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Old Soviet/USSR chainsaw restoration.
« on: December 25, 2018, 09:39:34 PM »
Found this on a facebook group called 'The Chainsaw Garage' (thanks Nathan).

Restoration of a (very different) Soviet era chainsaw.

Stihl MS291, Stihl MS170, Husqvarna Rancher 50 (~86 model).

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Re: Old Soviet/USSR chainsaw restoration.
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2018, 11:19:23 PM »
I gotta check but I might have the same saw. If it is, it's in better shape than the saw he started out with.
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Re: Old Soviet/USSR chainsaw restoration.
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2018, 11:51:25 PM »
Nice work. Pretty primitive for 1978, no?

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Re: Old Soviet/USSR chainsaw restoration.
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2018, 12:14:39 AM »
Very primitive , considering about that time I was running a Jonsered 70E and a 2100CD Husky.  :D
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Re: Old Soviet/USSR chainsaw restoration.
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2018, 09:28:52 AM »
Looks like the same saw Chet. It's not really a restoration as he switched colors. The Saw Chet now has (early inheritance), that used to be mine, is the same orange and turquoise color so it stands to reason, that is the original colors.  They really are not that old (by my standard of comparisons)  they were made at least as recently as into the 1980's.

Chet, did you attempt to fix that wire rewind yet?
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Re: Old Soviet/USSR chainsaw restoration.
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2018, 12:02:55 PM »
 Pretty primitive for 1978, no?
Turns out dat primitive design was still going strong for at least a few more years. After checking, the one I have here is a 1985. 
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Re: Old Soviet/USSR chainsaw restoration.
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2018, 02:24:21 PM »
The Soviets built the Druzba chainsaw as good as their AK47 rifles.
Very unique for the logging conditions they worked under. Deep snow, arctic temperatures and very remote areas.
Powerhead is not exposed to snow like a regular chainsaw is which prevents icing up conditions and other poor running issues. But the biggest benefit of its design is less bending down and back strain on the operator.
In the 1970s 1980s Husqvarna sold a Druzba style handle bar setup to mount on their chainsaws so they could sell their saws to the Soviet market . That was the only way they knew how to run a saw. 
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Re: Old Soviet/USSR chainsaw restoration.
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2018, 05:44:27 PM »
Interesting and great tips on restoration!  My buddy has one of these in good condition, but we are looking for a recoil starter for it.  Anyone here have one for sale?  I'd like to hear it run in person!


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