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Homelite help
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Billw    Posted 05-01-2002 at 07:35:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you are having problems with your Homelite perhaps I can help.

Tom Wollaston    Posted 11-26-2008 at 19:00:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just worked on a Homelite 330 saw.rebuilt the carb,new connector tube from carb to cylinder,fuel hoses and filter.It started up ,3rd pull ran ok,adj carb and it would not shut off,found stop switch spade had a loose rivet.I replaced the switch and it would still not shut off,checked ground wire from bolt to coil with ohm meter,ok so I figured the coil had an internal open.Ireplaced the coil from a doner saw and it starts,runs,and now it will shut off ok.Now I find the bar is not getting oil,replaced hoses,cleaned tank and filter,and pump,the only I can figure is the pump diaphram part #A-94675 which is no longer available.Any help would be appreicated.thank you.

Miles O. Hardesty DBIA    Posted 09-19-2008 at 04:11:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
PLease advise as to the gas to oil ratio for my XL12 Superaotomatic . I have not used in so long I forgot . I believe it to be 32:1 ? Thanks

cjet68    Posted 08-14-2008 at 12:27:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a homelite st-155 w/ walbro carb. I do not have a manual and can't get it to run for more than 5 seconds. Please help! Carb rebuild?

Inocencio    Posted 01-21-2008 at 17:01:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My son brought home a used Homelite gas chain saw model 330. It probably was not used for sometime, so, when I tried to start it, the string can't be pulled. Please help. Thanks.

raymond    Posted 06-24-2007 at 18:25:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I bought a homelite xl little red. it's about ten yrs old and literally has only been used once. so it has sat a while. Problem: starts and runs for a few minutes fine then when you hit the gas to cut it pitters out and shuts off. also seems to blow alot of oil out the muffler. I've tuned all the possible adjustments to no ado. any suggestions is greatly appreciated!!


matt    Posted 05-25-2009 at 14:49:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
try adj carbs to zero than start it let it die than adj the carbs up to 4 than start it up and should run fine.

Roy    Posted 05-20-2008 at 18:48:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hello, try loosening the gas cap.The gas cap has a breather hole that will plug up and thus causing it to run as you have described.Well that is if it is a chain saw.My homelite XL12 chain saw did the dieing out thing and would not stay running.I loosened the cap and all was fixed. Well al was fixed with a new gas cap.Hope this helps.

JonH    Posted 04-08-2007 at 09:31:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I just finished making one 'working' homelite st-145/155 out of the two different models. My engine on the 155 siezed over ten years ago (it used to be my parents when I did yard work for them as a kid, now I inherited into my new home). My grandma had bought gas to be nice w/o knowing to mix, I assumed my father had filled and mixed the can... no oil in the gas is a pretty bad thing!!! Anywho. I got the sucker running this morning, so-to-speak. I can crank it, and, with some finesse, get it to run for a few seconds. I almost hit 20 seconds with it once... lol. I can't keep it running and I do not know why. I used the carb/throttle body from the siezed model - it fits up perfectly with the 145. Unfortunately the primer bulb dry rotted and has been removed. I don't know if this is essential to the actual running of the engine. As I said I can get it started (with some carb cleaner) so priming isn't a problem... its keeping it going. Is the bulb necessary? Is there something else I should check??

matt    Posted 05-25-2009 at 14:56:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
yes the bulb is nessescary because if you have one on than the bulb keeps the air out even if its on it keeps the air flow just right and this is part if not that the full problem causing it to only run for 20 seconds at the most.

Rob    Posted 04-05-2007 at 07:43:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi, My parents have just given me a Homelite Textron UT18003 Strimmer, String Trimmer only thing is the gas tank is cracked and I need a new part. The engine is a Kawasaki TD18 (Coded TD018-CF08). I've tried the local parts store (they wanted to sell me a new strimmer!) and Homelite and Kawasaki online parts stores, no luck at all with Kawasaki, Homelite recognise the part but are nil spares and not planning to procure anymore. Does anyone out there know of a spare that would fit?



Gary    Posted 04-14-2009 at 04:00:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
try soldering the crack , just use a soldering iron and melt the crack , i did this and its fine again now

Brian    Posted 03-31-2007 at 15:36:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Homelite 330 it starts and idle really high then dies I cant keep it running though. It runs high then dies even after adjusting the choke. Could somebody please help me fix this problem. Thanks Brian.

Gary    Posted 04-14-2009 at 03:58:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
get a soldering iron and solder the crack back together worked perfect for me , just make sure tank has no fuel in before soldering

John    Posted 08-12-2007 at 14:42:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You have a busted intake boot on your saw.
The intake boot on that saw sits between the carb.plate and the reed valve and is a short piece of rubber tube. It has been degraded of the oil and gas mix and has a rupture or leak. The intake boot has to be changed. I just did this with my saw. It is a pain in the butt to do. If you're not a skilled hobby mecanic get someone else to do it., It takes 1 hour+ to do so it will be expensive. The parts are also har do get. You must buy via ebay from private persons or from some shops that still have tem in stock. Good luck.

Julian G    Posted 07-29-2007 at 04:20:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes you have a dammaged fule diaphram so fule is not being pumped I have the same problem but am unable to find a source for spares.....

John    Posted 05-29-2007 at 23:06:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
This sounds like the symptom my old Homie had this spring. The saw has a rubber intake manifold located under the carburator and connected to the reed valve cage. After years of service the rubber gets weakened by the gas/oil and evenyually rips open. The gap in the rubber causes the saw to run lean (uses up the gas and then sucks in to much air and then stops. This happens on a lot of these saws. unfortunately the part is difficult to obtain. You should tro ebay. A couple of shops still have some in stock. It's a nightmare to change. 3 hours + of screwing and swearing. Don't think about hireing someone to do it, will cost you more than a new saw. Good luck.

Ian    Posted 10-09-2006 at 13:17:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Bill,
I have a homelight strimmer model 155. I cannot get any revs after start up. I cleaned the filter and tried adjusting the carb as per manual. It states to turn low screw counterclockwise all the way out and the same with the high screw. Then after heating up engine, turn the low screw clockwise until achieving max revs. The problem is that the low screw was set at the factory at 1/2 turn out ant-clockwise and I only manage to turn it it another 1 turn out. Is this normal?

LLOYD430    Posted 05-11-2004 at 18:07:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bill I need a rebuild kit for a homelite st 155 weed
trimmer, with a walbro carb. please let me know how
much it will be.

Shelby Humphrey    Posted 10-15-2007 at 08:45:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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Duane    Posted 12-12-2003 at 18:44:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Homelite XL UT# 10655A that the engine runs great but whenever the chain gets a little load on it, the chain stops spinning - the engine continues to run fine. Is this a worn out clutch? What parts (part numbers) do I need? Does it take any special tools to replace the parts?

matt    Posted 05-25-2009 at 15:07:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
yes it sounds like a worn out clutch and no you don't need and special tools to changeit. i dont know what serial number it would be but if you have an owners manual than it should say in their.

Gary Tyler    Posted 04-15-2007 at 17:25:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Homelite Textron 10655A model chainsaw handed down to me from my stepfather. It hasn't been used in about ten years or longer, but it still looks new. My problem? I don't have the manual and don't know how to mix the 2-cycle oil mix and how much regular oil to apply for proper operation.

Duane, your reply will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Ray    Posted 08-05-2003 at 09:44:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a John Deere 50v that I let sit about 6 months with the leftover fuel. Now it is very difficult to start (some times impossible). A knowledgable guy told me to change the fuel lines, as they tend to soften and close if they sit with fuel in them too long. How hard is it to change fuel lines? Any tips and tricks? Thanks.

matt    Posted 05-25-2009 at 15:12:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
no it isnt hard or anything to change fuel lines all you have to do is make sure there isnt any fuel in the tank or lines than just pull the lines off than to put them back on than if they are hard than just heat them up with any source of heat than they should just slide back on.

PatC    Posted 06-02-2003 at 11:22:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Anyone know where I can buy a piston ring for a PS33 (33cc) Homelite saw? I think the P/N is UP 04177.


Stan Watson    Posted 09-25-2008 at 17:33:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, I have the same need. I'm flying an R/C model plane with a converted 33 cc Powerstroke engine, but the compression is lacking. It'll turn 7,900 RPM with a 17-8 prop. The prop turns over with little resistence... not much compression. Any ideas? You and I may need the same piston ring.

roel mend    Posted 05-13-2003 at 06:28:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello Bill

I have a homelite ST-155. it start well but unable to get it to rev-up. it stall under any load. the spark looks good. I think it needs a carburator kit. how do you adjust the two screws on the carburator? is there a manual or diagram for troubleshooting this model?

robert Montford    Posted 08-21-2006 at 16:02:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a homelite st150, 17" string cutter, age unknown,runs great.....How much did it cost originally?? I would like to buy it and dont know how much to offer...........thank you

BillW    Posted 06-23-2003 at 07:39:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would guess with the age of your trimmer you need a carb (diphragm & gasket) Kit. Which carb do you have? Walbro or ZAMA?
Also check that there nothing blocking the muffler spark arrestor if so equipped.
The Hi & Lo needles should be open abt 1-1 1/4 turns

William Wright    Posted 11-13-2002 at 18:02:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Homelite XL that runs great. However the bar is not receiving bar lube. I have checked my oil passages on the bar and they were clear. I have no idea how to trouble shoot the automatic oiler. Any suggestions?

Jim Polito    Posted 12-25-2005 at 08:56:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I did not see any resonse to the question about no oil to the bar and chain for the homelite chainsaw. I have the same problem and have taken the saw apart, cleaned the line, blew air through it but still when running no oil gets to the bar. I hate to buy a new saw since this one runs fine still but with no oil it is worthless. Any ideas about what it could be, thanks.

William Wright    Posted 11-13-2002 at 18:02:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Homelite XL that runs great. However the bar is not receiving bar lube. I have checked my oil passages on the bar and they were clear. I have no idea how to trouble shoot the automatic oiler. Any suggestions?

RICK T    Posted 04-12-2004 at 07:03:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]

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Jeff    Posted 08-20-2002 at 12:05:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have an ST-155 string trimmer. I replaced the plug, fuel filter, fuel lines. I can't get any high-end out of it. It will accellerate a little, but that's it. And when I put it under load (trying to cut with it), it dies. What do you think could be causing this?

BillW    Posted 08-20-2002 at 23:31:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
some possibilities
-check the Muffler to make sure the spark arrester screen is not plugged.
-air leak under the carb
-Dirt in carb

Jeff    Posted 08-22-2002 at 01:01:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Actually I resolved the problem today. I had the fuel filter installed on the wrong line (the lines were missing when I got the trimmer). I switched the lines and it runs great now. Thank you for your help anyway.

Louis    Posted 07-04-2002 at 08:04:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I need the fuel mixture for Homelite XL
UT 10655A. thanks in advance.

macabees    Posted 03-08-2008 at 13:30:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i work for a small engine repair shop and own two super xl's the ratio is 32:1

BillW    Posted 07-09-2002 at 23:09:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
HOMELITE has had 3 different oils they have recommended. The old 16:1 has been discontinued and replaced by the 32:1 and EXACTMIX 50:1 in the squeeze-up bottle.
Either will work, but you have to be more careful of the exact amount with the higher ratio mix as any error is almost double = Trouble.
Also to avoid having old stale fuel mix, make the smallest amount you will use in less than a month.
For your Homelite XL UT 10655A. either the 32:1 or 50:1
Bill Walcott
Brauchi Bros Inc - almost 50 years with HOMELITE
700 N 12th
Marysville KS 66508

Wayne    Posted 07-01-2002 at 15:20:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Homelite chainsaw model PS33 that won't run at high RPM. It started to lose high speed RPM gradually. When you hold the throttle open the engine starts to 4 cycle, which tells me that the engine is running rich. Holding the throttle open, the high speed adjustment won't adjust it out, but when you start screwing it in it will lean out the engine and kill it. I have taken the carb apart and every thing looks OK. The gas tank builds up pressure and I think there must be a vent hole plugged but I can't find one. The pressure must be coming from the carb but as I said, every thing looks OK. Any suggestions?

BillW    Posted 07-09-2002 at 23:24:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Remove the muffler and see if the spark arrestor screen is plugged. If you have been running the mix a little on the 'rich' side it will carbon-up the muffler/spark arrestor.

Bill    Posted 06-16-2002 at 09:28:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can anyone tell me where I can find a tune up manual for a Homelite ST155 gas trimmer.
Mine has spark, correct oil to gas mix but wont turn over.

BillW    Posted 06-22-2002 at 19:38:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Before you try to start it... take out the spark plug and put a flat piece of unfinished paper/cardboard to catch any fuel that would blow out the plug hole. If after pulling the cord several times, there is NOT a 'spray pattern of fuel on the paper/cardboard, then your carb diaphragms are not 'sucking' the fuel out of your tank.
-You may need to replace the diaphragms & gaskets.
- Or find out if your fuel lines/ filter are bad.
- Make sure everything is tight around the carb...NO possible air leaks.
If your diaphragms have gotten stiff/wrinkled and need to be replaced, I have the carb kits. I would need to know which carb yours has. WALBRO or ZAMA

S.W. Got carb kits?    Posted 05-02-2002 at 08:28:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
They got a big old one next farm over from us. Maybe 90cc or bigger, don't know. Needs a carb rebuild. We want to use it in an Alaskan Mill.
I use a pro grade Husqvarna 371. Use it w/mini mill to rip cedar for pole barns, etc. Cut 16 cords of wood with it this past fall. Can't say what it has done in the last 4 years, too much to list. Looks like heck but fires off everytime. Best saw I've had in my hands. Been using chainsaws for 30 years. Have used everything from old Macs, Sachs-Dolmer (good saws), Stihl (finnicky), Polan, Shindawa, and Homelites.
Best thing any manufacturer did to a chainsaw as far as I see: COMPRESSION RELEASE!!! lol, the older I get the better I like those things that make the job a bit easier.
Well, let me know- SW

Joe Aguiar    Posted 03-10-2004 at 15:20:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a mc Culloch chain saw just got a new carb and put it on the saw and will not stay running have spark used starting fluid to star it up will stat up and stops. If i keep sparying the starting fluid it will keep running. check the gas link not block took of the gas tank clean it out good pulled out the filter clean that to looks to me that it is not pulling up the gas brought this new carb and the old one was doing the samething do u know what is going on with it what i should try next. Thank You Joe

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Tom A -- Love both mine    Posted 05-02-2002 at 04:59:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bought my first chainsaw about 10 years ago...a little Homelight for $99. Friend of mine who repairs small engines said they were the 'best disposable engine going;' His term for the pistons is that they're made from 'high quality beer cans.' Anyway, he said buy 'em, run 'em til they bust and then toss it and buy a new one.

Anyway, still have it and use it frequently (Had to get a bigger one to handle some things). It has worn through more chains, gas and oil than I can figure. When it does finally wear out, I will dispose of it, but I really got my money's worth and it'll be replaced by another Homelight.

Ken    Posted 05-27-2006 at 08:19:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Homelite 330 Chainsaw. I am trying to replace the coil, but nothing comes off to give me access to remove the wire going to the spark plug, from the coil. Any input would be appreciated.


TimC    Posted 05-01-2002 at 18:01:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Did Homelite build chain saws for John Deere. I have heard that they built my saw.
I have a JD 50v, great little saw. Could use a carb kit which is probbly generic. It sits in the garage for months or years then when you need it, its there ready to go.

Bernhard    Posted 05-05-2002 at 10:05:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]

as I know, Homelite is sold up by JD, even like the SABO-Lawnmowers from Germany.

Bernhard, Derichsweiler, Germany

Nathan(GA)    Posted 05-01-2002 at 19:20:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tim, I have a 50v also. I was told that Echo made it, but I'm not sure. Maybe someone can fill us in.

Kansas Kid    Posted 05-01-2002 at 17:17:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Who has ever had any trouble with a Homelite? They are the best saws made and cost way less than a Stihl with the same wood cutting power. I had a Homelite SXL12 they are a good powerful saw and if you buy a Stihl 029 which is supposed to be the same size as the Homelite it has a smaller chain and no power at all.

scottd    Posted 08-13-2007 at 12:30:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
technically, they were built by Echo, but the company name was Kioritz until they "americanized" their name around 1981 or so.

BOSS    Posted 05-01-2002 at 15:55:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't need any help, I love mine. That little chainsaw can cut through anything!!!!!!!

I just went in to get my chains resharpened, and get a few bolts for it, the guy said it was the best one made, Its about 6 years old, I demo buildings and garages with it, A few barns, cut brush with it, oh yeah, and I do cut some wood also. I have never had a problem with it, As a matter of fact, I just bought my winter wood this week, A semi load of logs from a tree cutting service, for $200. About 60 logs, anywhere from 8 in. to 3 ft. in diameter. I'll be cutting that up shortly.
So I probably won't be asking for any help with my baby. sorry.

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