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        Granberg Bar-Mount Chainsaw Sharpener, Model# G-106B
        stump vise
        splitter ax
        gas and oil double jug
        cant hook(s)

Later a pro 28" bar and chain

Poulan Pro PP5020AV

Bar and chain article Poulan Pro PP5020AV Gas Chainsaw | Review

The Poulan Pro PP5020AV is an exceptional gas chainsaw for under $200. Poulan Pro is owned by Husqvarna, which means many of the components on the Poulan Pro PP5020AV are taken straight from other Husqvarna chainsaws

When buying the Poulan Pro PP5020AV you essentially get the equivalent Husqvarna quality, comparable to the Husqvarna 440E gas chainsaw — for a lot less money. I know, it’s not exactly the same, but the overall reliability and build quality is similar. In some ways it’s better, because you get a lot for very little money. It’s inexpensive — not cheap.

Get the: OREGON 72LGX072G – 72 Drive Link Super Guard Chain. product page PowerCut™ Saw Chain, 20" Part #72LGX072G

Top performing 3/8” pitch chain, ideal for high-production cutting. Oregon 72LGX low-vibration, full chisel cutters offer top performance. Smoother cuts via offset depth gauges that stop cutters from driving into the sidewall of the cut.

        LubriTec™ keeps your chain and guide bar oiled for less friction and longer life
        Pitch: 3/8", gauge: .050", drive link count: 72
        Blued Cutters deliver high-quality protection against corrosion
        Top-Plate Filing Indicators make accurate sharpening easier
        For saw sizes 50-100 cc
        Exclusive OCS-01 Steel provides greater durability

And, you’ll also need to upgrade the bar in order to fit the OREGON 72LGX072G chain. If you want a professional quality bar I recommend the OREGON 200RNDK095 — 20″ Power Match Bar. product page PowerCut™ Guide Bar, 20" Part #200RNDK095

Solid body guide bar for the professional woodcutter. Replaceable sprocket nose eliminates need to purchase a new bar

        Replaceable bar nose eliminates need to purchase a new bar
        Nose fastens with a single rivet and secured by wide, strong overlapping ears for easy replacement
        Long nose takes most of the abuse with less wear on the bar body
        Tough rails with excellent resistance to wear and chipping
        Fits Husqvarna, Dolmar, Jonsered, Makita and others, for additional fit information please see the part finder.
        Pitch: 3/8", Gauge: .050", chain drive link count: 72
 Poulan Pro PP5020AV Chainsaw Review

Chain Maintenance

Poulan Pro 20 in. 50cc $199 at Home Depot

Poulan Pro 5020 product page Bought a new Poulan Pro 5020 to see what there about Poulan Pro PP5020AV 20" Bar 50cc Engine

Great info in this thread


John, the 70’s won’t work on the wider Oregon bar. Remember, every link in the chain is an extra 1/2” on that type of chain. Those little home owner bars are so small you’ll wonder why you got one in the first place. The 20” Oregon bar will add another 3+ pounds to the weight of the saw, which changes the balance, and I like them a bit bar heavy, less work for me.

Save your original bar and chains for anyone that wants to borrow the saw…. It will save you hundreds in the long run.

My 28” bar and chain was a stretch, but I figured for the price I could rebuild the saw and sell it as running on Craigslist.

If you want I’ll post the chains and bars that work on the Poulan, but it’s probably easier to look up fitment for the Husqvarna 450, 455, 460, 470, and back track to the Poulan.

the Poulan is only a 50.2 CID but from the ones I worked on, the parts are the same on the inside for the Husky Rancher 450 and 455.


OK, here are the two I used:

20” upgrade to the standard Poulan bar and chain:

Oregon Power Match bar 200RNDK095 which takes the LPX Super Chisel chain 72LPX072G

28” upgrade to the Poulan bar and chain:

Oregon Power Match bar 280RNDK095 which uses the LPX Super Chisel chain 72LPX093G

(BTW, the standard replacement chain in the LPX series is the 72LPX070G for the factory bar).


Yes, Have been using three of the Poulan 5020AV saws for years for sawing our firewood. Bought the third one as a spare for breakdown parts-but, have had one clutch spring failure, and that is all. Did get the jet adjustment tool, and haven’t changed the third saw over to a 28” bar and chain yet, but will when I wear out the last 20” chain. Am 71 years old, and a 28” setup means not so much stooping. Far easier, and the saw works fine with the longer bar and chain. Get a full skip chisel chain, Oregon 72jgx092g, and the bar is an Oregon 280RNDK095. Grease the tip with two small squirts every fuel fill up, and I like 30 weight motor oil for chain lube in the cold of winter.

The Oregon 30846 12 volt sharpener is what I use for keeping the teeth tip top. Be sure to drop the end you hold a bit to keep the profile right. Read up if you are not up to speed, there are many places on the internet now that will tell you how to do it. I use both diamond and carbide bits; whatever is on sale cheap. Never cut through into the dirt; buy a cant hook and turn the log to saw the last bit. I also like to roll logs onto a couple of small pieces of firewood to keep them off the ground. Or, fall them onto branches from an earlier tree. Whatever it takes ! Kind regards, Joel PS-if you buy from eBay, there is a seller lately who has complete heads for dirt-cheap! Just take some time and check everything out. Have three buddies who bought. One found some loose screws (and one missing), one found a plastic bar spacer that no one bothered to remove, and the third buddy got one with a loose air filter, and the fuel tank about a third full of straight oil !! I gave one of them my oldest 20” factory bar, and it still works fine. You can easily grind the bars flat again when they wear.

l heyduke youtube pp5020 with vanguard chain

Stihl or Husqvarna

donyboy73 youtube How To Install A More Robust Bar & Chain On A Stihl Ms180, 170, 018, 017 Chainsaw

DoingItCheap youtube Making my Small Stihl Chainsaw Cut Like a Big Un !

Human youtube Stihl Pro Saw vs. Farm/Ranch

Chain Sharpen Sharpening FILE-N-JOINT LOW PROFILE – G106B

chainsawbars youtube - using a filing guide system $25 Granberg Bar-Mount Chainsaw Sharpener, Model# G-106B

Matthew Rowell youtube The American Edge on a Chainsaw

George Lawrence youtube Granberg106B Chainsaw Chain Filing Jig, Advanced Use

George Lawrence youtube Granberg 106b jig, Filing a 28" chain in 3 minutes with a stump vise.

George Lawrence web article on Granberg 106b pdf available

local pdf - Granberg 106b article by George Lawrend

Why the Granberg jig?

In contrast to the Oregon jig which is very flimsy because of a plastic filing frame, thin wall construction, and difficult to read black-on-black dials; the Granberg jig is very solidly built with all metal construction, thick sidewalls, and easy to read dials. I started off with the Oregon jig, but then gave the Granberg jig a try, was delighted, and never used the Oregon jig again. The Granberg jig provides a complete solution for all chain used on hand held saws.

Filing full chisel chain With The Granberg Jig

Flat-filed chisel chain, also called full chisel chain, is recognized by experts as the fastest chainsaw cutting chain with the further advantage that it retains its sharpness longer than the round filed chisel chain.

Use of full chisel chain has generally been limited to experienced professionals who either use one of the expensive, specilized grinders or have mastered the very difficult technique of hand filing the chain using one of the special files. However full chisel chain is easily and quickly sharpened in the field or at home with the Granberg jig as will be explained here.

Michael Collinson youtube granberg precision grinder model G 1012XT Sharpening a chainsaw the easy way



Very nice explanation

Rant on bad advice on youtbe. Very expierenced, pay attention. You have to get the gullet, have to.

search: Granberg File-N-Joint

Granberg GRIND-N-JOINT (12V) – G912XT

Granberg Bar-Mount Chainsaw Sharpener, Model# G-106B

Designed by Elof Granberg over 35 years ago, the File-N-Joint is an industry standard for accuracy and durability. This guide allows you to file your chain right on your bar with professional accuracy.

How to File Chain (Using Granberg File Guide) 94BULLITT youtube

Favorite how to video

Homestead222 youtube Sharpening Chains with the Granberg File-N-Joint

Pretty good video as well.
        0:00 Intro
        0:48 Overview of adjustments
        3:13 Setting up the jig
        10:49 Sharpening
        14:08 Filing depth gauge
        21:11 Short review

File n Joint Adjustments Timothy Tatro youtube

Wranglerstar youtube How To Sharpen A Chainsaw Properly

Wranglerstar youtube How To Sharpen A Chainsaw Properly part 2

Wranglerstar youtube A Better Way To Sharpen A Chainsaw (Granberg G1012XT)

6:20 - Notice the field kit bag. His faller's kit.
        Raker gauge and file - every 3rd filing or so
 page Granberg G1012XT Precision Grinder - 12V

$74.89 at G-1012XT - Granberg Precision Grinder

Pete B. youtube Granberg G1012XT 12 Volt Chainsaw Chain Sharpener/Grinder

Oregon Chain Saw Depth Gauge

Depth Gauge and Flat File - Model 27742 Includes flat file and a 0.025in. drop-center depth gauge Depth Gauge Tool with Flat File Part #40466 .025" drop-center depth gauge tool Depth Gauge Tool with Flat File Part #27742 .025" drop-center depth gauge tool

Soat Mon youtube How to use a Chainsaw Depth Gauge

logcabinlooms youtube Saw chain depth gauges

More depth on soft woods like cotton wood


Uses one sided tool. He is experienced.

cronkito1 youtube How To Adjust The Depth Gauges On A Chainsaw Chain

        Tighten chain for sharpening so there is less slop.

Wranglerstar youtube What Chainsaw Bar Is Right For You? | Wranglerstar

Lot's of good information on chainsaw bars.

Wranglerstar youtube What Chainsaw Is Right For You?

Stihl ms260 or ms261 is his recommendation. 25" bar for limbing. Chisel chain better when in good condition. Round file chain more durable, can sharpen in field.

Wranglerstar youtube How To Work With Chainsaws

        Ear protection
        one hand axe
        2 wedges

Wranglerstar youtube How To Split Firewood Properly

Wranglerstar youtube Splitting Wood With A Tire (Improved Design) | Wranglerstar


Anthony Ventura Jr youtube Comparison of Stihl MS 441 Magnum and Jonsered 2172 chainsaws

Smart Easy DIY youtube Jonsered CS 2255 Chainsaw Unboxing First Time Setup

$16.50 at amazon Timber Savage 5.5 Inch Felling Wedge Chain Saw Logging Supplies Set of 4

$44 at amazon Forester Chainsaw Apron Chaps with Pocket, Orange 36 Length by Forester

$47 at amazon Fiskars Hookaroon (28 Inch)

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