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I am able to start the chainsaw. But when I give it gas the motor dies.

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The problem is that your carburetor needs to be cleaned and possibly rebuild it most likely has a little tiny piece of dirt on a point in the carb, if this doesnt help then try tuning the carburetor if that doesnt work try the air filter and when all of this does not work put the saw in for service at your local small engine repair shop

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