I very much need your help, because I am in 2-stroke land, and am lost. I have just inherited a 2002 Poulan Woodshark 14" saw, Model 1950, Serial 02311D200154-6:(09:23)
This saw has not run in over a year, but I remember using it last. It ran quite well. I mixed Stabil with the 2-stroke oil/gas mix. I am going to put a new air filter, spark plug in it, drain the gas, and check the muffler for deposits. Here is my worry. Do I need to worry about cleaning the carb due to the age and lack of use of this saw? It has been used sporadically its entire life, and only had Stabil this last time I used it. I have been reading posts here for awhile about how finicky 2 strokes are to lack of use, and more importantly, ham-fisted attempts at repairs.
I am very much used to working on 4-stroke small engines, but have no experience with 2-strokes. I have no problem disassembling the carb, I am just nervous about putting every thing exactly back the way it was. Is there a solvent or such I can/should mix with the fuel to help clean it? I use MMO and SeaFoam with 4-stroke engines, but am unsure as to whether it is good for 2 strokes.
I understand this is probably a junky little saw, and many will tell me it is disposable and just throw it away. However, it has sentimental value, I have it now, and am the stupid sort of person who enjoys working on oddball stuff.
How should I go about the care/feeding of this saw?
Thanks for your time,
Seth K. Pyle
Nothing is sailor-proof...