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    Glen Camp
    My pln1514 is leaking chainbar oil everywhere, all of the...Answeredescalated
    Service & Maintenance Question posted March 23, 2011 by Glen Camp, last edited May 9, 2012 
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    Question:
    My pln1514 is leaking chainbar oil everywhere, all of the shelves, floor, etc...
    Is there a known issue with these? We only used it a bit, then stored it on the shelf. Today, I noticed oil everywhere.

    Best Answer

    Scott W.

    Thank you for contacting Answer Army.

    You can find your local Poulan dealers for sales and service as well as manuals and a place to order parts using the link provided http://www.poulan.com choose the appropriate link at the bottom of the page.

    Service Locator  (Canadian customers use postal code no spacing)
    Contact Us
    Download Manuals
    Order Parts (This is a third party company not Poulan)  or can contact local dealer.

    Your local dealer is your best and fastest source of information.

    For warranty consideration you should present the unit and your original dated sales receipt to the servicing dealer as well as the problem must be of a warrantable nature (a defect in materials or workmanship), incorrect or old fuel, impact damage, incorrect storage are examples of non warranty. All warranty service must be completed by servicing dealer.

    The issue you describe is not a failure of the machine. The oil tank design on this unit is an open bladder, there are no valves it depends on the cap sealing correctly to work. There is a small hole for the oil to come out for the bar and chain. As long as the cap is sealed and there are no air leaks to the tank the oil will only release a couple of drops then a vacuum would be created and no oil would dispense. The way the oil tank ( bladder ) works with the cap sealed when you push in on the cap you create pressure and pushes oil out when you release it it pulls air back into displace the released oil.

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    • Scott W.

      Thank you for contacting Answer Army.

      You can find your local Poulan dealers for sales and service as well as manuals and a place to order parts using the link provided http://www.poulan.com choose the appropriate link at the bottom of the page.

      Service Locator  (Canadian customers use postal code no spacing)
      Contact Us
      Download Manuals
      Order Parts (This is a third party company not Poulan)  or can contact local dealer.

      Your local dealer is your best and fastest source of information.

      For warranty consideration you should present the unit and your original dated sales receipt to the servicing dealer as well as the problem must be of a warrantable nature (a defect in materials or workmanship), incorrect or old fuel, impact damage, incorrect storage are examples of non warranty. All warranty service must be completed by servicing dealer.

      The issue you describe is not a failure of the machine. The oil tank design on this unit is an open bladder, there are no valves it depends on the cap sealing correctly to work. There is a small hole for the oil to come out for the bar and chain. As long as the cap is sealed and there are no air leaks to the tank the oil will only release a couple of drops then a vacuum would be created and no oil would dispense. The way the oil tank ( bladder ) works with the cap sealed when you push in on the cap you create pressure and pushes oil out when you release it it pulls air back into displace the released oil.

      • James M McCaffery

        This is also happening to my new saw.  I used it once after filling the oil reserve.  I placed it on my outdoor bar and a few hours later all the oil leaked out.

        The cap was on tight, not a very good system.  I guess I will use the OLD oil can each time I use it.  =o(

        James.

    • Glen Camp

      I really dislike being told, "There's no problem."

      Item was gifted, so no receipt available for warranty service.

      It obviously CAN and DOES leak with the cap on secure.  This item is a useless mess.  I see now why so much attention was given to the one weak link, keeping the bar sufficiently oiled, "Sorry, no warranty.  You didn't oil the blade."  Yeah, right.

      Junk!

    • james Kenny

      My saw leaks oile very where no matter how securly th e oil capis on. The designis terrible and is only one of several reasons I ma very unhappy I purchased a Poulan saw. The lack of certified service locations is also a huge problem.

    • Dennis Dean

       My Poulan Pro 20" bar does not leak but uses so much oil when using it like evry 5 minutes I need to check it or wreak a bar.

    • Susan Brant

      I'm with you.  Mine leaks like a sieve.  It has from day one.  I was told I could send it in to exhange it (as my local Poulan Service dealers won't touch it!).  But also told the replacement would likely leak.

       

      How do I get my money back?

    • Susan Brant

      Poulan needs to acknowledge this flawed oil system and fix it or give the money back!  Very unhappy.

    • robert smith

      all chainsaws will leak barchain oil.  you must evacuate all fluids and put the saw away empty.  the oiler is a worm drive gear that supplies payload into the bartrack thru the oiler holes in the bar.  but it is still gravity fed.  if you place a hose into a container of fluid, and suck on it until a flow starts, then it will keep flowing until it is empty.  same principle here guys. if you clean up the saw properly you will not experience this problem.  put it away as is, and all the accumulation of oil in the bar will run back out, and the siphon pressure in the tank will continue also. don't curse the dark guys, light the candle...

      • Glen Camp

         Nice info to know.  However, if the info actually pertained to the small electric chainsaw in question (which it doesn't), it would then be relevant.

        I do have some helpful info to add though, on how to remedy the messes made. 

        Unlike the more complicated oiling systems on large GAS operated units (like you are familiar with), this handy and lightweight chainsaw utilizes a soft and flexible plastic-like bladder that slowly drips oil on the chain as it exits the sprocket chamber.  Using your thumb, you press down on the bladder reservoir's cap, to disperse extra chain bar oil when needed.

        I have completely disassembled the unit in order to study, diagnose the flaw, and remedy the situation.   What I found was, instead of setting the unit down on it's base (like you would normally do with any GAS chainsaw), store the unit lying on it's right side, with the blade flat on the shelf.

        Presto!  No more mess.  For the Oil Bladder Hole on the bottom is now turned up on it’s side.  No more gravity flow. 

        Again, I really like how the saw performs, how lightweight and maneuverable it is, and the ease of operation. 

        Just flip it on it's side when storing and you’re good to go. yes
         

        • robert smith

          the oiler pump system on gas saws are nearly identical, larger tank, but the pump worm operates the same.  and all of them need proper cleaning with compressed air.

    • robert smith

      by the by, I am not just blowing hot air. I own a fleet of really big saws and a few smaller ones as well.  additionally, I am a professional mechanic that repairs/re-builds all makes and models of chainsaws.  having an oil pump that delivers bookoo oil to my bar & chain is very welcome news, and a far, far better proposition than the alternative.  when you make a habit of disassembly and then thoroughly blowing out the bar tracks, oiler holes, clutch/oiler area, and the brakeband/clutch cover and putting those saws to bed empty, after running light throttle til starvation kill,  your saw will perform very nicely for a long, long time...

      I do not represent Husqvarna but I have many and maintain them in a meaningful way.  after emptying my saws and cleaning them properly, I still arrive to find a puddle, but it is a very small puddle...

    • robert smith

      glen, happy to hear that you cured the problem. my comments were really aimed toward the other commenters on this post. but it pertains to all chainsaw owners.  keeping the fouling cleaned out of bartrack and saw is a necessity to ensure that lube reaches the entire track.  the point of contact between bar and chain is the intended focus of the oiler system. I am not familiar with the electric model that you have, or how the oil delivery system is designed, but I am certain that it must be kept clean in order to function properly.

      good luck and be careful with it.

    • Olivia Fair

      I m giong to buy same chainsaw after this review . I early had Stihl It was hard to start. Burned through a tank of gas in 1/2 hour. The vibration from it would make my hands get numb. The coil died which was a very expensive part to have replaced and after checking online it seems like it was a common problem .