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I just got done building a Stihl 028 Super for c5rulz. He bought the saw new 20+ years ago and we freshened it up with new A/V mounts, crank seals, impulse line, fuel line, fuel filter, carb rebuild, starter rope, fuel & oil caps, piston & rings and topped it off with a woods port. For those that don't know what that means, that means I ported the cylinder.

We did several tests videos with it before and after. Without going into to much detail about the different tests, this video shows how c5rulz would be use to cutting with a brand new out of the box Stihl RMC .325 chain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVrk4Rnzp6I

As you can see it was a good running saw..

This is how it cuts now after the above mentioned work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFjbsbt4isc

And another of it being worked: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqZYzgcMQnI

The saw will be in the mail tomorrow and you will have it later in the week. I hope you enjoy it and most of all STAY SAFE!

Kevin
 

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Well I am excited to get this saw back from Kevin.:praying:

First a little background:


On Jan. 6 I started a thread on Arborsite.com (chainsaws) regarding how my new Husqvarna 346XP didn't seem to quite pull like my 20 year old Stihl 028 Super when the nose was buried in the wood.
http://www.arboristsite.com/chainsaw/189756.htm

Many chimed in on how the 346XP should have the muffler modded and a port job done. I did have it re-tuned at the shop since the dealer set it up rich for break in. This did help the saw. However Kevin (who started this thread) offered to re-build/refurbish this saw and do a port job on the aging 028 Super. Kevin was of the opinion that the 028 which is a pro line saw would really wake up with some modern tweaking.

What is more important is how I have developed a friendship with someone I have never met who did all this work and asked for nothing in return other than the wholesale cost of the parts. If anything this thread proves that there are some decent people left in the world.


A big thumbs up to the "Chainsaw Kid" aka "Sawz All":thanku::thThumbsU
 

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She shipped out today and you should have it 2-8-12 sometime. I think you'll have fun with it :fing32:

The 346 is a nice saw too and takes well to porting. It is a nice saw stock but like the 028, it makes leaps and bounds once you mess with it.

I included a couple of "roughed in" pictures I took along the way. I didn't take many, only a couple to show Ron via email the progress. The muffler was opened up and the original spark arrester screen (fine mesh) was replaced with a course mesh screen. Bafle was removed from the can.
 

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Congrats Kevin on picture posting.

That makes you a computer guru too now?:howdy:
 

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Ron, I could always post them here, just over at the other forum we were posting in I couldn't get the picture to come through like here. Instead, it gives people a link that they have to click on. I don't know why, I post them the same way at both forums :dunno:.
 

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Call me Grasshopper.:trink39:
 

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The big cutting job of "nutting but boxelder, cut em and leave them lay" will probably be the middle of the week.

Today I cut up a small 16" oak into firewood. I just sent you some pics of the plug and wanted to make sure it wasn't too lean. My camera doesn't like real close up shots so these are so so.:dunno:

Inside the cylinder looks nice and shiny.:fing32:



 

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Ron,
figured I'd try and get the overenthusiastic folks here into it :howdy:

Perhaps we need to find saw you bought for a buck that was found under a junk car at Grandpa's farm and got it to run for 44 seconds. Maybe we need a "Wild Thang" project. :trink40:
 

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How much time is she sitting there idling between cutting? It looks a little rich from what I can see in the pictures but it might just be the picture??
How is it when it is sitting at an idle for a while (when it is up to temp of course)? After it's sitting there at idle for a minute or so, don't touch the throttle but turn the saw on it's side, then the other side, upsidedown, etc...

It should keep idling but not stall. The idle will fluctuate a little as you do this but it shouldn't stall. If it want's to stall, try giving the low the screwdriver slot width of a turn clockwise. If it passes the test leave the low alone.

If the plug is dark black (like it looks in the picture to me) and it's not sitting for long periods between cuts at idle then I think it can go a touch leaner on the high.

How's it's performance overall? How many tanks you go through so far?
 

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I was checking the compression via pulling it over twice without running before pulling the plug. So the plug was slightly wet and was not any particular color other than slightly brown, but not the coffee color I'd like to see.

It did stall once while idling today. I think the low speed is off slightly.

As a rule it doesn't idle much between cuts.

I've only run two tanks through it. Tomorrow I will probably be cutting with Keith, however I'll take the 346 since we are cutting TSI, (timber stand improvement) stuff which will be small stuff and applying Tordon to trash species. i.e. box elder, cedar, elm.
 

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Well ran 2 tanks through it yesterday and it really pulls with authority. We were cutting a 26"dry dead elm we dropped. I then bucked it up into firewood. Keith tried it and did a bunch of plunge cuts to test the power and he was impressed.:trink39:
 

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Very cool build Kevin. One of these days I want to get my hands on an older Stihl saw, they seem like they're really tough.

Jason
 

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Thanks Jason, it was a fun build. Good to hear from you. I like the 028 supers and will be doing a regular 028 soon.
There are certain saws that are more practical to build then others. Stihls, Husqvarna, Jonsered are all good saws to name a few.

On another note, my Bolens 2000 hasn't seen much action this winter. I finaly got my single stage snow thrower welded up and took off the hyd plow. Haven't needed the snow thrower but could've used the plow....figures..

Kevin
 

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So what model saws do you reccomend for rebuilding/projects?

Husky XP's? Stihl 026/260, 028, 044/440, 441, 460, 660, 880?
 

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Ron,

There are a lot of good saws to choose from. All but the 441 that you mentioned I would hop-up. I haven't done a strato saw yet so I'd pass on the 441/don't know enough about them yet.

I like doing the Husky 371's or 372's. I know the 346 would be nice to do and I'm sure I'll do one soon enough ;)

Stihl's I like doing the 026's 028's 044's 046's

I don't care for working on clam shell saws although you can get some nice gains with just a muffler mod.
 

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Who else out there runs stihl 028's? Thinking about hopping up a 028AV. We know how the 028 super goes, like to hear from those with stock 028"s.
Thanks,

Kevin
I run an old 028 WB. I bought it used in 97 and have used it a bunch. I upgraded to electronic ignition a few years ago and ran the sprocket down to the nub. I've probably put more $$ into it then I should, but my kids think it is cool because it says "Made in West Germany" on the side. It has been a good firewood/cleanup saw.

Brian.



It is in there somewhere along with my brother's MS361.



 

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You guys in Md got a lot of weather in the past few years, I'm sure that saw has got a workout. You know you're missing the clip and washer on your clutch drum? You prolly took it off for the picture.

I bet that saw could use a rebuild. Are you planning on going through it?
 

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I should send you my dad's old 028 WB. He bought it new in 1980 I think, quit running in late 90's, never ran since. Local shop put a new carb on it, bit as soon as you hit wood, it would die. Man it was a great saw, wished I could get it back to performing some day.
His is stamped "made in Germany" on the side too :fing32:
 
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