Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Little Al, Dec 5, 2017.
Actually I prefer Aspen (or similar) alkylate fuel, premixed 50:1 with synthetic oil.
I don't dislike Dolmars in general - but like every other brand they have made mistakes in the design of some models - and did some silly things when they struggled with keeping up with EPA regulations for the US market.
Lack of a good dealer network and support (or total absence of it) is an issue in many areas, even though the saws can be ordered trough Makita.
As I understand it, lack of resources in the company has been a factor for a while.
You are right about that - but I'm not starting a new rant about that brand now!
Sorry to say so - but as I recall it, that one belongs to a model "family" that sort of was a "low point" in the Jonsered(s) story - and represent Jonsereds attempt to design lighter and less costly saws than (most of) their 1970s saws themselves. This lead to rebranded Partner saws being sold as their smaller "pro" saws for a while, starting with the 490.
I believe they work quite well though, as long as they work, but aren't so easy to get right in the long run, as there are more places than usual where they may start leaking air?
Sawtroll always brags about his MS290, he really loves that model....
With 66.443 husky sponsored posts, he's now officially known as the "the scandinavian pope' But we all like him of course. We had a lot of fun on this site a few years back, that's for sure.
Now he must be in his winter sleep in his cabin near the arctic with almost 24 h darkness.
One of the sawtroll classics: A younger guy was in here a couple years back asking what it felt like to operate older saws that were heavier with less effective A/V. ST pipes in and says "if you want to see what it felt like to run a saw from the early 80's, just find a new Echo!" Zing!!
Well played sir!!
@SawTroll, I picked up a Husqvarna 480CD. Do they have the same ignition as the 2100?
Have you cut with a 480 before?
Hello ol' friend!
There isn't really a 24 h darkness here, despite the sun never rises above the horizon these days - but there won't be any real daylight in a while, well North of the Polar Circle.
I've never run a 480CD, so I only know the basics about it. At least it has a CD ignition like the 2100, but I have no idea if they (the ignitions) are the same (or interchange).
Possibly the attached WS manuals are of some help? The 2100 document is a late one though, and they may not have used the same ignition all the time?
Thanks, I'm sure the manuals will be helpful in the near future.
Troll, my Dolmar/Makita 520i ran so well yesterday that I have elected to keep it. I bucked a whole truckload of rounds with one tank of fuel. The guy that I was cutting with milled about a dozen 9' logs, each 8/4 thick and 28" wide by using a Dolmar/Makita 6421 and a milling jig that worked flawlessly. He pilled a 32" bar. Perhaps you need to examine and evaluate Dolmar/Makita chain saws again.
They want to start selling Aspen over here.
That's interesting - Mike Acres used to be (may still be for all I know?) the NA agent (or whatever it is called) for Aspen for a long time, but that didn't produce any results that I heard of?
Btw, Husky has stopped selling Aspen here, and has introduced their own premixed alkylate fuel instead. I haven't tried that one yet.
No, it has never been a secret that those models run well (as do many others) for what they are (pro quality saws, but not the "hottest" ones in the respective model families).
The basic design of the 520i is from the 1980s, but the Dolmar 115 still was a current model in Germany the last time I looked (likely last year). I believe the reason for that is that they have an outboard clutch (and are built accordingly), and are better handling saws than the newer alternatives (with inboard clutches).
As I said, I have nothing against Dolmar saws in general, rather the opposite - but like other brands they have made mistakes trough the years.
Some people obviously takes pointing out mistakes/problems with specific models (or how specific issues are handled) as bashing the brand as such - which it isn't, and never was meant to be.
I bought a brand new one and used it for about 3 years for firewood and cutting contest back in the day
I have been looking for a nice 180/280/380/480 for a while. They always show up when I am tied up with something else lol.
I'd definitely want the 480 among those if keeping the saw stock, as it has a larger carb and a bit more power.
Good to see you again Nikko!
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