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Offline aclarke

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Re: Homelite 8800
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2015, 01:07:40 am »
That was an interesting Era for Homelite . My first big saw purchases in the mid 1980's was  a used 056 mag and a new Homelite 750. The homelite was a an awesome saw that would pull long bars easily.  Ignition system was unique and the saw had a cool exhaust note/buzz when loaded up in a cut.

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Re: Homelite 8800
« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2015, 10:22:57 pm »
I've got a 540 and it does run strong. Have a NOS 8800 top end to eventually build it with...I believe the 8800 had an aluminum tank/handle. My 540 has a plastic one with a small crack. Lots of hoses on that saw! Like the Husqvarna 298. Believe John Deere sold a variant. The cylinder looks like the typical two transfer port design typical of those times. A nice looking saw. My problem with those period Homelite's is they are such a PITA to work on! Its as if the engineers spent as much time making them complex as making them run. 410's the same way.

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Re: Homelite 8800
« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2015, 01:36:08 pm »
Mitch and Gary has owned all 3 versions.  I ran the JD 550 version at a gtg. Was impressive to me.

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Re: Homelite 8800
« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2015, 11:57:42 pm »
I like how the oil tank is isolated away from the heat of the crankcase.
Major problem with today's saws with the chain oil heated up and so thin to the point the chain is getting poorly lubricated when the tank gets below half full.
Also the 8800 and Deere went closed port as the older 540 was open.
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Re: Homelite 8800
« Reply #24 on: November 26, 2015, 04:20:47 pm »
I've ran a 540 and an 8800 in bigger wood.   Good power.  On par with a 288XP.  Bit heavier.  8800 does have the mag handle/tank in place of the 540's plastic tank/handle (which was fragile).  Flywheels and starter covers are different between the two (to address the cooling issues already mentioned).  Cylinder fins are different too (as is the port layout................also already mentioned).  Homelite also sold DM54 and MP88 demo saw versions of these powerheads.
-Aaron

For older saws:
Tune the H side so that it 4-strokes (burbles) at WOT unloaded and just cleans up when under load.
When you lift cutting load, the saw should immediately revert to 4-stroking.  Fine tune the transition point for the wood you're cutting.

 

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