The Poulan Pro PP3516AVX has many of the safety and convenience features you'd expect to see only on a more expensive chainsaw, including automatic chain oiling, tool-free chain tensioning and an anti-vibration design. Popular Mechanics tested seven gas chainsaws in its last comparison (back in 2008) including the Poulan Pro PP3516AVX, and the reviewer observes that it "offers a lot of cutting speed and power for such an inexpensive saw." The Poulan chainsaw has a 35 cc engine and a 16-inch bar. Users give it mixed reviews; some say the tool-free chain tensioner doesn't work right and the chain comes off frequently. If you like the convenience of a cordless chainsaw but want an eco-friendly option, the battery-powered Black & Decker CCS818 (*Est. $90) may be a good choice, although it provides less power and is clearly meant for light-duty jobs.
We found the best review of the Poulan Pro PP3516AVX in Popular Mechanics. Owners posting reviews at Amazon.com and NorthernTool.com are generally positive, though some have complaints. Owner reviewers at BackyardBoss.com, however, voice many complaints.
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The Poulan Pro PP3516AVX is one of seven gas chainsaws tested and rated; it doesn't get one of the highest ratings, but experts note that it is fast and powerful given its low cost. Those testing it experienced intermittent engine stalls, but conclude that "given how well the saw ran otherwise, we suspect it's a small defect that could be taken care of under warranty."
Review: 7 New Chain Saws Reviewed: Comparison Test, Thomas Klenck, Oct. 2008
Close to 60 owners post ratings and reviews at Amazon.com; they give the Poulan Pro PP3516AVX an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Comments are mostly positive, but a few owners say they have to adjust the chain frequently and/or that it falls off regularly, and others find the saw hard to start.
Review: Poulan Pro PP3516AVX 16-Inch 35cc 2-Cycle Gas-Powered Anti-Vibration Chain Saw, Contributors to Amazon.com
About 10 owners give the Poulan PP3516AVX an average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Most conclude that it's very reliable and hardworking, especially given its low cost.
Review: Poulan Pro Chain Saw -- 35cc, 16in., Contributors to NorthernTool.com
Just over 20 owners rate and review the PP3516AVX here; most of them complain about the tool-free chain tensioner, saying it doesn't work right and that the chain comes loose and falls off as a result.
Review: Poulan Pro PP3516AVX, Contributors to BackyardBoss.com