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How do you put on a new starter rope on a poulan# 306a chainsaw

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I'm guessing the pull rope is broken.

First you'll need a C-clamp large enough to clamp the spooler, needle-nosed pliers, a small tipped screw driver and a new length of rope.

The safest way is to remove the rewind assy. cover leaving the spooler in place in its housing, try to remove the old rope with the
needle-nosed pliers and small tipped screw driver.

Next hand spin the spoiler to achieve spring tension (about 5 or 6 revolutions) and using the C-clamp to hold it in place, attempting to lineup the knot recess in the spooler with the ropes exit hole on the cover.

Then you can try to fish the new rope into the hole in the knot recess trying to guide it to the exit hole in the cover (its easier to feed the rope if you singe the end of the rope with a bic lighter and form it to a point) and with a small knot at the other end, pull the rope all the way until you can seat the knot into the knot recess.

Next tie a loop knot onto the other end of the rope, so the end wont be recoiled all the way into the housing. With tension on the rope gently remove the C-clamp and let the rope be drawled in.

If it draws all the way to the loop knot, check to see if the spooler is full if so, (not too full where its binding) pull the rope about a foot and re-clamp the spoiler and install the pull handle.

If it does not draw all the way to the loop knot and the spooler is not full, then you may need to add another revolution to the spring tension in the same fashion as described above.

There are easier ways, but that evolves removal of the spooler and repacking the recoil spring. (not a job for a novice)

Good luck

Posted on Mar 11, 2009


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