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Husqvarna 51, any good?

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by fearofpavement, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. fearofpavement

    fearofpavement Trying them all

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    I have located a Husqvarna 51 and am wondering if this is a decent saw? It is currently not running but has some parts to repair with it. I assume this is about a 50cc saw? And when were these made? Homeowner or pro grade? It appears very "experienced" but is <$100.00
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  2. Sprintcar

    Sprintcar Chainsaw Slut

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    Great base saw. I upgraded my 51 to a 55 cylinder and piston. Muffler modded and minor porting. Delete the base gasket put a good 16 inch bar with good chain and you have a great little saw.
     
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    Not running and $100................mmm.......whats wrong with it and what parts does it need? a proper rebuild after the purchase price will push you beyond the cost of comparable new.............but it it just needs a carb kit and you can do it yourself......maybe.

    Its experience level should dictate the price faded/banged up/gouges/burnt plastic on a running 50/51/55 =$50, on a non runner with pristine plastic and almost like new $100, cost recovery on the shiny parts will turn one a profit.
     
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    fearofpavement Trying them all

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    bought the saw

    Brought the 51 home. Looked at the piston and it is somewhat scuffed. Not as bad as straight gas but perhaps enough to affect it. It was a bit dim so I need to wait until I get in better light. Compression felt a bit "soft" so I checked that when I got home and it is 125 ish. (120, 129, 127 cold) on three tests.

    I put a bit of mix in the carb and did get it to fire briefly a couple times. That's as far as I got.

    Cosmetically the saw is fair. have seen lots worse and much better. It does seem to be complete and I didn't notice anything buggered or broken to the extent I looked at it. I am going to put in the carb kit and if that doesn't get it running will probably part it. Would maybe consider a ring if it appears that would help. This is my very first Husqvarna saw. I have a husky hedge clipper and one of my sons has a 455 Rancher but I thought I would give a different shade of orange a try. Oh, the AS member I bought it from had a sweet looking Stihl 441. Told him I'd give him $100 for it but he didn't accept my offer... Updates as I dig deeper into this project. I am whupped from a long day. We had to replace the right front tire of my truck today. (twice!)
     

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