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Thread: Anyone know how to tune a chainsaw?

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    Anyone know how to tune a chainsaw?

    I've got a Stihl MS280, about 6 years old and has never been serviced. It never skips a beat but I think it's running a little lean, it's a little harder to start than most, takes 3+ pulls to fire when on choke and when running it screams like a chimp on fire.

    The local shop quoted me $150+ for a service which I can mostly do myself but I'm just not sure about touching the carb screws. The saw is my absolute baby so I don't want to shag it from doing something or committing to do anything.

    Cheers for any tips, unless it wrecks my saw, then I'll cry and plot my revenge.

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    Shit, thats expensive, regent mowers charged me 60 for a service for my husky, sorry can't help with the tuning!
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    Savage1,

    Where are you situated? I cut firewood most months and can get you out in the sawdust to tune that saw.
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    Used to be a mower shop out in rangiora ,$50 turned my Eco into a still . Don't no what he did but he loved Ecos , it's gone ever since . Use it like I stole it poor thing . . $150 sounds steep but not surprised
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spudattack View Post
    Shit, thats expensive, regent mowers charged me 60 for a service for my husky, sorry can't help with the tuning!
    My Husky came with good tuning instructions in the manual, costs about 10 min to tune.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7mmsaum View Post
    Savage1,

    Where are you situated? I cut firewood most months and can get you out in the sawdust to tune that saw.
    Whangarei, yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadgetman View Post
    Awesome cheers! I never read manuals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Savage1 View Post
    Awesome cheers! I never read manuals.
    It's a bloke thing. Mind you most of the time I'll download and check a manual for whatever I want to buy online to make sure it will do what I want it to.
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    Wow 6 yrs old and never been serviced isn't that a wee bit hard on yr gear. Do you treat everything like that'?
    Personally I just think if it's a good bit of gear it's worth the odd service
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    Savage1, youtube is your friend.

    Main thing is to tune with the saw under load i.e. cutting

    You don't want it 4-stroking while it is under load.

    P.S. Sell the Stihl and get a Husky
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebf View Post
    Savage1, youtube is your friend.

    Main thing is to tune with the saw under load i.e. cutting

    You don't want it 4-stroking while it is under load.

    P.S. Sell the Stihl and get a Husky

    Yep then don't service that for 6 yrs also and see how that runs. Don't anyone see the problem here. .???

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    Sorry, I do service it myself just like all my vehicles etc, it just hasn't been into a shop or had the carb tuned.

    I'll never buy anything other than a Stihl, I've just had such good runs with them.

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    Fair point happy, but in reality chainsaw service to me means change the plug and air filter, and maybe check compression.

    If all ok, let rip for another season. But then again, I have old Huskys from when they built them to last.
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    My new honda went in for its first service , two weeks and it still wasn't ready . Man I was pissed so they said it would take another day . So mrs went in and the fuckers still hadn't done it , she waited 15 mins it took to do and walked out with it . Considering I spent $,2500 .oo to buy it off them they would back it up with service ? . Lost my buisness a new still top handle saw picked up tonight off completion
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