Blew up my Chainsaw!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Dylan54321, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. Dylan54321

    Dylan54321 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    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!
  2. MP350

    MP350 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    Buy a new 029 keep old for spare parts.
  3. Del9175

    Del9175 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    I agree with MP350. I would never spend that kind of money on something I can replace for a bit more money.
  4. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    why would you rebuild an old saw for 300.00 dollars when you can buy a new one for 240.00:dizzy:
  5. badranman

    badranman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    I just priced a 029 the other day and it was $599.00. You guys got it good in the USA! :cool2:
  6. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    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.
  7. Paradise Landscapes

    Paradise Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 959

    I paid 400.00 for my 029. Needs a solid state coil 90.00 part.
  8. noclevername

    noclevername LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    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)
  9. Potchkins

    Potchkins LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    sure the coil is not under warranty?

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