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'Bought a used saw for the first time

Post in 'The Gear' started by Dexter, Jun 6, 2009.

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  1. Dexter

    Dexter Member

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    Oh boy, oh boy! My old .025 (old version of the ms 250) Stihl has always been a little underpowered for the bigger wood jobs, but has been light, easy to maintain, and very reliable. However, last summer I noted that it was getting awfully easy to pull through (magneto off.) When I told the guy at the local shop that I cut about 8 to 10 cords per year with it, for about 14 years, he looked incredulous. 'Said that was a lot of wood for that level of saw. Well, I've done some calculating, and figure I've put about 1200 to 1300 hours on it. The fellow said that 800 to 1000 hours is about the life expectancy for that saw. Be that as it may, I'm keeping it for limbing & such as long as it runs. I might even put the off-brand piston & ring kit in it if it gets too "soft." The kits are cheap.

    But -- I went out and bought a used saw today (private party): a 1 1/2 year old MS 270-C. It was advertised as "lightly used". Well, OK, but it isn't in bad shape, the price was right, and it runs great. I can't wait to try it out. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning!

    Regards,

    Dexter

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  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Wow, you bought it without trying it out?
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