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  1. Dear Chainsaw Gods, I’ve been lurking for a bit so now taking the plunge with my first post, hi everyone. 🙂 I foolishly acquired a kinda-sorta running 038 AVS Farm Boss Stihl, immediately gave it to an authorised Stihl repair place to take a look at, and have been returned the saw in parts in a cardboard box since in their minds it is not worth saving (I assume due to lack of OEM parts and labour cost). Their diagnosis is scored cylinder and a leaking crank case. Not great. I don’t want to throw good money after bad, but equally I’d hate to bin or flog such a reputable old saw model just because I have no clue on mechanics, so im asking the hive mind what the best approach is. Or would anyone with experience want to take this on for me? I had originally planned to convert it to a ripping saw for occasional hobbyist milling (at a tiny scale, mind) but clearly this saw is not yet ready for that challenge! Maybe a rebuild as a Magnum rather than the original Super would make the most sense? Or just bin it? many thanks for your thoughts, much appreciated! Alexander
  2. Good evening all, I have lurked on this forum for a while, drinking in the collective knowledge. As a family we have run a few 038s for years. The "heirloom" was bought second hand in the (very) early 80s and stihl runs like a dream. it has felled/cut a lot of timber over the years. I picked up a good metal handled 038super around 10 years ago for beer money and it gets used for firewood duties. We would only put around 20 fills through it a year. I took a notion that I would rebuild a saw this winter and have sourced a 1991 038 that suffered a failure of the roller bearing on the crankshaft and chewed up the piston and cylinder. I have already sourced a used OEM crankshaft and have picked up on pointers from other threads about where to source original Stihl spare parts. On the subject on non-OEM pistons and cylinders, can anyone point me to a source of satisfactory parts? I am finding it hard to ID the manufacturer of some of the kits available and until I am given advice to the contrary, would prefer a nikasil coated cylinder to a chromed one. The Tecomec website doesn't guide me to any wholesalers in the UK or Ireland... PMs/pointers to a particular brand/seller would be welcomed.


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