Not all chainsaws run on the same gas-to-oil ratio. If you don’t mix the fuel using the required proportions, you can’t expect the engine to run without any issues.
Unlike most chainsaws, Poulan chainsaws do not run on a 50:1 gas-to-oil ratio.
Poulan chainsaws require a 40:1 fuel-to-oil ratio. If you are calculating the amount in gallons, the ratio will be 3.2 fluid ounces of oil for 1 gallon of gas. In liters, you will have to add 25 mL of oil to 1 liter of gas.
Increasing your chainsaw’s efficiency requires a proper fuel mixture. So, make sure to read the whole article before getting started.
Poulan Chainsaw Oil To Gas Ratio
Poulan chainsaws come with 2-stroke engines that require a 40:1 fuel-to-oil ratio. That means you will have to mix 3.2 ounces of oil with 1 gallon of gas.
You can use petrol that has a maximum of 10% alcohol in it. However, you should not store fuel with alcohol in the chainsaw.
The good news is you can find oil bottles that come in the exact amount required for a Poulan chainsaw fuel mix. You can get oil bottles measuring 3.2 fluid ounces.
So, if you are mixing one gallon of petrol with oil, you won’t have to measure the oil separately.
In case you are only mixing one liter of petrol, you can also get fuel mixing bottles that come with measurement indicators to make the process easier.
Poulan Chainsaw Gas Mixture Chart
Let’s take a look at the oil and fuel amount in gallons that you need to mix to get a perfect 40:1 ratio.
|Gasoline (In Gallon)||Oil (In Fluid Ounce)|
Now, let’s see the measurements in liters.
|Gasoline (In Liter)||Oil (In Milliliter)|
Poulan Chainsaw Fuel Mix: Step-By-Step Procedure
Mixing fuel for Poulan chainsaws is similar to any other fuel mixing procedure. All you have to do is make sure that the measurements are accurate. If you have a Husqvarna chainsaw, check my article on Husqvarna chainsaw fuel mix.
Things You Will Need
- Fuel-approved container.
- 87 octane unleaded gasoline – 1 gallon.
- 3.2 fluid ounces of 2-cycle engine oil.
- A wiping cloth.
Step 1: Get Everything Ready
Any task that relates to power tools should be well-executed. Before getting to the mixing process, make sure that you have everything ready at hand.
The area should be well-ventilated. Your chainsaw should not be hot from running. Allow it to cool off before loading it with fuel.
Step 2: Add Gasoline
Take the fuel-approved container and pour 1 gallon of gasoline into it. Make sure that the container is clean.
Be careful not to spill the fuel on yourself. Poulan suggests that you use gasoline that has at least an 87-octane rating. Also, the gas should be unleaded.
If you are using gasoline that has alcohol in it, make sure that the alcohol is not more than 10%. In addition, avoid storing the fuel inside the chainsaw if it has alcohol in it.
Step 3: Add Oil
Now, add 3.2 fluid ounces of oil to the gasoline. Use 2-cycle air-cooled engine oil recommended by the brand. If you are adding a different amount, always measure the amount properly.
Step 4: Shake the Mix
Close the cap of the fuel container and shake the mixture for about ten to fifteen seconds. If you decide to store the mix, make sure to shake each time before pouring it into your chainsaw. After sitting for a while, the oil can get separated from the gas.
Step 5: Pour into the Chainsaw
Open your chainsaw’s fuel tank cap. And then carefully pour the mixture. Close the cap tightly and use the cloth to wipe the cap. This ensures there is no spill sitting on the fuel tank’s cap.
Things To Remember
The more you become efficient while mixing and pouring fuel, the better your chainsaw will perform. Let’s take a look at a few things that you should keep in mind.
Use A Fuel Container
Never mix the fuel directly inside the chainsaw fuel tank. Always keep a clean and fuel-approved container for mixing gas and oil. A dirty fuel container can the reason to ruin the whole mixture.
Avoid Storing Fuel For Too Long
You shouldn’t store the mixed fuel for too long. The maximum duration you should store your mixed fuel is 90 days. Keep the amount of time in mind and discard any fuel that crosses 90 days.
Always double-check whether the gas, oil, and container are fulfilling all the conditions or not. The gasoline has to be at least 87 octane and unleaded.
The oil needs to be suitable for 2-stroke air-cooled engines. And the container has to be fuel-approved.
If you want to skip the mixing procedure altogether, you can also get pre-mixed fuel for your chainsaw. Here are some recommendations for the oil, pre-mixed fuel, and container if you need them.
|Arnold 2-Cycle Engine Oil||With fuel stabilizer & Precise amount.
Suitable for 2-cycle air-cooled engines.
|TruFuel 2-Cycle 40:1 Pre-Blended Fuel||Compatible with all 40:1 ratio 2-cycle engines.
Convenient & Time saver.
|RA Fuel & Oil Mixing Bottle||Measurement indication for all ratios.
Easy to use & Durable.
- Make sure that there isn’t any spillage before starting the chainsaw.
- Do not start the chainsaw where you mixed the fuel.
- Avoid using fuel that you mixed more than 90 days ago.
- Always use unleaded gasoline for your chainsaw.
- Check the user manual to ensure what fuel ratio your chainsaw requires.
- Do not store fuel in the chainsaw that has alcohol.
- Avoid leaving fuel inside the chainsaw for more than 30 days.
- Clean the air filter and replace the fuel filter as necessary to make sure that the unit runs efficiently.
Frequently Asked Questions
What grade of gas should I use for my Poulan chainsaw?
The manufacturer suggests that you use unleaded 87-octane gas. If the fuel has alcohol, the percentage should not exceed 10%. You should always avoid E85 and diesel fuel.
Why won’t the chainsaw start?
There can be several reasons to cause this issue. Improper fuel mixing, a dirty air filter, a faulty spark plug, etc., can cause this issue. Avoid using fuel that’s too old, clean the air filter when necessary, replace the fuel filter when needed, and make sure that the spark plug gap is accurate.
Can I leave fuel inside the chainsaw?
You shouldn’t store fuel in your chainsaw. If you are storing the chainsaw for more than thirty days, you should empty the fuel can and tighten the cap before storing it. Leaving fuel can cause gum deposits and damage the unit.
Hopefully, you’ve got everything you need to know about the Poulan chainsaw fuel mix. It’s important to get everything straightened out before you start refilling your chainsaw.
The fuel mix ratio can be different for different brands. So, you can never be too careful.
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