I'm considering buying a CS-50 that is in good condition. I'm looking for any tips on items to check that are unique to this model. I'm also interested to know if folks think this is a good saw to add to my diminutive collection I have rebuilt/reconditioned a couple 240's, an EZ auto, 3 Super EZ auto's and am working on a Super Mini VI (runs great now, but I need All the chain brake parts that previous owner gutted from the machine). I have some skills but very little Homelite knowledge. I'm also wanting to get an XL-12 but that's for another forum. I appreciate any and all help.
IN my opinion, they're not nearly the caliber of saw as the others you mentioned. Might be a pretty decent engine but all the plastic and A/V stuff around it was somewhat cheap and poorly designed. It was a newer version of the 300 which was one of the first of the cheaper, mass market designs. That's just my opinion but I cut teeth on all the old metal saws so I am admittedly biased.
XL-12",Super 2-14",Super EZ-16",330-16",Super XL-16",360-20",XL500,450-20",Super XL 925-24",Super 1050-36",750-36",ST260 trimmer,AP125 pump,AP520 pump,HTC12 tiller,T16 tractor w/48" mower, tiller and front blade
I agree with Brent,the CS50 saw was really cheapened with all the plastic.I had one for about 2 days & it went back to the owner.IMO you're better off with an older all metal saw.May I ask why you're saving the XL-12 for another forum?We cover all Homelite saws here on this forum.