how much is a used (beat?) Stihl 026 worth?
I got good chainsaw advice on this forum last fall and picked up an clean Makita 6401 from the Home Depot rental area for about $190. That saw rips but is heavy for light cutting, so I want a complementary smaller saw. I still have a borrowed Stihl 011av for light cuts, but I hate using borrowed tools and that saw is mediocre. The Stihl 026 seems like a very popular saw for this sort of work.
I was in a thrift store in the middle of nowhere late last week and saw a Stihl chainsaw case from across the room. I opened the box to discover an oily, dirty, worn-paint Stihl 026 with a bar and chain that appear to be too tight at the moment, or maybe worse (bad oiler?). I asked the guy about it and he said it was on consignment for $200, with a bag of tools including an electric sharpener, supposedly. I didn't have time and was a little put off by the condition so I took off before trying to start it up or look through the gear that came with the saw.
Now I wish I had. An eBay search for Stihl 026 coughs up a bunch of saws without all the extra gear but that look cleaner, more or less, for usually more than $200.
Did I blow it by not buying the saw on the spot, assuming 1) it runs and 2) all controls are functional, inc. the chain brake? I don't have a compression test on it, obviously. What else should I look for when I try to go back to check this thing out again? I'd be OK with taking the saw apart and putting it back together in better shape. It would be a project...I just hope it won't get too expensive (with the help of eBay/Bailey's/Chainsawr etc for any needed parts).