Just keep your eyes peeled locally. Put out want ads too. You are going to get some junk and some folks who think their junk is gold but it will get you some cool stuff too.
Saws are very easy but you also can go down a wormhole quickly if you aren't careful.That's another thing, I had some small engine training in high school but I am very ignorant when it comes to chainsaws, so I would have no idea how to identify junk, or a saw that can be brought back to life.
A lot of the older saws crossover with a lot of parts. I find it easier and cheaper to get a few of the same family of saws. that way to can swap parts from on to another.
And sometimes you can go a little overboard on restoring a saw.
But it is fun
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Howdy there and welcome to the #1 source for feeding your new found chainsaw addiction. I'm @Boomer 87 's brother and I'm more of a mcculloch guy. The only thing I would add to the conversation that I don't think has been said yet is, don't be afraid to ask anyone, even if they don't look like the type of person that would have any saws, people will suprise you.Man I'm all excited now, I have a mostly empty shop and I've been looking for a hobby that's relatively inexpensive but fun and rewarding and collecting and getting these old saws back into working condition just really excites me! I have a computer desk job with occasional field work, so I am sedentary most of the time and playing with these old big and heavy saws seems like just the thing to get my hands dirty again! I grew up out in the country so I am no stranger to hard work and I miss it sometimes being stuck behind a desk.
Most of my parts purchases come off of ebay. I can't count how many carb kits I have bought from @Definitive Dave over the past year. If a guy had the time you could carve out a nice little business by buying non running saws and selling parts.A lot of people discount the idea of buying saws and parts off ebay. Believe me, if you look long enough they have what you want. I am both a buyer and a seller on ebay, right now I'm mostly a buyer and have bought lots of stuff there but due to my finances I have to wait for awhile to get the price I want..