Husky 266

shortys7777

shortys7777

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Saw a listing for a 266 locally says starts and runs off choke but doesn't idle. Has old fuel and has been sitting for a while. Are these saws powerful enough to mill some 12" ash or maple possibly? Currently I run a ms290 for all my firewood needs and it is my only saw. The asking price has been tempted to give it a go. I would either keep the 290 or sell it for more than the asking price of the 266. Pretty handy and don't mind getting into the saw as a winter project in my workshop either. Not if parts are hard and expensive to get. Thanks.
 
kjorrrits

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Not experienced in milling myself but I’m sure it’ll handle 12” better than the 290. Most all parts are available as that saw chassis was used in many models over a long time( husky 266/268/272/61 JRed 630/670 and other variations I’m forgetting). If the price is good go for it.
One thing to check is how old it is, older models have a course threaded clutch which is no longer made. Used ones can be found but you might have to search.
 
CJ Brown

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The 266 is an old saw - especially if it is a 266se. Most have them have been well used as well since they were production saws. If it won't idle, I would be suspicious of worn/leaky seals. Seals aren't that hard to replace though - just something that should be checked before you roast a cylinder. A great saw if in good mechanical condition.
 
Gord404

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Carb block manifold gaskets are a problem sometimes, will lean out 266 type carb mounted saws... use OEM gaskets in that area and yes you will probably kill your 290 trying to mill with it.
 

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