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While cutting up downed trees the saw chain locked up. I took the cover off and cleaned the saw dust etc. Cranked and almost immediately the chain stopped again. Saw smoke coming from clutch area, but saw was not overused and the oiler was working fine.

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  • dojdea Oct 04, 2009

    I checked the chain brake thnking that was the problem but it's not. I'm thinking it may be the chain bar. I will check tomorrow.

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    dontbother10 May 11, 2010

    Echo boasts a five year warranty. If you didn't trip that brake it is dragging, causing things to get hot. If you did trip it it is supposed to stop the chain, it didn't. I recommend you discuss this with Echo. IMO your saw needs attention. Lou

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    dontbother10 May 11, 2010

    I have to ask. Did you unlock the chain brake? Grasp the forward most top handle and pull it aft. Does it click? I think you tripping the chain brake accidentally or are cutting with it engaged. Parts lists for your saw can be found here: EchoUSA HTH Lou



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Unless the bar is dragging on the clutch I don't see how it can cause the clutch to smoke. Please let me know what Echo says.

Posted on Oct 04, 2009

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    dontbother10 Oct 04, 2009

    Page 14 item 2, (bearing) If that failed that might cause this. Where did I get the idea its an Echo? Is this a Homelite? A couple of others have had a similar problem with a Homelite. Please provide the make and model, else I won't get any sleep tonight.

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