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Sounds like it could be seized. Have you been running it on the correct fuel and oil mix? Clutches are centrifugal, so only work when the saw is running, so it wouldn't effect the starting. You would have to have the chain brake on and for the clutch springs to have gone in order for that to effect the saw starting.
Department store saws are usually built by another company that make saws of their own brand. They build a saw to sell for a lower price the department store wants. Find a shop that services chain saws and take your saw there.
Not had a lot to do with Echo, but have always heard good reports, for smoke to come from the clutch cover the clutch would have to be slipping, either due to running with the chainbrake on, or useing with a very blunt chain. To make sure the brake is off, pull the hand guard fully back to the top handle.
There are vey few different makes of carb, Tillitson, Walbro, Zama are the main manufacturers, take the make and model from the carb and approach any good chainsaw shop. they should carry most popular diaphrams.
Here's some basics.. a typical gas oil mix is 40:1 to 50:1... in that range you'll be fine. Also clean the air filter, check the fuel filter and clean and/or replace the spark plug. If the gas has been in it for a while... clean it out...It may run fine for a bit,but it will most likely be harder to start, and eventually gum up the carb and lines and foul the spark plug. so if you got those things cleaned and serviced.. you should be pretty good to go..
Starting helps: 1. close the choke and prime with the prime bulb if it's got one, then pull it thru a couple of times until you hear it try to unsuccessfully start. 2. Set the choke 1/2 way and pull it again, it should start and once it builds up a bit of pressure in the gas tank, you can set the choke to off and you're up and runnin'.
I couldn't find any model info for you, but a local saw/lawnmower shop should be able to dial in parts for you.
A model and serial would have been helpful,
Reset Chain Brake by Dolfoff Please follow this link, http://www.fixya.com/support/t3102817-re_install_side_cover_after_chain Cursor down to “Best Solution”, while there click the “Was this helpful? [Yes]” button If you do not have a vise a large C clamp to a work surface might work, you may still need a block or two of wood.
If the Chain brake and front hand guard are not part of the clutch cover, many say a crescent wrench works as a reset tool. In the clutch cover it is the uppermost left component. It wull require some amount of force. Lou
Use a quality 2 cycle oil and mix it to the OIL supplier's recommended ratio. Today I use Stihl 2 cycle oil mixed @ 50:1 in a Pioneer that I purchased new in 1980. There are no gouges or scratches on the piston or cylinder and I have no carbon build up on the piston top. The manual (on stone tablets) recommends 24:1. Over the years the mixture has leaned from 24:1 (Saw Recommendation) to 28:1 (Lawn boy mower recommendation) to 32:1 (Oil provider 8oz/2gal - used for many years) and finally the last 5 (±) years 50:1 (Stihl 2.6oz/1gal)
Any fuel containing ethanol is not good with chainsaws. Mix what you expect to use within a few months. Anything over 3 months old use up in a 4 cycle engine. HTH
hi cindilou50 check the oil filter from the oil tank,the oil line ,the worm gear and the oiler under the clutch.Clean the ways where the oil goes with compresed air.(after you fill out the oil tank)Also check the oil hose.