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Unable to crank Stihl 034 chainsaw because pull cord jams.

The cord moves only about two inches, then stops abruptly.

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I had the same thing with a stihl hedgecutter its a part in the centrefruge that locks if you pull to hard pull slow and let all the cord come out let it in half way full choke on start just where it used to lock and it will start . the bad news .it wont last for long before you smash the wheel thats plastic and if its over about 5 years old they dont have a replacement part hope this helped

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