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Off-Topic:Chainsaw help please.....

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by CrazyDave, Nov 11, 2007.

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  1. CrazyDave

    CrazyDave TS Member

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    My Stihl 017 has been laid up for a couple of years. I prepared it for storage in the usual way and it re-started easily. The problem is that the clutch mechanism seems to be frozen up. When I start the saw, the shaft turns, but the sprocket that drives the chain does not. After removing the retaining bolt and washer, I couldn't figure out how to remove the sprocket, which I assume covers the clutch mechanism. What next? And yes, before you ask, I did release the brake.
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  2. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Tap the clutch with a hammer. The inside is a simple pair of weights held off the drum by small springs. When the engine spins up the weights press against the drum which is the sprocket.

    It is normal for the sprocket not to turn till the motor is revved up.

    HM
     
  3. g7777777

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    Are there really non electric start chainsaws that are easy to start? which ones?

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  4. VAMiket

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    Make sure the gaurd that protects your hands is in the back position. This is designed to stop the chain if the saw bucks back. The saw will run but the clutch is locked and the chain will not turn.
     
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