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Husqvarna 460 chain brake not aactivating

Husqvarna 460 chain brake not activating it does not tighten he band around the clutch when i push the handle forward

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    dontbother10 May 11, 2010

    If it under warrenty take it back.

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If you haven't owned for over 2 years it should be under warranty.

Posted on Oct 04, 2009

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