I wouldn't have believed it but I hadn't started this saw in 7 years since
I bought a Stihl. I was cleaning up my power tools and decided to give
this Poulan a tug on the rope to see if it hadn't seized from sitting so
long. Much to my amazement it not only wasn't seized but after primed and
choked it popped on the second pull and started on # 5. I guess this
debunks the stale gas theory although I've always used STA-BIL. And not
only did the saw run but it revved up to full throttle. I haven't used the
saw since I bought the Stihl in 01. It was Poulan's top of the line model
so maybe they made a better saw back then than they do now. I used the saw
moderately since 1990 to 2001 and it always did the job and started and
ran with ease but I bought the Stihl lightly used off a friend who needed
some cash and it had a 20" bar instead of the 16" on the Poulan and had a
I had a Pulan edger and it always started well although it was very cheap
and I didn't take particularly good care of it. It had a blade at one end
and the engine at the other. Looked like a $400 pro edger but cost around
I bought a 1937 Chevy pickup truck back in the late '60s. It had sit
for a number of years (?) Florida rains). Would not start (dead
battery). As we pulled it home: key on, third gear, popped the clutch.
It spit and sputtered a bit, but finally fired up and ran.
I did fill the fuel tank later. The old gas never caused me any
Not a STA-BIL user...myself, but posters here swear by it.
On Thu, 07 Aug 2008 06:07:21 -0700, ransley wrote:
I used it to cut up a tree fallen by a storm. I ran the old gas and didn't
notice a difference in performance. Only difference is that I had switched
to synthetic oil a few years ago and there wasn't any smoke now.
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Small engine repair shops say that the #1 problem is stale gas. Gas
with ethanol is a huge problem because it goes stale in as little as
30 days in summer heat. The alcohol and gas separate--called phase
separation. Alcohol absorbs water. So as you use gas, the vented gas
cap sucks in outside air to prevent a vacuum condition in the tank.
The alcohol and water falls to the bottom of the tank (water heavier
than gas) and the next time you start the engine, you're sucking
Gas stabilizer DOES work--BUT, you have to add it to fresh gas. It
will not bring back gas "from the dead." That means adding it to your
gas can when you buy fresh gas, not at the end of the season when
you're going to put it in storage.
Best advice is to use a stabilzer year 'round.
See lawn tractor article in The Family Handyman July '08 issue and a
clarification about adding stabilzer to "fresh gas" in the September
I guess it depends on the 2 cycle engines. I had new gas and the correct oil
mix in my new Husqvarna weed wacker and it ran about a few hours before the
engine refuse to start at all. The factory service guy said the engine is
fried because gas in the tank is old - to them, anything over 30 days is old
even with stabilizer and would void the warranty. My other big 84cc
Husqvarna is very difficult to impossible to start and absolutely requires
new gas - expensive piece of unreliable equipment.. In contrast, my Echo
starts up every time, always within 3 pulls even with old gas. Honda engines
are easy to start too. No idea why my Polan Pro (low end of Husqvarna)
starts much better than my Husqvarnas.
As for the stale gas myth, I had two cars in storage over 15 years with
original gas in the tanks (about 1/4 to 1/2 full) without stabilizer and
both fired up within a few cranks. Vary stale gas, runs rough but it ran
even after 15 years!
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