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My poulin chain saw wont run

My chain saw is getting fire so i went to the gas i cleaned the tank i changed the filter i changed the lines i adjusted carb and it still acts like it is starving for gas and wont run

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  • cdbowlin Mar 02, 2009

    it will run as long as you keep pouring gas into the carberater

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Can you get it to run at all? if not pull it a few times and check if the plug is wet. Let me know

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