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Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Huskybill, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. Duce

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    Mr. LaForge owner of Great Lakes Tree Removal, uses compressed air to clean his saws after every days use. Blows out air filter, chain cover, bar grooves and sharpens chains while having a beer at his shop bar. His chipper, dump trailer, lift truck, dump trucks, backhoe, loaders, excavator, tractors and other equipment is not new but well maintained. Pride in his equipment shows, he is an anomaly!
     
  2. farmer steve

    farmer steve outstanding in my field, 5150

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    I pretty much follow that routine. The beer part anyhow.:innocent:
     
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  3. pioneerguy600

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    No doubt it would help with the cleanup but all my saws get is a compressed air wash after use , it may be years before a cover comes off but our conditions are different here and I mostly only cut hardwood in the winter, much cleaner than cutting softwood that is full of sticky sap.
     
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  4. Duce

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    My saws get top cover, clutch cover, air filter, bar groove and entire saw blown off after each time cutting. Touch up chain when done. Mainly cutting Red Oak here and it still makes a mess. I am anal and time is not a concern.
     
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    Just a few saws waiting their turn to be cleaned up and put back in running condition, typical dirty condition,

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    couple nice 5000's there, love me some 5000's...
     
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    They were popular here at one time, many of them have come and gone over the years , I think there are still several around here somewhere.
     
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    Is that all 026's across the top on that shelf? haha quite the lineup! @pioneerguy600
     
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    Ya, that`s a few of ones that have worked their way through here.
     
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  10. Ketchup

    Ketchup Smells like 2-stroke.

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    I like dirty on the outside, pristine and ported on the inside. People don't steal dirty, scratched up saws.

    The work saws need too much to be shiny anyway. Just keeping the chains sharp and the internals clear is most of what I can keep up with.

    I have a soft spot for dirty saws, especially when I'm buying. They go cheap and often don't have as much time on them.
     
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  11. Terrence Jefferson

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    Just wondering how you all clean up dirty saws before working on them. I use air but I have a couple of saws that need complete rebuilds and are filthy and it's hard to clean them up. I usually pressure wash them at work but I'm not sure it's best.
     
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    How about the power mac 6? 0312191851.jpg 0312191618.jpg
     
  13. TheTone

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    Admitted;y this 026 hadn't been run in a long time. Dirtiest saw I've ever rebuilt:

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    Cleaned up nice, plus a few miscellaneous parts:

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    As Gomer Pyle would say, shame, shame, shame.

    I was blowing them off with a air hose. But some of the used saws I purchased were neglected so bad I may soak them with brakekleen. The fins on the cylinder are crusted with dirt and grime. Clean them up once, keep them clean, run the snots out of them.
     
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    Tell me about abuse and neglect.....
     
  16. Ketchup

    Ketchup Smells like 2-stroke.

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    Different areas take different treatment. I start with air, then simple purple, then a plastic pick, more purple, lite pressure wash, air. I put a rubber glove over the air intake with a rubber band before I use water.

    Cylinder fins get dental scraped and degreased, then I wait until my wife isn't home and scrub them in the sink with long bristle brushes. Sometimes I torch cylinder exteriors and almost always mufflers and shields.

    Take off parts like covers, recoil and brake handle get soaked, scrubbed and hit with air. If I'm reviving plastics I do the above then scrape with metal/razor blades and sand to 2000grit. Urethane thinnned with mineral spirits, finish sand and Pinesol.

    Wire brush cases and paint if they are missing a lot of paint, but I almost never do that. Paint darkness around the muffler is usually tolerated.

    I don't bother deep cleaning my own saws, but saws I sell often get a deeper shine.
     
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    I’m going to have nightmares over post number #35. Looks like my 257 I just bought.

    On my 372xp I split the cases and could heat my house on the wood dust that’s on the inside.
     
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    Dirt, grease and grime are no big deal in the great scheme of things. I love dirty saws, the more covered with muck, the better. Why? Nobody wants to deal with them. People pass them up and they go for very cheap. Usually, under all that schmutz you find a decent saw. It amazes me how much more sellers could get with a little degreaser and pressure washing.
     
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    I stole my dirty 257. Your right.
     
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