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Just bought An Old Chainsaw. Info needed please.

knifehunterdustin

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Hi everyone. I’m pretty new here so bare with me. I really like old direct drive chainsaws. Have some Stihl ones, Old Poulan/Dayton, and some old Husqvarna chainsaws. Love em all.

Today I just purchased from the bay, an old Sears D-44 chainsaw. Part #
917.351061 (17in bar)
917.351071 (21in bar)
It appears to be in fantastic condition and looks brand new. Wont fully know till I have it in hand though. It has been slightly modified; the carburetor is from a McCulloch 10-10 and a bar and chain from a Homelite 330.

I do understand that original parts for this saw are very hard to acquire, but I was wondering if anyone with enough knowledge knows what other replacement/maintenance parts from other brands & badges would be compatible with this saw should I ever need them? It’s already Frankenstein’d a little bit with the carb, bar and chain. Just wondering if other saw brand companies would be compatible to put in this saw like: air filter, ignition system (points or solid state ignition) Engine parts (cylinder, piston, link) rewind and flywheel.

Anyway, if anyone knows anything useful or helpful, I’d be grateful. This will not be a primary use saw. Just an interesting collectible that I’ll run occasionally.

thanks!
 
knifehunterdustin

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Thank you for providing that. I’m going to try to dig a little deeper on the Sears parts website today after work. Yesterday evening looked the site briefly and entered the parts numbers on the saw. What comes up on the parts website is that the saw is discontinued and parts are no longer produced or available. Didn’t really provide much direction after that. At least that’s what I ran into, but I wasn’t able to really look as hard as I wanted to.
Mostly I’m wondering if any other brands/badges might have compatible parts or ones that will for the saw should I ever need to....if I just can’t fine any d-44 parts. Since the carburetor is from a McCulloch 10-10 and the bar and chain are from a Homelite 330. Those parts apparently work, so I just got curious about what else could work if ever needed.

I don’t think I’ll ever need to do very much repairs on it because I’m not going to be running it hard or really that often. Just an interesting collector item that I’ll fire up and cut with on occasions. She’s in way too nice a shape to want to dirty her up too badly, I’ve got other saws for that. Lol!
 
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Ok, thank you. I’ll check out that number as soon as I get the saw in hand. Yeah every time I’ve looked up Sears d-44 on acres site, the McCulloch d-44 specs come up. Just makes me wish I made it simpler on myself bought a Mac d-44 instead...lol, but I’m not finding any of those right now in good enough shape for me to be comfy with.
 
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I believe the D44 was made by Roper for Sears. The original carb would likely have been a Lauson PP one and they are difficult to find rebuild kits for, better that it has a carb swap. The Lawson carb had a check valve in the fuel inlet fitting that would dissolve in E laced fuel. I don`t know of any parts that will directly interchange but those old saws were simple to make parts for like filters. There are used parts out there for them if required.
 
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in case anyone might be interested in how it looks.
 
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