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Homelite XL2
« on: January 19, 2013, 08:45:39 pm »
I was given a this homelite XL2 . Member here said it has a fuel issues and not running right now.   

Found paperwork showing bought in March 1980. Also a bill for rebuilding carb, duck bill valve etc in 1991.







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Re: Homelite XL2
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2013, 08:46:32 pm »


Watch out Kev.  It has a reed valve.:D

Replace the fuel line as well as the oil line(s).  The gas tank has a vent line that sticks a short way into the tank through a hole near the filler neck.  There should be a Homelite 69451 duckbill valve (now produced/sold by Stens and Oregon) on the end of that line inside the tank.

Some of them have a diaphragm oil pump in addition to a pressurized oil tank.  Others just have the pressurized oil tank.  The impulse line from the crankcase extends a short way into the oil tank.  It's supposed to have a porous bronze 'connector' stuck in the end of it, with another Homelite 69451 duckbill valve on the end of that.  By adjusting how much of that connector is exposed (meaning not covered by the duckbill or the line), you can control the amount of pressure that bleeds back out of the oil tank.  This controls the oil flow.  The Homelite SM sez to have between 1/16" and 1/8" of connector exposed.  If you want a LOT of oil flow, you can just use a solid walled tube instead of the connector.  That connector and what's left of the old duckbill may be sitting in the bottom of the oil tank...
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Re: Homelite XL2
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2013, 09:07:42 pm »
Thats a nice lookin saw.

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Re: Homelite XL2
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2013, 09:14:31 pm »
I have it's cousin in my shed although it's not as spiffy as that one .They are also a gigantic pain in the buttocks to work on .About as bad as a  Mini Mac .It's just a tiny little reed under the carb like a little Poulan which is no big deal they never go bad .

The one I have has a points ignition which is why I got ,freebie .The damned ignition system is one piece ,points with a soldered on condenser  .I just soldered a condenser from a Mini Mac seeings I have an abudance of them when I can find where I hid them .They sell the whole swear but it fetches more than the saw is worth .I think those little midgets are only about 1.8 cubic inch ,not much .

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Re: Homelite XL2
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2013, 09:17:05 pm »
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Re: Homelite XL2
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2013, 08:41:00 pm »
That's a slick looking little freebie Kev.  They're not as bad as a MM to work on in my opinion.  Not easy by any stretch though.  Only easy 'clamshell' cased saw (meaning the engine is within 2 shell halves............and NOT meaning a unit block 'clamshell' engine....as is a popular term on another site) that is actually easy to work on is the Poulan Micro.  These little Homelites have their quirks, but you only need two hands to work on them.........unlike the MM's that require three. 

A friend slipped an early mag-cased one of these Homelites in my truck the last time we went cutting.  It belongs to his buddy.  My friend asked me to look into the saw and fix it as a favor to him.  Dammit.  I put it off for a few months (kept 'forgetting' that it was on the shelf).  Damn thing is FILTHY dirty, which means the case halves and all available space around the engine within that shell will be PACKED with saw cake as they often are. 

Finally gave in to pressure from my friend and pulled the muffler cover.  It's SLIGHTLY scored (dammit I was hoping it was roached so I wouldn't have to deal with it).  Fires on a prime.  Just needs the usual fuel/oil lines, duckbills, and carb kits.  Told my friend it'd be $25 in parts.  Now I can wait while he asks his bud for the 'OK'.  Hoping he sez to forget it.  I have my own one of these to rehab the carb and lines on.  Another friend mailed it to me without provocation.  Since it's a gift, I'm obligated to keep/fix it.  My dear wife likes the little bugger (sez it's "cute" with the 10" bar).  I'm stuck here.  It's clean, but I still ain't looking forward to working on it..... ;D
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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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Re: Homelite XL2
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2013, 10:32:13 pm »
I looked that little pea picker up on Mike Acres site and it says first year of production was 1976 .I used one of those things I'm almost certain before that time .

You might find it surprising but the little thing would actually out cut a Mac 35 but that model in spite of how a few  might brag it up was  boat anchor if there ever was one .When they were new for the time period and what was out there for little saws they really were not that bad .I think they sold new for about 90 bucks or so .

They are not an oak slayer by any means but if they are running correctly not a bad little light duty trimmer .The key phrase though is running correctly .

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Re: Homelite XL2
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2013, 12:23:50 pm »
Looked over this one after getting the XL running and cutting.  The duck bill checks out, they fuel line looks ok and fuel filter is still attached in tank (didnt look at that any further).

Thinking it just needs carb kit. Since I can squirt mix in carb to start and keep running as I squirt mix in. Diaphragm is probably just stiff and wont draw fuel.

My dad is in town and dont want neither this xl2 or xl. So I am going to pass them on to others.
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Re: Homelite XL2
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2013, 03:03:32 pm »
All of this for a carb kit replacement??  :o

Well yesterday I stated to Jim I would have to get really bored to tear into this saw to put in a carb kit.

Well today I was waiting on the mail for 1 more switch before I can tear into the monte. So I grabbed this saw and tore it down for a look see.  Yep carb.  Just like normal I didnt have any walbro HDC  carb kits.

So I started going through my carb kits for matche and. I couldnt believe the huge diaphragm in my WG 3120 carb kits was a match for one side.  I had nothing for the check valve side which is clearly bad if you look at pic.

Oh noticed this yesterday, no H side on these? Whats up with that on these older saws.








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Re: Homelite XL2
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2013, 03:16:48 pm »
I have one plastic XL2 with a fixed H-side HDC.  Also have an early metal XL2 with an HDC that has both needles.  The evil crusty XL2 that I recently worked on as a favor for a friend also had the fully adjustable HDC.  I have a couple more XL2/Super2 saws that I haven't yet checked to see which carb is on them. 

Damn things are multiplying.  The evil saw spent too much time in the shop.  I think it bred with the plastic XL2 that I've had for a while.  Suddenly I had 4 of the things here, plus a 240 (and a parts saw) 'cousin' to them.  I haven't spent a dime getting any of them.  They keep coming in as 'freebies'.  It's against my nature to turn down free saws, as that can close 'free saw' doors that may someday yield something good.....
-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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