- Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:32 pm
100% confident......over 100%.
Heard a story of a guy who was hiking through the woods near his house, and he came across a Stihl lying there. It was out there for a long time.....years. He took it home and changed the fuel and chain oil, greased the chain sprocket, and it fired right up. Things are bombproof. The only time I have ever not been able to start mine was after I lended it to a neighbor. As I handed it to him, I said "Let me show you how to start this", knowing it is a few pulls with full choke until you hear it burp, then on partial choke, and if you go over by even one pull, it floods the carb.
He assured me he has cut wood all his life with Stihls, so I didn't press it any further. About a 1/2 hour later, I saw the fucker up the hill....screwdrivers and wrenches, and hunched over the saw. He returned it to me, saying there was something wrong with it, and it wouldn't start no matter what I did to try to fix it. A $50 tune up made everything right, but I will never lend it out again.
Slapshot: One word of advice. When you buy your Stihl, get a tube of high temp (needle)bearing grease (about $10). The sprocket on the saw has a small plastic and metal bearing:
This may seem like a cheap part, but it is designed to fail to prevent worse damage if it burns out.
You can pop off the sprocket cover by removing the snap ring at the top of the nipple, remove that bearing, and put that grease on the needle. You need to do this about every 3-4 chain changes. You can tell when it is ready by hand spinning the sprocket, if it sounds rough, grease it.
As it turns out, God? He was a squirrel. A big 'ol meaty one. "I found god, he used to say"