View Full Version : Blew up my Chainsaw!

01-04-2004, 08:53 PM
The other day after i finished work and stopped at the gas station to fill up my 2-5 gallon cans, and my 2 gallon 2 stroke can. Well I went home and left the cans in the trailer. The next day i had some tree work to do. I get everything setup and begin cutting with my stihl 029. I couldnt figure out what the deal was, but it wouldnt idle after i began cutting, and it seemed really shitty. I took it into the shop and they adjusted the idle and i went back to the job. So i start cutting again, and it begins to do the same ****. Well apparently when i filled up i forgot to put in the oil into the gas can. So sure enough ther is not a drop of oil in the chainsaw gas. My chainsaw is dead, has hardly any compression. I went home and tore it apart down to the piston and the cylinder. Both were torn up, the piston and the cylinder were both scratched on the exuast side, where it got really hot, and the piston rings were almost gone. So what do i do? the guys at the store told me that a rebuild kit would cost 200 and 100 for labor. I can do the labor, but the new saw can be bought for only 240. Can i get a new piston and cylinder cheaper, or is there anything i can do? $240 is not insignificant during the winter months. I'm just glad i didnt run the gas in all my equipment!

01-04-2004, 09:48 PM
Buy a new 029 keep old for spare parts.

01-04-2004, 10:04 PM
I agree with MP350. I would never spend that kind of money on something I can replace for a bit more money.

01-04-2004, 10:51 PM
why would you rebuild an old saw for 300.00 dollars when you can buy a new one for 240.00:dizzy:

01-04-2004, 10:54 PM
I just priced a 029 the other day and it was $599.00. You guys got it good in the USA! :cool2:

01-04-2004, 11:09 PM
Did you try to pour a little oil in the cylinder and crank it a few times. Try to set the rings back again. Ive had to do that once and it worked. Try that before you throw it away. Dont have anything to lose.

Paradise Landscapes
01-04-2004, 11:34 PM
I paid 400.00 for my 029. Needs a solid state coil 90.00 part.

01-04-2004, 11:35 PM
If the cylinder is not too badly scratched, get it honed and try to polish some of the worse scratches out of the piston with some emery cloth. Get some new rings and throw it back together. You've got nothing to loose and you may be surprised how long it'll run, of course this will only work if the the ports and piston aren't too badly deformed. (bearings etc. have to be good too)

01-18-2004, 05:16 PM
sure the coil is not under warranty?