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Old 04-10-2003, 10:26 PM
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Robert Doubrava Robert Doubrava is offline
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Chainsaw won't start...

I'm working on an OLD chainsaw, motor was made in the 1950's; you can tell it's old! It's pretty good in size, has a 24" bar now. I had it running awhile back, now it won't start. It has spark. I cleaned up the points/condenser and checked with a spark tester, works great. The carb might be the problem, but I don't know. It will pop and sputter and try to crank over, but it doesn't stay running. Any help???????????


My truck:

1970 Chevrolet C20

My equipment:

1984 22" Yazoo BigWheel 5hp B&S I/C
1993 38" Craftsman rider 12.5hp B&S I/C
2004 Craftsman 17" gas weed-wacker
2004 Craftsman gas blower
1982 Trim-All edger 2hp B&S
1990's Stihl 009L, 14" bar
1964 McCulloch 250, 20" bar
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Old 04-10-2003, 10:39 PM
Randy J Randy J is offline
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I had a similar problem with an old Homelite. It turned out to be the fuel line. It was old, rotten, and was letting in a bunch of air. If that's not it, you might try the fuel sock down in the gas tank. I finally gave up on mine and bought a modified Husky 372. Man will that saw cut! Best move I ever made.

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Old 04-11-2003, 01:03 AM
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Bob Minney Bob Minney is offline
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I think those old 2 strokes had a reed type carb on them. Ive loaned out my old saw book from the early 70s so I cant even get you any pics right now. Best bet is to try the guys at arbor site.
If that doesn't work let me know make/model and I'll track down my book to get you more info
If you want people to notice your faults, start giving advice.
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Old 04-12-2003, 10:03 PM
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Check the crank case for leaks . if it has some run a bead of gasket black on the surface . wait an hour and let it rip. remember 2 strokes need sealed crank cases to draw fuel.
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