Originally Posted by dahammer
If it doesn't die, then it's getting fuel, so I agree with StihlMechanic, it's probably an issue with the choke. Could also be a badly clogged air filter, which would cut off the air supply like the choke. But if you put the filter back in after you get it running and it continues to run fine, that's not the problem either.
The air filter wasn't clogged when I pulled it and used a shot of carb cleaner to get it running. I'll start down the line
of checking the choke.