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I have a 2550 poulan and it use to start on one pull but now takes a while and will only run until it gets hot and sometimes kills after releasing trigger

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  • josh1111 May 11, 2010

    have you tried to adjust the carb yet ? it may be internal damage how old is the saw?

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Yea I used to start that way to, but after time we all need proper maintenance try your filters & a new plug might help.

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