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Homelite tools from the 60's. These were all based using the same 2 stroke engine from the XL-12 chainsaw.

 

XL-12 Chainsaw, XL-100 Circular saw, XL-A115 Generator, Drill Attachment, XL-SG1 Water pump, XLMB Military Blower. ( I have the XLBC Brush Cutter, but can't find the pics)

Still searching for the earth auger, the Harvester, a better example of the water pump and any other applications 

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why dont  they make they make em like that anymore ,much better quality that todays tools

Nice collection

Do Homelite still make these tools ?

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I've got 2 of the water pumps and a chainsaw, never had them running. Never realised there was so many variations. Nice collection.

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why dont  they make they make em like that anymore ,much better quality that todays tools

Nice collection

Do Homelite still make these tools ?

They don't make quality anything any more because there's not enough money in it. It's easier and more profitable to build things cheap and sell as many as they can, then sell you another one every time the cheapo POS breaks down.

 

I'm not sure how many variations were made with these engines and no one really seems to know. I saw an ad for the XL-HAV Harvester a while back before I was really collecting them and wish I bought it. The harvester used a long remote handle for engine control with a long belt connected. Used to shake nut trees, I believe. Since that application is so specialized, there could be almost anything out there. There are also a few military generator applications and I stumbled across this blower which I had no idea existed until I saw it so I'm sure there are others as well. The hunt is half the fun of collecting!

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Just what you see here plus a brush cutter. I had a few XL-12 chainsaws but sold them to help finance my collections. Ohlsson and Rice tools, I have about 35 or so.

 

I display them at the local engine shows and they get quite a bit of attention. The Homelite circular saw seems to be the most popular and I enjoy firing it up. It has an open exhaust so that cool sounding, loud 2 stroke sound gets some heads to turn. Most people never knew tools like these existed. 

 

Been thinking about collecting chainsaw attachments too. These Homelite tools were manufactured as the tool with the exception of the drill, which is an attachment so it can be converted back to a chainsaw. There are quite a few attachments out there like Ice Augers, Earth Augers, Different drills, Cut Off/Concrete saws, Winches, Ect. Ect.  

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Finally found an XLH-1 Harvester, or should I say "one fell in my lap". A really nice man from Michigan (Steve Adams) found this XL tool thread on MoM while researching it and contacted me through a PM. Turns out he is not a collector and would like it to go to someone who will get it running and enjoy having it in a collection. Steve also took the time to go back to the place he found it and look for the extension pole and the tree jaw that goes with it. He found them in a barn and is sending those as well.

 

These are very rare and even more so for a complete machine. I'm pretty excited about having one in the collection and look forward to getting it running to test it out.

 

 

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Yes, it's made to shake the tree branches to release the fruit or nuts.

Bet it also shakes the operator so hopefully it doesn't shake my nuts off when I give it a go

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While inspecting the Harvester engine, I found it must have been stored in a damp area for a long time as it had some issues so a semi rebuild was in order. New rings, gaskets and seals with a thorough cleaning of all the roller bearings and a carb rebuild.

 

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Got it all back together and here's a short video of the first test run. Started up and ran but died out. Still need to adjust the carb and change the fuel as I run it heavy on oil for the first fire up. Steve sent the pole and tree jaw so hopefully I can get it all together this weekend and shake a tree. I'll post another video of it in operation.

 

http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt316/wallfish1/th_Harvester%20video.mp4

 

 

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thats some crazy tool, i live in kent ( the garden of england ) if we took that machine in one of our cider apple orchards we would have the noise abatement society on our backs :D here we just use a long pole with a hook on the end and shake it :D

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Found another tool for the collection. A Homelite XL-100G-1A. Basically the same as an XL-100 circular saw but with a grinder wheel instead of a saw blade but doesn't come with flat guide to ride on. Not in the best of condition concerning the paint but this is the only one I've ever seen so...

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My father has an XL120 saw. It's in ok condition for the age. We got it up and running after sitting for quite a few years. Just drained and cleaned the tank and carburetor. Took two pulls and off it went. I couldn't believe the power this thing has. The new battery pack tools ain't got nothing on these. I'm looking to throw it up on EBay. Anyone know if they are bringing any kind of money?

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I have only ever owned 1 Homelite chainsaw ( looke d similar to the drill but obviously with a chain and bar fitted ) it was all aluminium including the fuel tank .On a particularly hot summers day i had to cut down a few poplars , i was onto the 2nd tree and up a ladder when the saw started to boil petrol out of the tank ! .

Not good i thought as i dropped it out of the tree and away from me , just before it hit the ground it went BANG .

Got a couple of old sachs dolmars of similar construction and they have never boiled on me , so not sure why the old Homelite didi it ? .

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