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Need help with chainsaw!
Mar 9th, 2022 at 5:30pm
 
Rope hard to pull in fact almost impossible to pull.Took spark plug out n Rope pulls easily...flywheel turns easy. Sprayed carb cleaner into spark plug hole. No decompression valve. It's a stihl 036.
Any suggestions?
Thanks....Bill in Yankton South Dakota
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Re: Need help with chainsaw!
Reply #1 - Mar 9th, 2022 at 8:12pm
 
Take the plug out and pull a few times to get the liquid stuff out of the cylinder. Or your plug is too long.
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Reply #2 - Mar 10th, 2022 at 9:19am
 
Correct plug is in. Even if I unscrew plug halfway out..still hard to pull.  Did drain any fluid out.
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Reply #3 - Mar 12th, 2022 at 7:59am
 
Normal questions:
1: New gas? (High test/ non-ethanol) w/ correct oil/gas ratio
2: Switch on?
3: Break off?
4: already stated: Correct Plug

Yes, you should use high test for 2 cycle engines. If can only get with Ethanol, then use an Ethanol killer. The Ethanol will dilute the oil and burn the cylinder. Also, good idea to use a gas extender like Stabil.

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Reply #4 - Mar 12th, 2022 at 11:14am
 
Number 2...... With my brand new Husky, 20 some thing years ago, I tried for a while to get it started after bringing it home..... It really helps to have the switch in the on position.......

I have a Stihl, and can never seem to get it started....

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Reply #5 - Mar 12th, 2022 at 2:01pm
 
robo_hippy wrote on Mar 12th, 2022 at 11:14am:
It really helps to have the switch in the on position.robo hippy


Comforting to know I am not the only one.

Neighbor asked me if I would install a new carb assembly on her old Echo string trimmer. Two bolts and a little playing with other parts in the way. Hardest part was replacing the fuel lines that required the fuel tank seal be replaced.

All finished and would not start. Half an hour of trouble shooting and realized the switch was off. Fired and ran on the second pull. This just happened two days ago.
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Reply #6 - Mar 12th, 2022 at 3:28pm
 
Switch is in on position.
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Reply #7 - Mar 12th, 2022 at 11:01pm
 
Bill, you've got a puzzle if I read correctly...rope impossible to pull with plug in or half way out, but pulls easily with plug out.  I don't think that is an issue with ethanol gas or the switch being on/off, or even the chain brake.  I'd ask on one of the chainsaw forums...some pretty smart guys there on chainsaw issues.
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Reply #8 - Mar 13th, 2022 at 7:09am
 
Bill, install the correct plug, don't connect plug wire, and try it.
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Reply #9 - Mar 15th, 2022 at 5:56pm
 
Sounds like the case is saturated with fuel. Try taking the spark plug out and take a compressor and blow into the cylinder while slowly pulling the cord…. That will clear things out and reduce compression at start up.
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Reply #10 - Mar 15th, 2022 at 7:02pm
 
Is this your first time with the saw, or a sudden problem that arose after you last used it?  Chain saws are hard to pull, especially without a compression release.
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Reply #11 - Mar 18th, 2022 at 5:53pm
 
Could we get an update Bill?
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Reply #12 - Mar 30th, 2022 at 4:33pm
 
Turns out my arm got really weak after I crushed my collar bone which is glued n screwed.  Took saw to neighbor n it started up just fine.
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Reply #13 - Mar 30th, 2022 at 5:41pm
 
Sorry to hear about the accident, hope you are feeling better and glad the mystery is solved.  I find the Stihl I purchased a few years ago is getting more challenging to pull some times, and it has compression release.  The newest is some sort of easy spring that is tensioned by pulling the rope and in turn turns the motor over. An eye opener, but of course can't be added to an existing saw.

What the heck is the past tense of wind, anyway?
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Reply #14 - Mar 30th, 2022 at 5:44pm
 
Darned verb got me again, didn't it.  Wind is something that moves dead leaves around the yard.

If today a wind up a piece of rope, tomorrow I can say yesterday I _______ up a piece of rope.

Yes, throughout all my years of education I favored math and science over english.

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