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I have a craftsman (poulan) 16inch 2.0 chainsaw. It will start at full throttle and rev up and then die. I have put a carb kit in it, replaced the fuel line and filter and replaced the reed valve and gasket. Still has the same problem. I am missing something but am not wise enough to figure it out.It has compression and I can pull the starter rope and watch fuel travel through the line to the carb. If I remove the pump cover there is fuel in the chamber.

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SOURCE: compression Poulan chainsaw

you can not set the compression on two cycle motors,the compression new is at about 90 to 95 pounds after six to nine pulls of the recoil

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

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SOURCE: need to rewind craftsman chainsaw pull rope.

I have tried to do this many times and have yet to suceed, believe me it's not worth the fustration and the extra days in hell you will spend from cussing.

Take to a repair shop, they can do it quickly and cheaply when you consider how difficult this is for the ordinary person. (me)

Posted on Mar 02, 2009

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I can't find your model number at Poulanpro.com but in all the chainsaws that I have worked on the starter rope comes in the cover which is held on by usually 4 or so screws. I suggest that you go to the site I listed and look at the 42 CC engine (they have a parts manual for it) before removing anything else. Let me know if I can help further.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

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SOURCE: poulan starter rope

to fix starter rope first you must wind spring and place back in housing. just grab spring by middle and wind ,you will have to get it smaller than housing hole. One end should hook to a tab at housing rest of it sets inside itself. once set in housing dont let go, insert rope housing over top & screw in. rope housing should have some return spring to it when pulled. if rope is not tight on return pull simply add one winding to spool. hope it helps!

Posted on Mar 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Poulan S25 Chainsaw - fuel line replacement

should only be top cover and access fuel line through filler cap with long nose pliers first remove line from carb

Posted on May 14, 2009

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