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Stihl Farmboss 041 Cahinsaw

I had a friend cleaning out his garage and went to assist where I could and he had a chainsaw setting for about 30 or better years, YEP a "STIHL FARMBOSS 041" it was headed for the dumpster and I stated that I would enjoy it , He said its yours. So took it home cleaned it up a bit, Chain and bar were rusty but cleaned up, after cleaning plug and looking into oil tank and gas tank Bothe were dry, A BIG PLUS!!!. I installed cleaned spark plug after checking for spark , WAS GOOD. So went an retrieved the oil and gas, Filled both reservoirs and took the chainsaw out for a spin, turned the kill switch on and choked the saw, Pulled 4 times had a good sound and moved the choke to open position, Pulled agin and it ran smooth. DEEP THROATED SOUND and power to spare with 18" bar. Next day went out found aan oak trunk and cut it into 18-20 inch pieces, NEVER HESITATED, I think it is good to go, GREAT BACK UP SAW FOR SURE.

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Re: Stihl Farmboss 041 Cahinsaw

Those are great saws but heavy compared to newer models. They would also vibrate apart as you used them. Just remember to use blue loctite on anything you take apart


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Very good pickup, they were the saw to have.

I bought a 038 Magnum in the mid eighties, selling point was, "This is what replaced the Farm Boss" it's a 72cc saw.

Keep good gas in it or run it dry, this gas now $ucks.

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Re: Stihl Farmboss 041 Cahinsaw

I have a Stihl Farmboss 041 that was the spare saw to my Sachs Dolmar 112. Several years ago something stripped in the rewind starter, probably plastic. I never got around to fixing it as my Dolmar is very reliable. Are parts still available? It was a strong running saw and I would be happy to use it again. My spare saw is now a Craftsman that works well but not as strong as the Stihl.

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PaulL, Yes parts are still available, I will keep this one around for pines and back up for getting out of places I probably shouldn't be!!!!!!

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You got lucky with that deal. The Farmboss models were well built and reliable so follow the advice of others in regard to vibration and using loctite and it will last forever.
Can't say the same for later Stihl saws though. IF they will start and run they are well balanced saws with plenty of power but WHEN they don't start they are as much use as billiard table on a sailing ship. I have owned several Stihls over the years and am fully familiar with the starting procedure. My current model is an MS 250 with an 18" bar and I swear that this thing is haunted. It will start and run no problem when I am just testing it out but when I REALLY need it the swine will not go. In the days following Hurricane Michael a chainsaw was indeed really needed to cut myself and neighbors out of houses and driveways blocked by many downed trees. One guy was trying to cut through 20 plus inch pines with his 10" electric pole saw powered by a portable generator as he was desperate to get out and check on his rental clients that needed assistance. The Stihl to the rescue..... hahhhhhhh. Fresh fuel etc. but this thing would not even hiccup... check the fuel pickup and returns... no problems.. remove and clean the carb.. install new spark plug.. check for spark... no problems. I pulled on the cord till my arm ached but Stihl no go. I ended up having to use a 14" corded electric saw and gen set to clear a car width path 1/3 mile long through 23 trees to the main road. Unfortunately for my neighbor it was a wasted effort as the main road was completely blocked by hundreds of downed trees so he could not get out anyway. I Stihl have the Stihl and have since installed a new OEM carb, fuel lines and plug but to no avail. It will start when I don't need it but when I do... it will Stihl not start. No worries though. When I now NEED a saw I pick up either my Husky 460 or 440 and the job gets done.
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You got lucky with that deal. The Farmboss models were well built and reliable so follow the advice of others in regard to vibration and using loctite and it will last forever.
Can't say the same for later Stihl saws though. IF they will start and run they are well balanced saws with plenty of power but WHEN they don't start they are as much use as billiard table on a sailing ship. I have owned several Stihls over the years and am fully familiar with the starting procedure. My current model is an MS 250 with an 18" bar and I swear that this thing is haunted. It will start and run no problem when I am just testing it out but when I REALLY need it the swine will not go. In the days following Hurricane Michael a chainsaw was indeed really needed to cut myself and neighbors out of houses and driveways blocked by many downed trees. One guy was trying to cut through 20 plus inch pines with his 10" electric pole saw powered by a portable generator as he was desperate to get out and check on his rental clients that needed assistance. The Stihl to the rescue..... hahhhhhhh. Fresh fuel etc. but this thing would not even hiccup... check the fuel pickup and returns... no problems.. remove and clean the carb.. install new spark plug.. check for spark... no problems. I pulled on the cord till my arm ached but Stihl no go. I ended up having to use a 14" corded electric saw and gen set to clear a car width path 1/3 mile long through 23 trees to the main road. Unfortunately for my neighbor it was a wasted effort as the main road was completely blocked by hundreds of downed trees so he could not get out anyway. I Stihl have the Stihl and have since installed a new OEM carb, fuel lines and plug but to no avail. It will start when I don't need it but when I do... it will Stihl not start. No worries though. When I now NEED a saw I pick up either my Husky 460 or 440 and the job gets done.
I know that todays fuel do not help small engines, I buy JP Racing premix, Stihl Motomix, Trufuel gas for my two strokes, it has made Stihl weed eater, leaf blower, chainsaws all preform as expected when expected. It may cost more but they run when I want them to.

AS for the OP, I would defenently use quality fuel in that saw.

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So what exactly makes a Stihl a "Farm Boss" or "Wood Boss" for that matter?

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Stihls marketing department...
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So what exactly makes a Stihl a "Farm Boss" or "Wood Boss" for that matter?
The 038 series step up CC's from 56 (I believe this is correct) for the base 038 to 64 CC's for the038 Super to 72 CC's for the 038 Magnum.

I would say it is a more robust than the base model, evolves as improvements are implemented.

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Stihls marketing department...
Just messing with you guys.


I agree with you Dave_R.

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