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I was cutting a large log and the saw kicked back. Echo GS 300. It now won't throttle up, acting like the kickback safety is locked but it is not. The throttle linkage is still connected also. Any suggestions?

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Does sound like the brake has activated, pull the hand guard fully back to the top handle until you hear it click off, now try again

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suggest you sharpen the chain, sounds like it's dull like maybe the log you cut had been fallen on ground for awhile, this causes dirt build up in bark and acts just like cutting Dirt and we all know what that does to your chain...dulls it fast ! I learned from experience I cut an oak tree that was cut down for about 2 years when I got permission to cut it up,needless to say it had a lot of dirt in the bark! hope this helps you !

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