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Old Husqvarna 61

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by jhovda, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. jhovda

    jhovda New Member

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    First post. I was impressed with the amount of knowledge in this forum, so I decided to join. Not for what I can add, but what I can learn.

    Anyways, I have a Husqvarna that has on the tag: Practica 61 1611 17895

    Could someone help me with the build date? I cannot find a manual on Husqvarna's website other than one that is for 61 & 268. I am not confident that this is the right manual.

    Any information would be helpful. Unfortunately, I have to order some parts for it so I need the build date.
     
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    From those numbers, I think that would be one of the first 61, probably '78-'80ish, but not sure. I never found out how the Practica fit in with the Rancher in those early days. I'll have to take a look at my IPL's when I get home. If you can post some pictures of it.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I will post pics when I get home. The clutch cover has a square logo that says '61'. That's pretty much it for identity markings.
     
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    I am pretty sure Practica and Rancher is the same thing, on different markets, white top covers on both, until 1984/85.

    I agree that it is a very early one, as the serial number leaves no clue (to me) on when it was made.
     
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    My 61 is an old Practica model with the the "clueless" serial # so I'm not exactly sure of the year. Most of the basic parts interchange from year to year but I did find that the chain brake parts vary and the older models used 5mm muffler studs (NLA from Husky) so I had to drill and tap the holes in my cylinder to 6mm X 1.0 to make the newer style studs work (the originals were missing along with the muffler when I got it). Parts are pretty easy to find for those saws, there's lots of good used stuff on eBay.
     
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    Same here. Very old. It has "practica" stamped on the clutch cover. I changed out the top cover with a Jonsered 630 and switched intake and air filter mounts so I could use the 630 air filter. It is also much easier to get to the filter now. I also like the look of black and orange better. It is almost as good as black and red.:cheers:
     
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    Thanks for the replies. Husqvarna USA responded to my request and they tell me that it was manufatured in 1981.

    Does anyone have any experience with aftermarket pistons from Bailey's ?:confused:
     
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    I've had no problems with their aftermarket parts to date...
     
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    I've got a Forester (Chinese?) piston in mine that I got on eBay and it seems to be doing just fine. It was actually a very nice looking piston, I've put quite a few trouble free hours on it this winter
     

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