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Poulan 2600 chainsaw

Chain tightens up and bogs saw down imediately after starting. New bar and chain. New sprocket and bearing. New oiler last year. I took the bar and chain off and started it. It seems to be getting plenty of oil. The chain doesn't seem to be binding on the sprocket or in the bar.

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  • dbkribbs Oct 15, 2008

    no chain brake on this model

  • dbkribbs Oct 16, 2008

    any other ideas

  • dbkribbs Oct 16, 2008

    no, it isn't new. I bought it used. it isn't the wild thing. it is a poulan model 2600 45cc clean burn. The chain oiler works fine but the chain acts as though it get short. I set it so there is about half the thickness of the chain rides in the bar. when I start it it runs around the bar fine. 2 minutes later it is tight. I try loosening the chain and it does exactly the same thing. I just cut a tri axel load of firewood with it and it ran fine. I changed the sprocket and put a new bar and chain on it and now I have this. I have tried 3 different chains and bars. They are all the right part for the saw.

  • dbkribbs Oct 21, 2008

    sprocket is correct. part number matches the one one the parts list. I bought it from a poulan dealer. It looks just like the one I replaced. Saw is for sale as a parts saw. I cant figure it out either.

  • xy2000 Nov 03, 2008

    I have a similar problem. I own a Poulan 18" wild thing. I just put a new chain on it and found that it is tightening and bogging down the engine. In fact I will start cutting and the engine will start to bog down, to the point my chain will stop. So I stop check the chain and it is so tight that I can not move it. My saw has all original parts except a new bar and chain. If I can not fix the problem I will have to purchase another chain saw.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    End bearing and chain feed seized.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    oil leaking down bye chain sproket on final drive/

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    seems that maybe the brake lever may have to be reset

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Check and make sure you have the correct sprocket.is your chain .325,3/8?sprocket has to match as well as chain and bar

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Sounds like the chain brake may be causing it.

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  • Jim Oct 16, 2008

    It must be very old cause all chain saws made in the last several years have a chain brake that prevents injury if the saw "kicks back". Is it the Wild Thing model?

  • Jim Oct 16, 2008

    This is becomming a challenge! Does it bog down without the chain? Measure the bar from the sprocket before and after it bogs down. Has it moved? Maybe the tension adjuster is defective. Maybe it's haunted. Halloween is near.

    Good luck!

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