Chainsaw Repair

Husqvarna - Stihl - Poulan - Jonsered - Dolmar chainsaws and more => Homelite => Topic started by: Cut4fun . on February 07, 2013, 04:25:49 pm

Title: Homelite XL
Post by: Cut4fun . on February 07, 2013, 04:25:49 pm
I took this 1 owner homelite XL in on trade for some parts I put on saw.  I am clueless to homies. Anyone have info on these?

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Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: RoyM on February 07, 2013, 10:45:51 pm
Bit of a pain to work on but good limbing and camp saw when running right. Noisy little beggar.
Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: Al Smith on February 09, 2013, 05:58:06 am
I've got one of those things but an earlier model .It was Homelites answer to a mini Mac I think .Just like mini Mac they were good for maybe a couple of years before they died on the vine .They were such a pain in the buttocks to work on most people just retired them to the shelf and never did anything to them from that time on .Most of them you find still have the original chain on them .

I remember TSC selling the other model I think it was the super Xl or Xl 2  with a 10"-12" bar for $89.95 .For as tiny as they are though if they are running up to par they cut to beat the band .
Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: Cut4fun on February 09, 2013, 10:49:58 am

I remember TSC selling the other model I think it was the super Xl or Xl 2  with a 10"-12" bar for $89.95 .For as tiny as they are though if they are running up to par they cut to beat the band .

Like this one Al? I was given this one by a member here.

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Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: Al Smith on February 09, 2013, 11:02:04 am
Yes but they were a short coupled single trigger deal .

The one I have is to the left in this covey of little saws .Next is some model of Poulan and a Mini Mac .It was a freebie too with a bad condenser .I got it running,played with it a little bit and put it back on the shelf .I've got that pair of 200T's and after those most baby saws are just that baby saws .
Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: RoyM on February 09, 2013, 03:43:53 pm
I have a Super2. What was the difference? More power? It has a 16" bar, the XL's I have seen use 14".
Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: Al Smith on February 09, 2013, 04:58:15 pm
I think it must depend on when they were made .One is 1.9 cu in .One is 2 cube and I think the itty little single  trigger  89 dollar special I was talking about was only 1.6 cube .Ha my uncle had one he carried around in a 5 gallon bucket with  a quart of oil and a quart of mix gas in another  oil bottle .Cute as a bugs ear . ;D
Title: Re: Homelite XL2
Post by: dynodave on February 09, 2013, 06:32:07 pm
Mine is an old one...1973 almost 100% all metal saw, 26cc, originally came with a 1/4" chain 12" bar dual trigger. My neighbor gave it to me in 2008 because it wouldn't start. I cleaned the points and put a capacitor. I guess after 35 years it finally needed it. runs like a top. There seem to be many newer versions... pretty much based on the original xl2
Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: Al Smith on February 09, 2013, 07:55:07 pm
You have to consider what they are and when they were made .It was the invasion of the micro saws.
Homelite made little saws ,McCulloch had the mini ,Echo had some midget saws .Poulan probabley made the best of the lot though during those early days of teeny saws .

It really was surprising how well they cut too but then again they were all brand new in that time period . What sold them in vast numbers was the fact that anybody could afford the things because chainsaws have never been cheap .These were in retrospect .
Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: Cut4fun . on June 21, 2013, 12:25:53 pm
Got this one running and cut with it today for some test cuts. Might need a carb kit down the road but was able to start it normally after carb adjustments.

My dad is in town and dont want neither this xl or xl2. So I am going to pass them on to others.
Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: Cut4fun . on October 09, 2013, 04:30:16 pm
I just made the little XL posted 1st earn it's shelf time since nobody wants it.  Cleared about 20 feet of fence row with cherry trees and briars abound.  Then trimmed up a cherry tree of its dead.
Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: Al Smith on October 09, 2013, 07:50:44 pm
Little light work like that they are fine .

I don't know if I ever mentioned it or not .Long time ago my buddy and myself were cutting firewood to sell .Me with one of those little rascals ,borrowed and he with a McCulloch 33 or 35 geardive .That little thing cut circles around that slow as a snail Mac .Probabley '73 or so .Because shortly after was when I bought the S-25 Poulan which I still have .
Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: Eccentric on January 05, 2014, 05:44:46 pm
They're decent running little saws.  Tough.  A friend of mine calls them 'bics' in reference to the cheap/reliable lighters and pens. 

They're a PITA to work on, but not too bad once you learn the 'tricks'.  I'd MUCH rather work on these than mini-macs.........but that's not saying much.  Damn things keep multiplying in my shop.  I've never paid for one...................yet somehow probably have 5 or six right now, despite my best efforts. 

The really early ones have a clutch drum that's held on by a NASTY little snap ring rather than a nut.  Later versions thankfully have a 'normal' threaded crank and nut.  Fuel/oil lines and duckbill valves are often melted/dead.  The 69451 duckbill is still available from Oregon and Stens (and costs about $1.50-$3.00 each depending on where you get 'em).  Crank seals are SKF 4913, or Poulan/Husqvarna 530019059.  Easy to find and shouldn't cost more than $5 apiece. 

Some versions have diaphragm oilers.  Damn diaphragm will cost you more than the saw's worth.  Most later versions have a simpler pressurized oil tank system without the diaphragm oiler.  Some late ones have that 'fancy' adjustable setup like what's on the first saw pictured in this thread.  Overcomplicated, with more hoses than a 1979 Chevy Monte Carlo.

The Poulan Micro and XXV series saws are thousands of miles ahead of these in both performance and ease of service.
Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: AmericanPsycho on September 30, 2018, 01:11:06 pm
So I recently picked a totally refurbed XL. Has long handle like the Super 2, but single trigger. Can anyone tell me the displacement??? I'm thinking 30cc.
Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: stubnail67 on October 01, 2018, 06:21:11 pm
Bit of a pain to work on but good limbing and camp saw when running right. Noisy little beggar.

I owned 2 of these years ago ....gave them to my buddys....before they stopped running
Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: Cut4fun . on December 30, 2018, 08:25:44 am
@canadien175 pm

Here is all I have left. I do not know the history on it.  I think I remember it pulled through. 
I dont mess with them so never looked it over.

Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: Cut4fun . on December 30, 2018, 08:27:02 am
more pics.  posted before I was done above

Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: Cut4fun . on December 30, 2018, 11:05:19 am
Just to be up front. No I wont do COD.   Saws must be paid for up front before I will ship. Unless I know you and have dealt with before.   

Heck some here I would send to without $ up front.  As I have done many transactions with. But for someone out of the blue to ask me to do COD. Nope..
Title: Re: Homelite XL
Post by: Cut4fun . on June 29, 2020, 07:41:59 pm
Parting out the homelite XL.  Clutch, drum, bearing, on/off sold