Question about Chainsaws

1 Answer

Sears 18" chainsaw i just finished cutting some wood and went back to cut some more the chain does not move I took the cover off and tried turning the sprocket thing it doesnt move this saw is only a few months old I thought I could see if I could fix it before I took it back cos it may be a week or two before it would be repaired and I need firewood any suggestions would be appreciated Tom

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.

    Scholar:

    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

  • Expert
  • 49 Answers

Assuming you can pull the starter cord and the engine turns freely (e.g. engine not frozen due to improper fuel mixture), check for debris near the clutch wheel.  Also, loosen the bar tension screw to see if the chain and clutch can move.
If you pull the starter cord and the chain moves, your clutch may either be jammed in the engaged position or may have gone out.
Make sure that you don't have the chain tension too tight and that you always have plenty of bar oil.

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

When go to cut engine is runnig but chain stops when touch the tree


Hi Pam:
Using chain saws takes a bit of getting used to, and it can be DANGEROUS.
- The chain must be sharp to be able to cut properly, and a sharp chain "bites" into the wood.
- Before you touch the chain into the wood, you have to speed up the engine. This takes some getting used to.
- Try this technique: With the chain about an inch above where you want to cut, squeeze the throttle about half way so the chain is spinning. Touch the chain to the wood and increase the engine speed as the chain starts to cut. The harder you cut, the more power you need to apply.
After a while it gets to be second nature.
Work Safe, and get an experienced friend to help with some "hands on" coaching.
Cheers.

Nov 26, 2015 | Poulan Pro 42CC 2 Cycle Chainsaw, 18"

5 Answers

What would cause a new chain saw not to cut


Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but it sounds like you are saying your chainsaw is newer and runs fine, but it just isn't cutting wood well?

If that is the case then it means the chain wasn't sharpened correctly. Lots of guys do it at home and don't file down the raker teeth in front of the cutter heads, so the teeth don't grab into the wood and just nibble at the wood and make fine sawdust. It is always best to get the chain sharpened at a saw shop first so you can get an idea of the correct angles and depth of the rakers etc. After that you can try to match the saw shop for a while with a round file to take off ragged edges unless you have a decent professional saw sharpening unit.

Nov 03, 2014 | Poulan Wild Thing 2375 18" Gas Chain Saw...

2 Answers

42cc 18 inch craftsman chainsaw model 358-351910-18. Saw runs great at idle or while not cutting wood, when starting to cut wood just after the entire bar gets into the wood engine bogs down and chain...


Generally this is a fuel / air ratio problem. Usually it can be solved by a carb adjustment. On the carb there are usually two screws, one marked low or L , the other marked high or H. Low is your adjustment for idle mixture, high is for mixture at full throttle. The saw should Always be adjusted to run well during the cut. Make adjustments a little at a time, then try The saw. Continue small adjustments untill the saw is performing well at full throttle while Cutting.

Aug 09, 2011 | Poulan Pro Chain Saw 46cc 20"

1 Answer

McCulloch ES335 electric chainsaw whilst cutting a fallen tree into pieces The saw made a load click like sound when restarted and them the engine run but no movement on the chain. I took off the cover and...


In front of the handle on top of the saw is a hand guard. If in the course of cutting wood you hit it or pushed it forward, it will lock up the chain drive system. It should pull back towards the handle until it again clicks to release the chain. It's designed to lock up the chain drive and stop the chain when the saw kicks back.

Feb 10, 2011 | McCulloch 16 In 4.5 Hp Electric Chainsaw...

1 Answer

My chainsaw will not quit vibrating while im cutting wood?


This could be a number of issues, if it has an anti vibration system is this in good shape ( with the saw stopped, hold the rear handle, now try to move the engine unit seperate to the rear handle, does it readily touch/ rattle against the fuel tank , if so the anti vibration rubbers/springs are worn or broken and will require replacment, the engine unit should not readily move independant to the top/rear handle if this happens you will get all the vibration from the engine)
Cutting chain condition can also increase vibration, blunt/incorrectly sharpened chains will cause over loading due to operator pushing the saw too hard and creating contact of the engine unit to the handle system ( replace the cutting chain ), saw running rich due to blocked air filter ( clean the filter )

Feb 07, 2011 | Poulan Pro 42CC 2 Cycle Chainsaw, 18"

1 Answer

When I finished cutting up a pile of wood, the saw


"Sound" happy? Was it a rattle IN the engine? Or are you just cleaning where the chain and clutch/sprocket and bar are? There's usually 2 nuts that hold that cover on and an adjustment screw for chain tension facing forward. If it's a newer model that has a kick back/brake on it, it might just be that you have to pull the handle back to release the brake. It's a band that goes around the clutch (inside the cover).

May 12, 2010 | Chainsaws

1 Answer

Poulan Pro 42cc Just Won't Cut It


The chain is directional, only cuts one way. If a new chain won't cut, it must be on backwards.

Apr 27, 2009 | Poulan Pro 42CC 2 Cycle Chainsaw, 18"

2 Answers

Ryobi 14 inch electric chainsaw won't cut with new chain


Hi Rossmac,

Both the smoke and it's lack of cutting ability are symptoms of the same problem. The Chain is dulled. Instead of cutting, it's just rubbing on the wood and heating up. It's also not a big deal to fix..

Your options are:
  • Replace the Chain
  • Have the Chain sharpened
  • Sharpen it yourself
To sharpen it yourself, you will need a narrow round file that will fit inside the Chain teeth. Each tooth has a two cutting edges, get the file a position that matches the tooths angle of attack. Don't over do, three to five swipes of the file should do it on each surface.

You will see they alternate directions. You may find it easier to do all the teeth in one direction (skipping every other tooth) then do the other direction. Up to you.

When you are done, check the level of your chain oil. Since it did get hot, you might manually oil the chain before trying out your handi-work.

Go cut some wood.
Mike

Dec 21, 2008 | Ryobi 18-inch Electric Chainsaw Chain Saws

3 Answers

Poulan Wood Shark Chainsaw - wood smoking. Is chain on backwards?


I cannot tell you about a picture, but for one: chain direction, the bottom of the bar is where the cutting takes place, and therefore, looking at the chain, you will see, on the bottom, the antikick back link is sort of curved, and then the next part is the straight tooth. The highest part of this straight tooth is the sharp edge, and this high part should face towards the motor. The chain, on the bottom side of the bar, is pulled in towards the motor by the clutch/gear. That is your direction of travel.

As to cleaning the air filter, Hopefully you have access to compressed air, as in simply blowing off the dirt. You do not want to use liquid cleaner. Simply blow off any dirt, after pulling the filter away from the carburetor, of course. Then place it back in place.

It may be that your chain is real dull. The top edge of the high part of the flat tooth needs to be sharp. And the outside corner needs to come to a nice point. Remember, there is two cutting surfaces on each tooth, the top is cutting down into the wood, and also that outside sharp corner is openning the cut for the bar to pass through. Proper sharpening, if new to it, can be hard to grasp. Any chainsaw manual should show how to do a good job.

Nov 16, 2008 | Poulan Pro Chain Saw 46cc 20"

Not finding what you are looking for?
Chainsaws Logo

Related Topics:

320 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Chainsaws Experts

Jim Parker
Jim Parker

Level 3 Expert

1040 Answers

EugenesDIYDen
EugenesDIYDen

Level 3 Expert

479 Answers

Phil Walker
Phil Walker

Level 3 Expert

602 Answers

Are you a Chainsaw Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...