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Homelite XL2 Questions

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by aandabooks, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. aandabooks

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    Hello,

    I've got a Homelite XL2 that I haven't run for quite a while. Given to me by my father-in-law about 3 years ago. Only used once since then. It is set up with a 12" bar. Only have one chain. Oregon says it takes a 91 VG chain and it is 47 drive links. It has a Homelite brand bar on it. I'm thinking of getting it going and using it as a brush/small limb cutter. Here are my questions:

    What other chains could I use for this saw?
    What would be the maximum bar length the saw would be capable of?
    What is the power rating for the saw? cc's, hp
    How long ago was this model made?

    Thanks,
    Matt
     
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    Those itty bitty little saws were Homelites answer to the Mini Macs.They sold brand new for around 90 bucks and change.I can't really say what chain it used because they came with either 3/8" lo-profile or 1/4" depending on when it was built.

    That little saw does fine with either a 10 or 12 inch bar but really doesn't have enough muscle to run much larger.
     
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    Cant be true, The Homelite actually runs when you want it to!!!



    Nice lil saw.




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  5. Al Smith

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    Well if you have so much Homelite power,would you symbolically lay hands on my 2100.That thing is about to wear me out.I can jerk an XL2 almost forever but on that bigen I'm only good for about 10 pulls,ugh.
     
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    The one time that I used it, it worked really well. Seems to have enough power to run the 12" bar that is on it. Like I said I really want to use it for branches work. Probably 6" and small. It is just so light and can be run with little effort. I'll definately have to look for some of the pro chain from Oregon.

    Matt
     
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    Sorry for bumping old thread, but don`t want to add new here for one question. I need a new bar for my XL2 and some bars (OREGON) did mention XL2 in compatible list but they put some remark like : XL2 (After #504-2001) - what does that mean? I can use this bar after some modification or need some other part to use it with?
     
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    I've had several versions of that saw. They are nice little trim saws and most will handle a 14" bar with little trouble. Most take a 3/8 low profile chain which you can get most anywhere but finding the right amount of drag links might be a problem. You can go to a saw shop and they'll cut you a chain the proper length or you can count the DLs and try to match it up. Make sure the chain oiler is working before putting a new chain on the saw or it won't last long.
    I've never seen many differences between the bars and chains for those saws other than length. If you get a bar and chain as a set they will generally work.
     
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    Thank you very much for your reply! I googled that "after 504-2001" means "after serial", so I should check if I got it made after this number.

    Can pitch sprocket damaged if chain is not 3/8 but other type, like 0.325 for example? Or 3/8 but not low profile?
     
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    The very earliest of the XL and XL2 likely came with 1/4" chain.

    I have a couple NOS 12" bars for the 1/4" pitch chain. Good luck finding the 1/4" chain.
     
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    Al Smith, that is a name from the past, been a year since I have seen him.
     
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    It has to all match. The clutch sprocket, chain and bar sprocket has to be the same or they'll wear each other out rapidly. Go with 3/8" LP for all items. Your saw won't be very happy with a 3/8 chain that's not low profile because I doubt if it has enough power to pull it when it gets in wood.
     
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    Is that he, pontificating some over at the Forestry Forum, and bad-mouthing AS?
     
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    I`m pretty new to the chainsaws and after using XL2 for few hours I noticed that pitch sprocket worn badly pretty quick. I`m trying to figure out what could damage it - my first suspect is wrong chain type (It`s been given as extra with longer bar by seller from ebay, got It 5-7 years ago) the chain is STIHL, seems like 3/8 but the drive link looks little different from the chain I used before. It`s have H1 etched on it and my other chain that worked fine is "3" - is that was the problem? I installed chain with different drive links? How to avoid this in the future when sellers does not provide info about drive links types?

    2.My sprocket is 6 teeth, if I`ll buy 7 or 9 teeth one should I change the bars and chains too?

    3. I have a Oregon-91 Bar that came with XL2 model 160DGEA061 NW but I having problems to locate proper info about it`s pitch, some seller of same model (but with more round shaped tip) said that bar is using .375 chains and others that this is 3/8. Which one to beleave?

    4. Can XL2 pitch sprocket be substituted by sprocket of some other modern chainsaw? Maybe some chinese knock-off have similar part?
     
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    Examined my chains carefully and noticed that old chain have very sharp drive links ends, all of them like been sharpened. Is this happened because they been weathered that way and after some time they start to damage the sprocket? The top one I drew is for an old one profile
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    Can I replace chain adjuster with round one to make it fit bars with round ended mount slot?
    Like this one?
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    Does the filing off to make it round will do the trick?
    Please help me with my questions (above ones too)
     

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