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Poulan PRO PR5020 20″ Chainsaw Review

Poulan PRO PR5020 20" Chainsaw Review

Cutting wooden logs and other structures has always been a challenging and time taking task. As old as these tasks are( as old as the beginning of humanity), it was only the 20th century that saw only in the 19th century a safer, more comfortable and less time-consuming method to carry out cutting wood for other structures. New equipment with modern times has made life more comfortable and is continuing to do so. 

Chainsaw, which was invented in 1830, gave many people a big sigh of relief, and construction workers and wood and wooden Product dealers today cannot even imagine how difficult it would have been for them to carry out their everyday work. It surely would be a nightmare for them as the tasks they can compete within minutes today will take days and days to complete. 

Chainsaws are not just an aid for the Professionals but also ordinary people. Chainsaws come to many uses in an average person’s life, sometimes in a year, if not every week. So, a Product as famous as a chainsaw used both by professionals and ordinary people would have a lot of brands dealing in it. 

The chainsaws market is full of players, both big and small, dealing in chainsaws that are both for Professionals and non-Professionals. Brands mainly target Non-professional or familiar people because of their vast market share. It is cheaper for ordinary people to do some of these tasks by themselves than the fees charged by a Professional for his service.

Poulan Pro

Poulan Pro

One such prominent manufacturer of chainsaws is Poulan, which has its latest product in the market named Poulan Pro Pr5020. Poulan is originally an American brand, more than half-a-century old, and deals in heavy-duty tools or engine tools like lawnmowers, leaf blowers, grass cutters, and most Prominently chainsaws. 

Poulan has now been purchased by a Swedish brand-named Husqvarna, which also specializes in this field, i.e., it also deals in lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and chainsaws. For sure, Poulan is a big player in the chainsaw market and has recently witnessed an upmarket trend, all thanks to its branding and designing initiatives. The new line of chainsaws built by Poulan is named Poulan Pro, in which Pro signifies a superior Product and higher satisfaction. 

Poulan Pro chainsaws come in a yellow(golden) and black color combination compared to the earlier green combination. Its new and flagship Product Poulan Pro Pr5020 has received a lot of appreciation and has been bought by many people, especially enthusiasts. 

Today we will review the Poulan Pro Pr5020, which comes with a 20-inch chain and bar and a 50cc engine. So if you are thinking of purchasing or recommending someone to purchase a chainsaw, you might want to read the review for the Poulan Pro Pr5020 model to decide whether it would suit all your expectations or requirements or not.

Poulan Pro Pr5020

Poulan Pro Pr5020 is a chainsaw model offered by Poulan which is very powerful and user friendly. It comes with a 50cc engine powerful enough to carry out most of the professionals’ standard works and is very useful for ordinary people.

It comes with a 20-inch bar and chain system, which is easily supported by the 50cc engine and is very useful in cutting wood and other materials. 

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Unlike most of its counterparts, the Poulan Pro Pr5020 runs on gas and oil instead of running on electricity. This makes it even more powerful to support the 50cc engine. As told earlier on, it comes in a color combination of black and gold, which gives it a very premium look.

There are many benefits offered by this product but before getting into any of that, let us first look at its Pros and cons. 


  • Poulan Pro Pr5020 starts quickly and helps in cutting smoothly.
  • The machine is mighty and durable, which is the essential product requirement in this line.
  • It is stable and easy to use. 


  • The bar is a bit flexible, contributing to the difficulties in cutting a material.
  • It is quite a bit heavy, making it difficult to hold for long. Operating this powerful machine certainly needs some strong hands; otherwise, it will be tough to operate.
  • The ignition modules may have difficulties 

Before getting started with the benefits and limitations, make sure that you have gone through the manual of your Poulan Pro Pr5020 before looking for repair services. It is quite often the case that the company has identified that shortcoming and suggested a way out of it. So, try giving it a shot. 

Benefits of Poulan Pro Pr5020

Poulan Pro Pr5020


Poulan Pro Pr5020 comes with a 50cc engine, which is the top offering of Poulan. A 50cc engine may not be anything for a vehicle, but it is like a lo for a chainsaw. The tasks that you wanted to do with the chainsaw could now be done even more quickly and effectively due to the powerful engine. The engine runs on a mixture of oil and gas and is a substitute for the electric chainsaw. Because it is not electric, it is more powerful and very well suits the 20-inch bar and chain.

Effortless Pull Starting

The machine starts with less effort than a regular oil engine. Though it does not have a switch to start itself, like there is an electrical engine, one must pull the string to get it started. Starting a chainsaw could sometimes be one heck of a task, but it is not the case with the Poulan Pro Pr5020, which possesses a perfect ignition system that starts the engine in just one go.

20 Inch Bar and Chain

Poulan Pro Pr5020 comes with a 20-inch-long chain and bar, which is more than enough to do most of the work required to be done if you are a Professional. The chain and bar very well suit the powerful engine. 

But the only problem is that it is flexible, which makes it comparatively difficult to use. But the feature of changing the bar to any other brand’s bar of your choice is beneficial. You do not need to be reliant on the default bar for your works. Read the manual to get the idea of how to change the bar if you want to.

Efficient Engine

Although the engine runs on oil and gas, it is a lot more powerful and efficient than most of its counterparts. Experts say that the engine consumes 70 percent less fuel than other engines running on oil or gas and lasts for 20 percent longer when compared. 

This makes it an even better deal and attracts a lot of people looking to buy a chainsaw. Many say it is the best offer for the worth it is.

Automatic Oiler

If you have purchased Poulan Pro Pr5020, you certainly do not need to worry about oiling the bar and the chain of the machine to prevent it from any damages. This is because the machine does that by itself. Its automatic oiling system certainly reduces a lot of effort and stress on your part and makes it ready for use at any point in time.

Reduced Vibration Handle

The biggest problem with a chainsaw that prevents it from executing a task like butter and perfect at the same time is because they vibrate a lot, and it is quite evident from the type of work they are designed for. 

The biggest concern while buying a machine that is as powerful as the Poulan Pro Pr5020 is the skepticism about it vibrating a lot. But you would be glad to hear that unlike other oil running machines, Poulan Pro Pr5020 is free from the problem of vibration. The engineers have especially identified and resolved this problem. 

With less vibration, there is less stress in your hand, and this makes you work with the chainsaw for longer hours than usual, making a task less time taking and easier. This is especially good for people who cannot bear so much stress in their hands.

3 Year Extended Warranty

The machine comes with a 2-year warranty, which can be extended for three years after fulfilling specific criteria and paperwork. The warranty only covers any fault in the machine or defect and does not cover the normal wear and tear that happens while you are using it.

Review by People

Poulan Pro Pr5020 has got some excellent reviews both from the experts and the buyers. Forty percent of the people who have reviewed the product have given it a 5-star rating. This is a lot for a chainsaw. 

On the other hand, it has also received some criticism mostly because of its weight and the flexibility of its bar. Because of this reason, more than 21 percent of the reviewers have given the product a 1-star rating.


Above mentioned were some benefits and shortcomings of Poulan Pro Pr5020, which comes with a 20-inch bar and chain. It comes at a price range of $200 to $300 on Amazon and Walmart. 

Do not forget to check out offers on various sites and compare them before purchasing the product to ensure that you have the best available deal.

William Eames
William Eames, with a background in industrial design brings over 18 years of experience in design and architecture. He joined our editorial team in 2019, offering insights into design trends and architectural innovations. Before this, William ran his design studio and lectured at various universities. His hobbies include photography and sustainable gardening, reflecting his commitment to aesthetics and the environment.

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