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    Al Smith replied to a thread MS 200t problems in Chainsaws!
    As I said before nobody mentioned it .However if you look at a well ran 020 or 200 you can see what looks much like carbon right up next to the clutch side seal .That has to be hard on the seal if it does have some traverse movement . Before they came out with after market cylinders and pistons e bay was full of complete crankcases ,with crankshafts from burned up saws for 50 bucks a pop .Fact I bought one just for the case to repair one that leaked oil . Those seals are not the best design but as tiny as they are I'm not sure what else would work .I'd say the best thing to do if you own one is about the first indication the saw is starting to lean out is at least replace the clutch side seal after all that carbon is cleaned off the shaft .Cheap insurance if nothing else .It's probably a 15-20 minute job on the clutch side .
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    Al Smith replied to a thread MS 200t problems in Chainsaws!
    I'm only guessing but I'd say less than 1/8 of an inch .I might have it on one of my micro fiche slides .
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    Al Smith replied to a thread MS 200t problems in Chainsaws!
    On that I've worked on a lot of things other than chainsaws from German manufacturers .Several things about these .First as a general rule they make good products .Having said that they seldom if ever admit they had a flaw in design and also are proud to use "OEM" types of components and therefore control the after market to a great degree .On that they are successful except in a few cases where they forgot a thing called "yankee ingenuity " .We beat them at their own game more than once concerning high speed precision metal working machinery used in the automotive industry .Never underestimate a red neck with a box full of tools .:D
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    Al Smith replied to a thread MS 200t problems in Chainsaws!
    Perhaps wrong term .It's internal to the bearing .It's a fiber washer type affair .Once it wears enough it allows the crankshaft to move parallel to the bearing .The clutch side of the crankshaft will get a build up of sawdust and oil about like hard carbon after enough run time which will heat up and chew up the seal . Stihl being Stihl never once mentioned this fact nor for that matter did they ever mention problems with the Zama carbs .Myself and Adam Clark discovered leakage around the welch plugs internal to the carb in the fuel chamber .Easy fix using red loctite .Stihl obviously preferred to sell new carbs at 90 bucks a pop at the time . If I get some time I have a picture of the bearing and if I can find it I'll post it .
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    Al Smith replied to a thread MS 200t problems in Chainsaws!
    The 020 and 200T use a 7 roller roller bearing on the crank bearings which uses an internal thrust plate .Over time this plate wears allowing slop in the crankshaft which will cause the seals to leak .Seals and bearings are around 60 dollars .However a quick fix but not permanent would be just seals which are easy to change on this saw .Usually the leak will be on the clutch side. Looking back over time problems with the 200T were blamed on the Zama CIQ carbs which in most cases were in fact the seals .More times than not it was not the carb but a ton of money has been spent replacing same .
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    MASTERBLASTER! Happy Birthday!!
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    That should be on a bumper sticker. LOVE IT!! Love it!
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    Freeking funny, John planted something like that under our then teenage girls windows!!!:lol::lol::lol: Because, you know, girls just wanna have fun.
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    Congratulations Shawn! That is exciting, first and foremost, safety first!
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    vharrison replied to a thread New toy! in Chainsaws!
    Fun!
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    Al Smith replied to a thread Best rebuild kit 200T in Chainsaws!
    For $159 for that kit plus another 60 for OEM bearings and seals you'd have nearly a factory fresh 200T all things considered .Those P and C kits were once about $300 when a 200T was selling for a tad over $600 .With all that the only thing that could go bad is the crank/rod bearing of which I've never heard of go bad .Remember they don't make a 200T any more .Best little trim saw ever made as far as I'm concerned .
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Galvanic reaction ,electrolysis .Very prevalent in blue clay soils .
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    A pole will normally snap off right at ground level because in that area the pole is more subjected to rot than any other place .The guy anchor could fail also with a good snap .
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    Just remember if something goes wrong the power company or telephone which ever will hold you responsible for the damage .
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    04-20-2017
    Interesting set up Jomo. Market it and you will be rich!
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    04-18-2017
    Trig,the study of a triangle was also my thing too .Believe it or not I never really knew it until I was in the navy .
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    04-18-2017
    Isosceles right triangle ,both legs are equal at 45 degrees .Geometry is my all time favorite of mathematics .
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