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Husqvarna - Stihl - Poulan - Jonsered - Dolmar chainsaws and more => Solo => Topic started by: Cut4fun . on August 31, 2014, 11:57:43 am

Title: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: Cut4fun . on August 31, 2014, 11:57:43 am
Just read this about solo on a website.  Any truth to it? I cant think  of any saws from back then.

The Solo company was founded by two brothers, Hans and Heinz Emmerich in 1948. They began to develop a small two stroke engine with the intention to power small portable machines. Weighing only 14.3 pounds or 6.48 Kilogram it was able to produce an incredible 1.2 hp. The two brothers continued on with the development of mist blowers, lawn mowers and cultivators to name a few. In 1977 the Solo company signed a three year contract with Husqvarna to supply chain saws to consumers. These chainsaws were sold wordwide under the Husqvarna name with private labels.
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: Spike60 on August 31, 2014, 12:40:03 pm
News to me, and I have doubts that this is accurate. More than a little odd that none of us would have heard about it before, don't you think? If there's any truth to it, the US must not have been involved. I don't understand the "under the Husqvarna name with private labels" statement either??????????

Only private labeling that I'm aware of Solo doing was for Homelite; producing the 290 and 340. But that was more 80's than 70's from what I remember.
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: Cut4fun . on August 31, 2014, 01:08:48 pm
It was on a older chainsaw testing selling site  selling solo's.  That was just part of the paragraph on the 681 675 665 being sold at the time.

I remember some solo 651 or 650 or something in dark green rebadged as craftsman. 

Thanks Spike. I knew if any info on this you would have it.  ;)
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: Cut4fun . on August 31, 2014, 01:11:31 pm
They use the word petrol for gas so must be abroad.  Link where I read it. http://www.best-chainsaw-guide.com/solo-chainsaws.html
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: Cut4fun . on August 31, 2014, 01:16:02 pm
Found it in solo history just now. Look at 1977   http://www.solousa.com/history/history6.htm

What is that saw in pic?

(http://www.solousa.com/images/74-79_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: Cut4fun . on August 31, 2014, 01:32:58 pm
Another site stating the same.  http://www.chainsawreviews-online.com/solo-products/

Solo products expanded existing facilities along with building completely new ones. To help sustain this growth, Solo signed legal contract in 1977, producing the small hand held Solo chainsaw intended for Husqvarna by private-label. This device would certainly complement Husqvarna existing line of expert sized chainsaws along with other yard devices.
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: Cut4fun . on August 31, 2014, 01:33:39 pm
To me the above sounds like only 1 saw was done.
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: sharkey on August 31, 2014, 06:02:16 pm
Didnt Solo sell a few saws through Sears Craftsman labeled as 'Professional'?  This was way after the 70's though, more like after 2000.   

Echo did this too making product for John Deere, Toro, TechnicTool, Lesco, Little Wonder and Im sure other brands that I cant recall right now.  Echo did buy out TechnicTool and Little Wonder in the 2000's.
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: Spike60 on August 31, 2014, 07:35:26 pm
Oh Lord, one of those things! Not a saw that would make anyone's "must have" list. Good thing the contract was only for 3 years. :)

If I remember right, the Solo version was called the 641. And there was also a smaller cc model; something like a 634??? Solo was still selling those things into the 1990's.

Good job on the research Kevin!
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: Cut4fun on August 31, 2014, 07:37:45 pm
Didnt Solo sell a few saws through Sears Craftsman labeled as 'Professional'?  This was way after the 70's though, more like after 2000.   

Echo did this too making product for John Deere, Toro, TechnicTool, Lesco, Little Wonder and Im sure other brands that I cant recall right now.  Echo did buy out TechnicTool and Little Wonder in the 2000's.

I just remember the dark green solo being  labeled craftsman. Like a 651 or something. I have pics here in a thread of it. I passed on one for $75.
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: Cut4fun . on August 31, 2014, 07:45:56 pm
It was $85 and I passed.

(http://chainsawrepair.createaforum.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1215.0;attach=1592;image)

Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: Spike60 on August 31, 2014, 09:32:00 pm
I have and very much like the 651. Still take it out at least once a year and run it. I had heard that they did a Craftsman version, but this pic is the first time I've ever seen it.

Probably the last decent saw from Craftsman that we'll ever see.
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: farmboy on September 01, 2014, 08:04:30 am
Oh Lord, one of those things! Not a saw that would make anyone's "must have" list. Good thing the contract was only for 3 years. :)

If I remember right, the Solo version was called the 641. And there was also a smaller cc model; something like a 634??? Solo was still selling those things into the 1990's.

Good job on the research Kevin!
I've got a 606 have seen 634.  There was a guy trying to sell a NOS 634 on Ebay.  Never sold he listed it several times.  He thought it was worth more than anyone was willing to pay.
Shep
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: rburg on September 01, 2014, 09:28:47 am
Several years ago, Bailey's sold a saw that I believe was branded B51 that was a Solo model.
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: fordfairlane78 on September 05, 2014, 07:31:50 am
Solo made a 651 & a 651sp....the 651sp was sold rebadged by craftsman & lesco....looking at the 651's #'s it should have done well competing against other 50cc pro saws
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: Cut4fun . on September 05, 2014, 12:46:43 pm
I think it was the 651 I tested with a dolmar 5100s back in the day and they were same same to me.

I just didnt need another 50cc back then (had maybe 10-15 at the time) or I would have owned that green one.
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: bloodontheice on September 08, 2014, 04:30:35 pm
It was $85 and I passed.

(http://chainsawrepair.createaforum.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1215.0;attach=1592;image)



A guy around the corner has one of those. Brought it in to get a new sprocket and stood there confused
for a couple minutes looking at it couldn't figure out what variety of funny Poulan it was.
Looked it up online found that it was a re badged Solo. He loves the saw, and it's gotta be one of the best made
Carftsman of the last 20 years.
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: brettl on December 24, 2014, 05:16:02 pm
I'm trying to find the Craftsman model number for this one. Anybody? I'll edit with the number if I find it.
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: Cut4fun . on December 24, 2014, 06:07:11 pm
I'm trying to find the Craftsman model number for this one. Anybody? I'll edit with the number if I find it.

Check the other thread I bumped with the info in last post.
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: brettl on December 28, 2014, 01:55:23 pm
Got it. Solo 651sp in Craftsman green model #360.352010, Lesco LCS5100, Bailey's B51
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: mcourtney on January 09, 2015, 07:43:49 pm
I have an old model 32 Husky that was made by Solo, no chain brake but tougher than a boot.
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: mcbob on January 10, 2015, 04:30:37 pm
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McBob
Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: Cut4fun . on January 10, 2015, 05:21:13 pm


Solo Mac, Poulan, Partner what?

Help with info?

Really really braindead today. (http://McBob
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Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: mcbob on January 10, 2015, 08:40:13 pm
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McBob

Solo Mac, Poulan, Partner what?

Help with info?

Really really braindead today.

DR doesn't stand for brain dead so its not BD but its a 636

http://www.ebay.com/itm/solo-636-chainsaw-/181631676236?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a4a176f4c

Title: Re: Solo with Husky ?
Post by: Cut4fun . on January 10, 2015, 08:52:12 pm
OK DR brush mower company. Got it now. http://www.drpower.com/power-equipment/field-brush-mowers/

Thought you was showing a oz relabeled saw.