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I have a poulan 18" chain saw. The safety band that goes around the clutch came off. Need info on how to put it back on

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There are actually many people asking the same question on this site with regard to several different saw models and none of the answers have been very helpful....until now.

I was faced with the same dilema and finally figured it out. When you try the steps below, you'll kick yourself for not having thought of it sooner.

If you are like me, my saw just quit. The engine would start, but the chain wouldn't turn. I didn't really know what a chain brake was or how it worked. Since I tinker with things, I thought I would take the saw apart and see what I had broken. I started by loosening some bolts and prying off a metal band from around the flywheel/sprocket assembly. Before I knew it, I had taken off the brake. I then realized what the chain brake was, how it worked, and I had actually not broken a thing - I had only needed to reset the brake. Now, however, as I tried to re-install the brake, nothing would line up and it seemed impossible.

Here is the trick:

1. Take out the c-clip and remove the flywheel/sprocket.

2. Push the brake handle to the forward and locked position.

3. Assembly the brake spring/band/cover assembly back into place over the end of the brake handle. Without the flywheel/sprocket assembly in place, you should be able to easily manipulate the springs so that things align correctly.

4. Install the brake screws.

5. Pull the brake handle back to the unlocked position, thereby opening the band.

6. Reassembly the flywheel/sprocket assembly.

7. Reinstall the blade bar and chain.

8. Replace the cover.

Hope this helps. To all you yahoos who said by a new assembly or look at a schematic and figure it out, get real! You're no help at all!

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You don't list your model; There are probably over 100 to choose from. Find your model here:
Open the IPL. find the "Handle,Chasis and Bar Assembly" or similar page. That is the only drawing showing the chain brake parts. If you aren't able to repair it using that your options are to find your friendly neighborhood chainsaw shop or a new saw. HTH

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