Last weekend I got to work on my Stihl 066 Chainsaw. I was nervous about what I’d find once I cleaned away all the saw dust. While the saw looks in great shape it shows signs of wear.
The plastic has scratches and the shroud near the muffler is burned. There’s also damage to the magnesium body of the saw.
Here’s where I am after a few hours of cleaning last weekend.
I took DonyBoy73’s advice and put the Sithl 066 Chainsaw shrouds in one box and engine parts in another. I put smaller parts and screws in zip lock baggies with labels because I don’t know how long the saw is going to be apart.
There was one small issue and one major issue with the Stihl 066 Chainsaw.
The small issue was broken magnesium near the oil fill hole. I took a file and smoothed out the rough edges. That’s all the attention the repair required.
The second issue gave me cause for concern. The frame of the saw underneath the chain tensioner was cut by the drive links of the chain.
I was very concerned about this damage because I don’t want to use a Stihl 066 chainsaw that may throw a chain. I visited my power equipment dealer and they told me not to worry. There’s plenty of metal left to keep the chain tensioner working without falling off.
I’ll fill in where the magnesium was worn away with JB weld. After talking to the dealer I’m not worried about structural strength.
There should be a chain catcher on the screw to the right of the plastic circle. It wasn’t on the chainsaw when I bought it. I purchased a new chain catcher and will install it before I use the saw.
Finally, I purchased new studs to hold the bar on. They were worn from use, or misuse, and should be replaced.
If I had seen the damage near the chain tension screw I’m not sure I would have have bought the saw.
Once I use the saw I’m sure I’ll realize the damage to the chain catcher isn’t a big deal. I plan on wearing my chaps and being extra careful the first few times I use the Stihl 066 chainsaw.
Yesterday I got out to start firewood cutting for the 2016 wood burning season. I’ve already got plenty of seasoned wood for this year. It was a crisp fall day and I felt a need for chainsaw.
I grabbed the 036, cleaned the air filter, checked the chain tension, filled the chain oil and fuel tank and started cutting. I thought I put the saw away sharp but after two cuts it was best to stop work and sharpen the saw.
I put the saw in the vice and took 4 strokes off my weak side and 2 strokes off my strong side. The marks on top of the vice helped keep my file at a 25 degree angle. Once I sharpened the teeth I took two strokes off the depth gauges and then another two to round the leading edge.
The Sugar Maple melted away as my saw cut like a hot knife through butter.
I’ve missed that feeling.
I went through one tank of gas before I had to quit because it was getting dark. It felt great to be outside with a sharp chainsaw in my hands.
Firewood Cutting Updates
I’ve been removing wood from the holz hausen that fell. It amazes me how stable an improperly built holz hausen is. Imagine how strong it would be if I built it properly.
I’ve been running the saw dust and bark from firewood cutting through my Bearcat Chipper. I admit it’s a slow and often tedious process. I enjoy chipping and shredding and knowing that I have a 3-4 cubic yard pile of mulch ready for the yard.