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Homelite 410 chainsaw wopn't keep running

It will not idle after turning off choke. it hasn't been started for several years. worked fine before storing. all carb adjusts are at 1 1/4 turns

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Chances are, the diaphragms are old/deteriorated/stiff, but you could try turning adjustment needle closest to carb, clockwise and counterclockwise 1/4 to 1/2 turn (=/-) and see if idle improves. Usually, the easiest thing to do is replace carb.

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