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Offline Remington

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Vintage Craftsman top handle clean up
« on: January 22, 2013, 01:59:35 am »
I picked  up this vintage top handle with the usual homeowner symptoms, sitting for 20 years with half a tank of gas from the first gulf war but in very good condition with all original parts.  I started to clean it up and noticed it had a crankcase style similar to the stihls.. I decided it was a keeper and went all out with a complete tear down and cleaned it with a toothbrush.

I haven't run it yet but given the condition it looks like it has 2 hours on it, probably needs a carb kit.

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Re: Vintage Craftsman top handle clean up
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2013, 02:01:24 am »
Yuk first day I got it.

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Re: Vintage Craftsman top handle clean up
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2013, 06:56:52 am »
That's a 2 cuber built something like the s-25s'.Fact last summer I replaced the fuel line on one for a gent .For a little saw they aren't too bad .It's obviously a Poulan but exactly what model I have no clue .

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Re: Vintage Craftsman top handle clean up
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2013, 06:57:30 am »
That would be a poulan. I have had them in grey, red, yellow, green. Good little saws.

Will be more like the newer 1800 30cc or 2000 33cc or 2300 38cc.  Just noticed it said 2.0 = 2000 33cc

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Re: Vintage Craftsman top handle clean up
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2013, 08:16:44 am »
That thing is one of those deals they hung a longer bar on than needed .It will pull all 16" of bar but it doesn't like it . They did the same ploy on some of those 2.8 cubers with a 20" .I think it's just Sears and Roebuck being Sears and Roebuck .

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Re: Vintage Craftsman top handle clean up
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2013, 11:34:59 am »
I was going to say it looked like a Poulan 2000 also.   I have one and think they are good little saws.   
Reed valve and a aluminium cylinder, and like was already mentioned 33cc.   I dropped the cylinder on mine and opened the muffler alittle just to try and get alttle more out of it. 
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Re: Vintage Craftsman top handle clean up
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2013, 12:44:21 pm »
I wasn't expecting much or any replies being in the loner category but now you guys replied before I had a chance to put the clean pics up.

If it runs good I will ditch the 16" for a 12" bar and take off the hand shield.  I didn't like the 16 the minute I laid eyes on it.

So far I replaced starter rope, spark plug, fuel line, air filter foam.. under $10 fix

I also changed a couple of the vintage screws for modern looking ones.

Yes its a poulan, the manual I found for it said 1800,2000,2300.



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Re: Vintage Craftsman top handle clean up
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2013, 12:59:51 pm »
I actually kept the 16" bar, just so I would not have to bend over as far to use it.
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Re: Vintage Craftsman top handle clean up
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2013, 01:15:14 pm »
I probabley ran about a tank through when I did that small repair job .The 16" gives you a little reach but a tiny little saw  like that starts loosing it at much over 8" of cut which is not surprising .

You could probabley give them a little bit of soup but I really don't see doing it .It's a trim the apple tree in the back yard small firewooder saw .For that it fits the bill .

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Re: Vintage Craftsman top handle clean up
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2013, 01:26:28 pm »
I have only cut pine with the one I have and it seemed to do alright thru 10".
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