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Old 10-13-2018, 07:42 PM
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So, I dragged home an old Stihl 015l saw somebody dropped off at the transfer station. I can tell after after all these years in the biz when somebody was reluctant to part with something they hauled in for disposal. Instead of hurling it on the pile they will set it off to the side against the wall as sort of a free to a good home statement. I was in and out of transfer a 1/2 dozen times and there set this little Stihl saw old as the hills. But, looking close to new. I picked it up and pulled the recoil/starter cord a couple times. H'mm not locked up has decent compression threw it in the truck and hauled it home. My Son notices it in the shed and informs me he wants it for camping trips and whatnot. He is my right arm anymore taking care of all the grunt work and he really doesn't ask for much. He and his sis are coming up on birthday #25 the 18TH so I thought what the hell I'll fix up this saw for him. First issue was a fuel leak figured it was a fuel line turned out to be a gasket between front and back tank sections. E-bay had the gasket. Threw it together fueled it up along with a little chain oil. Fired right up. Cool, on to issue #2 no chain looked up the Stihl specs and ordered a couple chains. Chains arrived via Amazon. H'mmm don't fit saw has a 14" bar original specs called for a 12" bar. Okay rather than return the pair of chains I ordered a new thin kerf 12" bar to match the chains. New bar came today put shit together and new chain doesn't play nice with the drive sprocket. Oh, look there is a half a dozen tutorials on the net about converting 015 series saws to 3/8" chain and 14" bars So, at this juncture after an adult beverage and a cool down period I'm getting ready to order a new drive sprocket W/needle bearing to allow the saw to work with all the original OEM spec chains and bar. I will win this FREE saw will be cutting wood for my son on camping trips. Now I recall why I seldom drag shit home from the transfer anymore. Free toys always cost $$$$$
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Old 10-14-2018, 12:30 PM
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Old 10-14-2018, 03:58 PM
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So, I dragged home an old Stihl 015l saw somebody dropped off at the transfer station. I can tell after after all these years in the biz when somebody was reluctant to part with something they hauled in for disposal. Instead of hurling it on the pile they will set it off to the side against the wall as sort of a free to a good home statement. I was in and out of transfer a 1/2 dozen times and there set this little Stihl saw old as the hills. But, looking close to new. I picked it up and pulled the recoil/starter cord a couple times. H'mm not locked up has decent compression threw it in the truck and hauled it home. My Son notices it in the shed and informs me he wants it for camping trips and whatnot. He is my right arm anymore taking care of all the grunt work and he really doesn't ask for much. He and his sis are coming up on birthday #25 the 18TH so I thought what the hell I'll fix up this saw for him. First issue was a fuel leak figured it was a fuel line turned out to be a gasket between front and back tank sections. E-bay had the gasket. Threw it together fueled it up along with a little chain oil. Fired right up. Cool, on to issue #2 no chain looked up the Stihl specs and ordered a couple chains. Chains arrived via Amazon. H'mmm don't fit saw has a 14" bar original specs called for a 12" bar. Okay rather than return the pair of chains I ordered a new thin kerf 12" bar to match the chains. New bar came today put shit together and new chain doesn't play nice with the drive sprocket. Oh, look there is a half a dozen tutorials on the net about converting 015 series saws to 3/8" chain and 14" bars So, at this juncture after an adult beverage and a cool down period I'm getting ready to order a new drive sprocket W/needle bearing to allow the saw to work with all the original OEM spec chains and bar. I will win this FREE saw will be cutting wood for my son on camping trips. Now I recall why I seldom drag shit home from the transfer anymore. Free toys always cost $$$$$


Remember, the fun is in the journey to a working piece of equipment. Probably still cheaper than a new saw too.


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Old 10-19-2018, 07:33 PM
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After some head scratching plus ordering some NOS parts the Lil Stihl is ready for the son's camping trips. The chains didn't match the sprocket (not because it was converted to 3/8" chain) The original 1/4" drive sprocket was still on the saw. My dumb ass never looked at the Oregon packages Amazon shipped they were 3/8" Once I hung a chain on the sprocket off the saw it was a WTF moment. Lil Red Barn to the rescue they had a NOS sprocket W/needle bearing and the right chain oiler drive gear to match the tooth count on the new drive sprocket. The last piece the oiler gear came USPS an hour and a half ago a day earlier than tracking had it located. Just in time we are taking the kids out Sat. for birthday dinner at Rodizio grill Oh, I meant to include a link for Lil Red Barn they had some stuff that bordered on Unobtainium for this saw. http://www.lilredbarn.net/Default.asp
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Old 10-20-2018, 03:25 PM
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All ready for delivery to Josh tonight. He has a fuel bottle, Chain lube bottle, and ammo box with the 12" bar & 2 chains, spare plug, funnels chainsaw tool. Last but not least there is a chain w/ padlock to thread through the handle of the saw, ammo box and his roof rack to make it a little harder to steal when he has it loaded for camping.
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link for Lil Red Barn they had some stuff that bordered on Unobtainium for this saw. http://www.lilredbarn.net/Default.asp



That site is awesome. They appear to have a lot of stuff for my old Homelite saws!
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Old 10-23-2018, 12:37 PM
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man that little thing is clean. nice job.

I have a small engine job I need to do myself, must post a thread.
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Old 10-23-2018, 07:20 PM
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The cardboard under it is a good idea, but I suggest adding an absorbent layer or two. I always have a puddle of bar oil under my saws.
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Old 10-24-2018, 09:51 AM
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So what did you repurpose for the Sis?
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