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Chainsaw Help

Postby ricky racer » Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:05 pm

You know, with all the work I've done on tractors, motorcycles and cars, you'd think I could get my darn chainsaw to start. Anyone here have any tips on getting my Stihl to run?

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Re: Chainsaw Help

Postby Wakulla Bill » Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:13 pm

Well Ricky it is a good thing it didn't start in that position, you could have been singing soprano :shock: Do you have spark?
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Re: Chainsaw Help

Postby Eugene » Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:28 pm

If not a humorous post.

Checked for spark and compression - of course. Removed and cleaned the air filter - of course. Dumped old fuel and installed new with carburetor cleaner - of course. New spark plug.

Internet search for initial carburetor settings for you model of chain saw. Long short story is I had a Stihl weed eater that didn't run right for years. After looking up and using initial carb settings - it runs right.

A bit of starting fluid.
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Re: Chainsaw Help

Postby Boss Hog » Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:48 pm

check the cotton ball and fuel line for cracks
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Re: Chainsaw Help

Postby Wakulla Bill » Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:48 pm

Eugene wrote:If not a humorous post.

:) :Dito:
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Re: Chainsaw Help

Postby Dennis » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:29 pm

I think the chain might be full of crap and need cleaning ;)
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Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:47 pm

this is not the first site I have seen this picture on.
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Re: Chainsaw Help

Postby Barnyard » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:09 pm

Try bending your knees a little more and keep your back straight. Also keep your fingers closer together for a better grip and less muscle strain. It you get it started let us know where to send the get well card.

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Re: Chainsaw Help

Postby Bigschuss » Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:37 am

Ugh! The operator is breaking one of the 10 commandments of proper chainsaw use...."though shall not STIHL."

Get yourself a Jonsered or a Husky. That STIHL doesn't have enough grunt!
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Re: Chainsaw Help

Postby Steve Butram » Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:59 pm

Get yourself a Jonsered


I have a Jonsred power unit on a Cutters Edge vent saw. The Fire Fighters have pulled the starter rope out of it 3 times in the last month. I guess the physical fitness program is paying off :lol:

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Re: Chainsaw Help

Postby Bigschuss » Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:57 pm

Steve Butram wrote:
Get yourself a Jonsered


I have a Jonsred power unit on a Cutters Edge vent saw. The Fire Fighters have pulled the starter rope out of it 3 times in the last month. I guess the physical fitness program is paying off :lol:

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I actually don't own a Jonsered either. Got a Husky 350 and a Stihl 044...actually prefer the Stihl!

I see Rudi edited my post above....sorry Rudi. I thought that would be O.K. amongst us. Given the location of that chainsaw bar, "grunt" doesn't quite seem as funny as my reference.
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Re: Chainsaw Help

Postby Rudi » Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:32 pm

Personally it wasn't a problem ... I is NAVY trained. But ... well you know the rest of the story. Hope it is cool ,,,,,,,,
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Re: Chainsaw Help

Postby grumpy » Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:12 am

Check the muffler and make sure nothing built a nest and plugged it up. Also check the screen in the muffler and burn it off if it's plugging up. As far as the pic....Have someone else pull the cord. You can't get enough pull by pulling straight up. :headbang :headbang
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Re: Chainsaw Help

Postby Rudi » Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:53 pm

John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:this is not the first site I have seen this picture on.


I was pretty sure the hair do didn't match ... :bellylaugh:

You certainly got things stirred up a bit my friend. :wink:
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Re: Chainsaw Help

Postby gpcubboy » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:05 pm

Does it have a tank fuel filter on the fuel line? You can take a piece of wire and make a hook and fish it out and clean filter or replace also blow out fuel line while you are at it. I was at the parts counter at the small engine shop the other day guy with Stihl saw came in and asked them to order a carb. kit. The parts man said it is cheaper to replace with a new carb. than to buy the new kit now days.

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