"Slabbin' at Wood" #5: "Homelite 26 LCS" --by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 09-28-2007 02:56 PM 7104 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Homelite 26 LCS

I thought I would post an-other one of my collected chainsaws here from the bygone days of ‘golden oldies’....

....and when one really gets to studying these ‘beasts’, one can also much more appreciate where we are today, with chainsaws in terms of safety, (don’t you just love the safety word) weight, horsepower and ease of the cut in the wood….

....the Homelite 26 LCS was introduced in 1951 and discontinued in 1953….

....Engine Displacement: 6.63 cu. in.; Cylinders: 1,....

....Chrome plated aluminum cylinders;....

....Cylinder Bore was: 2.375 in. with a piston stroke of 1.50 in.,.....

....manual hand pump for the chain bar oiler….

....external oil supply lines….

....manufacture said horsepower on this one was 4 H.P.;.... here comes a ‘how-when-where-why-what’ question….

....some-thing has changed, any takers out there with an answer….

....I just don’t know about looking into this ones face….

Thank you.

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” smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 09-28-2007 03:50 PM

Another old-timer from the King of the Chainsaws.

Frank, how many of those beasts do you own in all? And how many of them are still in regular service in your daily escapades to mill the surrounding forests?

In the “query picture” I can spot a new carb or pump or whatever it is and rerouted lines that go into it. But mainly, what I see is that you rotated the handle 90º (and I guess that’s what you was refering to)... is this a special mod for your vertical freehand milling?

Do you plan to restore it to working condition?

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#2 posted 09-28-2007 05:08 PM

Does this saw have a chain or belt drive? Back in 51 i’am sure you were a real pro to have one of these.
Safty first!

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#3 posted 09-28-2007 05:32 PM

Ah-ha, when you rotate the handle, thus meaning a need to rotate the saw, the carburetor needed to rotate too probably since it may incorporate a float.

Is that it? I noticed (with Jojo’s help) that the fuel line on the two pictures changed positioning.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 09-28-2007 05:33 PM

I wonder why they discontinued them in 1953? newer model?

-- life can always be weaved into a song.

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#5 posted 09-28-2007 08:11 PM

Hello everyone;
—-and maybe I should change the name of this story to a ’gathering of gearheads’, since the gearheads sure are coming out of the woodwork here….

—-hi Jojo. Ron, Rob and Jude;
....and yes it may just be easier to address you all with your questions and remarks together as I ramble on….

Well as to how many of these ‘golden oldie beasts’ I own….not many and this one also does not run at the moment. Oh course I’m all-ways telling myself that yes, some-day….one-day I’m going to get them up and running….seems like this one would sound close to an old Harley. My understanding is also that back in the the fifties, Indian Motorcycle Company also made some chainsaws….

I’m going to also be posting some of the ones that I am currently using in the forest and woods, these will be coming next and they are quite newer.

Jojo started off right with the “rotated handle” and Rob followed up with “the carburetor needed to rotate too probably since it may incorporate a float.” Yes, in this chainsaw when you went to cut with the saw in the side horizontal position, there was the need to keep the ‘float’ floating and so the handle rotated, along with the carb, float and fuel lines….make sense?

Next Ron followed up with a wonder-full observation and question by asking; “Does this saw have a chain or belt drive”? I just love talking ‘gearhead talk’....the Homelite 26 LCS had a ‘belt reduction system’ of 2.75:1; (belt drive) and also worked with a ‘rotary valve’ for air intake. Now I’m going to throw out an-other what-when-where- why-how here….since there was a governor on this beast, which worked with the rotary valve, what part did the ‘spring loaded governor gate’ play and why?

With a weight of 27 pounds for powerhead only, out in the woods one only needed to hold this one in position and the size and bulk of the beast would drive the saw down. I have also read some reviews where folks who used this one, mention that one was able to work with the valve port to speed up the engine, to get a four cycle hot cam effect by modifying the ‘when’ of intake timing. Hot sawing and hot caming in the early fifties….

Hello Jude; yes, my understanding is that this one was replaced by the the Homelite 5-30 and I’m really unsure as I’m just going from memory, but I will try and look this up for sure. And also I’m sure there were no-tears shed when this one passed on, as my understanding of it was that due to bulk of size and running speed, (slow) this one was a pioneer in what was yet to come!

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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