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  • Nutball's Avatar
    07-03-2017
    20w50 oil is an experiment to see if it helps worn out low compression engines run better. It's what I use as bar oil usually, so it was readily available.
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    07-03-2017
    The thing that sucks is that the 391 cylinder is way different than the 390 and there are no aftermarket cylinders. The 311 cylinder might fit at a 2mm loss in bore, but it also isn't available in aftermarket parts. Both 311 and 391 cylinder are only available from Bailey's from what I could find for $300. The best I could do is probably get a cylinder for $250 at a dealer and an aftermarket piston for $20-30. A Husqvarna 455 aftermarket kit would be around $35! and I have one that isn't running at full power.
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    07-03-2017
    That was a 391 piston for those who overlooked the words in the post. The exhaust side was the worst, but about 80% of the piston was scored half as bad possibly from alignment changing with wear or the lack of oil. And I tried running it too on something like 32:1 or more 20w50 oil and that wasn't enough to plug the gaps and help it start. I don't even want to fix that one, $300 was spent on it used, and it lasted 2 weeks or something, then a new ignition was bought, now it needs $300 for a new P/C which could instead buy a new 271t with warranty and part out the rest for new chains and stuff.
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    07-01-2017
    The unpopular chains seem to be cheapest. Staying sharp much longer than any other chain at a good price is all I want, so I figure this Stihl RSLFK chain is a good way to go especially if round filing it will help it stay sharp longer. http://www.ebay.com/itm/271645103657 It's a pretty good price as you buy more and save a little on shipping. One would think you'd then get 5-10% off by reordering from him off ebay once you have his contact info from the first buy, so win-win, and it keeps getting better. This way is cheaper than ordering a 25ft roll from bailey's which was a pretty good price too, but I don't think they sell the Klassic or whatever it is called (non oilomatic).
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-29-2017
    Well if the new ones are spiraled you might leave grooves by turning it when filing unless you turn the right way. I just push it straight and every so often rotate it in the guide by 1/4 or 1/3 turn.
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-29-2017
    I need to buy some new tools. The broken T25 now T27 bit is chipped, but it has not broken again yet, and I've tried. I'm surprised I didn't even break the screw driver. I ended up using a stripped screw remover and corded drill to get the engine bolts out and found they are some kind of lock bolt. I also tore apart a 391 recently that ran not too long ago, and just quit. The compression has been low for a while. The best I could get out of it was a backfire through the carb. I'm a bit amazed how little a wore out engine does. I'd expect it to try to start but not this one. Why does the exhaust side of the piston get so much abuse? It sucks there's no aftermarket cylinders.
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-29-2017
    Nutball replied to a thread Stihl 090AV? in Chainsaws!
    As long as it isn't alcohol
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    06-28-2017
    Nutball replied to a thread Stihl 090AV? in Chainsaws!
    I remember when I first got my 2188, it about kicked my butt cutting a 34" oak down. It would grab the uncut wood, then the chips on the other side of the bar and cycle between them throwing me back and forth.
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-28-2017
    Nutball replied to a thread Stihl 090AV? in Chainsaws!
    I thought it looked weird like the handle hinge is too high up to easily work a brake. What would a spring handle do? Push your hand back a little? How does that save your arm or face from a spinning chain?
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-28-2017
    Nutball replied to a thread Stihl 090AV? in Chainsaws!
    Here's one with a chain brake, must be a very late model. That's what threw me off at first until I found this picture. http://www.acresinternet.com/cscc.nsf/ed1d619968136da688256af40002b8f7/4dee9715a9e84b3988256c1a0004d086?OpenDocument
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-28-2017
    Which is better using a file guide or not? I'd use one to get the angles right, but would not using a guide help the file to sit lower and get more of a curve on the top edge of the cutter vs a very shallow curve if you know what I mean, Like what might happen if using too small of a file, but without using too small of one.
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-28-2017
    Nutball replied to a thread Stihl 090AV? in Chainsaws!
    Those guys are huge, so they are used to it.
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-28-2017
    Nutball replied to a thread Stihl 090AV? in Chainsaws!
    Well, Finally. WE have an answer...kind of. I got a reply. The whole point of posting this thread was to get your guy's opinion on authenticity. Something didn't look right, mainly the design, but I found pictures of real ones like it, so the only suspicion left was in the description. So, this is either a scam, or the Chinese are at it again and now copying the 090AV. Either way I'm glad I now have my answer to is it fake or not. https://nashville.craigslist.org/grd/6195424446.html Check your local CL you just might find one "near" you. Their reply: I colored Chinese talk in red, and the hilarious reason for them selling it. Hello! Thanks for inquire - Stihl 090AV Collector Chainsaw NEW with bar and chain at the price of $1000.00. This product is Brand New, original box, sealed, never used, no scratches or any problems, comes in the manufacturer packaging with a New 30" Stihl Bar and Chain,FIles, wrench, screw driver. Stihl Pouch, 3 year of warranty and all manufacturer supplied accessories. I'm selling it because I need a bigger one:lol: and this can't help me for my work. I also offer free shipping if you will buy it before 29 of June(the shipping will take 3 - 5 business days). I registered this transaction through eBay so if you want to order, please email us your shipping details,full name and your e-mail ,so I can place your order on eBay. They will confirm the order and guide you through the payment process once we will receive your details. You will have 15 days time to test and inspect the chainsaw ,if you don't like it, I will take it back on my expense and eBay will refund you the money directly into your bank account. Kindest regards!
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-28-2017
    Nutball replied to a thread Stihl 090AV? in Chainsaws!
    Dagum! Its as big as a dog. Looks like an extra wide bar, I wish more bars were extra wide... but extra light weight too. I wonder how it would run with the exhaust deflector removed
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-28-2017
    Nutball replied to a thread Stihl 090AV? in Chainsaws!
    I haven't looked at it yet, but do these more recent ones have more plastic than the others or are they still mostly metal everywhere (tanks, handle, top cover, starter...) Weight is another reason I might go with a newer model. I hope this is a good enough deal to justify a heavy saw that wouldn't get used much because it is really helpful to have more power when needed. I wouldn't expect to need to use it more in one day than what I have stamina for, but I've never felt one before, so I might be tired after starting one. Also the oiler on my 2188 has a hard time keeping up on a 42" bar, and not even a 395 has a faster oil pump according to the manual.
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-27-2017
    Nutball replied to a thread Stihl 090AV? in Chainsaws!
    I try not to be worldly and attached to things, as I see it, it was meant to be used, so don't just look at it, use it. But with the possibility of having a new one, I'd almost feel bad to get it dirty. I might want to trade for a new 880, but who knows, I don't even have it yet. What could the serial number tell me?
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-27-2017
    Nutball replied to a thread Stihl 090AV? in Chainsaws!
    Haha, it's about time I get a good find, even if I have to pay for it. Hopefully it turns out good and all...and mine
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-27-2017
    Nutball started a thread Stihl 090AV? in Chainsaws!
    EDIT: Looks like I answered my own question, I just found a similar picture here (the newest looking one): http://www.acresinternet.com/cscc.nsf/ed1d619968136da688256af40002b8f7/4dee9715a9e84b3988256c1a0004d086?OpenDocument I found a really modern looking 090AV online for $1000, new condition. Good price? We'll see what happens, and talk about it here.
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-27-2017
    It appears in good condition. The purpose of the plug is to lock the rubber in place. Also the rubber is shaped to push in easier than pull out with a rounded end and a straight cornered inner lip. The caps hold the rubber expanded making it likely impossible to pull out the rubber with the cap still in and since rubber expands when pressed it would be truly impossible to push a new one in. Without a cap in I have to poke a screw driver around the lip to force a new buffer in its hole. If Stihl was smart they would have a spring screw into the cylinder so it wont break, and is super easy to replace. Unnecessary pain in the but, and might even cost 2 new saws worth of dealer shop time. I'm going to take my time fixing this one as I'm not really in to completely taking apart a saw, especially a dirty rusty ol thing.
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-27-2017
    When I re-read what you said I see I missed your misunderstanding. Both sides have a plug, the cylinder side plug is the problem. Today the Stihl dealer guy I talked to couldn't remember immediately how it was done, but agreed the cylinder probably has to come out, $85 an hour. Then I got the idea to warm up the engine before taking the engine screws out to hopefully loosen them. One or two broke free, but the others were risking breaking my driver. My T25 bit has been holding up well ever since I broke it on a likely T27 and sanded it back flat to what is now probably more like a T27 since it fits so much better. Last resort would be stripped screw removing bit, then cut flat blade slots in to put the screws back in with. So, I'll try getting the block nice n hot and see if they break free.
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-27-2017
    What screw? I couldn't get some of the engine bolts undone, so I might be about done with this saw anyway. I'll likely break a lot of t25 bits trying to undo them.
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-26-2017
    Stihl saws have a plastic cap that locks in the rubber buffer, so the cap has to be pulled to remove the rest of the rubber, and to let the new one in. They can be hard to get in from one side only even without the cap in the way.
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-26-2017
    The guy I work with uses them as his climbing saw, they are cheap and light. Hopefully someone here has taken one apart before. All I know for sure is that the engine has to come out unless I'm really missing some other option. It's like on an MS290 where to fix the orange cover's buffer you have to take the muffler off.
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-26-2017
    I need to fix the anti vibe buffer on a 170 that is right beside the cylinder. It tore in half a couple years ago, I wasn't there, so I don't know how it happened. Anyway it runs pretty well for having sat for 2 years with dead stink bugs in the open oil tank. Am I going to have to take the whole thing apart just to fix that one little part? The cylinder is just going to have to move out of the way. How do I do that? I see 3 engine bolts on the very bottom of the saw, but the plastic case between the carb and cylinder and around the clutch looks like it will keep the engine from lifting out. Why do Stihl saws have to be so hard to work on?
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-10-2017
    Guess I'll go to the dealer Monday if nobody has one by then. It's a poor condition saw to be getting an expensive ignition, but then I'm not the one paying for the repairs
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-10-2017
    I do the toe thing if I need full throttle, so one hand can hold the saw down while the other pulls. I forget about propping the bar on a log. Well look at that, my saw is ready for a full throttle start in my picture there
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-09-2017
    Anyone have a working ignition out of a broken 391 you'd sell? I can't find any on ebay, not even a $10 Chinese one. The Stihl dealer takes a week or so and costs more. I found the part number might be 1140 400 1303, but the broken module says 1140 1301
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-09-2017
    Thing about the 015 is you can tune it lean, so you can now create over lean all the way to over rich conditions using the choke for whatever the conditions. If I have to do a full throttle start on a big one, I used to jam my foot in the handle and use big toe to press the trigger, but boots don't fit.
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  • Nutball's Avatar
    06-08-2017
    Just what I want to hear, your 35 years of confirmation on this issue. You'd think that would be the first problem/solution in the trouble shoot list in the front of the manual to educate everyone, but we are all too smart to read a chainsaw manual because we might read something we already know. I had a 015 I used to use, the metal crank case with heatsink fin internal design (structural supports) in the gas tank quickly boiled it. That thing never stayed tuned right, but on the bright side it had a continuously adjustable choke allowing you to always "tune" it just right on the fly. I wonder if auto tune has vapor lock issues, probably does.
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