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Poulan 966454201 25cc Gas Blower & Vacuum

  • Blower and vacuum
  • Gas powered
  • 200 mph airflow velocity
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Brand
Poulan
Model
966454201

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* Blower and vacuum

* Gas powered

* 200 mph airf

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  • William Y.
  • 9/7/2014 5:13:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCaveat emptor: reliability is an issue

Pros: The price is unbeatable and the first time I used it it was very effective both as a blower and a vacuum. It was very easy to start and I say this because it arrived while I was out of town and my not mechanically inclined wife unboxed it and followed the directions and used it.. She really liked it. The second week when I used it the blower started easily worked very well. It was not nearly as loud as I would have expected.

Cons: After a very positive first experience for my wife the first week it arrived I used the blower the second week and it likewise worked very well. The third week was a different story entirely. I attempted to start the blower a week after the my first use first use. I carefully followed the instructions for how many times to pump the primer bulb and crank the engine on full choke before going to half choke and then run. The engine never fired. I repeated the process. Let it sit for an hour. Then let it sit for another week. Still it would not fire. My persistence in trying to get it to start was only limited by the popped blister on the inside of my index finger from having pulled the starter cord so many times that it rubbed the skin off (the second week after it would not start I used a glove before repeating the ritual of yanking the starter cord 50+ times.)

The primer bulb was indeed getting fuel into the cylinder because repeated cranking would eventually cause the unburned fuel to come out the muffler. I even removed the spark plug to and cranked it and observed that there was fuel being inducted as it was cranked. What I did not see was a spark on the removed plug. It would appear that after owning it for three weeks and using it one time the coil has gone bad and not spark is getting to the plug. Not good at all.

I have spoken with two small engine shops about this blower. The first told me that they don't do work on Poulan or "consumer grade" engines at all as they are essentially disposable after 50 hours run time. I thought that he did not understand that this was a Poulan Pro versus a Poulan but he said that was more a marketing label than a description of the intended use. The second shop (which was listed on the Poulan service locator website) told me that they would look at it for the $35 diagnostic fee but also said that it was a 50 hour service life and any repair not covered by warranty will cost more than I paid for the blower. He also remarked that for $50 more than what I paid at Newegg I could have purchased a blower with a 300 hour service life. I'll remember that next time I'm buying a small engine appliance.

Other Thoughts: I had been careful to buy the pre-mixed fuel with NO ethanol to protect the fuel system. Being that this model does not have a fuel petcock to let the engine run till the carburetor is dry I don't know what else I could have done to ensure that it was stored correctly for one week. I have previously owned a Poulan Wild Thing chain saw that I have owned since 2001 and it worked well every time I used it until the effects of enthanol caused the fuel pickup tube to dissolve. (I was advised against the cost of replacing it because of other damage to the engine caused by ethanol so I have since bought only ethanol free fuel for my small engines). I was a happy Poulan customer which was why I selected this blower in the first place. So, now it's time to find out if Poulan will stand behind the product. Regardless of whether they cover the repairs or not, I should not have a blower that dies after one use and less than a month in my possession. Poulan, are you listening?

Lastly, on the first use I learned a hard lesson when using it as a vacuum which is to keep the collection bag clear of the path of the engine exhaust lest you melt holes in the bag. The position of the collectiob bag makes that a challenge.

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  • Thomas L.
  • 11/14/2012 11:54:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: works great

Cons: none

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