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Stihl 064AV opinions
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:30:48 pm »
I saw an 064 for sale on the local CL, and I've been thinking about a beast saw for, gee I don't  know I just want one. I don't know anything about the 064 so I thought I'd look for the opinions of the experienced😊
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Re: Stihl 064AV opinions
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2017, 06:59:44 pm »
tThey are great saws but my goodness they are heavy to tote around.
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Re: Stihl 064AV opinions
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2017, 07:26:15 pm »
My only reservations on a saw like this would be: 1) how old are the rubber seals, lines, and diaphragm 2) availability of parts 3) piston n ring wear. If you're ok with these then we might be good friends
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Re: Stihl 064AV opinions
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2017, 03:28:14 pm »
tThey are great saws but my goodness they are heavy to tote around.
No Jim the early 064's were lighter then the MS460.
Now toting a 066 was heavy and more bulky.
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Re: Stihl 064AV opinions
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2017, 07:46:43 pm »
I had one for several years. Sold it like a dummy. They are a 10 on the cool saw scale IMO.

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Re: Stihl 064AV opinions
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2017, 07:50:23 pm »
a great saw saw back in the day and still a great saw today ;D

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Re: Stihl 064AV opinions
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2017, 12:53:07 am »
I'm in the process of a total restoration of a 064AV. I love the saw. It has provided me with over two decades of absolute power over any tree I've stepped up to.

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Re: Stihl 064AV opinions
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2017, 08:58:07 am »
Someone else must've shared you all's high opinion of the saw, as it was gone after about 2 hours😊
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Re: Stihl 064AV opinions
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2017, 01:49:49 pm »
If you want a beast of a saw barbender the 064 is as good as you find. I know there are saws out there that are just as good but few and far between.

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Re: Stihl 064AV opinions
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2017, 04:26:54 pm »
I have an 066 and I wont part with it. Yes its heavy and a real bear at times but I love it. AN  064 is just a wee bit smaller but I doubt lighter. But one thing to do. If it is a newer saw it wont have a hole in the front of the muffler. EPA got them. Drill a half in hole in it and she will really cut.

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Re: Stihl 064AV opinions
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2017, 11:05:35 am »
Very correct, an 'ol logger suggested that very thing to me after bout ten years of owning my 064AV. That little hole made a notable difference. When it was time for a new muffler I drilled the hole before installing it. Great point, don't know why I didn't throw that one in myself.

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Re: Stihl 064AV opinions
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2017, 02:05:37 pm »
Ever since I remember back to the early 1970's in our logging camps, the first thing you would do to a brand new saw is punch a couple of holes in the front of the muffler with the screw driver end of the scrench.
The early 064AV is quite a bit lighter and alot less bulky then the early 066.
I can say that with certainty as I made a living with them both......swinging them 8 hrs a day 5 days a week.
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Re: Stihl 064AV opinions
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2017, 04:17:34 pm »
 :D Reminds of a book called "endless tracks in the woods" ,a story of tractor logging .For years in the PNW they used Caterpilar 60's,gasoline version of what became the Cat D7 .When some of them got replaced with IH TD 14's and 18's the first thing the old "cat skinners " did was take an axe to the mufflers .By that time they all were probably half deaf anyway  from listening to those big gasoline engines with no mufflers .

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« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2017, 05:40:27 pm »
:D Reminds of a book called "endless tracks in the woods" ,a story of tractor logging .For years in the PNW they used Caterpilar 60's,gasoline version of what became the Cat D7 .When some of them got replaced with IH TD 14's and 18's the first thing the old "cat skinners " did was take an axe to the mufflers .By that time they all were probably half deaf anyway  from listening to those big gasoline engines with no mufflers .
I can relate Al about those big John Deere twin  gas tractor engines.
I always had hearing loss in my left ear from looking over my right shoulder towards the draw bar.
Duck and goose hunting with a 12 gauge didn't help either  :D
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Re: Stihl 064AV opinions
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2017, 08:00:51 pm »
the stihl dealer gave us 3-064's and a 084 to run and see what we thought , we kept the stihls and parked the huskies , 064 had more power, better on fuel and just felt better , we were running 181's .I was running 2100's . I never looked inside that 084 but I can tell you it was far from stock and came direct from Stihl, Pretty sure John Curry may have had something to do with that  8).

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« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2017, 10:16:06 pm »
Yep John Curry from Stihl Canada sure liked to go the extra mile with those saws. Those were the glory days and Husqvarna sure didn't like it .
1986 to 1996 were the years Stihl capitalized on and now are doing it again.. ;D
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Re: Stihl 064AV opinions
« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2017, 05:35:48 am »
I have only seen inside one 084 in my life and was surprised at how small the transfer ports were in comparison to the bore size .
As for hearing I have a little bit of a ringa ding in my right ear .However combine almost 50 years of industrial noise ,operating  straight pipe diesel bulldozers shooting firearms and having two batteries explode it all adds up .Then of course come the chainsaws into the mix .

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Re: Stihl 064AV opinions
« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2017, 07:54:54 am »
John was a great guy and a good friend , he would port saws in hotels when he was on the road sells stihls to his dealers . Was sure shocked when I was told he passed on from cancer . He was just at my place 7 days before that and said nothing about it

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« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2017, 10:30:13 am »
John was a great guy and a good friend , he would port saws in hotels when he was on the road sells stihls to his dealers . Was sure shocked when I was told he passed on from cancer . He was just at my place 7 days before that and said nothing about it
Yeah sad alright . He must have went quick though, saved him alot of suffering.
A member here nitehawk55 used to work with John. Hopefully he can chime in about John.
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Re: Stihl 064AV opinions
« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2017, 01:34:49 pm »
Bought my first Stihl in '84 or '85. O28 super been a Stihl guy ever since. What I really stepped in to say is I enjoy listening to you older folks reminiscing. It's good just good stuff.