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Fix bar brake on homelite timberman 45

Brake is not releasing

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  • sdk481954 Nov 23, 2008

    brake band seems to tight

  • freesteamin Feb 04, 2009

    My Homelite Timberman, 4 yrs old, lightly used, is having the same problem. Was working fine then all of a sudden the brake bound up and wouldn't release. I've taken the mechanism apart and can see why it's binding but so far I can't figure out exactly what is broken or how to fix it. I am also considering just pulling out the brake band and using it without the brake. Never had one before on all the saws I've used for the past 45 years and haven't had a problem yet. My saw also continuously leaks bar oil slowly when not in use so I'm not too happy with this saw.



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It's a design flaw in timberman chain saws. After some hours of use, they develop a bad habit of not releasing the clutch drum completely. And that takes precious power away from the saw. If it becomes too tight, the clutch drum may over heat and cause the plastic enclosure to warp or melt down. After messing with this brake for months, I ended up completely removing it. Replacing it was not an option for me - there was nothing to replace - it is not the brake band that's bad, but the mechanism in the brake handle of this saw that is flawed. Overall, this chainsaw is very cheaply built - Homelite used waaaay too much plastic in it!

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If the plastic ***'s that hold the spring perfect are worn buy a new body or run without the brake

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Remove the parts to reach the brake mechanism..Check the parts(band brake,spring and others).See if they are in good conditions(tighten or broken).Try to find out how the brake mechanism works.Wish you luck.

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