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HOW TO TAKE THE MAGNITO OFF OF A 306A POULAN CHAINSAW

I NEED TO GET TO THE STARTER ROPE TO REPLACE IT, BUT THE MAGNITO HAS TO COME OFF FRIST

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  • samsno12 Mar 11, 2009

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    HAVE YOU EVER TRYED ORDER TREE .COM FOR POULAN? THEY DO HAVE A DIAGRAM OF THE POULAN 306A CHAINSAW. I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO TAKE THE FLY WHEEL OFF TO GET TO THE STARTER ROPE

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I can't find your model number at Poulanpro.com but in all the chainsaws that I have worked on the starter rope comes in the cover which is held on by usually 4 or so screws. I suggest that you go to the site I listed and look at the 42 CC engine (they have a parts manual for it) before removing anything else. Let me know if I can help further.

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  • David Ford
    David Ford Mar 12, 2009

    I didn't know about that site but I looked and the schematic was not that clear about what is holding the flywheel on. I would have to assume it is a hex nut possibly left hand thread that would need to be removed and take a screwdriver and run it around the edge of the flywheel trying to find the magnetic side. If you can then I have put the screwdriver under that side and taken a hammer and "TAPPED" on the opposite side while applying little pressure on the driver and usually that pops them off. Carefully look before attempting this. I wish I had more but the Poulan site like I said doesn;t list this saw.

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