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460 Husquvarna Chainsaw

I just bought two of these. I had a difficult time removing the clutch cover. I followed the instructions putting the bar and chain on. When putting the clutch cover back on the metal ring inside of it will not fit over the clutch brake or what ever it is. I can't tighten the bar down. I am pretty discouraged but know I must have done something wrong. I would so appreicate your help. Thanks, John

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  • Anonymous Oct 11, 2008

    How do you release the brake ring so that it will fit (inside?) of the clutch sproket? Once you have the cover off it is difficult (maybe a special tool is needed) to reinstall the cover. Thanks

  • swaff Oct 15, 2008

    You cant release the brake if the cover is already off!! My old husqvarna, the brake handle is on the clutch cover so you can prevent this problem. on my 455 I'm in the same boat as you guys, I might have to take it to a saw shop. thanks

  • Anonymous Jan 23, 2009

    I've done this a long time ago (pulling off the cover with the brake engaged) and the above solution fixed it. However, my helper did this with the new 460 we got. When I tried to hand press the cover into the brake lever to release it, it just rounded the plastic catch mechanism, as it didn't get in deep enough for full purchase. I then removed the brake hande from the saw and used it to release the brake and reassembled the whole thing. Fixed.



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I have a 340 Huskuvarna but experienced the same problem. It must be a common Husky problem because when I called their tech support the lady told me exactly what to do. So your first solution is to call tech support and they will talk you thru it. Basically though... after you have your bar and chain on. Put you brake handle forward (brake ON postion). Put your cover on, bar nuts on loosely and get the brake part engaged with the cover plate. It doesn't look right at this point. The cover will be crooked/cocked with the front part on and the back part over the clutch off. Then push down on the back part as you pull the brake handle into the off position.

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I get this too
pull the front hand guard / brake bar,
the one your left hand would hit if the chain caught a spike or bucked,
back towards the handle, this should release brake shoes, and the clutch should fit

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Confirming almostbob there. The anti kick back feature in full extension is causing the misaligment. so just pull back the protruding bar at the front of the saw, and the clutch should click right into place when you are reassembling the clutch.


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