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My chainsaw just stopped,mid cut and won't's getting spark and i can smell the gas but the sparkplug seems quite dry no matter how much i pump and choke.i don't think the gas is getting through the carb,clogged? so it's about 14 months old,i don't think i have the bill but it's probably not covered under warranty anymore is it? so i live in toronto(canada) where should i take it to be seviced? it's only worked about 8 hours in 14 months how much should i spend to fix it?

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SOURCE: Poulan Wood Shark Chainsaw - wood smoking. Is chain on backwards?

I cannot tell you about a picture, but for one: chain direction, the bottom of the bar is where the cutting takes place, and therefore, looking at the chain, you will see, on the bottom, the antikick back link is sort of curved, and then the next part is the straight tooth. The highest part of this straight tooth is the sharp edge, and this high part should face towards the motor. The chain, on the bottom side of the bar, is pulled in towards the motor by the clutch/gear. That is your direction of travel.

As to cleaning the air filter, Hopefully you have access to compressed air, as in simply blowing off the dirt. You do not want to use liquid cleaner. Simply blow off any dirt, after pulling the filter away from the carburetor, of course. Then place it back in place.

It may be that your chain is real dull. The top edge of the high part of the flat tooth needs to be sharp. And the outside corner needs to come to a nice point. Remember, there is two cutting surfaces on each tooth, the top is cutting down into the wood, and also that outside sharp corner is openning the cut for the bar to pass through. Proper sharpening, if new to it, can be hard to grasp. Any chainsaw manual should show how to do a good job.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

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If this saw has a primer make sure lines are connected properly. Check for the wire going to stop switch is not pinched and grounding out. If carb. was disassembled be sure that gaskets and diaphragms are in the right order. Diaphragm with 2 flapper valve should be closest to carb body and diaphragm with metal disk should be installed after gasket is installed against carb body. I am assuming that saw was running before this cleaning. If not remove muffler and look for vertical scratches on piston this would indicate a scored piston.

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SOURCE: Poulan PP446T Pole Saw. Will run only if choke is

It is running lean. There is an air leak somewhere allowing to much air into the cylinder or crankcase. Continuing to operate lean may cause failure. If fuel delivery lines have no pin holes or cracks probably time for some professional help (pressure tests). Remove clean and reinstall the muffler (carbon fouling can also cause this). If the saw cannot exhale, it cannot inhale. HTH

Posted on Jan 23, 2010

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SOURCE: floods out everytime you try to start no matter

Clean the air filter. Clean the spark arrester (muffler - if it cannot exhale it cannot inhale). You can prime until your thumb bleeds - that is NOT the problem. To much choke almost always is. It is severely flooded Open and follow this BE CAREFUL - Extreme fire hazard.

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I am going to make the following assumptions:
1. It is a Poulan PP4218(WeDoNotCare), start procedure the same.
2. You removed and verified there is spark (plug replacement recommended). The plug is dry (not flooded).
3. With the saw at waist height; the starter handle held; and the saw released. It remains against the starter handle or VERY slowly lowers with a distinctive pause during each compression stroke.

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It needs spark, fuel, and compression to run.
An overly rich mixture should not keep it from starting.
To much or to little fuel will (most start problems)!

The start procedures are on pages 9 and 10.
If the engine is cold - Please read the second NOTE: before trying to start.
If warm – read the DIFFICULT STARTING (or starting a flooded engine). I would try it with choke closed first (Pull to full choke; push to off choke). Hard starting is almost always flooded on a 2-cycle engine. You can prime all you like; priming does not inject the fuel mix into the carburetor. It circulates mix from the fuel tank through the carburetor and returns any excess to the tank

Reply below with what happens. I will help you as much as I possibly can. HTH

Posted on Feb 04, 2010

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Clean the muffler spark arrestor screen and check the cylinder port for carbon build-up at the upper edge. Try presetting both carburetor H and L adjustments (from lightly CW stops) 1-1/2 turns CCW each. Start the engine and allow to warm up. Pull the throttle wide open and adjust H CW until the engine speed increases, but still 4-stroking. Correct setting is when the engine 4-strokes, but immediately 2-strokes when cutting. Allow to idle and adjust L for smoother running, yet allows the engine to 'follow the throttle'. Set idle speed to keep the engine running, but doesn't try to move the chain. You may have to look closer at your carburetor if the above doesn't help. Go to:
for an excellent article (but poor pix) on Walbro carburetors, but related to most all 2-stroke carburetors. Hope this helps!

Posted on Feb 24, 2010

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