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Stihl 039 online manual suggests the carburettor setting as ''The high speed (H) counter-clockwise up to the stop, i.e 3/4 turn from max. lean setting'' And the ''Low speed (L) clockwise up to the stop - then back off the screw one quarter of a turn'' My manual that I got with the stihl suggest otherwise. Having both all the way in then one full turn... It has me puzzled. Thanks.

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I would go with your manual settings the one on line does not sound right.

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