Cool little saws! I don't have a MiniMac yet, but I will eventually. I bought my SiverEagle SE2012 just on a lark because it matched my SE3420:
But it turned out to be a really nice little saw. It needed a new primer and fuel lines and the oil pump repaired, so I had it all apart and found it was very strong, easy to work on and the plastic parts all were well made and fit properly. I don't regard this as a plastic saw, in spite of the fact that the housing and handles are plastic. The basic structure is a horizontal engine with the bar mounts attached to the engine bottom cap, as is the MiniMac. On the 3200 series they rotated the carb up to the top, and you can sort of see how from this image I cribbed from an eBay listing:
Nice quad ports too huh? Not junk at all! And when you pull the recoil it does not feel cheap either.
After a muffler mod, which was easy to do, and a new sharp chain (Oregon 91PX), I was just astounded at how well a 32cc saw cut. I had planned to replace the 12" bar with a 14" (and I still may), but the 12" was really handy to use for limbing and such. After the 2011 Halloween storm I had a lot of oak blowdowns with upper branches just sticking out. I ran multiple tanks
through cutting off rounds up to the full bar length - I could lean on it and darn that thing just kept pulling. So much so that I bought a NOS spike for it, the first of my saws to have one (which is why I may get a 14" bar for it now):
Now about those multiple tanks
- after that I could not feel my hand on either arm for an hour or two. Someone told me the A/V versions are too soft and sloppy but I am still tempted to try one sometime, although one of the things I like about these saws is the incredible simplicity of the design.
Hmm - sounds like the kids are finally waking up, better go......