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i have an old homelite xl chainsaw that was my grandpa's i tore it all down cleaned it up but im not sure of what ratio on the fuel mix i need if some one can help me out. thx
 

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awesome, thx
 

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well i got it started for a little bit, seams kinda cold natured but it hasnt ran in a long long time. im sure my neighbors love hearing a chainsawin my shop at midnight lol, ill mess with it more tomarrow. thanks.
 

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homelite saws mix @ 32:1 !!!
it could probly use some new diaphrams in the carb,the rebuild kits are usually 10-20$
 

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homelite saws mix @ 32:1 !!!
it could probly use some new diaphrams in the carb,the rebuild kits are usually 10-20$
That is what i was thinking!!!!!;)
 

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How old is it? On the old saws (30-40yrs) I will run 20:1.
 

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Too much oil is better than to little. If it ain't smoking a little, add more oil.
 

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i dont know how old it is but some stuff i found online suggest its from 1972-78 maybe. it was kinda cool the hear it run for the short time it did. my grandpa was probably the last one to run it and he has been gone since 97.
 

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got it running all out now, runs great. here is a picture if anyone knows anything about how old it may be.

 

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start at 20:1 and don't less than 32:1 old 2 strokes required a lot more oil. also have a spare plug- if you are too rich you'll foul the plug, if you are to lean you'll rebuild it or throw it away
 

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those xl homelites are perfect for limbing!my grandpapis got two of em,not sure exactly how old they are but i would think early-mid 80s??.ive got an old xl12 thats blue&white,thats a 70s model.that sucker dont even have a muffler its just got a louver over the exhaust port.
 

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i think i ended up 32:1 it smokes so i know its not lean but anyway thanks for all the input guys.
 

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hey thats cool, thanks Cat.
 

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thats a great site cat,i guess my xl 12 was actually made in 67 or 68.and i never knew ford made a saw!
 

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Old saws require more oil?...really?...explain what's different about them that they need more oil please?


What's really changed over the years is the oil guys....the older saws used 20:1 because the oil wasn't that good...as oil quality increased over the years the recommended mixture became lighter on oil. 50:1 with a name-brand quality oil would be more than sufficient in that old dinosaur... The carb will need to be adjusted if you change your oil mixture too as was stated in a previous post....
 
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