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  1. I didn't even realize they made a Super XL-12, and I already have a Super XL Auto, but hey I never turn down a vintage saw for cheap. I found these on craigslist and they were on the way from our house in Oklahoma to my Mom's house in Wichita, Kansas. The ad said Maple City Kansas, but the house was miles from any town (Maple City has no stores, no churches, no Post Office, just a cemetery). The people selling the saws worked on a large ranch in Cowley County Kansas, its over 10,000 acres and isn't even one of the big ranches. As a hired hand on a big ranch you get a small stipend and found (trailer on the ranch), upon pulling up to the dilapidated trailer people slowing began pouring out of the front door and dogs of all shapes and sizes came out of shaded areas; with them came eight small hound puppies, three chickens, and four cats. While talking to the guy about the saws, a couple with a baby appeared from a field from God knows where holding a small child. At this point I count nine souls of various ages, shapes and sizes. The owner (father?) and oldest male have shoes, the rest are barefoot. He pulls these two saws from a outdoor cabinet that housed another six to eight Super 2's, XL-2's, and Poulan chainsaws, just junk. He claims he cuts and sells firewood out there, but the land contains approximately 1.9 trees per hectare (maybe a tad more) and none of these trees I would waste time cutting. The two saws had been on craigslist for several months and the owner seem glad and surprised to see me ( just remembering I had my derringer in my boot made me feel good), and we settled on 30 dollars for the two saws. My wife and I loaded the saws in the side door of our custom conversion van with an audience attempting to peer into the strange looking vehicle. We considered stopping by the next town and buying some lice/tick/flea spray, but by the time we got to a sizable town an hour had passed and we had not experienced any itching or crawling feelings. I believe we are safe and happy to be heading home.
  2. Calf dozer

    Now that is a real prize Harry, congratulations, I know I am green with envy!
  3. Newhaven Fort

    Great bunch of history there fellas. Thanks a bunch for posting the pictures, they were superb.
  4. Sisis Auto Greenman

    Good call on the dates and codes Richard
  5. Sisis Auto Greenman

    I was thinking along the same lines Richard. I believe the last of the cast iron engines were not of that type and code, but rather 130200-130299, but the gas tank is the same as the older engines, so at any rate other than the choke and throttle controls this looks to be a mid 80's engine, hard to say about the casting from the pictures
  6. Sisis Auto Greenman

    The model, type, and code numbers are usually stamped into the fan/starter shroud, yours may be on top near the spark plug
  7. Sisis Auto Greenman

    Great looking and useful piece of equipment that should keep you out of trouble (and the pub) for a good portion of your free time. Is that a replacement engine or is this a post 1980 machine? The model, type, and code numerals contain the date of engine manufacturer.
  8. Ariens GT14H Got a New Accessory

    My hundred dollar (and 90.00 shipping) 6KW Onan generator mounted to my Ariens GT14H
  9. Ariens GT14H Got a New Accessory

    And also have a trailer with a self contained mini fridge with Ales, mixes, and also have the ability operate a blender in the field to make Daiquiris and Margaritas.
  10. SVTEC Rally Scone Perthshire

    That is a fine looking hound, looks like e is getting some much needed rest.
  11. That's what my wife asks. I told her it would take too long to explain how I got a chainsaw from Ottawa Quebec and Missoula Montana the same day and two ,ore arrive the next day from Fremont New Hampshire and upstate New York. I have three Canadian saws, two made for Homelite by Terry Industries of Pointe Claire Quebec and a Pioneer saw from Peterborough Ontario. The Homelite-Terry XL-76 is a 58cc automatic oiler that is fairly hard to find, but the other Terry saw, the VI Super Mini SL is even harder to find, especially early models like this one with the newly developed chain brake. I acquired a second one year Homelite XL-850 (82cc) a week or two ago without a bar and chain and found a NOS bar and chain cheap. My two recent arrivals are a 1966 Homelite XL-800 another 82cc auto oiler that is extremely difficult to find, and the other one is a HUGE 115cc Homelite 2000-P Automatic with a 28" roller nose bar. I'm looking for a few 54cc XL-100 series auto oiler saws and a couple more 115cc saws, then I might have my Homelite collection wrapped up
  12. Where Do They All Come From?

    Thanks, I have a chainsaw project waiting as we speak in the form of a large Maple tree the tornado knocked down, just beside our home. I'm waiting for it to dry a little and the weather to cool. I'll have those shelves filled before long, lol
  13. Happy birthday Joseph

    Happy Belated Birthday Joseph, Hope it was a good one and wish you many more to come.
  14. Illusive Woodruff Key Size in UK

    Toro part number 937108 https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2053587.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xtoro+937108.TRS0&_nkw=toro+937108&_sacat=0
  15. Wow, those are really great pictures. Are you a professional photographer? Thanks for sharing
  16. Where Do They All Come From?

    A motorcycle wheel lol, I don't know? That picture was one the previous owner sent me. Boy am I a smart aleck
  17. 1978 Westwood

    Great advert photos, thanks for sharing.
  18. Have a seat.

    A stationary target?
  19. Big Old Door

    1st coat of Urethane
  20. Big Old Door

    A young couple bought an old door (not sure if it was that old, I don't believe so) at auction and asked me to remove the finish and restore the stain/varnish. This is the first couple hours work. It had at least 8-10 coats of various types of colored varnish and/or lacquer on the outside, which if it was a new door lead me to believe that the previous workmanship was a failed endeavor, at least to the buyer. I believe the door is Ash and it is about 8 feet tall. There is a wrought iron grate that goes over the small door/window. All this is being done by hand with sand paper and hand scrapers.
  21. 1978 Westwood

    The only thing to watch out for on this fairly common idler (in size) is the the protruding bearing/center offset on one side, it needs to have the very same offset or a spacer must be used to create one. It appears to be a AYP idler pulley p/n AYP 4702H or AYP 66048 (same) Stens part number 280-024. which has a 3/8" bore (hole, 2-1/2" outside diameter, and 1" height (distance across the idler). i believe this part also has the same offset on one side, 10 bucks new around here
  22. 1978 Westwood

    Pulleys and idlers need the measurements of the diameter, the width, the bore, and the size and type of the channel. Also the style and size of the center bearing area, whether protruding or recessed, needs to be the same. A picture or diagram is the only real way to assure a proper fit. The original part number may also lead to a cross reference part number from others that have searched for replacements on the internet
  23. Big Old Door

    Thanks for the tip, I have been using fabricated plastic putty knives that I shape to a curve and resharpen when dull, the glass won't have that problem. It has two coats of sanding sealer right now, it will get sanded next and one more coat of sealer then a third coat of sealer with a another light sanding. The finish will start with two coats of high gloss polyurethane (for protection and depth) and a final coat of Marine Spar Urethane with flattening agents to produce a satin/matte gun stock finish. I'll post more pictures tomorrow.
  24. 1978 Westwood

    I would be surprised if the pulleys are not the same as either AYP , MTD, or Murray models of the same vintage
  25. 1978 Westwood

    If you can get me the sizes of the pulleys (bore, height, width of V, diameter, pictures would be best with measurements) I can cross reference them to part numbers you can use locally. The part numbers used by Westwood unfortunately aren't the same as used by the pulley distributor/manufacturers .
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