ArboristSite.com Sponsors
 
 


Replacing 026 fuel tank -- tricks/tips?

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by brages, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. brages

    brages Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2008
    Messages:
    1,028
    Likes Received:
    75
    Location:
    StL
    Hi, folks...

    I'm going to be visiting my parents for Thanksgiving, and I'm thinking about replacing the fuel tank on my dad's 026 for him. He's fixed it with J-B weld several times; the fix lasts for a while and then comes apart.

    Anyway, I was thinking about getting a used tank/handle assembly either from a member here or off of Ebay. Are there any tips/tricks involved? Is this a tough job? What about compatibility issues? The only one that comes to my mind is fuel vent designs... I think Dad might have a "red lever" saw with the tall black fuel vent.
     
  2. Trigger-Time

    Trigger-Time Guest

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2006
    Messages:
    4,717
    Likes Received:
    747
    Location:
    U.S.A. :)
    If you don't have a repair manual, go to beg for manual thread and ask for one. Stihl does have good manuals.



    TT
     
  3. brages

    brages Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2008
    Messages:
    1,028
    Likes Received:
    75
    Location:
    StL
    Thanks; I have the manual.
     
  4. Saw Dr.

    Saw Dr. Junk Collector

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2007
    Messages:
    5,942
    Likes Received:
    1,264
    Location:
    Temple, GA
    Maybe the member here could send you one of both styles of tanks, and you can send him back the wrong one? The fuel line will be different in the later tanks, and you may want to replace it anyway. The tank with the tall vent should be the right one for the red-lever. That one will use the small-hole fuel line also.
     
  5. brages

    brages Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2008
    Messages:
    1,028
    Likes Received:
    75
    Location:
    StL
    So if I get a "tall vent" tank for a red-lever saw, I should probably not have any compatibility issues?

    How hard is this job? I'm guessing it's somewhere between doing a P&C replacement on an 026 and doing a P&C replacement on a ms290, lol.
     
  6. oscar4883

    oscar4883 Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    May 16, 2009
    Messages:
    2,045
    Likes Received:
    194
    Location:
    PA
    Its dead easy to swap tanks. Do some searching for the "string trick". Involves wrapping a piece of string around the intake manifold and feeding it through the tank opening to help install the manifold. A pair of hemostats works well for installing the impulse line onto the barb. Make sure that the wiring is not pushing hard against the fuel line, and also that the line is situated properly under the carb.
     
  7. brages

    brages Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2008
    Messages:
    1,028
    Likes Received:
    75
    Location:
    StL
    Thanks... already did the "string trick" on my 260 P&C replacement, it worked great. Only problem was I used a rough twine that left whiskers everywhere, lol. The string trick is actually in the service manual.
     
  8. blsnelling

    blsnelling Site Sponsor

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2006
    Messages:
    44,496
    Likes Received:
    10,241
    Location:
    Franklin, OH
    <30 minute if you've done it before and it's not too filthy.
     
  9. stihl86

    stihl86 ArboristSite Operative

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2008
    Messages:
    327
    Likes Received:
    35
    Location:
    Northeast
    It will take about 30 minuted to clean it alone. Getting saw dust between mounts and the intake system isn't recommenced It would be a good time to change the impulse line. It's probably like a rock.
     
  10. PogoInTheWoods

    PogoInTheWoods Pissed AS Patriot

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2009
    Messages:
    2,942
    Likes Received:
    627
    Location:
    Reportedly in the Area
    I would have one of each size fuel line on hand just in case, and would surely replace the impulse line, well, just because. And "Red Lever" means red lever, not what type of tank vent or fuel line may be required for the particular tank/handle you end up with! And you can actually replace a red one with a black one!!!:cheers:

    Poge
     

Share This Page