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Homelite XL-1 fuel mix?
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jags    Posted 10-03-2004 at 15:29:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi I just got my hands on a Homelite XL-1. Itís my first chainsaw
I donít think the previous owner was mixing the fuel properly,
because it smokes like crazy.

Dose anyone know the gas to oil mix?

TimV    Posted 10-04-2004 at 06:46:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jags: 25:1 should work fine, though if you're using good oil they're fairly tolerant of anything between 20:1 and 32:1.

agree    Posted 10-04-2004 at 10:02:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have a friend who repairs small engines for a living. He says Homelite is a very nice "throw away" machine. He suggested the 20:1 mix as being the most likely to extend the life, but admits the owners manuals over the years have reduced the oil recommendation...he also says that's so folks will buy new more often, but he's pretty cynical.

Fact is, it is a forgiving little machine.

good luck,
Tom A

Wisereader    Posted 10-04-2004 at 05:26:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
The older models required 32:1, while some of the later models I've seen are calling for 50:1.

Hope this helps.

Bkeepr    Posted 10-04-2004 at 05:25:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use the old 20:1 mix, although I belive the instructions say you can use less oil.

Mine smokes if I turn it upside down or nearly, otherwise runs great and has done so for many years.

Be very careful! Always assume your chain saw *will* kick back, and plan your cuts so that you are not in the way *when* it happens and then you won't get hurt.

Tom A

Bob Gee    Posted 11-28-2005 at 17:41:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This is a lotle later in years, but I;ve jsut picked up a Homelite XL-1 . Seems a very sturdy small machine, but no access to operating manual AND I can;t get it started- even though this thing looks really clean and well cared for. Can any one help me out ??????????

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