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With the chain off the device, I start the engine

With the chain and bar off the device, I start the engine and the gear that turns the chain doesn't move. Used the saw twice for an hour or so, then it froze.
I put bar oil in and the correct fuel mix.

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Is the Chain brake engaged? It's the plastic "guard " in front of your left hand.

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Pull the hand guard back towards the handle to release chain brake

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