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How can I set the proper air/gas ratio on homelite 10618A chain saw?

My Homelite 10618A won't crank. It will only if I take the plug out and then put a little gas in the chamber, put the plug back and crank it. It will go for a moment or two and then die. Any suggestion for adjustment?

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GENTLY turn the air/gas mixture screws in all the way, then turn them out one and a quarter (1 1/4) turns out. The saw should start. Adjust from there. If the saw doesn't start, the fuel isn't getting from the tank to the carburetor or the carb is gummed up and needs rebuilding!

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I recommend to any of you that have small 18" or less, homelite, poulan, McCullough, etc., is to pick up the saw and empty out fuel and oil and walk over to your nearest trash can, lift the lid and throw the garbage in where it belongs. Even the manufacturer's know they are garbage , because on the manufacturer's paperwork it says theses saws were made for light duty and a maximum of 150 hours of use.

150 hours is four weeks of use or a few months of weekend use.
My strategy lately is to have one real saw for heavy work..a Stihl 750 with 36" bar, which has worked faithfully for 30 years with virtually no maintenance from me.

For my sanity, I gave up on those small gas saws and switched to electric saws....and I love them. No noise, no friggin pulling the starter cord for 3000 pulls no trying to figure out is it the gas or oil or fuel mix or H or L buttons...and whatever. One moving part...a motor..that's it.

I'm getting so used to the light weight and no problems and quietness, I only use my Stihl for extreme trees that are 3 foot thick or more. I even use the electric saw for deep in woods use by carting into the woods a small generator to plug the saw into.

Simplify'll be a lot happier. By the way, some electrics are better than other's. I've used craftsmen and Remington because they are really cheap ( like 70 dollars) and occasionally I have fried the plastic teeth off the "clutch" teeth when I get a blade stuck, but I just order three or four extra and get them online and I'm back in business in minutes. I hear Stihl and Echo make a good electric saw, which costs quite a bit more and maybe they have metal teeth and don't have that one problem I have with the cheap electric saws...but I'll take that small problem any day over those highly unreliable small 2 cycle chain "broke" saws

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