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  1. I have done a few. Most fail due to the white alloy top support breaking or the long screw that goes through both halves of the gearbox breaking....it is held in place with a very small lock screw so never force it. I have found the internals to be relatively robust, I never did like those fiddly con rods in the early units, the hardened con rods are better in my opinion as the rollers have the habit of coming out and even rotating lengthways in their runner causing wear. As I said before...grease the things regularly. A couple of squeezes from a grease gun per 2 days heavy use will keep it fresh. As before...a re-grease every 25 hrs is the spec and not doing this makes the things fail in the main.
  2. I would be very careful when purchasing secondhand trimmer gearboxes as they are relatively complex, not many can rebuild them correctly and replacement parts are very expensive. The main issue is that owners ignore the "grease every 25 hrs" spec and replace it with..."grease it when it makes strange noises or the head becomes slow". The normal components to fail are: - 1) The con rods shedding their very small rollers, 2) The pinion bearing in the bottom housing failing 3) The input bearings failing 4) The gears and/or inner bearing failing If you have the unit on your bench, you can get a good feel of how decent the gearbox is by pushing a suitable flat head screwdriver in to the square drive union and then move it slowly clockwise and anti clockwise to feel the amount of backlash in the gearbox. This is a bit subjective but suited me to carry out for a very quick health check on these heads. Unless the owner has checked all the above, I would treat the purchase with extreme caution.
  3. Your life makes mine seem pretty boring, hope the old bill is nothing serious. On the music front, stick to Zeppelin and don't get in to Linkin Park...I like the music but it is pretty depressing.
  4. 024, 026, MS240, MS260.pdf 024 026.pdf
  5. What is the compression if you keep pulling it over as 130 is a bit low. 150+ is normal on these machines with 175 being pretty good. Have you popped off the muffler front and taken a look at the piston? When a machine dies like this, electrical or seizure are the common issues.
  6. Not sure what "warmed up and I do a cut it stays up and peek revs" means but it sounds like the saw, when warm, isn't snapping back down to idle revs when the throttle is released??? If this is the case, it is quite possible that the saw has a big air leak. If the saw is just lacking, not starting well, especially when hot, it is probably wear in the piston or rings. If you get the machine on the Husqvarna CST system, the carb setting details will show up being very rich if you have a bad air leak. It is strange as I have seen 540XPTs run pretty well even with the impulse line off so a relatively big air leak and the idle was just dying - one of the positives of autotune. Being an older 560, it is possible the cylinder gasket may have failed around the transfer ports on the front of the cylinder.
  7. It doesn't sound bad to me, if you have a decent overall body coverage (not all belly) and are pretty physically fit then you are good, no need to binge eat just to up your waist size.
  8. If you purchase a Stihl or Husqvarna, you get the benefit that these manufacturers will continue to support these machines for 10 years after the model has been discontinued and, because they sell larger numbers, the Chinese tend to copy parts leading to more non OEM parts being available. The re-sell price of these machines is higher than the no brand models and the machines tend to be designed properly and function as you would expect. Try something like the Stihl MS181, it won't set the world alight but it will do what is needed, it will be reliable, it will retain a high residual resell price and you will be able to get parts relatively easily.
  9. A nice quiet melodic blast from the past.....
  10. I think you forgot the pic as I can't see it Glad you are out getting a bit of fresh air and company...all good.
  11. My mates Uncle was allegedly The Beats Manager back in the day, not sure if he was having us along but he got an awful lot of stickers and merchandising stuff if he didn't
  12. I reckon you could make a good song out of that...you could call it something like "Run to the Hills"...got a good ring about it.
  13. Got the burner going tonight, 13 degrees outside and been raining on and off all day....ah...British summertime!
  14. It is a two stroke, there are no valves, all the timing is down to port openings and durations or those openings, that is what makes two strokes what they are. You may be thinking about the powervalve system as used in the Yamaha YPVS - this was merely a way of changing the exhaust port timing by raising and lowering the exhaust port top to change the power characteristics at different revs. You need to ensure the engine has compression (was the piston clean looking when you removed the muffler?), other than that, if the saw is old, try a new fuel line, fuel filter and carb kit.
  15. I did wonder from your past posts if something was going down...just don't let it, easy said but sometimes you just have to grasp the one good thing that happened in the day rather than the shit storm it may have been. I hope it passes in time and you get to the good bit again. Keep talking to us...we ain't all bad!!


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