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  1. SawSeeker

    SawSeeker Well-Known OPE Member

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    I've gotten pretty good at finding old saws to tinker with and get running but I'm ready to try a little port work. I don't plan on messing with timing or squish just yet, just some widening and smoothing. Is there a saw out there that you guys would recommend? Something fairly inexpensive and easy to find (in case I screw it up) but also worth messing with. Preferably not a clamshell design for obvious reasons.

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    Dub11 Some body poisoned the watering hole!

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    Husky 55 or 350.
     
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    SawSeeker Well-Known OPE Member

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    Husky saws are hard to find around here except for the ones at Lowes. 455 seems to be pretty common though.

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    Dub11 Some body poisoned the watering hole!

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    Thats a bummer. Any Echos ? The 490 and 590 can be found pretty cheap and there mag chassis saws. I have a complete husky 350 if your interested. A Makita 520i or the Dolmar equivalent can sometimes be found cheap too.
     
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    Stihl 026. Recommend that due to part availability and cost.
     
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    Wolverine Do you even burn wood bro?

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    Husky 350 is my vote as well. The removable transfer port covers makes it easy without the 90 degree grinder, plus the riser base can be sanded to achieve squish so no machine work necessary.
     
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    Beat me to it lol 026 260 all day long parts everywere easy to work on.good little saw
     
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    350 or a 026/260 both good choices, cheap to buy, plentiful, if you ruin one, no biggie parts are easy to get and cheap as well
    350 is first cousin to the 346XP so you would gain valuable experience towards being able to make the top dog of the small husky world run
    026/260 is the smallest of the pro series from that era and most of the 0 and early MS series saws are very similar in construction
     
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    Thanks for the help guys! I'll see what I can find, it seems like there are quite a few stihl saws around here.

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    You can pick up a good 026 on here for 225 give or take 25 bucks
     
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    How about a 028 for about the same price range?
     
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    Does anybody have a list of Stihl saws that are not clamshell? Or is this just something we should all know?

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    Even numbers are Pro saws. Odd numbers are clammies.

    Example......

    026 = pro
    025 = clammie
     
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    That must go out the window when you put ms in front.

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    Dub11 Some body poisoned the watering hole!

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    Nope.
     
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    Canadian farm boy 10,000 "likes" and still a fart knocker.

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    Not really
    Ms260=pro
    Ms250=clammie

    Gets a little different with the newer ms series but it's still basically the same
     
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    Canadian farm boy 10,000 "likes" and still a fart knocker.

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    362 462. Lol. I know what your saying.
     
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    Here's somewhat of a list of stihl clamshell saws.

    015, 017, 018, 019, 021, 023, 025, 029, 039, ms150, ms170, ms171, ms180, ms181, ms190t, ms192t, ms210, ms211, ms230, ms231, ms250, ms251, ms270, ms271 ms280, ms290, ms291, ms310, ms311, ms390, ms391.
     
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    SawSeeker Well-Known OPE Member

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    Just scored a Jonesered 2150 from the for sale section! Whoop whoop! I'll be searching porting vids all night! Thanks guys

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