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Old 09-11-2016, 09:28:43 AM
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Default Homelite XL

Hi All,just picked up an XL that is seized up, what would be the best way to proceed to try and free it up ?
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before you pull the cylinder remove the flywheel these saws [ the ones that look like a xl-12] have 3 bolts under the flywheel that hold the engine to the fuel tank these bolts are known to come loose and get jamed between the fuel tank and the flywheel and when this happens you cant turn the engine just something to check that i have seen happen a bunch of times
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Thanks, I'll have a look.
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I was lead engineer on this saw at Homelite (1976 if memory serves) -- What was prior said is surely accurate, but if it is a late serial number a pretty good case could be made for pulling the spark plug, bar and chain and placeing the remainder in a large trash can --- Then never take it out again

Seriousaly, hope you enjoy the saw !
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Any idea where I might find a repair manual on this saw?
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Sorry I did not get back to you sooner -- I checked my files and I do not have a manual for this saw -- Good Luck !
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I was lead engineer on this saw at Homelite (1976 if memory serves) -- What was prior said is surely accurate, but if it is a late serial number a pretty good case could be made for pulling the spark plug, bar and chain and placeing the remainder in a large trash can --- Then never take it out again

Seriousaly, hope you enjoy the saw !
Sold them new and serviced them. Gotta agree with you, especially with that PM S clutch.
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vlg,

I find your comments worthy of clarification. Which is the XL? Is it similar to the XL12, or the Super XL with the automatic oiler? I ask because I've used these saws for many years, and short of dropping a tree on 'em, they are pretty much indestructible. Slow, yes. Nothing fancy, no anti-vibe or any of that stuff. But starts and runs faithfully, day after day, year after year, decade after decade. I still have a blue and white XL12, a red and black XL12 that we bought brand new sometime in the mid 70's and used commercially every day for easily 10 years, and who knows, there may be one or two more kicking around here somewhere. And I do have a Super XL that I bought brand new and that has never been started.I never even put gas in it. The carburetor is gummed-up but the stupid thing is brand-new. My other Homelites include a C52, a Super Wiz 55 and a Super Wiz 80 (I think). And not a bad one in the bunch. In fact I like my Homelites almost as much as I like my old McCullochs, and that's sayin' something.

So, pray tell, which of their saws is so bad that "a pretty good case could be made for pulling the spark plug, bar and chain and placeing the remainder in a large trash can --- Then never take it out..." and why? The only ones I didn't like were the small ones, the EZ and especially the 150. Yuck. Although a few years ago I had the opportunity to buy what looked like an ordinary EZ, but this one had some big, clunky rubber mounts. I guess an early version of anti-vibration. For $25 I should have bought it - haven't seen one like it before or since.

Sorry for hijackin' the thread, but inquiring minds need to know!
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i agree with you about the xl-12 and super xl they are one tough saw in my opinion a hell of a lot more reliable than a new stihl or husky dam plastic junk
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Default Re: Homelite XL

I've got dad's old XL-12 in its case, and get it out once in awhile, but if I'm intent upon getting some work done I reach for a plastic junk Stihl. Faster, quieter, lighter, starts easier, and won't cause your hands to go numb after the first 5 minutes.

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