ArboristSite.com Sponsors


What saw you got that will always start

holeycow

holeycow

Addicted to ArboristSite
Joined
Sep 9, 2011
Messages
2,406
Location
Alberta, Canada
All of them.

Every now and then I screw up a cold-starting routine with one of them (because they are not all the same..) so I have to un-flood or something, but generally not.

they all start 1 pull when hot. If it takes 2 a quick carb adjustment is in order.
 
nettle

nettle

ArboristSite Member
Joined
Oct 20, 2019
Messages
70
Age
67
Location
Preble County, OH
I had a MS 260 that I bought new in 2004. I just gave to a relative. Hopefully he forgives me. One of the most miserable piece's of equipment I have ever owned. Almost soured me against Sthil chainsaws altogether.

I have bought two new Stihl's within the last year since getting rid of the MS 260. Things much better now.
 
CJ Brown

CJ Brown

"I learned this from a hockey card..."
Joined
Dec 4, 2016
Messages
1,632
Age
56
Location
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
My Pioneer Farmsaw used to ride around in a box on the back of my atv (for years). Sometimes I would need it a few times in a single year. Many times I wouldn't use it for 2 or 3 years at a time as I always used my Husky for chainsaw work. That Pioneer always started regardless of how old the gas was or how long the saw bounced around in that box. Definitely the most reliable saw I will ever own.
 
MacAttack

MacAttack

I love the smell of 2-stroke
Joined
Nov 15, 2019
Messages
299
Age
42
Location
Western NY
My Mini Mac 30 is probably my most reliable starting saw. Not that long ago I repaired the lousy recoil, i was pulling it over just to make sure the recoil worked, about the speed of 4 "thumps" per second. The ignition was on and that sumbitch started with no choke or anything, completely caught me offguard.

I'd also have to say my Poulan 4218 starts very well, but it should for a saw that probably literally has less than an hour running on it. That was a freebie saw from a family member that bought it, used it 2 or 3 times, and then let it sit for years with stale gas.
 
Tom B.

Tom B.

ArboristSite Operative
Joined
Oct 14, 2019
Messages
173
Location
MB
Not that long ago I repaired the lousy recoil, i was pulling it over just to make sure the recoil worked, about the speed of 4 "thumps" per second. The ignition was on and that sumbitch started with no choke or anything, completely caught me offguard.
:lol::lol::laughing::laughing:
 
idoseadoo

idoseadoo

ArboristSite Lurker
Joined
Nov 20, 2019
Messages
10
Age
60
Location
33314
My McCulloch 7-10 automatic started up with some fresh fuel and a few yanks. God knows the last time it ran before it was given to me. My first real chainsaw! (Other was an electric from harbor freight)

Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
 
AmateurSawer

AmateurSawer

ArboristSite Operative
Joined
Feb 2, 2015
Messages
132
Age
62
Location
Western Va Mountains
All of mine. My 250 will flood if I don't pay attention and miss the first"pop" on full choke but that's it.

When I was growing up,Dad had a McCullock 1-53 saw that,if you started it,you didn't shut it off until you finished cutting. 80cc and about a 20 lb head.Don't miss fighting with it although I'd like to run it once more.
 
John Lyngdal

John Lyngdal

ArboristSite Guru
Joined
Jan 5, 2017
Messages
551
Age
62
Location
Eugene, OR
I have a dated McCulloch 3818 that I bought decades ago before I was afflicted with CAD.
It can sit on a self for years with stale mix and still start with a couple pumps of the priming bulb and a few pulls of the cord.
It tries so hard to be a "pro" saw, that I just can't part with it.
My MS362 would be another I would point to as an easy starter, but I don't keep stale fuel in it either.
 
James Miller

James Miller

Addicted to ArboristSite
Joined
Mar 9, 2016
Messages
5,431
Age
35
Location
Hanover PA
My McCulloch 7-10 automatic started up with some fresh fuel and a few yanks. God knows the last time it ran before it was given to me. My first real chainsaw! (Other was an electric from harbor freight)

Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
The old saws just dont seem to be bothered as much by sitting for years. My 111s sat for 15-20 years. A little mix down the carb and this is what it took to get it going.
 
Top