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What to check when chainsaw chain won't move freely?

I was using a Husqvarna 440 chainsaw and ran into some trouble. I managed to get it stuck in a log. Once I got it out I had to adjust the chain tension, but then everything was OK again. A few ...
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Can I use oil+gas in a mower? [duplicate]

I have a new chainsaw and an old lawnmower, both gas powered. I need to use a 50:1 mix of gas and oil in the chainsaw. If I mix this is my gas can and don't use it all, can I use it in the mower as ...
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Filing chainsaw chain at 10° to provide the ripping function?

I have been unable to find a ripping chain for my chain saw (70 drive links, pitch .325" LP, gauge 0.043") and the chain saw distributor confirmed there are none available. However, they ...
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Chainsaw chain replacement

I need to replace my chainsaw chain. The specs of the original chain are .058” gauge .325”pitch drive links 76 Semi-chisel chain. The closest to the specs I can find locally, differ, the drive links ...
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Can anyone tell me what this tool is?

I work for the Forest service and this strange tool just showed up. Can't figure out what it is. Maybe a saw chain measuring tool or tree sight?,
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Makita EA7900P Chainsaw Carburetor Fuel Lines

Replacing carburetor on chainsaw Makita EA7900P, I don't remember where each fuel line goes from the carburetor.
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Chain on chainsaw will not stay put

I bought 10 inch chainsaw to help cutting small branches. It worked great until the chair came off. I put back the chain on and adjusted to full tension but even in dry run test, the chain comes off. ...
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Specialty tool needed for Stihl muffler removal

I have a Stihl chainsaw MS 181 CB-E part number 1139-011-3012 and need to remove the muffler to check the spark arrestor. The bolts holding it on are either a proprietary or security head. Does anyone ...
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What percent adjustment is left for this chain saw bar?

Chain saw bar adjustment pin closeup. Is the short space at the top of this image the remaining amount left for adjustment? What percent of the range is left? What amount should the new setting have ...
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Can I use common vegetable oil (e.g. rapeseed/canola) for chain-and-bar lubrication in a chainsaw?

I have just acquired a small battery powered chainsaw (Makita DUC245), and would like to use an eco-friendly and skin-friendly chain oil if possible. Lots of sources suggest the possibility of using ...
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Husqvarna chainsaw will not idle but runs just fine

I have a Husqvarna 435 (not e version) rancher and it's a great saw. This is semi-related to home improvement I do see other posts like this here. I have the spline tool and I can adjust the high ...
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Mystery Part from Stihl Chainsaw

I opened the case of my Sthil MS311 chainsaw and found a recessed screw in the case, but I cannot find where it came from (saw wrench head for scale). It seems to be a something used to hold liquid, ...
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How do I determine if a small engine cylinder needs to be replacing? [closed]

I use a chainsaw used for cutting firewood for home heating and recently bought a broken saw with hopes of repairing it as a backup. The saw had very low compression and upon starting would race at ...
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Can you use a chain for an old sharp chainsaw on an echo chainsaw?

Can you use a chain for a sharp chainsaw on a echo chainsaw?
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Will a shorter bar increase my chainsaw's power significantly?

If I swap-on a 16", or 14", bar & chain onto my 42cc / 18"-OEM-bar chainaw, will I have a significant cut-power boost? I've been reading about everything related to chainsaws that I can find (and ...
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Husqvarna 235 Chainsaw Not Start

Husqvarna 235 chainsaw. Started easily, but would die before could use. Squirted one second blast of carburetor cleaner into spark plug hole. Now not start. There is spark. New plug, air and gas ...
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Should a chainsaw go dull so quickly?

I recently moved to a new home which had a lot of felled trees which needed to be bucked up into logs. I bought a 14" Husqvarna 967158004 to accomplish this. The shop I bought it from gave me a ...
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Diagnosing a non-starting chainsaw [Makita EA7300P / Dolmar DCS7301]

I have a chainsaw that won't start and I'm not particularly good at diagnosing the problem. I had something happen like this about four months ago. I drained the tank, put in fresh gas and it was ...
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Are chainsaw helmets meant to protect you from the saw, or just falling debris?

I'm trying to get the correct protective equipment for a chainsaw. I see helmets that look like this being sold for chainsaw use, but it's not clear if they are meant to protect your face from the ...
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What is the part called that chainsaw bar flange nuts screw into?

I have a Ryobi RY3716 chainsaw. I lost a bar flange nut and replaced it with a non-Ryobi part (something like this one). The new nuts didn't fit exactly, but I forced them on, causing damage. Now I ...
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Why is my chainsaw stalling?

The last time I used my chainsaw, It kept stalling. I could not keep it running. I had just used a new batch of gasoline with two-stroke engine oil added. As this was the only difference from the ...
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Safely felling elevated wooden structure?

How would you go about safely and quickly removing a wooden structure on four legs with a chainsaw, such as an elevated hunting blind? Here you can see a few examples of such structures. My idea was ...
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Best Way to Winterize a Chainsaw? [closed]

I've seen conflicting advice on how to winterize a chainsaw. One group says to run it dry, until there's no fuel left. The other group says to add StaBil to the fuel and run the engine to coat the ...
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How do you drain a carburetor?

Chainsaw manufacturers recommend "draining the carburetor" before putting the chainsaw into storage for a period of disuse. This would seem to be a good idea as otherwise the fuel could damage the ...
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Why does starter cord pull easily when spark plug is out? [closed]

I notice that when I remove the spark plug from my chainsaw the starter cord pulls easily. But when I install the spark plug, the cord is hard to pull. Why is this?
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How can I safely remove a large fallen tree?

I have a large tree that has fallen on my property, and it is currently supported on opposite ends, like this: The bulk of the tree that was beyond the fence, off to the right, was already ...
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Is it OK to use motor oil as bar oil in a chainsaw?

Someone told me that you can use motor oil in your chainsaw instead of bar oil. Is this a good idea? Will it cause problems over time?
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Why doesn't the chain fit over the saw bar? [closed]

The chain on a chainsaw I borrowed came off after I used it. I got in back on and it is tight but it will not go around the bar. It starts ok and the chain lock is not on. Why is this happening?
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Is there a proper amount of chainsaw tension

Is there a proper amount of tension I should keep the chain on my chainsaw? I currently like to have it more loose than tight. Thnx
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What is the best way to cut railway sleepers

Is it possible? Is the wood treatment of the sleepers affecting my equipment Tools in my possession: electric chainsaw, circular saw and an handsaw.
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Does the number of links of a chainsaw chain affect the sprocket?

How does the gauge of the chain effect the drive sprocket? I bought a new bar and chain, the pitch is .325, the sprocket is .325 and gauge is .063, but the number of links is 81 instead of 74. Will ...
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What would cause a chainsaw to only start when trigger is pulled? [closed]

I have a ~1yo Husqvarna chainsaw. It used to start on the first pull. Now it will only start if I'm also pulling the "trigger" that is used to run the chain. If I prime it, pull the choke, and pull ...
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What is the relative importance of cut-retardant safety gloves when using a chainsaw?

I am evaluating some cut-retardant gloves for use with a chainsaw. At first the idea of protecting my hands appealed to me, but later I couldn't really justify to myself why that purchase would make ...
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Hollowing out wood log for table

I'm planning to cut down either a pine or beech in the near future, as I heard that the fall/winter season is a good time to cut trees if you want to dry the wood quickly. After cutting a log the ...
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What should I check if my chainsaw fails to start?

My chainsaw stopped working and I've got a tree that fell and needs cut up. Does anybody have any idea what I can do to get my chainsaw started? I've done a bit of stuff on cars so I'm willing to try ...
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What could cause a chainsaw chain to stop moving?

I have a 40cc Craftsman 18" chainsaw, and was cutting and the chain stopped moving. Earlier it would rotate freely when I started it, even without pulling the trigger. Now it does not move at all. ...
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Can I repair a chain saw chain?

I have a chain saw (one of the ones for pruning trees) and the chain popped off. I went to put it back on but one of the teeth is damaged on the part that slides along the arm of the chain saw. It ...
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How do I put a hole in my chainsaw bar?

I have a Stihl chainsaw with the ROLLOMATIC E Standard 20" bar: I picked up a Granberg Clip-N-Trim attachment, to help it go through brush: The instructions say to bolt the comb to the bar. I see a ...
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Should I stop to hand-sharpen my chainsaw, or bring extra chains?

If I'm going to spend the day in the woods with the chainsaw, my chain will get dull before I'm done. Should I learn to hand-file the cutters, and sharpen in the woods? Or should I bring a spare ...
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Can I mix brands of chainsaw chains?

I have a Stihl 260 chainsaw, with a 3/8" chain and a 20" bar. What criteria do I need to apply when picking a second chainsaw chain?
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