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Homelite Chainsaw
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Janie Harper    Posted 12-01-2001 at 18:18:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Is there an easy way to adjust the carburetor on my HomeliteXL? It smokes and stalls every time I cut anything bigger than a twig? Thanks

Steve    Posted 06-12-2008 at 18:47:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I picked up a Homelite 240 at a garage sale for $5! I took it home thinking it would take a lot of work to get it took nothing. I put gas in it and it ran, and ran great. Anyway, I need to tighten the chain on the bar. How do you do it? Other saws I have had had a screw, but I can't find one.


1horse    Posted 10-20-2006 at 12:01:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've had a homelite 240 for years and wouldn't give it up. I cut about 20 cords a year with it and it runs better and has more power than some of the newer chain saws. I just bought a used 240 at a public sale mainly for parts since it's impossible to find parts in Pennsylvania. I can get the saw i bought running but can't keep it running. I dosn't seem to have been used hard. I guess I'll keep playing with the adjments till i get it right. If you go to a repair shop they only want to sell you a new saw.

Keith    Posted 11-20-2006 at 16:24:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Got a Homelite 240 that has been sitting up dry for at least 15 years. Gassed and oiled her up and she started in just a few pulls. Been using it for the last few days with very few problems (all due to operator error). The chain on this thing is much more meaty than most of the economy models out today and it cuts like a hot knife through butter. I think it will last another 15 years. It doesn't need it yet, but I am searching for an 18" replacement bar and chain and a sprocket before the parts all disappear. Anyone know of a comparable brand and model number for parts swaps?

C. David    Posted 02-09-2008 at 08:25:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Homelite 240 - and have enjoyed using it for years. It works great and keeps on running once I get it started but it is getting difficult. I think the gas line crimps. I take it apart and squeeze the gas line and it starts up. If you want it for parts I'll sell it for $100.00. I have several chains for it that go with it along with its case.

Bill    Posted 06-22-2004 at 17:35:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just got a Homelite 240 Chain Saw from a friend. It is about 5 years old and has never been used. Could anyone tell me how to obtain a manual that explains how to use it properly. Should I do anything special to it in light of the length of time it has never been used

Kent Michaelis    Posted 03-29-2008 at 06:40:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I too have a Homelite 240. I am looking for the manual also. Did anyone reply to your email with help finding one? If so, I would appreciate the infromation.

Richard Leja    Posted 07-08-2008 at 08:44:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Homelite 240 and cannot find the manual. I also cannot remember the Fuel Mixture ratio. Any insights would be appreciated. Thank you.

Mark S.    Posted 11-02-2003 at 15:04:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a old Craftman 16" that won't run. I understand that they were made by Homlite; is this correct? I have cleaned the carb, fuel tank, fuel filter, air cleaner and replaced the plug. I am confident that the fuel mixture is correct. I can get it to start for a short while however, whenever, I rev it, it putts out. I have the carb set to the proper starting adjustment. Is it possible that the diaphram on the carb. is wore out, nothing is noticible with it. At an end point. Mark S.

John Best    Posted 08-30-2003 at 07:15:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Howdy All,

Could somebody give me the recipe for saw gas for a Homelite 150 chain saw? 8:1? 16:1? ??

I was given a little Homelite 150 chainsaw that wouldn't run. The problem turned out to be that the muffler had burned the spark plug wire through. I did a quick, cheap and dirty job with some electricians tape, and darn if the little thing didn't start up right nice. I'm sure the electricians tape is going to burn through, but in the meantime, I need to mix more saw gas.

I priced the magnetos (the thing with the spark plug wire on it) and it cost more than the saw is worth.

Thanks for the sawgas ratio.


gb    Posted 08-15-2005 at 18:51:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i think it's 32:1, or at least that's what this website says

Lyle    Posted 06-29-2007 at 19:47:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a 150-auto and it says on the gas cap "1/2 pint oil to 1 gal gas.

Michael    Posted 05-14-2008 at 20:14:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi all

I have a vintage Homelite 150Auto of unknown year of manufacture that i iherited from my dad who died in 1997. He had it for many years before then, and used it extensively.

Since I got it in 1997, I have used it sporadically, year by year, but each time I wanted to use it, it fired up and ran fine.

This year (winter 2008) I wanted to fell a dead tree, and while it would fire up, it wouldn't run past start-up.

Since then, I have cleaned the air intake filter, replaced the spark plug, adjusted the slow/fast mix screws hundreds of times, etc. the gas cap air intake is clear.

It will fire up on full choke with trigger locked, but dies as soon as I take of the choke. Even with choke on, I get no increased revs with the trigger.

I am thinking there is a carb problem. Maybe the diagphram, or the carb or gas line is clogged. BUT, I don't have repair manual.

I think I am up to a carb or gas line repair, but need some advice,

To get at the carb, do I need to break the entire casing apart? That's what I seem to need to do. But I;m worried about all the stuff that will come apart at that point - trigger lock, ignition switch, etc. - they're all in the handle which will have to be split apart.

Any suggestions would be helpful. I dare not take it to a repair depot, as they;ll tell me it's not worth repairing. But hey, it served my dad for 20+ years and me for 10 and it still wants to run!

Michael Johnson
Montreal, Quebec

Drain    Posted 05-05-2009 at 06:15:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
about your 150-A
dont split case to get to carb, pull handel 3 screws,pull recoil 3 screws,behind air filter two screws for carb, pull chain & bar, two hex screws at the top slightly forward and the same identical on bottom,set to floor secure with Knee on top grasp clutch with one hand push on mag flywheel with other slightly wiggle and push and the motor assembley less carb pops out,to finish carb removal be sure all fuel has been dumped from tank,pull carb line, look at carb filter side should be two copper ferrules still inserted where the bolts were pull those,then with paitence slightliy turn and pull the carb down and forward note the throttle and choke are still attached this requares a tilt as you pull to unhook the rods

but dont pull Case apart most gaskets are becoming obsolete, the carb kit can be run down thru a walbro carb dealer

good luck

Craig    Posted 05-26-2008 at 11:45:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a similar conditon. It looks like the fuel line is broken from when it enters the cavity towards the carburator right underneath the air filter. It looks like the fuel tank is part of the shell casting. I can't get it apart. Did you find another way to get to the carburator?

Michael    Posted 05-28-2008 at 19:05:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Craig: no, I haven't gone any further without some advice and/or a service manual. I am deathly afraid to start taking the thing apart without knowing what i am getting into. So sorry, at this point I have no advice to offer.


Tony R    Posted 03-06-2004 at 19:47:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Look for a small rub in the fuel line near carb.

JMKirkbride    Posted 06-21-2004 at 12:21:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have the old manual - calls for 16:1

Joeseph    Posted 12-16-2004 at 23:57:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i need help please i have an old homelite 240 chainsaw and whilst it does run im deathly afraid of burning up the piston can anyone tell me the correct fuel mixture? dont have a manual for it and cant find it on the saw any where thanks alot for any help

Bruce McKelvy    Posted 01-12-2008 at 13:40:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Did you ever get a reply to your question. I have a Homelite 240 chain saw and would like to know the correct gas/oil ratio?

gb    Posted 08-15-2005 at 18:53:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
check out this collectors site, it says the spec is for 32:1, but then again the site also says the saw was introduced in 1986 which is wrong, as I know my saw is from the at least the 70's.

Dennis Riley    Posted 08-12-2005 at 16:19:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Did you get a response to this post? I am in the same situation. Any help would be appreciated.

Dennis Riley
1010 Daysville Road
Oregon, Illinois 61061
FAX 815-732-9934

winston hile    Posted 06-09-2004 at 08:22:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
fuel ratio is 32:1--I have an old 150 and it runs good--

joshua hill    Posted 10-22-2002 at 11:08:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i need to adjust the carburetor on a homelite xl and a homelite 180 classic.

joshua hill    Posted 10-22-2002 at 11:03:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i need to know he adjustments for a homelite xl and a homelite 180 classic.

it would be a great help.

m. clark    Posted 04-12-2003 at 18:01:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
almost all two cylce engines will adjust the same.
on the carb there should be two adj. needles, marked L (low) and H (high). i turn out is usually a good starting position. Get the unit startes and warmed up. the idle speed should be slow enough were the chain clutch won't engage,-- so at idle you slowly turn the (LOW) needle in until saw starts to starve for gas, before it dies start turning the needle back out counting the turns by quarter turns. Keep turning until the saw starts to die again, before it dies stop turning count the number of turns out cut the number in half and turn the needle in that number. (for instance if you turned out 1 and one half turns then you turn in three quarters of a turn.
the high speed needle is adjusted the same way except the saw needs to be at full throttle.

rcw    Posted 06-21-2008 at 21:21:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks M. Clark for your explanation on the carburetor settings. I followed them to a T! A "stubborn to run" Saw now runs great.
For anyone that would like to know, my saw would only run when it was cold and only if the chock was partially closed. Once it warmed up, it just about didn't run at all other than to just get it started. It soon died after starting with any setting I placed the chock in. All the filters had been cleaned.
To my surprise, I only turned the "low" setting 1/16th of a turn to make it richer. Turning it 1/4th turn made it falter from too much fuel. What a difference it made! Once the Low setting was made, the "Hi" setting seemed to work best just were it was set. Turning is richer or leaner made it falter.
Thanks again.

BillW    Posted 10-31-2002 at 22:49:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does it help to run it with the choke part way open?
If so, it will probably require a change of the Diphragms in the carb.
The basic position of the carb Hi & Lo scxrew/jets is one complete 360 deg turn open from the closed( screwed in) position...adjusting the Hi to the left by small increments and the Lo to the RH the same less than a 1/2 turn usually. If you can ID the carb, I can supply the carb kit you will need.


Bob Jenness    Posted 02-08-2003 at 11:49:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dear Bill W,
I was looking thru the web for some info on an old Homelite 240 chainsaw I got from my father-in-law's estate. Your post seemed to fit my problem. The saw is in like new condition, but has been sitting for a few years. As I remember, it ran poorly and started hard before, and the good news is that it's about the same after sitting (tank empty, and in a case). I can make it run for a minute or two by pouring some gas on the air filter, then diddling the choke and throttle, but it always eventually stalls. Can't tell whether it's going rich or lean, but I suspect lean. I assume it needs a carb cleaning, right? Can you give me a price on the carb kit, and enough info on the procedure to not screw it up?
Thanks in advance,

Ed    Posted 10-01-2002 at 16:30:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am Looking for parts for my xl12 and xl500 chainsaw. I need bars spockets and bearing these chainsaws are old they came from my grandfather. The only number that is available is the serial number it was befor the time they had come out with the 2nd idintification number.

Thank you for your help.

Robert Schoonmaker    Posted 05-31-2003 at 12:38:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Homelite 150 auto chain saw I am trying to repair,I have no manual,I would be thankful by chance,If someone knows how I could obtain one,or a copy of an exploded viev of the saw.I have it apart and am trying to re- assemble it,can someone help.thanks BOB

gb    Posted 08-15-2005 at 18:47:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I too have a Homelite 150 Auto and am trying to keep this great saw running. It's got to be from the mid 70's or earlier and it still runs like a champ -- at least until this weekend when the starter spring broke.

I don't have a manual or any other expertise on how to reassemble you saw, but I was hoping that if you have found a good source of information on the 150 Auto you might be kind enough to share?

Thank you,

BillW    Posted 10-31-2002 at 22:54:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi! I'm Bill...
I am a current longtime HOMELITE dealer with an extensive inventory of NEW, N.O.S. & USED parts.

I accept PayPal & Money Orders.
Personal checks have a 10 day shipping delay to allow time for the check to clear.

Bill Walcott
700 N 12th
Marysville KS 66508 USA

Brauchi Bros - almost 50 years with HOMELITE

Ken    Posted 02-04-2004 at 19:56:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a old Homlite --C -52, ser. # 3293186, it is the one we used to call "old Blue' has a worn 28 inch bar on it --the engine runs good (hard starting -have to prime)do you have parts? What year do you think this model is?



dan cohick    Posted 02-09-2003 at 17:27:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Homelite 150 automatic ut 104004 and serial 102420084 textron I need the pot metal recoil for the rope the 2 5/8" od rope holder ;5/16"dia post ; 1 5/8"long shaft

BillW    Posted 02-09-2003 at 17:33:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have it either New or Used.

DAn cohick    Posted 02-09-2003 at 18:21:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How much do you want for the new and give the price for used also. thanks

Dave    Posted 10-13-2002 at 11:35:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I searched for Homelite and came across a few sites selling parts for most models...

magpie    Posted 12-08-2001 at 12:35:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Should be 2 adjustments on the left side of the carb. Of course filters ect. have to be good. Also make sure gas cap is venting properly. I have fallen a lot of timber with homelites, and they were the choice saw among loggers. But they are a thing of the past now, I think all they make now is a homeowner saw. Nobody around here even sells them.

Larry    Posted 12-02-2001 at 12:45:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I had another thought on your Homelite. You might want to check the exaust screen too. One of my Homelites had a screen in the muffler to keep sparks from flying out. It became plugged with carbon and wouldn't run right. Threw the darn thing away and it ran fine afer that.

cjc    Posted 12-04-2001 at 19:33:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had 2 homelites. One was a 240 model, it sits rightfully in the shed, the other. much older was my grandpas, it ran like a screaming ape, but got too old. I checked around and found an article that recommended a good saw, actually several brands, I bought a Poulon Pro.......I can't believe I ever tried to use that 240 model. It stalled all the time like yours. And it cost more than the new Poulon....

Hogman    Posted 12-05-2001 at 19:33:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Homelite ain't made a saw in years!!!!!! Any brand would be better,Ive wore out 3 of em. Bought a sachs about 11 years ago has sawed more'n the last two homies put together and still working great .Got a new Husky while back,few pounds lighter,n tha sachs also a little Echo trim saw thats a joy ta use. Too, homelite has changed hands more times,n slick willy and only got worse with each one.

Don Mahoney    Posted 08-08-2002 at 09:45:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Your helpfulness is what these forums are all about. I believe the question was about carb adjustment. No one asked your opinion of the saw. If you can't answer the question, butt out.

Slim_n_Dusty    Posted 09-28-2002 at 20:24:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hear hear,, for what its worth - I started at age 13 (with DAD) clearing out 53 acres of Tropical RainForest (cringe) ,, virgin scrub we called it and a fair bugger to work in.
Went through uteloads of chainsaws!
I have had two XL2's Super over the past 16 years - the first was stolen - and for my money,, nuthin goes near them in their market place. The comment about 'ownership' of the company is true , hence I am finding it harder and harder to maintain the saw. This will probably be the only reason my 'omie dies.
Now IF my epitah reads " the spirit was strong but the right oil had run dry" then i too would rest easy :-)

To my request..
I am having a senior moment and carnt for the life of me remember the mean settings for the Hi LO and MIX screws.. Like is it "fully forward seat and back out two turns" or ???????
I am in this predicamnet after having left my saw with a 'repairer' to be told it was "too old to be worth anything"..I have managed to source the parts and chanced a cleanup whilst at it..I now need to tune the motor. HELP



larry    Posted 01-01-2005 at 18:52:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Homelite 240 chainsaw. Yep, it doesn't run worth a darn. Once I get it running, it will run for about 30 seconds then staert to die. SOmetimes I can triger the switch and keep it running. DOes anyone out there know the correct adjustments on the carb? LIke turning the screws in all the way and then out how many turns to begin with. Give me a Chevy any day and I'll have it running like a champ, but I've never messed with one of these things. DOn't know where to start. It isn't but 1 year old and I see why my friend bought a different one and gave this to me.At least I can get it running longer than he ever did and he bought it new. Help please.

Larry    Posted 12-01-2001 at 20:45:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Could be that the air cleaner is plugged up,or like LazyHorse said,the gas and oil might be mixed wrong.

Rusty    Posted 12-21-2005 at 08:27:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a 240 and I adjust it every other gas fill. I turn the high and low adjustment in all the way and then back out 1 1/4 turns and the chock it and it starts and runs great, but the the next fill or 2 I adust it again.
Now the bar and chain tied up and I can't find a bar for my Homelite 240. Does any one have any idea where to get a bar. Good Luck- Rusty

OW    Posted 12-01-2001 at 21:12:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll second that air filter idea. Thought my $300 2-yr-old Stihl was ready for the auction sale, it ran worse every tree & finally wouldn't fire at all. The dealer took the air filter off & said "Throw it away, the screen catches fine enough, and the rest goes right thru." I opted for a coarser washable filter - rinses right out.
Recently bid-in another one almost like it that wouldn't start for $50. (I could see the filter was clogged :) Took it home, rinsed it out, she fired right up & now i have a spare!

And don't forget, like any small engine, 95% of the problems disappear with a new spark plug .........

LazyHorse    Posted 12-01-2001 at 18:39:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are you sure you're using the right fuel mix? Most 2 cycles smoke a little, but excess means you may have the mix a little too rich.

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