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How to crank the tyobi chain saw expander and make the chain saw move

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You should be able to adjust the guide bar by loosening the lock handle and adjusting the cam to push the bar out to tighten the chain, If the guide bar is at the end of its adjustment the chain is stretched and needs to be replaced, as I understand your question.

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I have a Stihl MS 290, runs great, but the chain keeps tightening it's self on it's own

That's an unusual problem, usually the opposite happens. After making sure the chain brake is off, loosen the two nuts that hold the bar. Be sure to hold the bar up when adjusting the tensioner screw and adjust until the chain is just snug, but not too tight. While still holding the bar up, tighten the two nuts firmly. Check to see that the chain can move freely by hand. Then start the saw and run the chain at speed with something in front of the nose to check for adequate lubrication. You should note a slight fine spray of oil on the object in front of the nose of the bar. Inadequate lubrication, a chain that is binding on the bar, or an overly tight chain can cause the bar to heat up and expand, further tightening the chain. A properly adjusted Stihl saw will use almost all of the chain oil in the reservoir for every tank of gas. Too much oil is better than too little. The oil feed may have to be adjusted for operating in temperature extremes. If operating in very hot conditions, be sure that the saw has not run out of chain oil. The oil feeds faster when hot.

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Hello, I have a TYOBI 18in. 40cc Chain Saw model No. RY10532. Problem is that oil isn't being supplied to chain to lube while running. How can I fix this issue w/o taking it to repair shop. Thanks in...

The bar groove has a hidden slot place close to one of the 2 bolts that hold the bar where the bottom of the chain groove is connected to the hole in the side. This side hole lines up with another hole in the metal plate covering the oil tank area - bent angles go away from the bar and you should see a free hole and slot system between the oil tank passing straight through to the bar and then on to the bar chain slot to get at the chain links. Sawdust will tend to clog up in here as it runs under the chain on the bottom, so your chain oil gets cut off naturally. You can use a paper clip to poke it out. The tension pip must go into the proper hole also, so just use hand tight on one bolt at first and check that the tension screw makes the bar move so that the chain is seen going up and down underneath. Now adjust so that only one pound of pull with your left hand on the chain underneath exposes three of the chain's teeth completely from the bar - no more than that and no less! Now tighten the two bar bolts to spec. This will change as the bar gets very hot. Next take two caps full of chain/bar oil and oil up all the chain before starting. It goes up to 12,000 rpm so you can never have too much oil. Click your chain brake back and forth to see it works perfect - if there is even a teaspoon of sawdust between the brake band and the centrifugal clutch you will just stall out. Also watch the way old timers do a file job, and exactly where on the bar and at what angle for each tooth, there is more to it than you would think which is why sawmill filer jobs are the highest pay of all the woodworkers jobs. A poor job or 5 hour maintenance time is indicated by the saw not cutting into the wood easily, an angled cut, bar smoking and burning of the wood. I noticed on wet hardwood like Walnut you have to increase this maintenance about 30 times more frequent.

Mar 24, 2011 | Ryobi 18" Chain Saw Repl Bar Model Ry10532

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On my saw when I changed the chain out, the cover will not go back on over the clutch correctly.. The cover has a ring in it that is supposed to go over the clutch but does not fit correctly, What am I...

You should have released the chain brake before taking things apart--it will be necessary to move the brake coupling in the cover with a wide blade, square shanked screwdriver and a wrench that fits the square shank of the screwdriver. It should make a 'snap' noise when fully released and the brake ring will have expanded to fit over the clutch hub. Hope this helps!

Oct 18, 2010 | Husqvarna Chain Saw 20" Bar

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Chain brake is jammed, chain will not move when cranked

Take the side cover off of the clutch area and watch while you try to move the brake. Something may be broken or out of place. If the brake band which is fitted around the clutch drum is damaged, it may be causing non-release.

May 13, 2010 | Homelite ZR10926 16 Chain Saw

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The chain wont grab on the clutch bell

What are the symptoms? stuck & not moveing? Engine runs freely but chain dont turn? Tell me more. Just for the heck of it make sure the chains going in the right direction around the bar.

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Bar chain oil leaking into case when not in use

if you store it somewhere other than a climate controlled building , the changes in temperature can cause the oil to expand out of the saw a little each time the temp. goes up.

try some absorbent cloth

Jun 20, 2009 | Homelite ZR10926 16" Chain Saw

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Chain brake problem

This is the breakdown of parts for your model,you can see how the brake is, but your problem sounds like the dogs inside the clutch are stuck and causing the chain to constantly engage the chain.

Open the clutch to look at it and see what is causing this.

The idle usually will not cause the clutch to engage, this is usually
a higher rev that engages the clutch.

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Poulan chain saw. After starting, chain drive won't move

If equipped, the chain brake may be engaged. Its the lever just ahead of the fore handle. (pull back on it)

If the clutch assy. were frozen, then the chain would move all the time.

Good luck

Mar 07, 2009 | Poulan Pro 42CC 2 Cycle Chainsaw, 18"

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Husqvarna 345 chainsaw chain doesn't move freely and heats up

has the chain ever came off the saw?and i'm going to assume that it is the correct chain for the saw...reason i ask about the chain comming off the saw is that when it does the driver have a tendency to become nicked and will heat up the clutch because the saw is trying to drive the chain links through the chain slot.also you need to look at the drive sprocket to see if there is any wear on the teeth....also over tighting the chain will cause the clutch to heat up.

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Poulan Farmhand chainsaw chain tightens too tight for motor to move chain

Make sure the chain is not over tightened. When adjusting the tightness, ensure there is at least 1/8" of looseness by pulling up on the chain in the middle of the bar and releasing it. If a chain becomes overheated because of leaning on the saw when the chain is dull, or lack of oil on the chain, it may expand in the track and not turn freely.
Marlyn, Mountain, Ont. Canada

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