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Jonsered 2171 Part it? or Rebuild?

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Hey guys I just started this account today, and already have a question. I just got a jonsered 2171 off of ebay for $150 and I was wondering if I should rebuild it or part it out. I have a crankshaft, bearings, and seals laying on my bench waiting to be put in a saw and I was thinking this was the perfect opportunity. The guy said that he could hear a metal on metal contact when he turned it over and I figured its top end was blown up. When I finally got it in the mail and tore into it sure enough that was the problem, but it was more than just a scored piston and cylinder. The piston had a big hole in the side and it took a bite out of the exhaust port throwing metal pieces all through out the saw. So I figured I better split the case and clean it out thoroughly now that the case is split might as well throw the new crank and bearing in it. Found some relatively cheap big bore kits for it on ebay for around $70-$80. Ounce its all said and done I think I will have to much money into it an ill never make profit off of it. So I was wondering what you guys think I should do?

Thanks, Devin
 

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I would fix it just cause I hate to see one in pieces for too long.
 

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Yeah it would make one hell of a saw when im done just got to get her sold afterwards.
 

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Yeap rebuild that pig.


Those big bore kits are pretty decent and you'll definitely be happy with it. Mechanically you'll have a brand new saw. Lotta power in the 5cube/70cc saws. They're by far my favorite class.


Add a second port to yer muffler and it'll perk up rather nicely. Can't beat a 2171 (essentially it's the exact same saw as a Husky 372).


Resurrect that thang and watch it go. You'll love it! :thumbsup:
 

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I would fix it up and if you can't get what you have in it keep it. :)
 

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Alright thanks definitely wanted to build it, just wasnt sure. Gotta make a little bit of profit trying to start a chainsaw rebuild shop.
 

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$150 for a blown up 2171 is way overpaying, but probably the norm for the world of e-bay. Add another $100 for an AM top end kit plus your time and the math isn't really getting any better.
 

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$150 for a blown up 2171 is way overpaying


Really....?! I actually thought that as a good deal. I figured if he doesn't go over $350 in parts that having a rebuilt 2171 for about $500 wasn't that bad....


Shows how much I know about pricing. Seemed to make sense at the moment but I can't argue with the king of Husky/Jonny. :)
 

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Really....?! I actually thought that as a good deal. I figured if he doesn't go over $350 in parts that having a rebuilt 2171 for about $500 wasn't that bad....


Shows how much I know about pricing. Seemed to make sense at the moment but I can't argue with the king of Husky/Jonny. :)

He'll have $500 into it, now try to make a profit on that for the time and money you have invested in it ;)
It may be one thing if he were a dealer, or going to keep the saw for hisself, but in a resale situation it's tough to make some dough back on a rebuild when you pay retail for the parts.
 

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or going to keep the saw for hisself


That's exactly how I was looking at it. $500 for a newly rebuilt 5 cube is a pretty slick deal, provided you're gonna keep it and run it.


I guess I forgot he was looking to sell it. He'd be lucky to get $500 after having a full $500 invested even if it's sportin' a Mahle cylinder....
 

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Really....?! I actually thought that as a good deal. I figured if he doesn't go over $350 in parts that having a rebuilt 2171 for about $500 wasn't that bad....


Shows how much I know about pricing. Seemed to make sense at the moment but I can't argue with the king of Husky/Jonny. :)

Well, I am in a little different situation. For one thing, I have access to plenty of hurtin saws, so the supply/demand equation is somewhat different for me.

I would only give a guy $50 for a dead saw; and then only for the more popular models like the 372, 346 etc. Most pro guys of course keep those saws for their own parts use. If it's all about the $, then the real value is in selling the parts. Starter, handle, tank, etc. I sell these parts for half of new, and both me and the customer win.

But $350 in parts or $500 for a rebuilt 2171 is really high. (especially considering that it will have an aftermarket top end). A 2171/372 would have to pretty much be mint to get close to that $500 number. In this class saw, the cutoff point for people in this area seems to be the $300 mark. Whether buying or fixing one. If it costs more than that to fix a saw, then they'll just buy a new one. The other variable is how old the saw is. If it's relatively new, then they are more likely to fix it. But the older it is, the less inclined they are to do major work.

But for me, the OP's numbers are pretty out of line. Most e-bay deals are like that though IMO.
 

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