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Husqvarna 288XP thoughts

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Jake197, Jan 30, 2019.

  1. Huskybill

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    Back in around 1980 I spent $1,100 for a new Husqvarna 2100 and a new Husqvarna 240 with heated handles. The 240 was a little rolls Royce back then. My misses was pissed I purchased them. I lost my job building machines a year later. Grabbed my saws jumped in the truck and cut firewood and fed the family. Those Husqvarna saws were awesome, never broke down. I had other cutters on the same lot go to my buddys store to purchase the Husqvarna saws because I was an animal and taking all the wood. Secret don’t tell anyone I was running a Husqvarna 2100 with a 16” bar, one tooth larger on the drive rim. Dam right time is money. The saw sounded like a dirtbike. 99cc’s.

    When I welded and fabricated my first engine hoist it picked up the whole front end on my one ton truck. Itsvthe only way I could prove it was safe.
     
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    So, I don't think it will take much to run, just not sure how much to get it to run well.
     
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    There’s not much to them. As far as making one run.
     
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    The mods you mentioned. You can open the muffler and flip the baffle thingy around. Mine is bone stock. I left it alone. Very powerful. More than you’ll need most of the time
     
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    Pretty simple. Good spark? Getting fuel? Good compression? Carb settings? Rebuild carb? Fuel line or impulse line? After that you’re talking seals, and after that it’s probably a rebuild
     
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    No impulse line on a 288
     
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    Just a fuel line
     
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    Really? :rolleyes: That’s just a general guide to getting any chainsaw running
     
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    Well. The two series is just that much easier. They have the plastic blocks that bolt to the intake. I was just clearing that up. I own one. And two 272s. That’s why I love them because I suck at chainsaw repair. I can even keep them running.
     
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    Leaning toward stock.. going to have it running nice before i consider anything.. lines are good, i replaced the plug.. i can get it running, so it's just tuning it now.. i have a tack, just need to lookup rpm specs.. hopefully thats all i need.. seems to have good compression.. from what i coukd see through the spark plug hole, cylinder looked good. Fingers crossed
     
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    Does yours have the decompression button or no?
     
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    No :(
     
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    288 makes one of the meanest ported saws ever. I love the way they start on 1/4 throttle. It's like the saw just blew up in your hands. Good mods make these things monstrous.
     
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    Mine either. Yours probably has the KS cylinder. Do yourself a favor and get a d ring starter handle like they use on snowmobiles. Mine had one on it when I got it. I learned to pull the rope until you’re sure the piston is headed back down before you give the bad yank. They do pull over bad.
     
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    79D0A502-BEEA-4F43-BD02-574BEC220EAC.png Something like this
     
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    I'll have to get one of these, the OEM handle isn't cutting it..
     
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    So, I broke my second pull cord lol.. any recommendations on cord? Went to lowes and there's was garbage.. Is there anything good online, or should I just go to the dealer? I'm frustrated, was able to start and tune, but it broke after I tried starting with the bar and chain installed :givebeer:
     
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    I'm not sure offhand the diameter of starter rope, but it should be not too thin that it tries to double up in the spool. Also have a close look at the spool to see if it is cracked. Sometimes if they are spread apart a bit the rope will bind up where it starts doubling up, making it really hard to pull.
     
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    Thanks! The rope probably is too thin.. The spool looked okay but will look at it closer. Thanks again for the advice!
     
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    A true powerhouse.
     
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