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  1. Fruecrue

    Fruecrue I got wood

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    You or I may not need it, but some certainly appreciate and/ or require it.
     
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    fearofpavement Pinnacle OPE Member

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    I only leave the decomp intact if it was an MS390 and has the cutout in the top cover. Otherwise I plug them. I do use them on saws so equipped since it's easier on the starter.
     
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  3. Terry Syd

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    If the de-comp is leaking, that is a DIFFERENT problem. You fix that problem with a bit of fine valve lapping compound. - Then the de-comp doesn't leak and it works quite well.

    My saw does NOT require a 'starting drill' to get it started. I have a 066 coil on it with a 4 degree retard on starting and with a properly operating de-comp it is a simple 'pull and go'. No fuss, no worry, just pull it and go. - A little girl could start it.
     
  4. huskyboy

    huskyboy Sorta a Husqvarna guy.

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    With the time and $ spent working on these things one could build a decent 372/440... and a 026 or 346 type saw is a better small firewood saw than a farmboss. I wouldn’t mess with a farmboss that far gone, would just use it for parts support. I wouldn’t trust those am parts on it either. Just imho.
     
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  5. NCPT

    NCPT Well-Known OPE Member

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    I agree but it's not my saw nor my money. I dont mind working on it so it's not a big deal.
     
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    huskyboy Sorta a Husqvarna guy.

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    Hopefully the cylinder cleans up. Have had good luck with meteor or hyway pistons.
     
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    Good info, I have a buddy that has a 290 getting a little tired and was talking to him this weekend about just this swap. I get that the clamshell saws are low grade but how do you argue with a guy that's cut 14 cord a year for six years with one and it never skipped a beat?
     
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    grizz55chev Well-Known OPE Member

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    You pop a 039 topend on it and watch the ear to ear grin on your buddies face!
     
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    NCPT Well-Known OPE Member

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    I'm gonna do that but not tell him until after he cuts with it.
     
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    grizz55chev Well-Known OPE Member

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    I like yer style!:campeon:
     
  11. Terry Syd

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    I bought the $50 POS to help someone else, then got stuck with it. It went from a 'loaner' saw project and got out of hand. It's a nice saw now, in fact it is my go-to saw as it sits perfectly between the 50 and 77cc saws.

    However, I would have much preferred to have spent that much R&D on a Dolmar 6100 than an old 029.

    Now that people know what needs to be done with them, they can fix one up in a weekend with cheap AM parts. If you find one in a junk pile someplace, grab it as there will be somebody that will want to build it. - It won't be me though, been there, done that.
     
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  12. beaglebriar

    beaglebriar "I have a potty mouth" + GFY

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    I can get three bills outta one around here. I won't leave them in the junk pile.

    They're not even close to my favorite saw to work on but after you do a few they're not terrible.
     
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    Same.
     
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    fearofpavement Pinnacle OPE Member

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    I have one advertised on Atlanta CL right now for $360. I've sold plenty of them for that price and I won't sell it for less. (new Stihl bar) It may stay on there for a month or two but I don't care, I'll move onto the next one. I typically use them quite a bit before I sell them to make sure nothing's going to bugger on them.
     
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  15. huskyboy

    huskyboy Sorta a Husqvarna guy.

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    That’s about all there good for, selling on craigslist. Amazing what people will pay for a name. If it’s a stihl farmboss or husky rancher it must be what the pros use. Lol
     
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    fearofpavement Pinnacle OPE Member

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    Everyone has their own opinions on what's good and what's bad. Sometimes those opinions are formed by personal experience and sometimes by hearsay or advertising influence. I have personally owned and used nearly every brand of saw and I have my favorites and certainly a brand preference but allow for others that have their own opinions. Any saw that reliably starts and runs can cut wood and I could do what I do with any brand.
     

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