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Old Husqvarna 181SE Chainsaw- 36"

Post in 'The Gear' started by Mr A, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. Mr A

    Mr A Minister of Fire

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    What's the worst case scenario of buying this saw, in $$? I wish I had paid more attention in shop class. Any good way of determining it a lost cause, or a good deal? Check compression? what else? Thanks in advance. Iv'e had my eye on a big 40" oak log this can could come in handy for. It looks pretty beat up, probably best to leave it alone, don't want Mr A to be short for Mr. Armless
    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/tls/3557452101.html

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  2. salecker

    salecker Feeling the Heat

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    Hi Mr A
    Pull the muffler and look for scoring on the piston,check clutch side of crank for play in bearings.
    If you buy it and are wanting to use it then you should check all rubber lines,intake for cracks.Clean fuel system,rebuild carb and tune.Sharpen chain go cut wood.
    Seriously for a hundo you should be alright,i'd pay that if it was close to me.
    Thomas
  3. HittinSteel

    HittinSteel Minister of Fire

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    I'd still buy it for the right price even if the top end is fried. Baileys has NWP 288 top ends on sale for $89.
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  4. HittinSteel

    HittinSteel Minister of Fire

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  5. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Hell for a hundred bucks I'd gladly send them another $50 to ship it.
  6. greg13

    greg13 Feeling the Heat

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    $100. The Bar & chain are almost worth that.
  7. Mr A

    Mr A Minister of Fire

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    It went quick, I didn't get a chance.
  8. greg13

    greg13 Feeling the Heat

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    You had a chance, you just questioned yourself. I've missed a lot of deals doing that. Go from your first instinct, it's usually right.
  9. Mr A

    Mr A Minister of Fire

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    I miss typed my number in my response, then after I corrected it, I missed the call, so yea, I had a chance as I was first in line, so said the message I didn't listen to all day. There are some newer 288's listed around $300 that probably don't need as many new parts.

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