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Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Trever, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. Trever

    Trever GB mill 076 Super Stihl

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    What is the opinion on this saw? I have one heading my way next week. I plan on converting it to electronic ignition. Let's hear the concensus.
     
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    slowp Tree Freak

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    I have one named Old Sparkless that I bought brand new many years ago. It has always been hard to start and now I have to bring it in and keep in in a warm room to get it started at all. No compression release and I thought it would break my wrist a few times. Another 032 owner calls it the cast iron saw. I way prefer the 440s. I'd get rid of Old Sparkless except I could still use it in a pinch if it was warm outside or warmed up inside. However, Old Sparkless has cut quite a bit of wood but caused a lot of aggravation. Maybe I got a cull? :confused:
     
  3. Trever

    Trever GB mill 076 Super Stihl

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    Thanks for the input. Any others?
     
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    Gologit Mostly retired

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    I had a couple of them that I bought for ranch saws back in the early eighties. I finally quit running them a couple of years ago and bought a couple of 361s. They were just flat worn out. Never had any serious trouble with either one.They're not a power house but a twenty inch bar seems to suit them pretty well.
    The only real gripe I had was with the air filter...they never seemed to seal completely.
    If you can find parts for them at a reasonable price they'll make a decent saw.
     
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    16gauge ArboristSite Operative

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    Another good ole Stihl saw. It will handle a 20 in bar in softwood. Good for those younger than me. MS whatever will be much more comfortable for us guys over 50.
     
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    Dapper Dan ArboristSite Operative

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    Had one for over 20 years.

    Off again, on again usage over the years.

    Not a super star (fast revver) but always been reliable (lotta grunt for a little saw).

    Have always run a 20" bar on mine.
     
  7. Lakeside53

    Lakeside53 Stihl Wrenching

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    There are thousands out here... and we fix many per week. Great old saw... no real issues other then "normal" stuff.
     
  8. Trever

    Trever GB mill 076 Super Stihl

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    Thanks everyone

    I appreciate everyone's input. I am looking forward to receiving the saw next week and converting it to electronic ignition. I am sure it will be a fun project.:)
     
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    adkranger Addicted to ArboristSite

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    I don't personally have one, but have an 031ave project that I should have going soon. When I do I'll give ya a full account. I did cut a bunch of wood with an older gentleman last couple of seasons who had nice 032(original owner) that was his primary firewood saw. He'd get logs dumped in his yard from a local logger that weren't worth truckin' to the mill and buzz 'em up into firewood. The stuff was common northern hardwoods(maple, beech, Y. birch, oak) average dia 10-20". His 032 was setup with an 18" B/C and it cut pretty close to my 028 super w/16", though mine seemed to have a slight edge. But it wouldn't touch my 036. I ran it a few times and it seemed like a nice older saw.
     
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    Clearwater ArboristSite Lurker

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    I have an 032 that I bought new in late 70's or early 80's. Cut lots and lots of wood with it. No major problems with it at all. 20" bar and a sharp chain and you are in business.
     
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    Lakeside53 Stihl Wrenching

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    If it runs, I wouldn't bother converting it. The points ignition on those saws is very good... amazing spark at very low pull speeds..
     
  12. Trever

    Trever GB mill 076 Super Stihl

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    032 spark

    Thanks everyone for your input. The saw does not have spark, I have been told. I will clean the points and check for spark. I should get it by the end of the week.
     
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    Lakeside53 Stihl Wrenching

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    If it doesn't have spark, the most likely cause is your condensor..
     
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    Bowtie Gearhead

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    I filed the points and checked the gap, set at .016" on the 030AV I sold Brad and that made all the difference. I was going to convert to electronic ignition, but wasnt necessary.
     
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    Trever GB mill 076 Super Stihl

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    Thanks

    Sounds like a plan. I forgot about the condensor. Thank you. I am going to call a couple of people today that have old parts. One of the guys has alot of chainsaws. Thanks again.
     

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