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Offline weimedog

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346xp cases..
« on: November 26, 2015, 04:42:58 pm »
Learned something today. **** open a set of cases and realized the case screws were a coarse thread vs. almost every other one I have that were a fine thread. Must be an early version....but the point is I can no longer assume 346 cases & case screws are all created equal....

( Still getting used to the look of that crank when "center" is set by the bearings and pto case side....leaves more distance on the flywheel side by quite a lot... but that's how they have to be! )

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Re: 346xp cases..
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2015, 06:16:23 pm »
Hello Weimedog!  Good to hear from you.  Are you talking about the main case bolts or cylinder bolts?  I remember that I learned from one of your videos that somewhere in mid to late 2000 they could be either one, at least on the plastic cased versions of 340-350, and the Jonnys 2145, 2150.  Any more I just keep the bolts with the case I tore down.  What year 346 are you working on?

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Re: 346xp cases..
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2015, 10:53:22 pm »
Hello Weimedog!  Good to hear from you.  Are you talking about the main case bolts or cylinder bolts?  I remember that I learned from one of your videos that somewhere in mid to late 2000 they could be either one, at least on the plastic cased versions of 340-350, and the Jonnys 2145, 2150.  Any more I just keep the bolts with the case I tore down.  What year 346 are you working on?

With the plastic cased 340-350 that's true. I guess I didn't  expect it on the metal cased 346xp's. AND you really have a mix of the two threads through out the cases...coarse on things like the oil pump, fine on the cylinder screws, bucking spikes and the 6 case screws. Coarse on the ignition coil and the rest of the plastic parts....

Building 3 346xp cased saws.... really didn't look at the tags, they were all from a box of parts. I've had to separate out the parts to piece together the saw in "mock up" so I can catalogue what I need to complete these projects...

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Re: 346xp cases..
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2015, 10:07:44 am »
Hello Weimedog!  Good to hear from you.  Are you talking about the main case bolts or cylinder bolts?  I remember that I learned from one of your videos that somewhere in mid to late 2000 they could be either one, at least on the plastic cased versions of 340-350, and the Jonnys 2145, 2150.  Any more I just keep the bolts with the case I tore down.  What year 346 are you working on?

With the plastic cased 340-350 that's true. I guess I didn't  expect it on the metal cased 346xp's. AND you really have a mix of the two threads through out the cases...coarse on things like the oil pump, fine on the cylinder screws, bucking spikes and the 6 case screws. Coarse on the ignition coil and the rest of the plastic parts....

Building 3 346xp cased saws.... really didn't look at the tags, they were all from a box of parts. I've had to separate out the parts to piece together the saw in "mock up" so I can catalogue what I need to complete these projects...
  Good to know as I have 2 346's of 2011 & 12 waiting to be rebuilt.  The 353's of that period may be affected as well.  Sure don't need any cross-threading going on.   :-[  Just want to commend you on all your videos.  I have sure enjoyed watching and learning from all of them.  Like you, I'm a tinkerer, and love to wrench on this series of saws.  Keep them coming as I really enjoy them sir.  You have a wonderful Thanksgiving

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Re: 346xp cases..
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2015, 11:01:11 am »
I never been through this series like some of the others. So this is good info to know.

Most of mine were easy fixes just needing a topend etc. Never inside the crankcase yet.

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Re: 346xp cases..
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2015, 11:34:50 am »
IPLs tells me that the part number for the case changed by 2003 week 5, as did the number for the bolts - so that may be when that change occurred?


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Re: 346xp cases..
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2015, 04:00:08 pm »
Must be... and to the commonality of parts between the 350 series........(Wish I had videoed some of this!!)

You can adapt the top end...did a couple of those. Top end from air filter through to muffler.
Tank/handle and handle bar. Anti vibration stuff. Throttle & linkage
Bucking spike
Pull Start & clutch side cover.
Chain brake parts inside the cover & spring stop on the cases.
Ignition
Multi Function Switch
muffler & related hardware

Some things you can't
Obviously all things related to the cases & hardware
Crank Shaft is different on the PTO side
Clutch
Chain Brake Handle/lever and mounting hardware...
Top cover

 

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