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Basic Trouble Shooting

TroubleShooting Check List:

You're trying to get some work done in the yard, and the trusty old chainsaw is acting funny; here's what to do when:


A) Chain won't turn; check for:

• Tension too tight
• Burred drive links
• Pinched bar groove
• Chain off sprocket
• Bar sprocket nose frozen
• Chain brake engaged
• Adequate bar/chain lubricant
• Debris (chips) in bar groove or drive sprocket

B) Slow cutting; check for:

• Dull cutters
• Depth gauges too high
• Clutch slipping
• Bar groove too wide
• And, believe it or not, chain on backwards


C) Chain cuts crooked; check for:

• Low depth gauges on one side
• Uneven bar rails
• Cutters filed differently, one side to the other
• Damage to cutters on one side of chain from hitting the ground, a rock, or other foreign material

Finally, here's a brief list of what to check if your chainsaw won't start :

• Ignition switch on
• Choke ON
• Air filter clean
• Spark plug clean, gapped
• Plug wire on
• Two stroke petrol in fuel tank