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066, what can be said??

Post in 'The Gear' started by Coal Reaper, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. Coal Reaper

    Coal Reaper Minister of Fire

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    i am sure my story is not an unfamiliar one. new to forum, been lurking, lot of great info. thanks already!

    will be installing wood boiler next summer for new-to-me house. trying to get ahead on wood so i am ready to burn.

    been running a farm boss, looking for the next big thing!

    going to check out an 066 magnum chainsaw. works like new. starts first or second pull every time. only used stihl products and premium gas. 25" .050 3/8 and last year had compression relief installed because it never had one.

    this is my first time checking out a used saw. what concerns should i have and what should i be looking for? what do you think is a fair price? will try to get pictures up.

    thanks in advance!

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  2. Coal Reaper

    Coal Reaper Minister of Fire

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    this work?

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  3. smokinj

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    Pull the muffler and check the piston. If it looks good and you have good compression buy it!
  4. kingquad

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    Damn, that's a lot of saw. Is this gonna be your primary, or just back up for the big stuff?
  5. Coal Reaper

    Coal Reaper Minister of Fire

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    does muffler screws on this take T-27 bit?

    Well, i got the farm boss (and a wild thing, shh...) and thought this would be good down to 16/14" maybe 12" diameter cuts?? some selective harvesting by a logger will be performed in october so i will have plenty of tops to take care of that will be mostly oak, some approaching 40" DBH . i also have several 30"+ trees on the property that need to hit the ground. wont be cutting for extended periods of time. maybe a couple hours after work once or twice a week and a few hours on the weekends. honestly, i was looking for something int he 70cc-ish range, but if i can get this for a good price...
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    Yes best to use a T-handle.
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    I have a 660 that is probably comparable and was cutting with it yesterday, it is a beast. On the big stuff it will knock your socks off on how easy it is to cut with a sharp chain, probably overkill on some smaller stuff. Although I did cut a 15 inch Oak with it yesterday and it was nice to not have to bend over much and just use the tip of the bar to cut it up with little effort.
  8. Bigg_Redd

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    066/660 is/are overkill for most professional loggers. Way, way too much saw for a firewood cutter. JMHO.
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    I agree...... but if he doesn't mind the weight, then go for it!
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    I would always go with as big as you can handle. 200+ lb guy 660 should not be an issue.
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    I just bought an 064, same saw with a slightly smaller plug and jug. It's a bit big for bucking firewood all day, but a great saw to have in the arsenal. I bought it mostly for when I'm cutting stuff over 18". That doesn't happen all that often, but often enough to make the saw worth having.

    Perfect saw suite (only my opinion):

    1. 35 - 40 cc top handle saw with 12" - 14" bar for limbing and bucking anything under 8"
    2. 50 - 60 cc saw with 16" - 20" bar, for 90% of all work
    3. 70 - 90 cc saw with 28" - 36" bar, for those few cases where the 50 - 60 cc saw is too small

    That's what I own, anyway. Rather than owning one "perfect" saw, I like having multiple saws, so I can always have a spare to go to if one saw goes down. I find myself using the little top-handle saw for lots of yard / storm cleanup in the last few weeks.
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    I use to think like that. Now I would rather run the 460 for 1 hour and have enough wood in rounds to last 3 guys the next 3 hours. I do have to use the top handle to clear the way first though.
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  13. ScotO

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    If you don't buy the saw, send me the guys number. If the pics is right, I'll buy it!
  14. Coal Reaper

    Coal Reaper Minister of Fire

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    ill let you know how i do!

    i am every bit of 200#'s and just wanna pile chips at my feet...
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    I am around 180 after cutting a couple months it will be about 170. Its the 460 for me.
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    066 MAG is a great saw. With a well sharpened chain in wood 16"+ it's a lite sabre. If dull it will wear yur azz out trying to man handle it.
    In the proper hands it's the ultimate wood saw.
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    400 notes! i will get some pics up when i find the camera...
  18. ScotO

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    You stole that 'effin thing!! You should be ashamed of yourself......;)
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  19. Coal Reaper

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    i tihnk i did pretty good. it rips like it possessed when i am on the trigger but wants to stall a bit at idle. he said he did not know how long the fuel had been in it so i hope thats the issue and nothing else. says he hasnt really used it in the past five years but got it from FIL and guesses saw is 20 years old. cylinder looks pristine, spark plug nice tan color. brand new B&C but chain needs to be sharpened. couple of plastics cracked and possible minor fuel leak. fuel was either coming out of a slightly loose cap or from the edge of the tank. the fuel tank might be two pieces with a gasket between? looks like a bit of damaged gasket where it leaked from when i turned it sideways. gonna get her cleaned up and sharpened and see if she needs anything else and then give her a go!
    PS it aint all that heavy...

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    pics of cracked chain brake guard and handle. they seem mostly solid but i will look into how much new parts cost. third one you can see what looks like a piece of gasket. is this a split tank? gotta take it apart a bit and look better.
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  21. ScotO

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    That saw more than likely needs a good tune up, which is easy to do. I would also make the investment on a new air filter, spark plug and fuel filter. And those broken parts are all readily available on ebay for cheap. I'd say you got a good deal on it nonetheless.
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    What he said. Then epoxy the plastic together and run it for awhile before you sink parts into it.
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    yep i like a bigger saw as well....i also stepped up from the 290 farmboss...i went to a 460....ill never look back..my opinion the 290 is the most underpowered saw ive ever run for the weight.....u will leave that 290 in the building i promise u..i think there is like 1.9 lbs difference in the 290 and 460..hardly noticeable
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    Nice, you really did steal that saw. Check the gasket on the gas cap for the leak, & follow Lee's instructions. If you're not familiar with 2 stroke tuning, post back & we can fix the idle issue. Also check the cover for a winter / summer setting, can't remember if the 66 had that option, or the MS 660 only. A C
  25. HittinSteel

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    Don't run it anymore with suspect gas. Mix some fresh.

    Find the LA screw and turn it clockwise until you get a better idle

    BTW, I was thinking $450 would be a great deal. Nice score!

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