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Saw project
« on: October 04, 2012, 01:50:59 pm »
Hi,

I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion for a chainsaw rebuild project?  I would rather rebuild a saw with my son who turns 14 on Friday than just buying a new saw.  I think he would enjoy learning how a gas engine works.  I would prefer a saw that parts are easy to come by and there is good online community support.  It might be fun to trick it out a bit.

Any advise would be helpful.

Mitch

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Re: Saw project
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2012, 03:54:03 pm »
Keep in touch with the local dealers for a straight gassed later model chainsaw or one that was run over or a tree limb fell on?

Try to keep the initial purchase on something pro caliber that you can figure out how you are going to fix it in the less than $75 range.
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Re: Saw project
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2012, 08:11:28 pm »
The little poulans and little huskys are easy to work on and parts cheap and abundant.
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Re: Saw project
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2012, 08:47:09 pm »
If you get a chainsaw in mind, you can search on Ebay and get a idea about prices and used spare parts availability?

Sometimes it is cheaper to buy new parts from a dealer, if you can get them, than the prices some of those Ebay guys try to get.

Out of curiosity, I was looking on Ebay last night and there were 4 times as many items for a Stihl 025 as there were for a Husqvarna 372.
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Re: Saw project
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2012, 09:48:20 pm »
FWIW the very best deals I've ever gotten  except for perhaps a few saws from a forum have came from dealers .

So far I've gotten a Stihl 200 T for tweny bucks and had it running within a hour.An 038 AV with a broken handle for 45 and recently a good running 024 for 50 .

From one forum a relatively rare old beast of a 2100 Huskey with a bad coil for 90 and a Stihl 038 Mag for 50 which I souped up .

You have to find a dealer that just wants to peddle them rather than repair them .A good many of the saws really don't have much wrong with them but you have to know what you're looking at to determine if it's worth fiddling with .

Craigs list is another option and unlike flea bay it's one on one ,just you and the seller .If the deal stinks you just walk away . Flea bay you have to deal with first the unknown and secondly "shill " bidders who just drive the price up .

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Re: Saw project
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2012, 10:46:34 am »
Hi,

I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion for a chainsaw rebuild project?  I would rather rebuild a saw with my son who turns 14 on Friday than just buying a new saw.  I think he would enjoy learning how a gas engine works.  I would prefer a saw that parts are easy to come by and there is good online community support.  It might be fun to trick it out a bit.

Any advise would be helpful.

Mitch
A well designed saw easy to work on and mod would be a Stihl 034,036,038,044,064. I did alot of demos for dealer techs and endusers back in the day when these saws were new on the market. I could disassemble the complete unit [not including flywheel and crankshaft] and reassemble it in a half hour or less, explaining all the features in the process. Only needed a torx wrench , scrench and carb screwdriver to do it.

For a few trick's or mods, their cylinders are easy to mill for more compression with their flat bases. .020" or 1/2mm would be safe.
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Re: Saw project
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2012, 04:48:03 pm »
Thanks for the advice.  I'll try to see what is going on locally.

Mitch

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Re: Saw project
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2012, 05:44:03 pm »
Some chainsaws are more difficult to work on and that and parts availability/age make them not worth messing with.

Some that come to mind?  Homelite 150XL, Homelite XL2, Mini Macs, and etc.

Seems as though saws that are not more than about 15 years old have good parts availability
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Re: Saw project
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2012, 06:37:24 pm »
---Some that come to mind?  Homelite 150XL, Homelite XL2, Mini Macs, and etc.---

I'd personaly stay away from those rascals .Those are such a pain they could make a preacher cuss .

Some like the 10 series Macs you can still find parts for or doner saws to rob the parts .Keep in mind though that they are likely 30 plus years old ,rigid mounted engines and are loud enough to waken the dead .They run okay all things considered but because of the way they are constucted there is not much you can do as far as power enhancements if that's what you have in mind .Ha I've worked on so many of those saws I can nearly strip one down blind folded .


 

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