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Offline oldfarmer

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Nikasil vs Chrome cylinders
« on: February 06, 2018, 10:25:23 pm »
I need to replace the cylinder on my Husqvarna 254XP.    I anticipate heavy use in the next year as will have recently logged timber and need to cut & sell the tops for firewood.  Nikasil cylinder kits are about twice as expensive as chrome cylinder kits.  Is Nikasil worth the extra money given that the 254XP is high rpm saw?

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Re: Nikasil vs Chrome cylinders
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2018, 05:48:22 am »
I'd get a oem cylinder over aftermarket.     Heck I would even clean up used oem cylinder first and use a meteor piston kit before a aftermarket kit.   JMO    afm cylinder is a last resort for me.
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Nikasil vs chrome cylinders
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2018, 02:19:35 pm »
Twenty-two people have looked at my post below concerning the difference between Nikasil vs Chrome replacement cylinders and only one person as responded?  Come on.   Chrome cylinders are half the price, do they last half as long, do they hold up with heavy use in hot weather, for instance? 
  Surely somebody has some experience?
 

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Re: Nikasil vs chrome cylinders
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2018, 02:23:13 pm »
MY dad is still running a chromed piston in a bare bore for 26 years. But are you talking aftermarket cylinders?


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Re: Nikasil vs Chrome cylinders
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2018, 04:15:12 pm »
Yes, aftermarket chrome plated cylinders.  Can they handle the high rpm & heat of a husqvarna XP machine?

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Re: Nikasil vs Chrome cylinders
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2018, 04:57:49 pm »
aftermarket chrome peels pretty easy in the past.

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Re: Nikasil vs Chrome cylinders
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2018, 06:11:57 am »
FWIW Mcculloch towards the end had problems with chrome plating .I imagine due in part with a curltalement of hard Rhodedsian  chrome .I personally would not take a chance on an aftermarket cylinder ,a good aftermarket piston yes .Far be it from me to argue the point though .
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Re: Nikasil vs Chrome cylinders
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2018, 10:03:25 pm »
Go with Nikasil cyl.  Not worth the loss of production to save a few $ on rebuild.  I'd replace the crank seals too cheap insurance.
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Re: Nikasil vs Chrome cylinders
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2018, 10:09:03 pm »
Thanks, everybody for your comments.  Yes,  I paid the extra and went with Nikasil.  I'm going to have a couple hundred face cord of  hardwood tops to cut soon and a 254 is good lighter saw to cut the smaller ends down without breaking my back doing it.
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