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Old Husqvarna 65 - specs, worth repairing?

Post in 'The Gear' started by BrianK, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. BrianK

    BrianK Guest

    Hi folks,
    My dad still has the old Husky 65 that we used for firewood cutting when I was a teenager. It has to be at least 30 years old now. It starts, but stalls when its hot out or the saw gets hot. Also, it tends to cut crooked fairly quickly after sharpening, and did even back then. Its cut many cords of firewood, as we heated a large 5 bedroom ranch house with a wood boiler for over ten years.

    Is this old saw worth putting some time and a couple dollars into as a back up to my Stihl Farm Boss? If I remember correctly it has a 24" bar. Any idea of motor size, parts availability?


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  2. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

    Dec 16, 2010
    Central IA

    It might be worth putting a new bar & chain on it,if you can find one that fits.Parts might be harder to find than the bar/chain though.Give it a thorough cleaning,new spark plug & fresh fuel mix,that might be all it needs for now.Both the A65 & L65 were 65cc/4 cubic inch with plenty of power to pull 24" b/c.
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  3. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    I agree with Thistle. Sometimes those older saws are un-killable. Dig it out, I'll have a look at it when we cut your trees. Just like Thistle said, it probably needs some fresh fuel, and a good tune-up.
  4. BrianK

    BrianK Guest

    Great, thanks guys!

    I just found this post on another forum. It looks like vapor lock was a common problem on this model:

  5. BrianK

    BrianK Guest

    Well, I checked on it further and it turns out this old Husky does not have a safety chain brake. Its a good old saw, my brother says it still runs great in cold weather, just won't stay running in hot weather, but I don't think I'll use it without the chain brake.
  6. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    None of my older saws have chain brakes, the key to running any saw (chainbrake or not) is safe handling. Touching the tip of your bar inadvertently when the chain is moving (chain brake or not) is bad. That would still be a good backup saw, worthy of fixing up.
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  7. woody wood

    woody wood New Member

    Nov 30, 2012
    The 65 is a excellent saw, heavy compared to the newer models of comparable size, harder to start due to no decompression release button but when she gets cutting away you go no stoping her, Lots of torque. Just had mine tuned at a local shop who serve the logging industry and they also offer a service called Walkerizing which improves the overall performance. I use a newer 240, a 460, and I even have a electric Husky for carving. Get the 65 tuned professionaly and you will have one excellent saw for everything when a real work horse is needed.
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  8. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    pictures or it didn't happen. ==c:p

    Couple of other carvers on here.

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