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Author Topic: Port an 038 Magnum or trade up?  (Read 547 times)

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Offline Kiowa904

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Port an 038 Magnum or trade up?
« on: December 18, 2017, 02:34:24 PM »
New here. Been lurking a while.
I have an old, but recently rebuilt, 038 Magnum as my "big" saw and a Husky 440 (Been a remarkably good saw) Until recently also had an MS 391. Am considering getting a mid-sized saw like a 550xp or 262, and either buying a new 70+ cc saw, or souping up the Stihl. I'd save a few dollars, but can the 038 be improved much?

Thanks
Bob

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Re: Port an 038 Magnum or trade up?
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2017, 04:08:15 PM »
In my opinion the Stihl 038 mag was one of the finest saws that company ever built .Some might disagree .They complain about the weight .So I'm nearly 70 years old and it doesn't bother me.What is the big deal ,go to the gym and work out .mumble grumble :D

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Re: Port an 038 Magnum or trade up?
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2017, 04:10:02 PM »
Forgot to mention that saw takes to modifications like a  duck takes to water .Just do it correctly ,you'll like it .

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Re: Port an 038 Magnum or trade up?
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2017, 09:52:23 PM »
Thanks. Any suggestions who should do it. I want a reliable work saw, no racing...

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Re: Port an 038 Magnum or trade up?
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2017, 09:27:07 PM »
I have an O38mag for about 20 years still runs like new the O38 was about 3.8 cu the mag is about 4.4 any thing under 20-24 in its my go to saw

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Re: Port an 038 Magnum or trade up?
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2017, 10:18:58 AM »
 I have no experience with getting performance work done on a saw yet, but Wicked Work saws and Mastermind Worksaws are a couple I see mentioned alot on the subject. Both do performance work for saws that are meant for daily use and not specifically for racing. I'm sure there are others as well.
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Re: Port an 038 Magnum or trade up?
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2018, 05:29:26 PM »
Thanks Everyone.

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Re: Port an 038 Magnum or trade up?
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2018, 11:38:37 PM »
Welcome Kiowa904, Alot of good information on this site as Im sure you will find out. Im not a builder but have had several saws woods ported and am in the process of another right now. Was your 038 rebuilt with OEM parts?   Give  Jack Beelar a try, email is danger_cat@rocketmail.com.


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