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Old 01-24-2018, 01:58:23 PM
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Anyone know manufacturer and year of this saw. Thanks
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Old 01-24-2018, 06:26:28 PM
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Default Re: Info on this saw

West Benb? Has a Fairbbanks-Morse starter on it - a common aftermarket starter in the 1950s-early 1960s
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Old 01-25-2018, 06:44:26 PM
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West Bend was a well regarded manufacturer of small engines back in the 50's and they also made chain saw powerheads and outboard motors, among other things (West Bend's aluminum cookware division n is still making pots and pans but under different names). So it is certainly possible that your saw has a complete West Bend powerhead with only the bow bar and chain made by someone else. Every West Bend engine I have seen has had a Fairbanks Morse recoil on it. Not to say there aren't other recoils used on some applications but I have not seen any. The picture looks like is says model 2783. I could not find any reference to such a model on Mike Acres' site. So either I am reading the picture wrong or else this is a different saw than the ones on his site. Maybe the saw is specialized to take the bow bar instead of a standard one. Either way, a nice find. Take good care of the old girl.

p.s. Chrysler took over West Bend Engine Division sometime around 1965 so your saw is most certainly older than that.
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