Poulan Pro PPBP30
Had this blower less than 2 full seasons. Not much different than what you have read below. Attachments keep coming apart, Gas constantly runs down your back if tank isn't perfectly level. Needs to run forever to get to full throttle. Just a miserable blower and I wouldn't waste any money on it....... Blower wont start and is heading for the trash
June 8, 2013
Don't believe the OLD reviews !!
I just purchased this Poulan Blower and this is clearly a 2nd generation version of the blower that has been re-done for 2013 and is FANTASTIC value for the money. If you follow the simple priming/choke instructions it starts easily & runs really well. The OLD reviews are obviously for a previous version of the blower (that may have had problems) but if so, Poulan has clearly fixed the issues with the engine mounts, which are good quality & can be easily repaired IF an issue does develop. This blower is a great deal for the money, just make sure you buy a NEW one that hasn't been opened & you have one of the new 2nd generation versions.
May 14, 2013
I'm female and love yard work. I have a hard time starting things with pull cords but Sears said I'd have no problem with this, that I'd love it. I bought it in late fall 2011 (prime time to use). I got it out of the box put the tubes together, hooked up straps and waited for husband to get home so he could do the fuel mix. Excited, I couldn't wait to use it...it's something I can actually start myself, this should please him.
He puts the fuel in & steps away "it's all yours".
Well, if luck would have it, I couldn't get it started but I wasn't too concerned because I can't get the chainsaws started either but I can pull lawn mowers over. So, my husband (who is quite strong and does engine work on vehicles and small engines) tried and tried to get this blower started. Thinking maybe it's flooded, he lets it set a few hours, it's dark by now and it still wouldn't start. Next day it started for him but not me, but it wouldn't stay running. I had to keep touching the throttle trigger a bit but not a lot because it would choke out and stall. He finally got it to keep running after 10 minutes of throttle playing. WOW! It has soo much power, it was cutting grass from cracks out of my paved drive, blew leaves 10 ft high, cleaned water & leaves from bird feeders, cleaned my rocks out, blew stones from gardens, did awesome work around my hedges! I LOVE MY BLOWER! It worked hard when & where I needed it, yet gentle around my plants! It's very moveable, convenient, no cords, worked beyond my expectations...when it ran.
The following spring was the same way. It takes a lot of patience on my husbands part. In fact, we argue a LOT over it. He is not pleased at all.
He knows how much I love my blower, so he does his best to try to get it running. I used it one other time up north. I bragged to everyone how well it worked when it ran....then up north it wouldn't start. Fresh fuel didn't work. The day we came home it finally ran. Didn't run again until last October and then it sounded real bad and died FOREVER. The cord doesn't pull at all.
WEIGHT was very nice and balanced on back.
TUBES did keep coming off, in fact the end tube wasn't made to "lock" on but I used duct tape. Problem with that is you can't get in close spots because the tube is so long now. I'm OK with.
STRAPS are adjustable but I have a hard time reaching around to "unhook" it because the hook is in an awkward area. I'm OK with.
ENGINE had awesome power when it ran. I paid about $200-$225 and used it 3-4 times at the most which boils down to $50-$70 per use....plus all the arguing and time invested.
Poulan has let me down. I really tried to keep it alive.
April 16, 2013
My issues with PPBP30
I wish I had read the reviews on this product before I bought it, instead I relied on the store staff recommendation. Lesson, do your research. Out of the box this product was relatively easy to assemble. It will always start after 15 to 20 pulls. But the real concerns are as follows. You have to let it warm up for 7 minutes before you can touch the throttle. If you don't wait each time you touch the throttle the engines bogs down and eventually just stops. After the 7 minutes it runs fine. The engine is held to the back pack by 3 rubber motor mounts. While using the product one weekend the engine literally fell off the backpack. Luckily I was not hurt. The 3 motor mounts are just rubber, vulcanized to 2 metal bolts, and the rubber just separates from the metal bolts. The unit was approximately 3-4 months old when this happened. Considering I only use it once a week this type of failure seems rather premature. When the engine fell off it hit the driveway and broke the gas cap. Out of frustration I returned it to the retailer who refuse to accept it back because it had been used. I called Poulan who told me my PPBP30 was used and that things can go wrong. They were willing to sell me replacement parts to fix it but I would have to wait because the motor mounts were out of stock with no availability date. When I asked about the 7 minutes to warm up they told me to change the gas. Out of frustration I went to my local small engine repair guy to buy the parts. Without even checking he told me that the rubber motor mounts were on backorder. He said that this is a very common problem. About 4 months later my small engine guy called to say my 2 new sets (1 for back-up# of motor mounts for $55 and a gas cap for $15 #all prices include shipping) were in. The motor mounts are redesigned and have been installed, the gas cap did not fit so it is being reordered. This piece of equipment has now been out of operation for one year if you count 4 months for winter. I am hoping the new gas cap fits so I can proceed with spring clean-up.
April 8, 2013
This is a horrible product.
After purchasing this blower, I had to return it the same day since it would not even start. The second one started but would die when the trigger was pressed. It turns out that you have to let it run on idle to warm up for 10 minutes. That's right, you have to let this thing sit and drink gasoline for a full 10 minutes just to get it to run. Additionally, the connection between the air hose/handpiece keeps coming off and it almost impossible to reattach. Stay away from this blower; stay far away. You would be better suited to douse your money in lighter fluid and strike a match.
March 24, 2013
problem with bk strap
the strap was next to engine out of the box started blower and strap melted
February 26, 2013
ppbp30 is a great blower for the buck,and wonderfully made.if you have a small or median yard it,s great to have instead of raking.
December 16, 2012
backpack feature makes it much easier to use than the handheld one I had. The only problem I have with this feature is after putting on the strap on one shoulder it is sometimes difficult to reach for the other strap.
December 9, 2012