Question about Husqvarna "Chain Saw - 16" Bar, 3 Hp

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Husky 55, will not hold momentum while cutting wood. It seems to labor but I have changed chains and even put on one of the new ones I have.

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Check that the air filter is clean and that the spark plug is clean with correct gap.

Also make sure the exhaust is clean, a clogged exhaust will provide poor power and also risks overheating the saw.

Make sure the oiler works properly and that you have correct chain tension.

Finally, make sure the carburetor is adjusted correctly. If you have no experience doing this I'd recommend you to learn from a professional how it is done, how it should sound and feel when it is correctly adjusted. Having the correct carb adjustment is extremely important in chainsaws.

Posted on May 24, 2009


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Own a 450 husky saw tool less and cut 4or5 blocks of wood chain completely loose im tighting goof buy loosens.

Hi Dale:
Here's the process that I use. Have a look and see if it works for you.
1) Slacken the nuts that clamp the bar to the saw.
2) Lift the tip of the bar and hold it up through the next 2 steps.. This will put the most slack to the chain.
3) Use the adjuster screw to tighten the chain until it will barely clear the groove when you lift it at the centre of the bar.
4) Still holding the tip up, tighten the nuts that you loosened at step 1.
Should work fine now.
Here's a tip. It never hurts to occasionally clean the bar and chain assembly. Dismantle it, keep the parts organized unless you know where they fit. Use solvent to loosen all the grunge. I like to use air to blast it all off.
The ONLY way a chain can loosen if the bar is solidly mounted is if the chain stretches or "wears". Make sure the chain oils system is functioning, and that the chain is properly sharpened so that it does not over-heat.
My old husky 266 just keeps running!

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New Homelite. Cut great for an hour, then the chain wouldn't grip or cut. Chain was loose so I tightened but still doesn't cut- just

The blade is no longer sharp, something not unusual after about an hour of cutting. How long a blade stays sharp depends on what type of wood you're cutting, whether the blade contacted the ground or anything other than wood at any time, and how hard you are working the bar through the wood. If you are cutting hardwood or something like railroad ties the lifespan of the blade is greatly reduced. You can easily sharpen the blade with a hand file or dremel tool with a chain saw blade kit on it or have the blade sharpened. Best practice is to have one or two extra blades so you can change them as they become dull.

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Husky 365 ihave just put a new chain on it cuts perfectly but every now and then the chain jams up with wood the end cog wont turn and I need to pull the chain off to freeit up, any idea's please?

make sure you clean your bar while chain is off..take a feeler gauge like .040 or so the bigger the better and slide it through the grove in the bar all the way around and pull all the crud out then make sure your oil holes in bar are cleaned out so oil will run through the holes into the groove in bar, also if you have an end sprocket in bar make sure it spins freely with chain off,could of been pinched one time or another along with bar, thats why you use a feeler gage to check out bar for being pinched while you are cleaning it out. good luck

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I have a efco 165 chainsaw and for no reason i will be cutting good clean wood and it will just go dull. there's no cut marks inside like it hit metal. it has been doing it since it was new.

It seems like they supplied the machine with an inferior standard chain, replace the chain with a good brand and see if that solves the problem. (Chain saws are not too fond of cutting dry wood, they do far better in wet, green wood).

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What is the longest bar i can go on my 455 rancher saw ?

Available power and the amount of oil may both be a limiting factors. Your oiler has a 3 position adjustment (as do most intermediate level Huskies) with 20" being the longest recommended. My 359 is virtually the same and I run a 24" Carlton bar on mine with no problem. If you opt for a longer bar let the saw determine cutting speed. Come on over, my bar and chain will fit your saw, try it before you buy it. If you have an acquaintance with a 24" small mount Husky bar that is probably a good idea. I would likely not recommend a 24" bar if regularly cutting Oak or a hard wood, I do a lot of Fir.

If you have more questions or need additional help please reply below and I will get back to you. HTH & Good Luck.
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I have a Husqvarna 55 and it will cut but not great. The chain will stop and the engine will bog even on full throttle. Is it the clutch?

Is your chain sharp? Sometimes you hit stuff in wood without realizing it and it dulls your chain, dirt, nails, trash, it's all bad for the chain. If you aren't getting enough oil on your chain while cutting it will also shorten the life of your chain dramatically.

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Chain spins when not cutting

Sounds like a clutch issue but if the chain is spinning once you start the unit you'll need to do some adjusting to your carb.

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When cutting with my husky 440 16'' the chain catches or stops

It's hard to say. 41CCs should handle a 16" chain reasonably well.
  1. What are you cutting? Hard woods oak and maple are more difficult than pine.
  2. Are you digging in the dogs and trying to force the saw through the wood? Let the saw determine how fast it wants to cut, I rarely engage the dogs on my 359, I let the weight of the saw work for me.
  3. How sharp is your chain? Have the rakers been filed to low?
  4. Is the saw bogging down at speed before contacting the wood?
  5. Your saw was set extremely lean to meet EPA requirements. It is fitted with adjustment limiters also mandated by the EPA. To lean can impact how it performs.
All of these and few not coming to mind effect how fast the saw cuts. This isn't the answer you wanted but it is honest. We would have to see you cut and examine your saw to provide anything better. HTH

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Is the saw overheating or the bar and chain?
Is the saw dull (one momentary contact with dirt).
Is the oil reservoir dry or the has the oiler malfuntioned.
Is it a Husqvarna?
Please supply the model number and sreial numbers from the manufacturer's tag.
My Husky
Husqvarna 359
967 04 17-00
s/n 06 1500198
We can provide much more specific assistance with your help. Lou

Sep 27, 2009 | Garden

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The make, model, and occationally the serial number help us solve your problem.

Does the engine quit running? (Carburator needs adjustment)
Or does it continue running and chain stops? (need clutch refaced or replaced.) (to aggressive a chain for the size of the engine)

I think you replaced parts unnecessarily. Maybe quicker and cheaper to visit your friendly neighborhood chainsaw shop. A good one can repair it even if they do not sell your brand.

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