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Offline brettl

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Cold Weather Operation
« on: February 04, 2014, 07:57:11 pm »
My 200T and 441 were bought new so I have owners manuals to inform me to flip the pieces on the exhaust for cold weather. I've picked up some second hand saws with no manuals. 011,192, 025 250, 026, 3 028s, 039, 041 and a 440. Although I haven't looked, I suspect the 440 will be similar enough to the 441. Of these saws listed, the 028s and 440 are the running saws I will be using with my 200T and 441, the others need tune-ups or rebuilds.

Is there any special instructions for the 028 in cold weather use? Thanks
Sthil Man. 011AV, 015, 020, 020, 024, 025, 026, 028 WB(2), 028AV, 028 Super, 029 Super(2), 039, 041, 192TC, 200T, 250, 260, 390, 440, 441

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Offline Adirondackstihl

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Re: Cold Weather Operation
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2014, 08:24:24 pm »
Most STIHL & Husqvarna saws have a cold weather "shutter".
I personally have never bothered much with them.
The main purpose of the "shutter" IMO is to allow warm air from the cylinder to enter the carb box in order to keep the filter from icing up.

If you visit STIHL's website, they have most all the operating manuals available for free download in .PDF format.

Use this link to find your equipment:
http://www.stihlusa.com/manuals/instruction-manuals/#chain-saws

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Re: Cold Weather Operation
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014, 08:26:21 pm »
You can still download the 028 ops manual from Stihls website.

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Re: Cold Weather Operation
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2014, 01:27:29 pm »
Thanks guys. I'm aware of downloads and will do that if I have to but I really would like to find some original copies for all my Stihls. Guess I'm just weird that way. ;) ::) Thanks for the replies
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Re: Cold Weather Operation
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2014, 04:02:47 pm »
Here's another topic concerning cold weather operation. Baroil. I've never given thought to using different baroil in the winter as the warm weather because I store my saws and oil inside. I set the oil in the cab of my truck while cutting, not warm but not as cold as setting outside. I seldom cut in weather down to the single digits. Am I abusing my saws by not going to an oil formulated for winter use? Thanks
Sthil Man. 011AV, 015, 020, 020, 024, 025, 026, 028 WB(2), 028AV, 028 Super, 029 Super(2), 039, 041, 192TC, 200T, 250, 260, 390, 440, 441

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Re: Cold Weather Operation
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2014, 05:47:30 pm »
I live in Minnesota, so I buy winter grade oil for cold weather use.  Manuals say you can also thin regular bar oil up to 50% with kerosene or diesel. 

You can mix up a quart or so of it if you don't need it often.  You can also drain any extra back into the jug with a funnel if you have stuff left over in your tank.

The thicker oil just will not flow when it gets too cold and thick.  Turn up your oiler, if it is adjustable, when using the thinner oil.

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Re: Cold Weather Operation
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2014, 05:55:25 pm »
There is another cold weather issue that has been raised in other forums: carb adjustments.

Apparently, if someone adjusts their carb at 70*F, then runs it at -10*F, the denser, cold air has the effect of leaning out the fuel/mix.  Might not be a problem for some, but if they are already running a saw lean . . . . A few posts suggest that this could have led to some lean seizures.

I am not a carb adjusting expert, so others may want to chime in.  If you are a guy who likes to run his saw near the limit, or someone who carries a small screwdriver and adjusts for elevation, etc., this is something you should be aware of.

Philbert

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Re: Cold Weather Operation
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2014, 10:58:38 pm »
Good post
We should share what we know... someone may learn...
That knowledge can live after us... and that "Pays It Forward".
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