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Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Big Red Oaks 4 me, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. Big Red Oaks 4 me

    Big Red Oaks 4 me Fun with flying wood chips

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    I bought one of these back in July at a yard sale for 25.00. Some guy had bought it new back when for storm damage. Are these worth fixing for a “beat around” saw?
     
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    I have one hat was my late father's saw. They are junk but they'll work OK.

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    Depends on what amount of fixing is needed. Fuel lines, primer bulb, chain, yes. Cylinder, piston bearings, no, to much time and money in a cheap homeowner saw, just my 2 cents.
     
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    Big Red Oaks 4 me Fun with flying wood chips

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    Thanks. I can see that the fuel filter is loose in the bottom of the tank. Bulb isn’t broken, but not very flexible. I think it’s just a typical ethanol, improperly stored situation.
     
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    Big Red Oaks 4 me Fun with flying wood chips

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    Thanks. I just need a cheap, smaller saw for trimming some hunting trails.
     
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    Fuel lines are kinda small on some of those as I recall, the old lines were clear and turned to mush. The carb will also need to be gone thru if the lines are bad, replace the filter and clean the screen in the pump side of the carb. I’ve replaced the lines with Tygon, had to drill the hole going into the tank, but it worked fine.
     
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    They work

    Pretty much identical to the 3314 from what I’ve been reading.
    If you have the knowledge of repair they are worth fixing. They really can take a beating from neglectful owners but they lack power and vibrate excessively. For a firewood saw with no bells and whistles that’s what you have.

    Carbs are almost always out of tune and I have found a couple that had shoddy build quality out of the factory. The one I had brand new had an air leak on the bottom portion of the clamshell due to a lack of rtv from the factory.

    They are very easy to disassemble and work on, I can fully disassemble one in about 10 minutes.
    Parts are readily available online and very very cheap.

    I have come to find that there is no such thing as a chainsaw that is so bad that it must be thrown in the garbage.
    Once you start trying to improve performance that’s where you’ll get frustrated and want to toss it :) the the newer strato poulan 3314 leave no room for improvement...
     
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    grizz55chev Tree Freak

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    Ever worked on a mini Mac?:rolleyes:
     
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    Best improvement is a muffler mod and retune. Helps wakeup the saw. I've got an 06 wild thing that I use when cutting trees out of the creeks and has never let me down. For what they are, it hard to beat just a little heavy compared to a good running Echo.

    Steve Sidwell
     
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    Lol no I have not but I have heard a couple horror stories . Maybe I should change what I said?
     
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    Saws from H3ll.

    Steve Sidwell
     
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    They are decent for what they are. Don't $pend on anything major.

    A good saw to have when someone asks, "Can I borrow your chainsaw?"

    Years back, they used have contests with those at GTGs. You might find a lot of info on modding them.
     
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    Try this also - replace the safety chain that comes on it with a loop of non-safety chain, it will cut better!
    I got a free Poulan 2750 a few weeks ago, I like it. All it needed was a fuel line, chain, and sprocket. It has an older 46cc non-strato engine.
    I have gotten two of the current generation 4218 saws to run by replacing fuel lines and a carb cleanout / rebuild.
     
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