Poulan Pro 400e

A chainsaw may not be what the average Joe, or Jack may want in his home. There are very few times when anyone would want to use a chainsaw for anything. Yet just like a tool kit, there are times when it will be invaluable, and having one around for those times is a good idea.

There are only two things that you want in a chainsaw in this case. You want it to be cheap, and you want it to be able to do the work that you want to do.

While there are monsters that can chew down entire trees, they are only going to be useful if you are going to be cutting down trees for a living.

For your home, a relatively small, lightweight, but powerful chainsaw is what you need. Poulan has such a model for exactly this purpose. It is the Poulan Pro 400e.

Whether you need a chainsaw or not is something that you will have to decide, but if you do want one, you may want to compare the different ones that are available, and below we give you a comprehensive review of the Poulan Pro 400e.

As chainsaws go, there is no difference between one and the other. The 400e has a hand guard and a large start-stop button that is easy to operate. Because it is electrically powered, you just plug it in, press the button, and you are good to go.

The good.

It weighs in at only 14 lbs.
It has a 4 HP motor that is good enough to cut down small trees in just a couple of minutes.
The wrap around handle ensures that your hands do not get injured, even by splinters.
It comes with a anti kickback blade tip, a very good feature considering that most users would not have too much experience in using a chainsaw.
It comes with an automatic chain olier which keeps the chain oiled and therefore well lubricated.
The fact that it is a electrically powered machine means that the amount of noise you generate is much lower than the traditional gas powered one.
It also features an 18 inch, solid steel guide bar.
The whole machine is double insulated, which means that there is no grounding through the machine. This also means that you can use it in any standard 120 volt socket.
The bad

There’s very little that is negative in the Poulan Pro 400e. It gives more than enough power and is light enough for anyone to use. If at all you want to gripe about anything you can say that you need a really long extension chord because it will not operate without electricity. This means that if you don’t have one lying round, you will have to get one, which is an additional cost.

The verdict

If you want a simple, chainsaw for odd jobs around your home and yard, there is nothing better than the Poulan Pro 400e. There’s no maintenance that you need for this machine, apart from giving it a good clean before you set it aside, and because it is electrical, all you have to do is to plug it in and press the starter switch to get it working.

At $80 it is a bargain, and unless you really don’t need one, there is no reason for you to go with a gas powered one, even if it is cheaper. You cannot start them after laying them aside for a couple of months without servicing the motor, and you also have the noise and smoke. Even though this model uses electricity, it’s not too much of a drain as long as you don’t stress the motor too much. If you take things nice and easy, you end up using far less than even you think you will.

If you have your own home with a yard and a couple of trees and other shrubs/bushes, you can do far worse than getting one for yourself. They last a long time, and will have repaid you ten times their cost by the time you feel you need to replace them.