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Chainsaw chain won't move on 16" Homelite bar

I have a Homelite UT10926 16" chainsaw. The motor runs but the chain doesn't move on the bar. The chain is not too tight. I took the bar and chain off and the axle the chain runs on will not turn - it appears seized. I couldn't even turn it with pliers. I was using the chainsaw and all was working fine. I stopped to refuel and add barchain oil. When I went to restart the problem occurred out of the blue. Any thoughts?

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  • rusikj Mar 28, 2009

    My chain won't move - it seems to be the drive axle. If I really goose the engine, it turns, but there's no power to the chain since it's fighting just to turn the axle. I have engaged and disengaged the chain brake a number of times, so that's not the problem

  • Anonymous May 03, 2009

    Holy Shnikees ! I have the same problem with the chain not moving, and I am pretty sure the clutch brake was probably engaged as I had it on th ground to cut small plants right at the base...... Thanks

  • vej1966 May 10, 2009

    Me too... same problem... brake always engaged. I can pull the brake handle toward me and it will free the tension on the flywheel but won't stay there... without a manual I'm lost... I'm thinking of removing the braking band instead of getting a Stihl (which I may do anyway)... ever since going Chinese, Homelite isn't what it use to be...

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    Chain fail to turn whilst motor is still running then stops and fails to restart

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    gas not getting to carburetor



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Sounds like th clutch brake is engaged. Try Pushing firmly foward on the hand guard in front of the handle. It should click to release the clutch brake.
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  • Dave Vuckovich Sep 15, 2014

    Ithink the lever should be pushed towards the rear fo the saw. It is a kick back safety device. Kick back happens when the tip of the bar kicks up sending the bar towards the operator. This lever will then contact the operator's forarm stopping the chain


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One solution you should all be aware of, especially with electric chainsaws is the automatic oiler. The oil is pushed into a hole in the rear of the bar where the chain picks up the oil and carries it around the bar lubricating the chain. Sawdust can accumulate in the oil hole till you can't get oil in it anymore. When the chain starts to get dry it gets hotter and hotter and starts burning up what lubrication is left on the chain. As this happens the chain gets tighter and tighter because it no longer flexes like it did when it was lubricated and can actually shrink and get so tight it locks up the chain. Loosen your bar and the chain, take the bar off and clean out the oil holes. Run it until the chain gets re-lubed then re-tighten the chain back to optimal tention.

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