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Dr Pepper
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there is a hoarder among us.....





So who's rocking what saw?

6/4/2012 9:19:03 PM

BobbyDigital
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STIHL BABY



[Edited on June 4, 2012 at 9:55 PM. Reason : .]

6/4/2012 9:55:33 PM

adam8778
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^went a little crazy with the 2-cycle oil in your mix??


I have a feeling this was a callout thread..... especially since Dr Pepper sent me a message calling me out.

I might get pictures when it is convenient, but right now for runners I have:

Husky 445
Husky 372XP

Old school McCulloch 250 (82cc?)

Projects I have:
Stihl MS290. The "big block" 64cc engine is due in UPS on wednesday so I cna start reassembly. I am building this one to leave up at the cabin for all around use.

Stihl 031 I want to do a basic restore on. not sure what I will do with this one, but they are neat saws.

I have a Homelite 1050 in the mail. I want to set this one up in an Alaskan mill to make beams with. 100+cc of PWWRRRR.


I almost forgot. Dr Pepper owes me a pioneer of some sort, but he cant even tell me a model number.....


[Edited on June 4, 2012 at 10:12 PM. Reason : s]

6/4/2012 10:08:19 PM

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^ haha, my dad hadn't used it in a year and there was a little bit of fuel mixture left in it. Thankfully it didn't gum up the lines, but it was a bit smoky for a while. That was my triumphant yell as finally I got it running again.

6/5/2012 10:40:31 AM

adam8778
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I doubt there are many(any?) other chainsaw enthusiasts in here, but i'm gonna fill this bitch full of pictures anyway...

These are the two that generally go out into the woods with me. My 445 and pride and joy 372XP Husky:



Here is the before picture of my latest projecct, just waiting on a new clutch drum and bar/chain in the mail. This is an MS290 I dropped an MS390 engine into(~52cc up to 64cc).

Before:


After:


Here is the next project, Stihl 031AV. The only plastic on this one is the gas/oil caps......


Last, here are the big boys. Husqvarna 372XP @72cc, McCulloch 250 @82ccs, and the new Homelite Super 1050 @ 100cc.




[Edited on June 7, 2012 at 8:06 PM. Reason : v]

6/7/2012 8:05:29 PM

Dr Pepper
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^CHAIN

SAW

ENTHUSIAST!!!!!

6/8/2012 11:07:45 AM

sumfoo1
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This is stupid... i have nothing to cut down and i live in an apartment... but i envy you're chainsaw collection.

6/8/2012 11:35:24 AM

adam8778
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I heat my house with wood and try to maintain a wood pile at the cabin, but it is still pretty ridiculous of me to have this many

I guess the next step is to get a degree wheel and start learnin' myself how to port these saws.

6/8/2012 11:51:19 AM

golbasi984
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Damn there are more chainsaw threads than there are BMW threads

6/8/2012 9:29:05 PM

adam8778
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Which wolfweb are you browsing, 69???!?


Besides... This is the *~OFFICIAL~* chain saw thread......

[Edited on June 8, 2012 at 10:31 PM. Reason : sa]

6/8/2012 10:30:27 PM

sparky
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I have a Homelite Ranger. My dad gave it to me because it wouldn't run. i took it apart, cleaned out the carbs and it's been running great since. not my personal preference for a chain saw but it was free and runs well.

6/28/2012 10:10:05 AM

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This is a neat thread.

I have a Husqvarna 350, 357XP, and Echo 330T. Only the 357XP runs though
I sheared a muffler bolt off on the 350 and I kept having problems with the Echo so I haven't messed with it in 3-4 years.

I'm thinking about opening up the ports on the 350 but not messing with the timing (because I know nothing about timing). It's such a great little saw but would be even better with a tiny bit more power. If I could do it over again I'd probably would've gotten the 346XP as a first saw.

Anyone know a lot about small engines? I'm not sure what's up with my little Echo. It kept cutting off on me and wouldn't start while hot. It wouldn't stay tuned either so I rebuilt the carb. After that it ran fine for a short time then went back to cutting off and not starting again. The carb should be fine and the fuel hose was in good shape. I did a little digging around and saw someone with similar problems on a different saw. The problem with that saw ended up being a bad gasket between the crank case halves that, when hot, would cause the saw to lose compression. Maybe I don't understand engines well but it didn't make that much sense.
Anyone want to chime in? Where can I get cheap tools to check the compression and how do I actually do it?

6/28/2012 5:48:41 PM

dustm
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that sounds like the mixture might be too lean. could be something else though, not an expert

6/28/2012 6:15:37 PM

Fumbler
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The gas mix was good and was used in multiple other two stroke engines.

6/28/2012 8:30:03 PM

dustm
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I meant air/fuel. Have no idea how to tell you to go about adjusting needles though. Surely oil/fuel is important too. What kind of gas is it? If it is an ethanol blend and its an older saw then that could definitely be causing a lean a/f ratio.

6/28/2012 8:44:29 PM

adam8778
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it could be an air leak causing a lean condition when hot, but that sounds more like an ignition coil issue to me. lots of times saws with coil problems will run just fine until hot, then they break down and will not restart until almost totally cooled off. I would start there. runt it until it is hot and cuts off, then check for spark ASAP. if you have good spark, then you probably have an air leak and should quit running the saw as you will damage the piston a cylinder.

here is a coil for $19...... hate to tell you to just throw parts at it, but its pretty likely the culprit.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ECHO-CS-330T-CHAINSAW-IGNITION-COIL-/190686027377?pt=US_Chainsaws&hash=item2c65c5de71

also, you mentioned the fuel line. did you check the intake boot and impulse line for cracks? they are easier to check than crankshaft seals, but can easily cause a lean condition.

also, if you want a compression gauge, make sure you get one that has a schrader valve on the cylinder end of the hose, on engines this small the ones with the valve up by the guage can throw off the reading. It would probably run you around $45? To check compression, you basically screw the gauge into the spark plug hole and pull the cord a few times until the gauge quits climbing.

[Edited on June 28, 2012 at 9:09 PM. Reason : sw]

6/28/2012 9:05:18 PM

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6/28/2012 9:20:41 PM

Fumbler
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Quote :
"I meant air/fuel. Have no idea how to tell you to go about adjusting needles though."

Ohh, I miss read. I had rebuilt the carb but it wouldn't stay tuned. The jet adjustments weren't changing yet the saw would act different every time you used it.

^^The boot and impulse line are fine. I didn't think about the choil though. I guess that'd be the easiest to check next.

6/29/2012 3:01:39 PM

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hopefully that works. Fired up the Stihl 032 yesterday to cut up a limb that glanced off of the house. I'd like more saws

7/1/2012 1:43:50 PM

adam8778
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oh damn, i saw that pic on FB and thought for sure it was a late model 031. nice saw!

7/1/2012 2:50:26 PM

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adam8778 I think I found your brother here in CO. http://boulder.craigslist.org/tls/3061431592.html

When I was younger I used to do some logging with my Uncle and always used Stihl saws however we did have a few Husky's good saw but Do not last as long as a Stihl IMO.

7/7/2012 2:20:18 AM

adam8778
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Lol, i wouldn't mind having most of those saws to mess around with.

I got to put the big bore Stihl MS290 to the test yesterday on some trees that fell on the driveway up to the cabin. Just some smallish pines, but the saw ran sweet for the most part. I just have to figure out why it won't run upside down??

7/8/2012 10:01:37 PM

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Will it run on its side or upside down while idling or just during use? Usually if it won't run in weird positions it's because it's running too rich. Weird, but I've had that prOblem before. I've also had a bad fuel line that had cracks that opened up while the saw was on its side.

7/12/2012 12:35:47 PM

adam8778
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I will try to lean it out a little bit, i do have it set pretty rich at the moment. I always thought a little extra oil couldn't hurt while breaking in a new engine. It would run at any angle under throttle, the problem was mostly at idle. Thanks for the tip.

The fuel line and the impulse line are both brand new, just an hour or so of runtime, so they should be good to go.

7/12/2012 4:43:25 PM

Fumbler
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You mean "a little extra oil" as in a richer air/fuel mix or more oil per gas?
If its more oil in your gas then you could potentially hurt the saw. From what i understand, the excess carbon buildup can cause scored pistons. That's in extreme cases though. I'm sure you'll be fine.

If you meant more oil as in a richer fuel/air mix then that definitely would be why the saw dies. Idk why, I'm no small engine expert, but it's probably the incomplete combustion screwing with things. When I finish tuning a saw ill let it sit there and idle for a couple minutes then tilt the saw on its sides. If it's too rich during idle then it either won't idle for a few minutes without cutting off or it'll cut off when it's put on its side. Getting the low jet and idle speed balanced out is always a bigger pain in the butt than the high jet.

7/14/2012 2:46:06 AM

sumfoo1
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Husquavarna 435 good enough for a 2 acre yard with nothing over 12" diameter?

12/30/2013 8:57:50 AM

tchenku
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no I think you need something with a bike engine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y41u4dJ-opY

12/30/2013 11:42:09 AM

underPSI
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^^^Actually, more oil than the recommended ratio would cause a lean condition (more oil = less available gas)

12/30/2013 8:33:38 PM

adam8778
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Yeah, a 435 is good enough for general yard work. it wont win any speed records, but should be plenty reliable and powerful enough to do your chores.

12/31/2013 3:10:15 PM

sumfoo1
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Wanna thin out your herd any Adam? Lol

1/3/2014 9:34:07 PM

sumfoo1
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Aight so seriously...

I'm looking for that special "forever chainsaw".

You know that one you take on long walks through the woods and take out all the trees you need to, but you still take home to sleep in your sweet garage.

I don't need anything crazy i guess i mentioned the 435 last year.

I'd love to find an ms290 but even that might be too much saw for what i need.

I need to take out about 30 6" invasive species trees and then from there i'm just going to chop up anything that falls.

4/16/2015 8:09:25 AM

adam8778
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whats the budget? I will always extoll the virtues of the Husqvarna 346XP. Professional grade saw, lightweight, snappy, 50 CCs has plenty of power to pull a .325 chain on an 18" bar.

I use mine more than any other saw, it goes everyhere with me. They can be had used in the $500 range in good shape.

4/16/2015 9:54:35 AM

sumfoo1
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Yeah i don't really know honestly.

I was thinking 250-300 but i could make that work i guess.

4/16/2015 10:21:51 AM

underPSI
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^I just bought a new MS291 w/ 20" bar about 2 months ago. Fantastic saw with it's power to weight ratio. I can't believe I have made do so long with the puny MS210 w/ 16" bar I bought in '01. You can't go wrong with the 291.

4/16/2015 10:07:49 PM

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I have a 290 farm boss w/ a 20" bar. I guess they discontinued that for the 291.

it's awesome. not too much for a homeowner, but i wouldn't want a 20" bar unless i really needed it. i needed it when i bought it because i was cutting firewood with it.

[Edited on April 16, 2015 at 10:23 PM. Reason : adfs]

4/16/2015 10:20:31 PM

Chief
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Got tired of my old man buying crappy/burned out twig cutters and me always spending more time fixing them than cutting (and him selling the damn things I would fix) and ended up finding a beat-to-shit but fully running and functional Stihl 039 on CL for $100. New plug/filter/tune and clean and it cut fairly decent with the 20" bar and semi-sharp chain it came with. A lot more bite and less time fixing broken shit. Not gonna lie I caught the bug, even though I too dont have anywbere to really run it other than my father's land.

Me gusta.

4/17/2015 2:44:55 PM

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