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Chainsaw cuts out a few seconds running

It's a craftsman saw, starts ok but cuts out when I press the trigger.

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  • Ron Z Nov 15, 2011

    I have the same problem, any solutions?

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  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    Been stored for a year maybe more. It starts but will only run at idle. Saw shuts off when increasing fuel to start cutting.



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Hi frado
check the fuel lines,make adjustment to the carb,set the T ,check the fuel filter.Inside the carb,at the fuel pump side there is a screen,carefully clean it.Hope theese help.

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What do you meqan by "set the T"

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