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Question on cracked handle

Post in 'The Gear' started by NH_Wood, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    Hi everyone,

    What is the best option for fixing a crack on a chainsaw handle - I'm looking at a possible MS260Pro, but has a crack in the handle - from what I understand, the handle is cracked near where the trigger portion meets the base - not sure if it's a full separation or not.

    Is there an epoxy that can be used to seal the crack? Does it require a new housing/handle? Sorry for no strong details, just wondering if this is a deal breaker - the rest of the saw seems in very good shape.

    Cheers!

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  2. 711mhw

    711mhw Feeling the Heat

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    I can't speak to that exact saw, but I "ran" with a cracked handle on my old fav. 044 for a long time. I finally parted with about $260 for the new part (only) that is basically the "chassis" for the whole saw. Now were both happy!
  3. Backwoods Savage

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    JB Weld.
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  4. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    Thanks guys - I'll look into the JB Weld - geesh, $260 seems real steep for the housing - that must have been painful! Cheers!
  5. MasterMech

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    Check eBay for replacement handles too. JB Weld is sold at just about every hardware and parts store.
  6. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    Checked on eBay - seems like a lot of after market stuff and pretty damn expensive.......I'll have to see how bad the crack is when I see the saw. Thanks!
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  8. NH_Wood

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    Thanks MM. Man, it seems that 40-60 bucks for a rear handle seems real pricey, but, I haven't done a lot of part searching. Cheers!
  9. MasterMech

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    Go ahead, call your dealer and ask. You know you want to. ;)
  10. NH_Wood

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    Ha!
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    cygnus Feeling the Heat

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    I'd stay away from the aftermarket assembly. I put one on an 038 and found that the old filter cover wouldn't fit. Turned out I needed to buy the matching aftermarket cover too. I had to trim some of the plastic to get it on and the metal 'clasp' works like crap. It wasn't worth the few bucks I saved.

    Check eBay or chainsawr.com. If you have the energy, you could get something like a complete non-working saw, pull the parts you need and sell off the rest.
  12. Dune

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    It is likely an aluminum/magnesium alloy which can be welded as long as the alloy can be identified.

    I wouldn't buy it, though since you may not be able to find a welder who can fix it.
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    rkshed Feeling the Heat

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    Until I found a donor saw for my Jred 455, I reinforced the cracked handle by bolting a mending plate over the crack.
  14. NH_Wood

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    Thanks for all the info! Cheers!
  15. MasterMech

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    Every 026/MS260 I've come across has a plastic back-handle. But Dune is right that Mg/Al can be TIG welded quite readily in the right hands. ;)
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    I have a right hand, but not the right hands! Cheers!
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    If its a 260 then it's the plastic or composite or whatever they call it. There were some 026s that had the metal, iirc.

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