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Husqvarna Chain Saw Rope Pulls Very Hard, what is the cause?????????

Rope pulls very hard and makes starting difficult. I thought maybe the spark arrester was plugged, but I removed the muffler and it still pulled hard, but it pulls easy when spark plug is removed. What can be causing this problem????????

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  • Anonymous Oct 23, 2008

    I have a stihl chain saw and if is very hard to pull the crank cord. i have checked a few things like remove the spark plug , and it pulled easy so i know that the pull cord is ok. the model # is 026. thanks

  • dbowhunter71 Dec 21, 2008

    my 55 rancher is very hard to pull when cold , pulls easy with plug removed

    any solutions?

  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2009

    I have an older Husky 271 (before decompression valves) with the same problem. It seems almost locked up until I pull the plug and then it pulls easy. A squirt of WD-40 into the cylinder before reinstalling the spark plug seems to help somewhat. Once it starts, it has lots of power.

    I am wondering about the valves? I assume this has a leaf type valve?

  • -RC- Mar 18, 2009

    Husky 55 Rancher is very hard to pull over with the starter cord and has been like this since new. Is there a design problem or a fix available? Taking it to a shop did not cure the problem. RUPE

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Very hard to pull card took spart plug out card pull ed easy.


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Has it always done this or has it developed?
Some saws have a decompression button to make it easier to pull over.

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    powerman345kv Nov 11, 2013

    doesnot have a decompression button


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Also check you starter pulley center pivot for excessive wear.

Most saws without a compression release requires more effort to start that is why they have a foot hold built into the handle. You slowly pull engine over to top of compression stroke and give good pull while holding it down with your foot.

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Turn the switch ON, leave the choke OFF, and hold the trigger wide open. Start the saw and allow it to run at full throttle until it clears out all unburnt fuel and has good throttle response. If you need further assistance reply to this post with the make and model of the saw and I will be happy to help.

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