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Pull-cord will not retract.

Brand new 18" poulan chuckless chainsaw. Used 2 times & pull-cord will not retract. I remove the cover, rewind the cord, re-attach cover & pull to start. Over & over. Finally will start, however, the cord is dangling out in the wind as I attempt to use the saw. Not Safe. Curious as if there is a method of up-grade for this mechanism?
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  • jerry_jarvis Jan 24, 2009

    Cord will NOT Retract...cord does not get stuck.

  • dspear99ca Jan 26, 2009

    I've got the same problem on a Husky chainsaw. I took the whole pull cord mechanism apart, and for the life of me didn't really see how it works in the first place. Okay, yes, I understand the coil spring, but most other models I've worked on had some sort of "tab" thing on the rotating plastic piece that either hooks into the loop at the end of the spring or otherwise interacts with the spring.... on this one there doesn't appear to be anything. So, after managing to coil the spring back into place I put it all back together. Now the weird part. It worked fine after that. In my backyard of course. I started the saw several times, and this is a big saw that requires quite a few pulls to get it started. This weekend i took it out in the bush to get some firewood and... you guessed it... one pull and it wouldn't go back in. I've heard that sometimes these recoil mechanisms look fine but aren't. I'm not sure which parts I need to replace, I'm off to the local dealer today and see if they can enlighten me. Why is it that chainsaws always start in the backyard when you don't need them?

  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 18" Poulan Chain Saw the rewinder will not release after being pulled. Greg

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Pull the cord cover off the top of engine,check to see if there are any cracks in the plastic cover ,cord coil,or any trash that may have gotten stuck.Most of the companies are using plastic parts that have a tendency to break or crack, this can cause the cord/rope to get stuck.

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I had the same problem and solved it with some lubricant. The screw on the pulley over tightens when you pull the cord and does not release the pulley. Add some oil to the center of the pulley and it should prevent the screw from tightening.

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If you put a longer cord on it , then it will not retract as far and get stuck.

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  • Thomas F. Schneider Jan 24, 2009

    It is stuck in the out position right now. It does not retract. Stuck.

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