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Rebuild 390 and 044 is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Arborist 101' started by Bashby91, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Bashby91

    Bashby91 ArboristSite Lurker

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    Hey I was wondering I have a shihl 390 and 044. The o44 is running good but my 390 is blown up. But was wondering is the 390 is worth the rebuild? With this in mind I was thinking if the 044 ever dies would it be worthy of a Rebuild? Also what size bar are you running on the 044.Thanks in advance.
     
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    Ryan'smilling Addicted to ArboristSite

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    Welcome to AS. This thread will get more traffic in the chainsaw section. If you ask a moderator they can move it for you.

    Personally I'd put the money for a 390 rebuild towards a better saw. Of course you could also throw a new top end on it and sell it on Craigslist. They seem to command a silly-high price around here.

    Yes, an 044 is a great saw definitely worth rebuilding if it comes to that. Before it does though, I'd suggest replacing the rubber bits (fuel line and filter, impulse line, crank seals if needed) to avoid a meltdown in the first place.

    I run a 20" bar on my be 440, but it's mostly a firewood saw. I know out west they'll slap some pretty long bars on a saw that size. I've got bigger saws with wrap handlebars though, so I use them for that job.
     
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    1) Maybe and 2) Yes.
    For $75-85 plus shipping you can have a complete aftermarket engine and a usable backup saw.
    There are better saws out there, just ask, but if this was refurbed it would make sawdust and put wood in your stove.
     
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    bayard ArboristSite Guru

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    keep the 044 for ever. 390 maybe. how much will it cost to fix?
     
  5. Bashby91

    Bashby91 ArboristSite Lurker

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    Idk I haven't even gone to check it out
     
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    I'd rebuild the 44 in a heartbeat. The 390 is supposed to be reliable, but a heavy pig compared to the 44, but just my opinion.
     

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