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Indian Chainsaw any Collector Value?


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Old 03-11-2018, 01:33:45 AM
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I have an Indian chainsaw that runs and cuts well but is missing the pull starter and the piece of exhaust pipe that bolts to the motor. someone replaced the bar before I got the saw but the guy I bought it from gave me the original bar also (no chain for the original bar though)

The pull rope rewind aparatus is missing but the saw starts easily by winding a rope around the starter cup. Cannot find any markings as to fuel mix ratio so I have always ran it on 30wt oil 16.1 mix ratio.

I have used it to cut firewood all winter with no problems. It weighs a lot but aside from missing a few non-critical parts and having an aftermarket bar installed it is otherwise in great shape and would be easy to restore.

I can post pics of it tomorrow and maybe even a video showing that it runs and cuts if that would be helpful. It is very loud so it would probably be hard to hear me talking once I get it started, (not to mention the quiet Honda EZ5000 generator running in the background)
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$500. It is rare but not valuable.
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Pictures we would like to see.
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https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/rW...hsLVz2bXc=s114

Trying to send pic, I'm working on it. Can anybody help?

Does it look like this one?

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Trying the Indian Chainsaw pic again
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working on it. trying to copy pics from my phone to pc for upload

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https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/rW...hsLVz2bXc=s114

Trying to send pic, I'm working on it. Can anybody help?

Does it look like this one?

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no its a lot bigger than that
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Here's some pics
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I just ran it this morning to cut up a couple oak logs, so the oil in the pics couldn't be helped. the manual oiler works really well and holds a bit of pressure after use causing it to slobber oil through the chain for a bit.

fuel mix I use is 100LL (completely ethanol free) and 30wt non detergent oil, 16.1 mix. 8oz oil per gallon of fuel.
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I would suggest a much more conservative valuation of $50-75 and that is on a good day.
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yeah I figured it wasn't worth a whole lot being missing a few parts.Just wanted to be sure as I plan on selling it to buy more old iron.
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My experience supports gdstew's assessment. There is someone out there on the planet who collects anything you can imagine and is willing to pay an exorbitant price. The tough part is finding that person. There were a lot of generic 60's chain saws made and they don't bring much when they sell. And if someone is looking for such a saw, he is probably well aware that there are quite a few around, and is willing to wait until the right deal on the right saw comes along.l I sorta kinda thought that about a saw with a Power Products engine. Didn't care if I found one or not. Finally bought a nice one for $30. I never even tried to start it, I just put it on the shelf. It looks good up there. I'm still waiting for a Clinton Panther. One day one will turn up and I'll be ready.

One thing makes your saw more desirable than the rest of the run of the mill bunch and that is the fact that it has a West Bend engine. Those are much harder to find than the Power Products or Poulan or who knows what. West Bend engines were used on childrens' go karts back in those days and now people are collecting those too. If someone has a go kart with a West Bend engine that has problems he may be willing to pay more than the ho hum chain saw price for yours.

I just looked up Indian" chain saws over on Mike Acres' site and some of those had some fairly big displacement West Bends on 'em. If your saw is one of those it may be worth more than we think. Get your model number then cross check it to find out just what you have.

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My experience supports gdstew's assessment. There is someone out there on the planet who collects anything you can imagine and is willing to pay an exorbitant price. The tough part is finding that person. There were a lot of generic 60's chain saws made and they don't bring much when they sell. And if someone is looking for such a saw, he is probably well aware that there are quite a few around, and is willing to wait until the right deal on the right saw comes along.l I sorta kinda thought that about a saw with a Power Products engine. Didn't care if I found one or not. Finally bought a nice one for $30. I never even tried to start it, I just put it on the shelf. It looks good up there. I'm still waiting for a Clinton Panther. One day one will turn up and I'll be ready.

One thing makes your saw more desirable than the rest of the run of the mill bunch and that is the fact that it has a West Bend engine. Those are much harder to find than the Power Products or Poulan or who knows what. West Bend engines were used on childrens' go karts back in those days and now people are collecting those too. If someone has a go kart with a West Bend engine that has problems he may be willing to pay more than the ho hum chain saw price for yours.

I just looked up Indian" chain saws over on Mike Acres' site and some of those had some fairly big displacement West Bends on 'em. If your saw is one of those it may be worth more than we think. Get your model number then cross check it to find out just what you have.

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alright I'll do that. I'm not sure of the displacement right now but I would wager its at least 100cc considering how large the cylinder block is and the weight. The engine is in excellent condition so someone may well be interested in the saw for the engine.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:41:00 AM
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Looks like the old standby West Bend 580, 5.8 CID engine and probably had a Fairbanks Morse rewind unit on it.
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It looks like a Power Products engine, maybe a AH-47, those were used on may chainsaws of that time period. I have to agree with the lower assesment, it seems there are few brands that will collect hundreds of dollars, old Stihl, Solo, Jonsred, and some Huskys as well as some of the two man saws.
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Old 03-15-2018, 01:32:24 PM
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No doubt it's a West Bend. Only question is what displacement. I don't know enough about West Bends to do a drive by assessment of displacement. A prior poster suggested 5.8 cubic inch, and that seems likely given the size of the saw etc.
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