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#1 red_reaper

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 07:58 PM

Have a old super low hr. Homelite 2 chain saw, still has the original bar that looks like new. I've used it for odd small stuff for years, and has allways ran good but not much power. as to be expected for such a little chain saw. Its very handy and light weight. I set 21 wooden posts made from old telephone poles. I was going to saw them off even and discovered the chain saw wont run when you turn it on its side, just runs out of power and stalls. I filled the gas up to the top and still did it. Any ideas I can try? I hate to use my other homelite super XL12, the old blue model, when on its side what muffler it has is right in your face and very loud, plus its heavy and has a too long a bar for what I'm doing,and I'm doing it at eye level, so the smaller ones easier to keep from cutting my head off.
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Posted 19 July 2008 - 08:17 PM

Not familiar with that saw but only thing that comes to mind is if it has a small line inside the tank that is broke or even cracked. Not sure on shape of tank but even full when filling might still have an air cavity when turned sideways.

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 08:23 PM

Not familiar with that saw but only thing that comes to mind is if it has a small line inside the tank that is broke or even cracked. Not sure on shape of tank but even full when filling might still have an air cavity when turned sideways.

Hello all , Kinda what I was thinking . I have a leaf blower that the line rotted off inside the tank :angry: . Runs good about any direction except pointed at the ground to work . Boomer

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 09:35 PM


Not familiar with that saw but only thing that comes to mind is if it has a small line inside the tank that is broke or even cracked. Not sure on shape of tank but even full when filling might still have an air cavity when turned sideways.

Hello all , Kinda what I was thinking . I have a leaf blower that the line rotted off inside the tank :angry: . Runs good about any direction except pointed at the ground to work . Boomer



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more than likeley the fuel line issue is what you have, or the fact its a homelite :blush:
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Posted 20 July 2008 - 12:28 AM

Reaper,

I would look at two things.

1) As the others have stated, check the gas lines. There may be a crack in the lines allowing air to get into the system. Since you stated that you have filled the tank and it still acts up, the leak may be in the part of the line not in the tank.

2) Another problem that I would check are the diaphragms in the carburetor. These serve as a fuel pump which in turn allows the saws to be operated at many angles. Over time, these become hard, brittle, and succeptible to cracking probibiting the transfer of fuel to the cylinder when you go to make a cut.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 06:21 AM

I agree with these guys, it's probably sucking air. Also keep in mind that this older saw might not like the the alcohol in the gas that we have now and that may have damaged the plastic fuel line by making it brittle.

What ever you do don't junk that saw. Believe it or not some people COLLECT chainsaws.....just like tractors!
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Posted 20 July 2008 - 09:27 AM

Jamesthomas, that might make sense that the crack is on the outside of the tank,whowever its not leaking, cause if the crack was on the inside it would at least run on its side flipped over one way,and maybe not the other,but this is both ways. It just pulls down to a idle and the chain stops just like the chain is too tight. I'll pull the case apart to see what those lines are like. I just had it off the other day to repair the rope that I pulled out of it from it not starting and me going wild pulling that rope, too bad you cant hook a chain up to them and pull start them like a tractor, sometimes you need to. Next chainsaw will be a stihl

redgreen, dont worry I will not junk this saw, its too handy and just like new. The Super XL12 I have also still had the original bar on it when I got it. I put a new one on a few years back but it also is like new, just wish it had the automatic oiler. That thing has gobbs of power,and the only two complaints I have on it is the manual oiler and that super loud exhaust. I believe those old blue homelites are starting to become more collectable. We have a old Pioneer chainsaw setting in the corner, its bright yellow. I could never get it to run though.
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Posted 20 July 2008 - 10:08 AM

Next chainsaw will be a stihl

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 12:08 PM

What ever you do don't junk that saw. Believe it or not some people COLLECT chainsaws.....just like tractors!
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That is for sure..........unfortunately I seem to have become one of them :blush: I started out with an 031 that I picked up for 20 bucks, ran like a champ, used it for a couple of years til it gave me some trouble about not wanting to stay running. Took it in to see if it was beyond hope, compression still seemed good. I got it back at the same time they were having a sale on Stihl, so I was going to replace it if it wasn't worth fixing or buy a smaller saw that would be newer and handier (Mini Boss) (as well as something of a backup due to the age of the 031) The 031 only took fuel lines and carb diaphrams, used it to make two cuts and it went back to doing what it did before, took it back and ended up getting a 390 because I was into a job that was going to be a real challenge to make it through with the 031 (told the guy that "I guess if I buy enough Stihl saws, I might get the job done." I got the 031 back but haven't used it to see if it will still go. The 390 is awsome :D
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Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:21 PM

Jamesthomas, that might make sense that the crack is on the outside of the tank,whowever its not leaking, cause if the crack was on the inside it would at least run on its side flipped over one way,and maybe not the other,but this is both ways. It just pulls down to a idle and the chain stops just like the chain is too tight. I'll pull the case apart to see what those lines are like. I just had it off the other day to repair the rope that I pulled out of it from it not starting and me going wild pulling that rope, too bad you cant hook a chain up to them and pull start them like a tractor, sometimes you need to. Next chainsaw will be a stihl

redgreen, dont worry I will not junk this saw, its too handy and just like new. The Super XL12 I have also still had the original bar on it when I got it. I put a new one on a few years back but it also is like new, just wish it had the automatic oiler. That thing has gobbs of power,and the only two complaints I have on it is the manual oiler and that super loud exhaust. I believe those old blue homelites are starting to become more collectable. We have a old Pioneer chainsaw setting in the corner, its bright yellow. I could never get it to run though.



I'm not positive on this, but I think the Super XL had both a manual oiler and an automatic oiler. We had one, I'm almost positive it oiled on it's own.

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