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Offline Al Smith

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Re: Homelite 8800
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2012, 12:41:48 pm »
I didn't really know what the "John Deere " saw was except once they got it tuned in the pot licker would fly .

Somebody ran my 2100 Husky in the vintage class and that JD/Homelite turned in a better time .Now that's saying something .

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Re: Homelite 8800
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2012, 01:33:28 pm »
I didn't really know what the "John Deere " saw was except once they got it tuned in the pot licker would fly .

Somebody ran my 2100 Husky in the vintage class and that JD/Homelite turned in a better time .Now that's saying something .

That series of Husky can really scoot.  The Homie doesn't really rev high but it sure holds rpm's in the cut.  The cylinder pics are of the second one I just purchased.  Its running gasket less with the pins located to the exhaust for possible future work.

This is an eight pin 20" full ch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3C9MG7SqjM

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Re: Homelite 8800
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2012, 03:01:40 pm »
I think what can be said about Homelite as a brand is they just fell out of favor .Earlier models such as the old blue C-5 and C-7 .Later Xl-12 and classics like the 750 and 2100 are recognized .However these later model machines are not .

In addition in later times just like Poulan all anybody recognizes is the less expensive consumer saws and little is known about some really good robust saws they made .

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Re: Homelite 8800
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2013, 11:32:21 am »
John Deere 550CS    I know Mitch owned this one.  Is this the one you have or had Jeff?  The one I ran at the GTG in the spring one year.




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Re: Homelite 8800
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2013, 11:47:53 am »
John Deere 550CS    I know Mitch owned this one.  Is this the one you have or had Jeff?  The one I ran at the GTG in the spring one year.





Jeff had found one locally, if I remember right.  This is not the one you ran.

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Re: Homelite 8800
« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2013, 04:06:35 pm »
Jim (ChainsawWhisperer) picked this up for me. It was an Ebay saw, local pickup only. The seller was pretty adamant on not shipping it, and Jim (not even knowing me at the time) said he would pick it up without a problem- took a lot of worry off of me because I really wanted the saw. I planned on selling this along with my Homelite 540 a while back, but ended up just selling the Homelite. I don't think I could sell this saw now, I have never really struggled selling one, and this one was tough. The last thing I want is sellers remorse when I part with a saw.

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Re: Homelite 8800
« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2013, 09:48:16 pm »
I found info on chainsaw prices when they were new and high retail.  Just want to see how accurate it is.

Says the 8800 was made 3 years 95 96 97, dry weight was 18.3lbs and high retail was $739 new. Bars offered were 20"-43" .

Anyone know if above is close?
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Re: Homelite 8800
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2013, 10:21:28 pm »
I bought a 540 new in 1991 if I recall correctly. Got it at Northern Hydraulics of all places and paid approximately $530 for it with a 20" bar qith the Saf-T-Tip on it. Never ran the 20" bar, instead hung a 30" Total on it. This is a picture of it prior to it being dropped.




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Re: Homelite 8800
« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2013, 10:48:14 am »
I bought a 540 new in 1991 if I recall correctly. Got it at Northern Hydraulics of all places and paid approximately $530 for it with a 20" bar qith the Saf-T-Tip on it. Never ran the 20" bar, instead hung a 30" Total on it. This is a picture of it prior to it being dropped.



Just checking your info compared to the sold new info this place I'm checking on list them at.

Homelite 540 made 1988-1990  in 88 sold new $650 16lb dry 20"-24" bars.   

Wonder why 2lbs different in listed weights of 540 to 8800.  Metal tank on 8800 weight that much more?
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Re: Homelite 8800
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2015, 12:48:07 am »
I had to bump this thread as I did some research into the 540/8800 Homelite recently for a fellow who bought a 8800.
In 1986-87 when Homelite hired a new top engineer and were  getting a second wind in the pro market they introduced the 540 to compete with the 1986 Stihl 064AV, then onto the 288XP.
There was some cooling issues with the 540 so that's where the new improved 8800 came in in the early '90s.
The 394XP and 066 at the time pretty well sunk Homelites top gun, but from a few old timers I talked to the Homie was a champion, but just didn't have the dealer support that they once prided in years past. Homelite was so very strong especially in the 1970s.
Definitely would be a saw on my wish list today.
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