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  1. Cannon06

    Cannon06 Weekend Warrior

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    I recently acquired a Stihl 028 AV Super from my Dad, hasn't ran in well over 15 years. Looks to be in good shape, I put new fuel in it and got it start. I don't know much about chainsaws, is there any maintenance I should consider given the age? Change any parts, etc? IMG_0090.jpg IMG_0089.jpg
     
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    Does it run well enough to cut? If not what does it do. You can get all the parts online very cheap for a rebuild.
     
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    Sota Legendary Woodsman

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    I use startron as a fuel additive and only buy a gallon of mixed gas at a time. Feel the sides of the bar where the chain rides, if there is a groove or a ridge buy a new bar.
     
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    Cannon06 Weekend Warrior

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    It seems to run fine, plenty good to cut. It took a minute to start it, but once it got going it sounded normal. I plan to use it quite a bit this year, so I'd like to get ahead and replace/maintain certain parts if that's recommended. I do not see any issues with it. Doesn't leak or anything.
     
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    S.McArthur Die Hard Bowhunter

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    New plug, clean the spark arrestor if it has one (or just remove it), should be a little metal screen on the exhaust, and only use pre-mix canned gas. None of my small chainsaws, weed eaters, leaf blowers use pump gas; the canned stuff burns cleaner.
     
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    That thing looks brand new. Cleanest chainsaw I ever seen outside the store.
    Since it's running fine I wouldn't do a thing to it other than use store bought pre mixed fuel. Keeps the ethanol out.
     
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    I'd run it
     
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    If you just want to do a little maintenance, can replace the spark plug, air filter, and fuel filter. All very cheap and easy to replace. If you do mix your own gas, buy the stihl brand oil mix.

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    Get a carb rebuild kit. The diaphragm or lever height will be possible problems down the road.

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    That is an awesome little saw. Others have given good advice on minor stuff, so I'll just say all of those pre MS supers ran great. Dad ran a tree service and had an 036 super that probably cut down thousands of trees over the 25 years it ran. Sad day when it quit and I would say the MS 440 wouldn't out cut that saw.

    Anyway, that saw should serve you well.

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    That's great to hear. I know my Dad didn't run it that hard through the years, just basic stuff around the house. Hope I'll get many years from it.
     
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    Like the others have said about plugs, bar, etc.

    Make sure when you operate the saw that you use PPE; chaps, eye/ear protection, gloves. Accidents happen FAST.
     
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    I have a Stihl which was purchased in 1976 by my dad. She's cut a LOT of wood. Treat her right and she'll last forever. Basic maintenance is all it requires. Consider a smaller bar to get the best performance and keep the chain sharp! She'll cut like butter.
     
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    Great little saw. Go out and cut with it. Don't worry about anything till it gives you issues, which may not happen.
    The older saws really were very good saws, even if they aren't as so called "environmentally friendly" as todays saws.
     
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    it's a two stroke stihl. Just use it!
     
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    All great info above.
    Stihl has two of most things If you decide to mix your own gas get the synthetic oil( grey bottle) One gallon at a time. If you can get ethanol free high octane if not get premium gas. They sell a green code chain and a yellow code chain. The green is close to a sawdust maker. The yellow chain will cut much better. Always have the saw on a solid surface when you start it. The only weak spot (all saws) is the recoil parts. Great saws
     
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    Great saw, exactly what others have said. That saw uses a set of old style points for ignition. They can go bad. Now days, there is an "electronic" up grade available. Normally less than $25. it's worth it to have them installed. Keep the air filter clean and that saw has lots of power.

    If it says made in Germany on the case, it's worth more than the newer ones. In my opinion a better saw as well. The only draw back is no compression release for ease of starting like the newer plastic saws have.
     
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