Stihl 010AV

caseyjDecember 8, 2010

I am rebuilding this saw and having trouble getting a spark at the plug. So far, I have replaced the coil and the breaker point all look good. Also the settings for the points and coil are correct. The only thing I can't check is the condenser. Can this prevent a spark? I hate to keep throwing parts at it but any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Yes, it works inconjunction with the breaker points. Only thing left IMO would be the spark plug wire maybe bad or burnt at the plug end. A bad condenser will give no spark or a weak spark IMO. Needs to be replace when ever the points are replaced.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2010 at 9:11PM
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Sorry did not see your post case , yes as rc has explained the condensor does work in conjunction with the points for proper spark quality . Always ensure new unit along with points . Keep the other for a spare for testing purposes .

    Bookmark   December 11, 2010 at 9:37AM
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Just install the trigger unit and do away with the points/condenser.


    Bookmark   December 13, 2010 at 6:48AM
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Thanks folks, I have a new condenser and points to install and will let you know.

Fisher - This was offeresd to me but the guy wasn't sure if it would fit in my saw? I'm not famiiar with it.

I DON"T KNOW the point settings so I am going to start with .20 degrees. Your thoughts? I have been googlging for some time but can't locate this info.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2010 at 1:41PM
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Yes, the trigger unit bolts on with one of the coil
mounting bolts and is wired directly to the coil.

The point gap should be @ .016


    Bookmark   December 16, 2010 at 4:02PM
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Thank you again Fisher. I'll keep you posted.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2010 at 4:24PM
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Well, hooray for me, the saw has a good spark. Evidently, the problem was the condenser. I should have worked backwards vs. going from the coil to the plug would have saved a few $$. Now, onto rebuilding the carb. Thanks again for all those who contributed.

My only interest in rebuilding this old saw was that I never had time to use it until my retirement. Last year, I rebuilt a Stihl 048 which is great for cording wood, but not the lightest saw I have used. I hate to see old motors sit. My next project is a 5 hp Johnson outboard that used to belong to my Dad. It's about 60 years old.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2010 at 3:32PM
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strelnikov(NE IL)

I have an old Echo 280E that belonged to my dad for many years. It was his only saw, he used it to cut firewood to heat his house. I inherited it when he passed away 4 years ago. It's died several times and my wife told me to junk it the last time it died but I keep it running in his memory even though I've spent more keeping it going than it's worth. I'll always remember him cutting wood with this old saw.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2010 at 7:38PM
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Strelnikov -

I know the feeling. Once they are gone all you have is the memories. But that's good. I have some high tech motors on my boat now, but my thoughts always go back to that Johnson 5hp when Dad and I cruised the rivers.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2010 at 10:23AM
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strel: Keep that Old Echo running , very decent saw . I also began the chainsaw adventure through assisting my father back in the late 50's through the early 60's . I still have the two Pioneers that we used a 11-60 (58 cc) with 21 inch roller tip with 404 chain and the limbing saw a P-20 (50 cc) with a 16" solid nose bar and 404 Pitch Chain . Both great Old Timers that Still occasionally run. I had to tear down the P-20 last yr and finally replace coil which began to break down , changed out the points and condenser which were still within spec but since the flywheel was off I did not hesitate on replacing them. As for the 11-60 I have only changed out the Diaphragm and Felt Fuel filter screen and Purge Primer along with new Fuel line since they original components finally succumbed to old age lol . I have ran through a Solo and few Huskys since then , but still keep the Old Girls running for the Sake of my Dad's Memory . The New Stihl MS-260 Pro and MS-361 and Husky 346 XP and Rancher 460 that my Son & I now currently use for Wood Cutting Purposes are much more efficient and safer , but some how don't provide the nostalgic flavour of the Older Vintage units . I still recall my father's Old Pioneer 600 , what a beast , sure wish I had kept that Ole Girly for at least display in the Garage . Oh well cannot keep them all I guess . Enjoy Your Echo Bro !

    Bookmark   December 19, 2010 at 9:19AM
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Anyone know where to get a trigger unit? the dealer here don't seem to know anything about it.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2011 at 5:11PM
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Check out Ebay or the Site , Scott has numerous parts availibility .

    Bookmark   January 27, 2011 at 12:03PM
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