence.
    If you don't end up liking the way you add line to the head or the way it feeds, there is a head called a Speed-feed that everyone seems to think is great:

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