Question about Poulan Pro 16-Inch 38 cc Anti-Vibration Chainsaw #PP3516AVX

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Will not start - brand new

I put the chain saw together as instructed. I added the oil and the premix of oil and gas. Followed the instructions including the choke and pulls. I pulled the spark plug to see if it was fouled. It wasn't. Just need to be sanded down a bit. I even thought it was flooded and pulled the cord with the trottle off. Not even a hint of starting up.

I am baffled!! Its brand new.

Can you help me?


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Make sure carb is receiving gas. With saw cold prime 6x's pull out choke no throttle pull cord should turn over once then turn off choke and pull cord no throttle. This should work.

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I bought a new dirtbike as a kid n same turned out ,it needed to be a synthedic oil in the mix.try seeing for spark to begin with by putting sparkplug in the wire n touching diode to the engine block while pulling the cord.thats a good starting point to diagnosing your problem.maybe try warming it up in the house then try starting it with no choke needed.the saws i ve used needed you to give it throttle after you pull,n no throttle with choke.

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