Chainsaw Repair

Husqvarna - Stihl - Poulan - Jonsered - Dolmar chainsaws and more => Stihl => Topic started by: Al Smith on February 11, 2013, 01:02:55 pm

Title: Stihl 015
Post by: Al Smith on February 11, 2013, 01:02:55 pm
Here ya go sports fans one I've never seen before ,015.I bought this thing from a dealer about an hour ago for 50 bucks,with a case and another nearly new 1/4" chain . For the fact it's 40 years old looks nearly little used ,it belonged to a doctor .

I certainly do not need another baby saw but my wifes cousin with a bad back does .I don't think it has quite the grunt the green s-25 Poulan in the picture does but for a 2 cuber it really isn't that bad plus it runs like a top .All I did was gas it and gave it a prime .What  the hey 50 bucks if he gets two years out of it he can throw it away and be money ahead .
Title: Re: Stihl 015
Post by: wudpirat on February 11, 2013, 03:20:53 pm
I bought one new back in '76 for $150.
I can't remember how much wood that little saw has cut, doesn't owe me a dime.
It now sits in retirement, replaced by a 024, a 026,a DCS340, and the list goes on for 15 more.
OK, I'm a chainsaw ****.

I also have a 020 AVP that has issues, I think it's in the carb, check valve in the power jet is NG.
Its a nice saw, little heavy. All metal,with profesional on the rear handle.
Is it worth while to attempt to get it running ?
Title: Re: Stihl 015
Post by: 660magnum on February 11, 2013, 03:47:30 pm
New Stihl carbs are usually pretty cheap these days.

Replace the one with the bad HS nozzle check valve.
Title: Re: Stihl 015
Post by: wudpirat on February 11, 2013, 05:15:12 pm
Thanks for the reply, will check it out.

Right now I'm polishing a turd, putting a Bailey's 039 engine in a 029S.

Then there's the three orange saws that need TLC,  two 350.s and a 55.
Cylinders look good but the pistons are scored, looking at new pistons and rings minimum.

So many saws and so little time/ money.

At least, my Grandson will enjoy using these old saws.
Title: Re: Stihl 015
Post by: Al Smith on February 11, 2013, 06:24:23 pm
I've got a top handle version of the 020 .They're kind of a pain to get into .When it's running correctly it's got about as much go as a Poulan S-25 ,certainly not as much as a 200T though .
Title: Re: Stihl 015
Post by: Ax-man on February 11, 2013, 09:41:57 pm
Admit it Al, you weren't thinking of  your wife's cousin with the bad back. You just needed another baby saw to keep the other two compay. But I think deep down you bought that saw for that big bulky useless case ;) ;) Just thought I would say hello and be a pain in your side ;D ;D
Title: Re: Stihl 015
Post by: Al Smith on February 12, 2013, 09:14:28 pm
How ya doing Larry .No I certainly don't need another micro saw .

I kinda had my head in butt at the dealers because he had a hung up 034 in the dead pile on the cheap .Straight gassed I'd assume .I just may have to trot on back  and get that thing and make another freakinstien with an 036 top end .This one I'll tweek .

Digging through the dead pile you can find all kinds of possibilites but if they are half stripped out you can put more money in the danged things than they are worth if they aren't mostly all there .I found a couple 024's which I was looking for but they were hung or boned out .I've think so far I've pulled 4 out of that dealer and every one is a runner .Every one 50 bucks or less .Al the cheapskate --- ;D
Title: Re: Stihl 015
Post by: Ax-man on February 13, 2013, 09:31:20 am
Your not being a cheapskate. If you can rebuild them your money ahead considering what a new Stihl cost these days especially the bigger ones.
Title: Re: Stihl 015
Post by: wudpirat on February 13, 2013, 10:54:14 am
Hey AL:
Sorry I Hi-jacked your tread the other day, but us old timers tend to do that.
I was thinking how much the construction of the 015 resembled the 020 AVP  and went off on a tangent, as usual.

I was gonna list the repairs I made to my 015 saw over the last almost forty years.
Fuel filter, plug wire, points and condencer/breaker plate and the hardest to locate, crank seals.

The 1/4" chain was getting hard to find/ (before I found Bailey's)/ and changed over to 3/8" LP. That meant a new bar,
clutch drum and oil pump gear.
Honestly, the only advantage was less cutters to sharpen and cheaper chain. The cost didn't outweigh the advantage.

My saw came with the case,  piston stop, wedge,  wrench and a mini service manual. Quite a deal for $150.

I don't think I'll ever get the same service from my mini-Macs or the Wild-Thing.

I have plenty of saws in  the 50cc to 65cc range, even a Dolly 7900 for the big stuff,  a OEM 7900 P&C just in case I find a spanked DCW 6400.

Goodness, he's running off at then mouth again.
Title: Re: Stihl 015
Post by: Al Smith on February 13, 2013, 09:01:52 pm
Actually I took a gander though e-bay and was surprised in the amount of parts available for the thing I had never seen in my life including loops of new 1/4" chain .Cheap too by comparrison .

I'd imagine simply by the age it resembles in some what the 020 AV .It's kind of like a top handle but more so on the design of the Poulan s-25 which really isn't a true top handle design .Close but the balance is more rearward than over the center of the mass of the saw .It would be about as awkward one handing as the Poulan but keeping in mind of course nobody one hands a saw . ;)

I really don't know what the idea of design was because they had the 010s' and 11s' which were little rear handled models .Just a little short saw is all I know .
Title: Re: Stihl 015
Post by: Ax-man on February 13, 2013, 09:33:17 pm
Did you see any complete saws ?? Probaly not many. Parts are gettting hard to find for those 015's. They are probaly worth more in parts than a complete saw is worth. Fuel lines are tough to find. A fuel line from a an 025 is rumored to work.

E-bay seems to have more parts than saws these days or at least it seems that way to me. Considering the cost to ship a saw and E-bay 's little seller fee's parts are probaly making more money for some people because their sure seems to be more saw salvage guy's these days.
Title: Re: Stihl 015
Post by: Al Smith on February 14, 2013, 06:48:06 am
There were some complete ones or mostly intact .Now those 029's I simpley won't waste my time on  even though some could be salvaged .
I'm not saying they are a bad saw it's just there isn't much you can do with a clam shell engine .

Something like the 034 is getting old enough people don't fool with them so that one has some cheap possibilities .

I probabley go through that guys junk about 4 times a year .He thins the herd every so often and takes a truck load of parts to a local vocational school to let the kids fiddle with them .

One of these days I'll find an 066 .It's not if but rather when . ;)

Actually I really need another saw to tinker with about as much as I need another butt hole .If it's cheap though and mostly intact I'll snatch it up .If not no big deal .

Title: Re: Stihl 015
Post by: rburg on February 14, 2013, 02:07:22 pm
An 015 rear handle model was the first small saw I owned. It was well used when I got it, but after replacing a few parts, I used it for several years with a 12" bar and cut quite a bit of wood with the bar buried. It was definitely a backsaver.