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Old 12-14-2022, 07:47 PM
 
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It seems most saws will leak from carb, air filter, fuel line, and fuel tank.
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Old 12-15-2022, 12:59 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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No, in fact the McCullough that I bought in 1979 never leaked, I replaced it in 2019 only because the pull-start broke and I couldn't find the parts. My neighbor across the street had a Stihl about the same age and when he moved he left it for the new owner. I helped him start it the other day and it doesn't leak. When they started adding Ethanol to gas we started to buy the pre-mixed fuel at Home Depot or Lowe's, which has no Ethanol in it. If you use regular pump gas to mix with the oil that stuff will deteriorate the rubber gaskets and tubing and it will leak.
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Old 12-15-2022, 01:12 PM
 
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No, in fact the McCullough that I bought in 1979 never leaked, I replaced it in 2019 only because the pull-start broke and I couldn't find the parts. My neighbor across the street had a Stihl about the same age and when he moved he left it for the new owner. I helped him start it the other day and it doesn't leak. When they started adding Ethanol to gas we started to buy the pre-mixed fuel at Home Depot or Lowe's, which has no Ethanol in it. If you use regular pump gas to mix with the oil that stuff will deteriorate the rubber gaskets and tubing and it will leak.

Ethanol has inherent properties that can cause corrosion of metal parts, including carburetors, degradation of plastic and rubber components, ...


Meanwhile....




German chainsaw manufacturer Stihl is making itself an accomplice to the illegal destruction of rainforests : the distribution of Stihl equipment ...








Does STIHL know where their chainsaws are? - Wildlife Alliance

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Old 12-15-2022, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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When they started adding Ethanol to gas we started to buy the pre-mixed fuel at Home Depot or Lowe's, which has no Ethanol in it. If you use regular pump gas to mix with the oil that stuff will deteriorate the rubber gaskets and tubing and it will leak.
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Ethanol has inherent properties that can cause corrosion of metal parts, including carburetors, degradation of plastic and rubber components
That's why I use ethonol-free gas in all my equipment, both 2-stroke and 4-stroke. Sites like this one can help you find gas in your area. https://www.pure-gas.org
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Old 12-15-2022, 02:28 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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That's why I use ethonol-free gas in all my equipment, both 2-stroke and 4-stroke. Sites like this one can help you find gas in your area. https://www.pure-gas.org
We have a Grange nearby that sells ethanol-free gas (Centex) and I use it in my Nova. Costs more, but I don't drive that many miles in it, only in good weather.
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Old 12-15-2022, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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It seems most saws will leak from carb, air filter, fuel line, and fuel tank.
My 20yo Stihl doesn't leak, and I've cut hundreds of cords with it.
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Old 12-15-2022, 05:13 PM
 
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Ethanol has inherent properties that can cause corrosion of metal parts, including carburetors, degradation of plastic and rubber components, ...


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German chainsaw manufacturer Stihl is making itself an accomplice to the illegal destruction of rainforests : the distribution of Stihl equipment ...








Does STIHL know where their chainsaws are? - Wildlife Alliance

That is so beyond silly. That is like saying Ford is an accomplice to transportation of illegal goods and promotes drunk driving.
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Old 12-15-2022, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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I've gone thru 3 - 16" chain saws. All worked and never leaked. Just retired them after a decade or so of use. Each new saw was better handling. Really not much maintenance even when using E10 gas. And they are inexpensive as farm equipment. I always use Echo-Shindaiwa small engine equipment.
YSMV
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Old 12-15-2022, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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Ethanol has inherent properties that can cause corrosion of metal parts, including carburetors, degradation of plastic and rubber components, ...

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You are about 5 decades too late.
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Old 12-15-2022, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Juneau, AK + Puna, HI
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It seems most saws will leak from carb, air filter, fuel line, and fuel tank.
Gas? No. Bar and chain oil? Yes, it sure seems that way with the chainsaws I've owned. A repairman said it was "normal" with my old Shindaiwa, no seals needed to be replaced. He said to just drain the oil out between uses. The damn thing leaks like a sieve.
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