262xp - How far would you drive?

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  1. Jon1270

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    Late last night an ad popped up for a 262xp. Looks to be in decent shape, and the price is pretty good too. I was the first to call about it, and will probably have the chance to buy it this afternoon. The trouble is, it's a bit over 2 hours away and I already have enough saws. I've seen the adoring, covetous posts about this model on AS and have been curious about it for a while, but now I've got this other voice in my head saying that enough is enough, and a 4+hour round trip for this is kind of silly. For those of you who've tried one, how good are they? What would you do?
     
  2. Woodporn

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    4 hours for a saw that lives in infamy????
    Silly question for a bunch of CASD sufferers...
     
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    Do you know or can you identify if it is an early model? Black tag pic would be good.
     
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    Well, I can tell that it's a black tag but that's about it. The guy who listed it on CL did so for his brother and doesn't himself know that much about it. He said he'd be over at his brother's place today and would call me then so they could answer my questions. For now all I've got is a couple of mediocre cell phone pics.
     
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    ...may as well ask, what counts as an 'early' model, and why should I care?
     
  6. lukem

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    I would have a hard time driving 4 hours for a flipper...but maybe for a good deal on a keeper.
     
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    I think the first couple of years worth had hda-87 carbs. They are the ones you want. They run good with the smaller carb too.
     
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    Early 262XPs:
    Had a Kolben Schmidt C/P, with no provision for a decomp. A KS cylinder is marked with a 'K' over struck with an 'S'. They had a slightly smaller combustion chamber and higher compression than the later saws with Mahle C/P.
    Also had a Walbro HDA-87 carb larger than the HDA-120 on later models, they needed the bigger carb to match the C/P.
    Early models also had a little door in the bottom of the rear handle for the planned electronics module. Don't break the door or lose it, they are 'hens teeth' and NLA.

    From a collector perspective the first model is the one to have and the first model IS where all the hoopla about 262XPs came from! They were essentially the first factory produced 'hot rod' saw.

    A pristine first model 262XP will bring in excess of $500.00!
     
  9. mdavlee

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    It would have to be a really good deal for me to go after one. Over rated to me so I would have to get it cheap enough to pay for fuel and the saw when sold.
     
  10. Jon1270

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    Thanks. Any idea what the dates would be for the early version? If I'm going to make a determination over the phone then I need to stick to indicators the seller can see without taking anything apart.

    It's a good enough deal to make it easy to get my money back out of it if I wanted (including fuel), but I wouldn't make a whole lot for my 4 hours.
     
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    1990-03 to 1992-10 if the cylinder has no provision on the right side it is a KS, which was only on the first model.
     
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    Thanks, that helps a lot.
     
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    Cool saw.. Good luck with your decision ! Dont get mad at me fellas....but I had a Husqvarna 261(detuned EPA version of the 262xp)...and a 262xp at the same time a while back .Both wearing 20 inch bars . With the bar buried...or mostly buried....I didnt notice that much difference between the two to constitute the waaay greater amount I paid for the 262xp . I was actually un impressed .But then....I got a Mastermind 262xp ......thats when the 262xp got my attention !!! Totally different saw when it came back . Its too bad there arent as many bigger options for the small mount bar ....cuz it could have handled more . Just my babbling 2 cents :)
     
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    2 hrs in what direction? I am south of Pittsburgh and am heading home today up 80?
     
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    Overrated saw in my book and wouldnt drive over 20 mins if $100.

    Sold this one for $300 with b+c. Liked the 3750 better and handling was too. So the 262's took a hike.

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    I know my smaller 3450 has impressed me as well. Great power... And really really smooth running in the cut. Not a lot of vibes !! Hope the new owner will feel the same;) Hope to get to handle a 3750 sometime !
     
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    Due north, unfortunately.
     
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    Sorry buddy.. Was hoping I could help.

    If it's as cheap as you say? And you know you can make the money back (gas money as well)? Well....
     
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    Dex has a good idea ! Also... You can say you had a 262xp. Everyone needs to try one i think :)
     
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    Now that I have had so many saws? I know what I like and won't go back..

    It's like ice cream... If there is 38 flavors? I am gonna wanna try them all ;)