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Homelite XL12
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roman nose    Posted 12-06-2004 at 05:19:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can anyone tell me the correct fuel/oil mixture for a homelite XL12 chainsaw. Thanks

screaminghollow    Posted 12-06-2004 at 10:17:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
My three yr old and very hard used homelite says to use 2.8 oz of oil to a gallon. That it more like 45 to 1.
The only reason I bought the thing was because the box said it was manufactured by John Deere.
I found that I have to clean the airfilter and crankcase breathers every five or six tankfuls to keep it running right. As long as I do that, it runs great.
The old ones are probably a bit more oil.
I once used a very old chain saw, don't recall what brand, but right on the aluminum case it said the fuel mixture should be 56 to 1. I figured that was such a small amount of oil,why did they even bother?

All the Ryobi stuff I used to have required 32 to one, and the fuel lines, spark plugs and carburetors were always clogging up.

MikeT    Posted 12-06-2004 at 12:19:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Try wrapping a piece of silk cloth around the air filter and holding it in place with a rubber band. Take 2 or 3 pieces with you when out cutting. Wash out with gasoline when back at the shop.

Problem with a lot of air filters is that the mesh size is larger than the orfices in the carburetor. That lets saw dust particles get sucked in and stuck in the carb. Another reason to have sharp blades so you make chips instead of dust.

TimV    Posted 12-06-2004 at 06:15:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Roman Nose: 32:1 is the correct ratio, though these old saws are fairly forgiving, particularly with today's oils.

Frank    Posted 01-22-2008 at 13:26:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Question about the carborator inlet valve?? Does the tube connect directly to the tank? What is the correct oil to fuel ratio required??
Thank you.

MikeT    Posted 12-06-2004 at 05:34:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don't use no oil. When the engine seizes up, throw it away and go get a Husqvarna or a Stihl.

Vic in Kenefick    Posted 12-06-2004 at 06:00:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sthil is the best.

charles roper    Posted 08-29-2007 at 19:35:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
dear Vic in Kenefick,
I also am from Kenefic and my father also bought a homelite xl 12 in the early sixties. I was looking for info on it and ran across the Kenefick part of your hit. You must be from the close to Houston TX Kenefick because I know everyone in Okla Kenefick and there's no Vic. I'm from the Oklahoma Kenefick on the old KO&G railroad from which both got their names. I've driven through your Kenefick, it's about the same size as the Okla Kenefick. e-mail me at and I'll let you in on a little Kenefick trivia.

MikeT    Posted 12-06-2004 at 10:11:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, my direct experience is just with Homelite and Husqvarna. Had a 12" Homelite and threw it away after about the 2nd trip out. Got a Husqvarna 20". Have had it for 30 years and only have put $50 in repairs in it not counting bars and chains. It used to start on the 1st pull. It now takes 2 pulls. (my wife wishes as much for me)

One of my wood choppins buds had a Stihl and it never gave him any trouble either. My Husky has been through at least a 100 cords of wood, maybe more. I know I sold at least 50 cords of hickory to a barbaque place back when I lived in Tulsa.

MattCT    Posted 12-06-2004 at 07:40:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I beg to differ, Jonsered makes the best saw

Nope!    Posted 12-06-2004 at 07:56:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Paul Bunyan is the best...... grin.


MattCT    Posted 12-06-2004 at 08:56:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I stand corrected.

Clipper    Posted 12-06-2004 at 09:22:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
LOL! :^) No offense meant!

MattCT    Posted 12-06-2004 at 09:28:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
No offense taken, when your right your right, and you, your right.

TB    Posted 12-06-2004 at 05:27:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
ours is one of the old blue ones we allways used 32/1 mix. Hope this helps

dan    Posted 10-03-2008 at 07:53:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
if you recall, back in the day they didn't use lead free gas so you might want to try some if you can get it.

Clipper    Posted 12-06-2004 at 05:23:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
32 to 1 ratio....and a little more oil won't hurt but will make a little more smoke.

TB    Posted 12-06-2004 at 05:31:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry. You must have posted while I was typing.

Good morning.

richard    Posted 03-20-2009 at 19:40:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
32-1 that homelite will outlast those plastic immigrants any day they will melt into a stinky ball your saw will be still ripping and tearing oh the good old days

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