About Poulan Weedeater


About Poulan Weedeater

Poulan was originally an independent American company based in Shreveport, Louisiana, founded as Poulan Saw Co. in 1946 by chainsaw pioneer Claude Poulan. Poulan was purchased in late fifties or early sixties by the Beaird Company, also of Shreveport, it was then known as Beaird-Poulan. The company then merged with Weed Eater in the 1970s, and was eventually purchased by Electrolux several years later. A Poulan chainsaw model 245A was featured in the 1971 film movie The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Today the Poulan brand name is used primarily for outdoor power equipment, such as chainsaws, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chain saws, and lawnmowers, aimed at the mid level consumer market. Since Poulan is owned by Husqvarna, the two brands often share design technologies. In recent years Poulan has offered a more hearty Poulan Pro brand employing a black and gold color scheme instead of the traditional Poulan green. As a result, Poulan products have been pushed even further downmarket.

Along with Poulan and Husqvarna branded products, Husqvarna also provides lawn mowers, lawn tractors, and other yard equipment to Sears that are sold under the Sears Craftsman brand name. Most mid level Craftsman products are merely just slightly altered Poulan products in a different color schematic.

Poulan brand is still synonymous with quality, reliability and value to consumers for over 60 years. The Poulan chainsaw company was founded in 1946, based on a new product that revolutionised the forestry industry and set the tone for a company that would continue to build its reputation as an innovator during its time.

In the Weedeater merger in the late 1970’s, Poulan is today the leading North American manufacturer of gas, electric and battery powered hand held outdoor power equipment. It makes more lawn trimmers, blowers and chainsaws than any other manufacturer in the world. Its Nashville, Arkansas chainsaw factory is the largest single chainsaw factory in the world producing over 1 million units annually. Poulan, a proud member of the Husqvarna Group, is the worlds leading producer of innovative solutions for outdoor power equipment. Poulan company history courtesy of Husqvarna Outdoor Products, www.poulan.com