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Stihl 170 does not start with brake engaged, but will start easily with brake off. Unable to pull rope with brake engaged.

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Not suppose to start with brake on --the brake is a safety shut off it stops the clutch drum

Posted on Apr 24, 2017

Testimonial: "recommended by sthil to always engage the chain brake prior to starting chainsaw"

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