today’s topic is saws… once upon a time I had a chainsaw. it was a Husqvarna 40. I got it used for $10 because it was nearly new but the first owner put regular gas in it and couldn’t get it to start again… I went to a saw shop and asked them to get me a new piston ring.. the ring is $10. The guy there told me that it wasn’t worth fixing so I should let him have it for $50 for spare parts. Yeah right. I said; “so for that $50 and a $10 ring and honing the cylinder you’ll then sell it for $100?” he laughed and replied, ” Nah, I can get at least $150 for that”… I used it on and off for nearly 30 years. then it died. and they don’t make replacement parts anymore. so with a little research I discovered that what was the old Husqvarna line was now the Poulan line available nearly everywhere. so I got one and used it. and put it away, and two years later it wouldn’t start. And no one will “fix” them or do maintenance on them.. so with much research I ended up looking inside the gas tank to discover that the gas line was all busted up… so no fuel to the engine. $10 for line and new fuel filter. and it ran fine. until it was put away for most of a year. and now it won’t run again…
Why am I rambling on about chainsaws when I spend most of my time advocating for the use of hand tools? because all of that was just lead in for what today’s project turned out to be…
I have had this saw knocking around for a few years, I keep telling myself to restore it so that I won’t need a chainsaw. Well it is time. That handle must go (soft/rotted) the plate needs cleaning, but the teeth are almost sharp enough to use.
the saw nuts came off easily enough:
and finding a pattern on the internet for the handle was super simple:
so a little more sanding on the handle and oil it (BLO) and a little sanding on the plate and wax it (butcher’s wax) and we shall see how it goes!
Post update: IT’S ALIVE!!!!! … maybe could use a touch up on the teeth…
Talk about your cardio! whew