36 Homelite Chainsaw FAQs (w/ Answers)

The year was 1963 when Homelite manufactured their first lightweight chainsaw, the memorable XL-12 model. The 12 in the model name stands for 12 lbs, the weight of the chainsaw.

Here are 36 fascinating facts about Homelite chainsaws that I get asked about surprisingly often. If you’re curious about the homelite brand of now vintage chainsaws I hope this answers some of your questions.

The XL 12’s light weight was a great selling point because older chainsaw models were bulkier, heavier and often required two people to use.

Textron Acquired Homelite in the 1950’s

By the time the most widely popular Homelite chainsaw, the XL-12 model, was in production the Homelite brand had already been sold by the Homelite Corporation to Textron. Textron, in turn, continued to innovate and market towards the home consumer market.

In the late 1970’s Textron expanded the Homelite product line to include hedge trimmers, leaf blowers and lawn mowers. Sales remained strong for years and the Homelite brand was once again sold, this time to the John Deere company.

John Deere acquired Homelite in 1994

The John Deere company, based in Moline, Ill., was focused on manufacturing consumer products and, by acquiring the Homelite brand from Textron, was able to expand its product line significantly.

The sale included the homelite production plants and the existing work force of 2,000 employees continued making chainsaws under the Homelite brand name.

John Deere expanded on their line of chainsaws by offering a chainsaw named ‘The Green Machine’. Sales were strong and the Homelite brand, including The Green Machine, was once again sold, this time to TechTronics Industries Co., Ltd. (TTI) of Hong Kong.

TechTronics Industries acquired Homelite in 2001

Techtronics Industries purchased the rights to the Homelite brand’s handheld power equipment line from John Deere in 2001 and continued manufacturing electric Homelite chainsaws.

TechTronics does not currently produce replacement parts for older chainsaw models, such as the XL-12, but thanks to excellent durability and strong original sales they remain in use today.

The Homelite Corporation was a pioneer in the early power equipment for home use market and their professional chainsaws were regarded as the best for several decades. Many are still in use today, however, in being out of production, reliable repair information is becoming harder to find.

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Who Makes Homelite chainsaws?

Techtronic Industries acquired the rights to the Homelite brand from John Deere in 2001 and have continued producing light duty electric chainsaw models for the home consumer market. Unfortunately, older gas powered models are not currently made or supported.

Are Homelite chainsaws any good?

I own several old homelite super mini’s and XL-12’s that still run well today which is a testament to their good design and durability. They do a good job on light to medium jobs and are perfect for home use. As far as newer models go, Stihl and Husqvarna chainsaws dominate sales like Homelite once did.

What year did Homelite go out of business?

The Homelite Corporation, maker of popular chainsaws for the home market, ceased being an independent company in 1954 when it was acquired by Textron. The Homelite brand was next sold to John Deere in 1994 and is still in production today by it’s most recent owner, Techtronic Industries.

What year was the Homelite 330 chainsaw made?

HOMELITE-TEXTRON of PORT CHESTER, NEW YORK, USA, first made the Homelite 330 model chainsaw in 1981. It featured a 54cc engine, a powerhead that weighed 12 lbs. 8 oz(without bar and chain) and an automatic oiler. The self-oiling feature proved popular among users used to controlling bar oiling chores manually.

What year was the Homelite 150 made?

Homelite 150 model chainsaws were introduced in 1986, however, the model was only manufactured for one year. Not having a chain brake system and being powered by a smallish 43cc engine had an impact on sales and the model was retired after just one year.

What year was the Homelite XL 12 made?

The XL-12 series of Chainsaw manufactured by Homelite-Textron began production in 1964 and ceased production in 1988. During its 24 year production run it earned many accolades and became a favorite with users for its durability, power, ease of use and comparatively light weight.

How old is a Homelite XL 12 chainsaw?

The Homelite XL 12 model enjoyed a 24 year production runfrom 1964 to 1988 in Canada and the US. Older XL-12s are often blue and white in color while newer ones are typically Homelite red.

What’s the price of a Homelite chainsaw?

The current price of a new electric model Homelite chainsaw starts at $64 U.S., gas-powered models are no longer being produced. Vintage Homelite gas-powered chainsaws vary in price based on age, rarity and condition and have become a collector item over time. Vintage model saws range in price from $50 to $500 on average and sometimes more for extremely rare models.

Is Homelite made in China?

Currently yes, since 2001 Homelite chainsaws are manufactured by TechTronics Industries based in Hong Kong. Prior to 2001 Homelite chainsaws were manufactured in North America by Homelite Corporation(pre-1954), Textron(1954-1994) and John Deere(1994-2001).

Who bought out Homelite brand chainsaws?

The Homelite Corporation, manufacturer of popular chainsaws, was first bought out by Textron in the early 1950’s. Subsequently, the brand was sold to John Deere in 1994 and then to TechTronics Industries in 2001.

Is Ryobi and Homelite the same company?

Yes, Ryobi and Homelite chainsaw brand rights are both currently owned by TechTronics Industries(TTI). Both brands of chainsaw share many identical part numbers making replacement parts interchangeable and repair services more streamlined.

Is Homelite Made in USA?

No, not since 2001 when rights to the Homelite brand were sold to Hong Kong based TechTronics Industries. Some assembly is performed in the U.S., however, parts and design decisions are finalized in China.

What is the biggest Homelite chainsaw?

From September 1958 until mid 1959 Homelite manufactured the 8-29 model chainsaw that most consider the biggest in terms of displacement. At 129 cc it was certainly one of the most powerful. Physically larger vintage Homelite saws exist but require two people to operate.

What is the fuel mixture for a Homelite chainsaw?

Thanks to advances in the petroleum industry almost all Homelite chainsaws can use a 50-1 fuel/oil mixture. Prior to advances in oil technology the most common Homelite recommended blends were 40 to 1 and 32 to 1. Ethanol free fuel is always recommended.

How do you start a Homelite 330 chainsaw?

The 330 model has a 3-position choke knob instead of a 2-position lever. 1- Grip the throttle handle. 2- toggle the ignition switch to ‘run’. 3- Press and hold the trigger. 4- Push in and hold the trigger latch. 5- Let go of the trigger before the latch so that the trigger remains depressed. 6- Set the choke to full for the first pull and half for subsequent pulls. 7- Pull the starter cord. 8- Take control of the engine by pressing the throttle. 9- Release the throttle to let the engine idle. 10- Set the choke to off when sufficiently warmed up and ready to use.

Note: The 330 may need a chainsaw pull cord replacement if it is stuck.

How many CC’s is a Homelite 360?

The Homelite 360 model chainsaw began production in 1976 and has an engine displacement of 57 cc. This translates into roughly 3.85 horsepower at 9000 RPM, according to Homelite.

How many cc’s is a Homelite 240?

The Homelite 240 model chainsaw began production in 1986 and has an engine displacement of 39 cc. This translates into roughly 2.15 horsepower at 8000 RPM, according to Homelite.

How many cc’s is a Homelite Super XL?

The Homelite-Textron Super XL series of chainsaws have an engine displacement of 58 cc. This translates into roughly 3.33 horsepower at 7500 RPM, according to Homelite-Textron.

How many cc’s is a Homelite Super 2?

The Homelite Super 2 series of chainsaw were manufactured from 1976 until 1982 and have an engine displacement of 31 cc. This translates into roughly 1.75 horsepower at 8000 RPM, according to Homelite.

How many cc’s is a Homelite 150 automatic?

The Homelite 150 model chainsaw with automatic oiler was produced for a single year, 1986, and has an engine displacement of 43.3 cc. This translates into roughly 2.95 horsepower at 8000 RPM, according to Homelite.

How do you start a Homelite chainsaw?

Starting procedure: 1- Grip the throttle handle. 2- toggle the ignition switch to ‘run’. 3- Press and hold the trigger. 4- Push in and hold the trigger latch. 5- Let go of the trigger before the latch so that the trigger remains depressed. 6- Set the choke to full for a cold start. 7- Pull the start cord one time. 8- Move the choke lever to 50% and pull the cord again until the engine starts. 9- Take control of the engine by pressing the throttle. 10- Release the throttle to let the engine idle. 11- Set the choke to off when sufficiently warmed up and ready to use.

How do I identify my Homelite chainsaw?

Homelite chainsaws have a model information plate located on or near the main handle. Information plates include a model number, serial number and sometimes other information such as country of manufacture. Most model numbers can still be decoded online and contain year and model information.

Did Homelite go out of business?

The Homelite Corporation was acquired by Textron in 1954 whom subsequently took over in making business decisions for the Homelite brand. Homelite chainsaws continue to be developed and sold worldwide by its current owner, TechTronics Industries.

What type of oil does a Homelite chainsaw use?

Homelite operator manuals recommend using Homelite brand chain oil or clean SAE-30 to oil the chain, however, environmentally conscious operators report having good results with bio-degradable vegetable based oils that won’t pollute or leave toxic residue behind like motor oil does.

Why is my Homelite chainsaw smoking?

There are several reasons your Homelite chainsaw might be smoking. The most common reasons are improper airflow caused by a dirty air-filter, an improperly set idle speed and too much oil in the fuel mixture. If the smoke seems to be coming from the bar or chain and not the motor check the chain oil level.

Is Homelite a Home Depot brand?

No, Homelite brand chainsaws are currently owned and manufactured by TechTronics Industries(TTA), however, Home Depot has a contract with TechTronics Industries to sell Homelite brand chainsaws in their stores.

How do you maintain a Homelite chainsaw?

Homelite recommends the following procedures be completed during regular maintenance: chain tension adjustment and sharpening, air-filter replacement, oil level and condition check as well as a spark plug inspection or replacement.

How do you troubleshoot a Homelite chainsaw?

Basic troubleshooting tips: 1- Make sure the chain moves freely over the bar. 2- Replace stale gasoline with fresh gas. 3- make sure the run switch is in the on position. 4- Test for spark. 5- Remove the carburetor for cleaning and gasket replacement. Additional troubleshooting typically requires advanced tools and knowledge.

How do I clean the air filter on my Homelite chainsaw?

If the filter on your Homelite chainsaw is fairly clean a handheld vacuum may be sufficient to remove wood dust. If the filter is fouled with a small amount of oil you may be able to gently squeeze the filter while holding it under water to remove the oil. In all cases a filter with heavy oil deposits or signs of brittleness should be replaced.

Where is the carburetor on a Homelite chainsaw?

The carburetor on Homelite chainsaws is universally under the handle, what isn’t universal is the removal procedure. On some models the carb can be accessed by removing the air filter and cover and on other models the recoil cover needs to be removed as well. Finally, on models like the Super 2, virtually everything must be disassembled and the engine slid sideways out of the housing to expose the carburetor.

Where is the air filter on my Homelite chainsaw?

The air filter on Homelite chainsaws is typically behind a cover underneath or next to the handle. For maintenance purposes the air filter is easily accessible and located as far away from the exhaust and chain as possible.

How do you change a spark plug on a Homelite chainsaw?

To change the spark plug on a Homelite chainsaw first turn the start switch to the off position and locate the boot covering the end of the coil wire. Unplug the boot from the spark plug by grasping it firmly and pulling gently with a slight turning motion. With the spark plug exposed use a spark plug removal socket to unscrew it from the base. Never try to turn it by the porcelain portion or it may break and cause injury. Installation is the reverse of removal.

What size chain does a Homelite XL use?

Chain pitch, gauge and driver count information is stamped on the side of all chainsaw bars. It’s important that your new chain matches all three readings. The driver count, sometimes called driver link number, refers to number of links in the chain. Most Homelite chainsaws were manufactured with 16″ to 20″ chains but don’t guess, bring the saw to a local repair shop if you’re unsure.

How much does a Homelite Super XL weigh?

Homelite Super XL chainsaws weigh 13 lbs. 14 oz. not including the bar and chain. Manufacturers report the weight of their chainsaws without the bar and chain attached because most saws had several bar and chain options which change the total weight of the chainsaw.

What can I substitute for bar and chain oil?

Vegetable and Canola oil can be used as an eco-friendly alternative to recommended bar and chain oil, assuming the temperature outside is warm enough. Eco-friendly oils don’t flow sufficiently at low temperatures. Hydraulic fluid and 10-w30 motor oil can also be used in the absence of a better alternative, however, these are not as sticky as manufacturer recommended bar and chain oil so your chainsaw will require more of it.

Homelite Chainsaw Serial Number Lookup

The serial number on Homelite chainsaws contains useful information about the saw such as model and year information. This information is extremely useful when determining the value of the saw and when ordering replacement parts. The data required to lookup and decode the serial number on vintage Homelite chainsaws is somewhat sparse because they were manufactured at different plants and in different countries.