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Title: Homelite XL12
Post by: Adirondackstihl on April 26, 2012, 10:25:23 am
Got this one from a co-worker........FREE  ;D

(http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w84/stripper_album/IMAG0592.jpg)
Title: Re: XL-12
Post by: nmurph on April 26, 2012, 02:37:58 pm
I like it. I have a blue and white XL12. The paint looks like the day it rolled off the line. I take it out and make a few cuts with it every month or so. It goes pretty well, though it is heavy for the displacement.
Title: Re: XL-12
Post by: Adirondackstihl on April 26, 2012, 03:33:04 pm
Not a fast running saw and even though theyre heavy, they seem to have some torque.
I love the way they sound ;D
I run mine every now and then for a few cuts just to hear it run.
I need a new sprocket  :-\
Title: Re: XL-12
Post by: Al Smith on May 01, 2012, 07:16:35 am
They were a rock solid design and the most copied saw of all times .

It most likely was Homelites answer to competition for the McCulloch 10-10 and thusly both companies sold them by the 10's of thousands if not by the millons .Every so often you run across somebody still using one to cut firewood .

As common as they once were I'd think finding a sprocket would be relatively  easy to find .
Title: Homelite XL12
Post by: Aaron on October 11, 2012, 01:56:12 am
Before and after...  Found this in a junk pile,  told myself I'd get it goin.  Boy does it run!!  Loud bugger,  not much of a silencer on these old ones.  Oh well, don't stand to the right if its too loud. Huh?  What?   I can't hear you!?
Title: Homelite XL-12
Post by: Al Smith on October 11, 2012, 04:40:58 am
Nice restoration job .This saw was Homelites answer to the McCulloch 10-10 and they sold a boat load of them .It's also the most copied saw design of all time .

It may be an urban legion or it may be the truth but rumor has it that the same guy that designed this saw also sold a similar design to Lombard ,Remington ,Poulan and perhaps several others .The displacements were different but the basic design was exactly like the XL-12 .

I haven't seen an actual XL-12 in years but in my teen age years they were very popular .
Title: Re: '64 XL-12
Post by: Cut4fun on October 11, 2012, 06:44:55 am
I like the color blue they used on those saws.  8)  My 69 camaro was about the same color.

Title: Re: '64 XL-12
Post by: farmboy on October 11, 2012, 07:49:45 am
One of my customers is an XL12 guy I've sold him six or seven.  XL12 is 54cc and Super 12 is 58cc if I remember right.  He loves the little ear drum busting stack muffler.  Dang good saws they have cut a lot of wood.  Got a super in a box on shelf butit's way down on the list.
Shep
Title: Re: '64 XL-12
Post by: Al Smith on October 11, 2012, 06:04:59 pm
I'll have to say there was boat load of wood cut with those things .I've never seen one with just a spark arrester but then again as I said I haven't seen one in running condition for years .Actually haven't seen any at all .
Title: Re: '64 XL-12
Post by: RoyM on December 08, 2012, 01:08:56 pm
I have it's twin in the shed but mine does not look near as good. The guy gave it to me when the shop wouldn't take it in for service. I even got the owner's manual.
Title: Re: '64 XL-12
Post by: Al Smith on December 08, 2012, 07:08:15 pm
Well if you have one and run it don't set the to run lean because more than likely it could be a seal leaker .

I think it was a year ago I got a C5 running for my neighbor that had sat for 25 years with a bad coil wire .I had it set fairly rich then his buddy borrowed it and leaned it out and cooked it .
Title: Re: '64 XL-12
Post by: tbone0106 on December 30, 2012, 12:56:05 pm
Beautiful saw! I've got one too -- I call mine "Ol' Blue." Is that original or what?  ;D It is my main cutter, and I burn wood for primary heat. Here's how it is with Ol' Blue -- fill the tanks, set the choke and fast idle, flip the switch on, pull, pull, pull burpbaburpburp. Choke off, pull and it's off to the races. Clawing through logs or sitting at its pop-pop idle, Ol' Blue will run until the fuel tank is dry.

A stray gust of wind took an 18" ash the "wrong" way on me once, and pinched Ol' Blue's bar. I backed away and watched as that 60-foot tree came down across a rotted deadfall, bounced up, and fell back down on Ol' Blue. Total damage: a small chunk broke off the bottom of the clutch cover. I didn't even get a five-minute break!  :P
Title: Re: '64 XL-12
Post by: Al Smith on May 19, 2013, 09:47:40 am
Back to this xl-12 which was the most copied chainsaw of all times I got a  freebie yesterday .In addtion there were two Remingtons ,PL 4 and PL5 .

It was long thought that these were indeed XL-12 clones and I can now attest to that as fact .There are parts on these things which are a direct match to the Homelite version of this design .Chainsaw historical trivia ---
Title: Re: '64 XL-12
Post by: saxman on July 02, 2013, 04:30:26 pm
I have 5 or 6 XL 12 saws and variations, SXL and SXL-AO. They are great saws, yes they are loud ( especially the ones with the stacked muffler that is pictured by the OP ) vibrate and are heavy, but they are dependable as gravity.  I buy all I can, just this past weekend I got a blue XL-12 and a SXL-AO along with a MONO SL-245 for $20. Good project saws or parts.

Steve
Title: Re: '64 XL-12
Post by: dutchsawdoctor on July 09, 2013, 03:15:09 pm
Love these saws to i have the blue and the red one
Title: Homelite XL12
Post by: Cut4fun . on March 06, 2016, 02:59:16 pm
Just had a homelite xl 12 dropped off.

Off hand red and looks like a 20" 3/8

Another one of these deals. Where guys father has passed away and saw has just been setting. 

Now to see what I need to do to see if I can get this one going for the son for memories sake.
Title: Re: Homelite XL12
Post by: Cut4fun on March 08, 2016, 12:40:40 pm
Just had a homelite xl 12 dropped off.

Another one of these deals. Where guys father has passed away and saw has just been setting. 

Now to see what I need to do to see if I can get this one going for the son for memories sake.

Title: Re: Homelite XL12
Post by: Cut4fun . on March 08, 2016, 03:45:13 pm
Checked it all over. Could use a new fuel line soon if it was going to be used. Hardened.

Now my question. This cant be right. Roll onto clutch side and the drum just slides off  :o? Isnt there suppose to be a washer keeping it in place? There is a washer but drum goes right past it.

Do have it running.   8)

homelite xl 12 IPL http://s30387.gridserver.com/partsDiagrams/Homelite%20XL-12.pdf

I see a bigger flat washer in IPL. Take it that is missing from this one?

70DL 3/8 20"
Title: Re: Homelite XL12
Post by: Cut4fun . on March 08, 2016, 06:18:40 pm
HOMELITE 65064 THRUST WASHER

(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/5Z4AAOxyvSVRFVGE/s-l300.jpg)
Title: Re: Homelite XL12
Post by: Cut4fun . on March 09, 2016, 03:55:44 pm
Had a washer from another saw maker on hand and works perfect. No need to pay those ebay prices of $5 for a oem homie washer shipped.

The stihl 029 spur drum washer is a perfect match. ;)
Title: Re: Homelite XL12
Post by: old guy on March 09, 2016, 06:04:27 pm
If my memory serves the xl12 was out before the 10-10 mac, it was in the mid 60s, we used macs in the woods  and I remember we walked into a shop somewhere and they had the first xl12 anybody had seen and my boss picked up held it up to the ceiling with one hand and said "what kind of toy is this", he was 6"3" and 240 and used a 740mac all day, I think it was close to 100cc and the power head was 27lbs.

      John
Title: Re: Homelite XL12
Post by: Cut4fun . on March 09, 2016, 06:35:58 pm
I ran it today. It is what it is. Small 50something saw for sure.  http://www.acresinternet.com/cscc.nsf/ed1d619968136da688256af40002b8f7/a17d735d551f0f1e88256b78005f6a7b?OpenDocument
Title: Re: Homelite XL12
Post by: Al Smith on March 19, 2016, 05:13:19 am
I stumbled across some variation of the xl series in my storage trailer yesterday .I have no idea what it is only says 59 cc on the side .I do have a PL4 and PL5 Remington which are  real close in design to the XL series plus a couple of Lombard Al42 series .

The design was used by about everybody but McCulloch .Kevin had a little 2 cuber with a picture and I think Remington had one in the 80 cc range .Poulan had some in between .It's anybodies guess how many where out there .
Title: Re: Homelite XL12
Post by: sweepleader on May 11, 2016, 09:47:12 am
The XL12 series are my favorites, my first saw was an XL500, they became the most familiar.  Here are pics of some of my collection, I have my original XL500 and I have two others.

(http://i1366.photobucket.com/albums/r779/sweepleader/KIMG00141_zps6x4ilgxg.jpg) (http://s1366.photobucket.com/user/sweepleader/media/KIMG00141_zps6x4ilgxg.jpg.html)

(http://i1366.photobucket.com/albums/r779/sweepleader/KIMG00131_zpsx3o42r59.jpg) (http://s1366.photobucket.com/user/sweepleader/media/KIMG00131_zpsx3o42r59.jpg.html)

(http://i1366.photobucket.com/albums/r779/sweepleader/KIMG00091_zpszjyv8ead.jpg) (http://s1366.photobucket.com/user/sweepleader/media/KIMG00091_zpszjyv8ead.jpg.html)

These three are all in very nearly original condition with only minor fixes.  It would appear that the marketing strategy of special paint jobs did in fact sell saws to people who actually had limited use for the saws.  My gain.  All my XL500s needs restoration, they were actually used quite a bit but all run fine.
Title: Re: Homelite XL12
Post by: Cut4fun . on May 18, 2016, 03:51:23 pm
The XL12 series are my favorites, my first saw was an XL500, they became the most familiar.  Here are pics of some of my collection, I have my original XL500 and I have two others.



These three are all in very nearly original condition with only minor fixes.  It would appear that the marketing strategy of special paint jobs did in fact sell saws to people who actually had limited use for the saws.  My gain.  All my XL500s needs restoration, they were actually used quite a bit but all run fine.

Nice looking herd.
Title: Re: Homelite XL12
Post by: bcarautocenter on November 06, 2019, 03:47:51 am
I like it.