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Which less popular 50cc ish saw to port??

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Yotaismygame, Nov 13, 2019.

  1. Huskybill

    Huskybill Addicted to ArboristSite

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    There’s AM cylinder/ piston kits on sleezebay for $25/$30 for husky saws. Grab a husky 350, grab the 346 Xp kit, bingo we have a winner for a affordable price.
     
  2. SierraMtns

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    My vote is a Echo
     
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    SierraMtns ArboristSite Operative

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    What about Echo cs-490? Is it a strato engine? CS-501p looks good but I think it is a strato engine. :baba:
     
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    SierraMtns ArboristSite Operative

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    I found a 350 locally for $100....hmmm Now you got me thinking...
     
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  5. Yotaismygame

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    like I said before I’m not interested in a saw that is well known. Since this is for fun I’d rather pickup a saw that most consider lame or don’t consider it at all. A 346 is one of the most popular small saws. No fun in doing one of those.
     
  6. henry r

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    Not quite 50cc but a Homelite Super XL AO

    they are old, plentyful, in blue and white they look awesome, by all acounts are still practical and are cheap.

    (plus i have one and would love to see how someone who knows what they are doing, does it, so i can copy :D )
     
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    Solo 656...
     
  8. Colt Marlington

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    I'd like a cheap ported 50cc saw also.

    Think I'm going to try a clamshell 46cc Poulan 2900 on for size.

    I have a Shindaiwa 491s also. Same saw as an Echo 490 except in red. But the Poulan has a funky look to it and might be a better sleeper saw. I think the 2900 is also a little bit lighter and a little bit thinner.

    And I can probably sell the Shindaiwa for enough to cover the cost of the Poulan and a new 16" b&c to replace the 20 that's on it, and have a dollar or two left over.
     
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    Colt Marlington ArboristSite Guru

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    I just got one of these for ten bucks. A 45cc Blue Max 6595.

    Only problem is that the chain brake lever is too close to the handlebar. It's a bit of a distraction that I don't like. So I don't think I'd be putting much time into porting it.
    Might see what I can do with the muffler though.
     
  10. svk

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    For a budget build I’d find a 340/345/350 and port an aftermarket cylinder. @Mattyo has some very informative YouTube videos about which cylinders produce the most power.
     
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    The 490 500 501p are not strat0 engines, the CS550 was a strato if they still make it. Steve
     
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    The 350 family is very flexible for head options and porting. You can play all day with them for sure. :) oem 346xp heads are cheap and effective. ..even without port work. Lately I've been using the warhawk heads from hl supply and they are a very nice and cheap copy of oem 346xp.
     
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    Good to know. I have two 345/350 carcasses to build at some point.
     
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    I have a 350 1 owner 20 years I pulled out the base chucked a hose clamp on the intake and cut a side port in the muffler and it's a nice little saw now. But....
    I wouldn't consider them cheap though because it's got husky on it people want gold for them around here.

    What are the cheap 346 jugs on Ebay like?
     
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    I have a very lame 543XP if you are interested in making it run better. Definitely, not a very popular saw and a dead dawg out of the box. Dolmar 420 you don't hear much about and they are a fantastic saw but would imagine there is also some potential to be unlocked.
     
  16. Yotaismygame

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    Let’s not turn this into a 346 and variant thread. I’m sure most of you didn’t read the majority of what’s going on in here which is why that saw keeps getting brought up. If I wanted to build a 346 etc I would just do it. All the information is already out there. For those who can read and posted good or even bad suggestions, thank you.

    I like the older small shindawas. That brand in general I find kind of neat.
     
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    All good ... lemme know if I can help further.
     
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    Sorry you just got caught in the crossfire.
     
  19. Jethro 2t sniffer

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    There was a guy who put a stihl bigger cc top end on a wee cheap poulan be darned if I can find the thread though. I'm sure it was 70 odd cc
     
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    Homelite 340.
    know for big compression stock, and i know someone with a nice one;) takes a husky k095 bar too. IMG_6991.PNG
     

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