CHAIN SAW?

Shadow11

Senior Member
Love my husky 455 rancher. Had it for 12 or 13 yrs I guess. I've cut I don't know how many trees into firewood with. Never had a problem with it, other than replacing a few chains. I had to pull it out the other day to cut a big tree for my dad. It's been in the garage for about 2 years. Fired right up and did great.
 

elfiii

Admin
Staff member
I think a lot of the trouble folks have with saws is the fuel more than anything else.
This right here. ^ I've got a Sthil MS 362 and a Husky 051 and I've learned if they are going to be in storage for a while the gas gets dumped back in the gas can and I crank them and run all the gas out of the carb so they get stored dry and don't gum up. Ethanol gas is bad nationwide.
 
My small engine guy told me that he has tried everything, and the only thing that he has found that works all the time so far is:

- only use non-ethanol fuel (he has seen every additive fail)
- crank every small engine 1 time every 4 months and let it run for about 30 seconds
 

bullgator

Darn Flankee
My 372xp is 22 years old and the 346xp is about 17. Both still run strong with A little care and maintenance. That picture is from a week ago. A816F90B-385C-4C68-B792-476437A253CE.jpeg
 

nmurph

Senior Member
My 372xp is 22 years old and the 346xp is about 17. Both still run strong with A little care and maintenance. That picture is from a week ago. View attachment 1079469

I just stumbled across this thread. That's a fine pair of saws you have. I have 3- 372's and 5- 346's, all of which are ported. In total, I have something like 40 saws. I used to buy every saw from the largest ROW and tree service in the NE USA. I've rebuilt and sold in the neighborhood of 500 saws, mostly Husqvarna but I've worked on practically every brand and have saws from the 40's to modern, 2 cylinder saws and several that are 2-man saws. I agree that ethanol is a problem, but I use Stihl Ultra oil which is a synthetic with a stabilizer. I try to crank my saws every few months but don't always do so. I have some that only run annually and some go even longer bw firings. They fire up and run without hesitation with year-old mix-I'm a firm believer in fuel stabilizer. If you aren't going to use it in the next couple of months, dump the fuel and run it dry if you aren't using a stabilizer.
 

bullgator

Darn Flankee
I just stumbled across this thread. That's a fine pair of saws you have. I have 3- 372's and 5- 346's, all of which are ported. In total, I have something like 40 saws. I used to buy every saw from the largest ROW and tree service in the NE USA. I've rebuilt and sold in the neighborhood of 500 saws, mostly Husqvarna but I've worked on practically every brand and have saws from the 40's to modern, 2 cylinder saws and several that are 2-man saws. I agree that ethanol is a problem, but I use Stihl Ultra oil which is a synthetic with a stabilizer. I try to crank my saws every few months but don't always do so. I have some that only run annually and some go even longer bw firings. They fire up and run without hesitation with year-old mix-I'm a firm believer in fuel stabilizer. If you aren't going to use it in the next couple of months, dump the fuel and run it dry if you aren't using a stabilizer.
I put Seafoam in my fuels, except Trufuel. I had my dad’s 1960’s Skil chainsaw stolen in 1999. That thing was one heavy metal beast. It was probably 60cc and heavier than my 372. I wish I still had it, but the insurance money is what bought my 372.
 
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