Pot Metal (?) Welding Chain Saw Handle
I have a Homelite 150 - 16 inch bar chain saw. While starting, the handle snapped off. The broken area is a cast metal of some type. I was glad it snapped when I was cranking. I shudder to think what could have happened under a trimming or cutting load. In addition, in what was a design flaw, where the handle sits on the bottom of the saw, there are two screw holes. There's nothing for screws to attach to the housing. So, the cast metal connection is (was) the only part of the handle/housing holding the saw. It is a dangerous design, obviously. I need to get the handle soldered or brazed so I can use the saw which only has a few hundred hours on an excellent engineIn additiion, if I can figure out who or where to get the repair made here in Northern VA or Charlotte, I am going to have the bottom of the handle attached - welded - to the saw housing.
Any thoughts, ideas, or guidance will be appreciated. Otherwise, I have a unique and expensive door stop.