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5 Tips for if your having problems starting your Chainsaw

16th Feb 2018

5 Tips for if your having problems starting your Chainsaw

If you’re having problems starting your Chainsaw here are 5 simple tips to try before you start looking at the general maintenance of your machine, such as sparks plugs, fuel lines and your carb.

1. This may sound like a silly place to start but it happens more than we would care to admit! It's so basic, but it happens ensure that the On/Off switch is set to ON when you’re trying to start your Chainsaw.

2. Ideally after each use you should be emptying your fuel tank to prevent fuel lines from perishing but if you haven’t old fuel collects moisture, making the fuel difficult to ignite. If the fuel has been in the tank awhile, drain it and replace with fresh fuel. We would suggest checking your fuel lines to ensure they have not perished.

3. It is possible the engine is flooded with fuel if you have been trying to start the machine for an extended period of time. To clear excess fuel from the machine we suggest a few steps:

  • Remove the air filter from the machine, and take out the spark plug.
  • Heat the tip of the spark plug that goes into the machine, to both remove any flooded fuel from the plug, and also get the tip nice and hot.
  • Once the tip of the plug is hot, place the spark plug back into the machine and reconnect the HT lead to the spark plug.
  • Press the throttle trigger once to ensure the choke is released, and do not use the choke on the machine.
  • Pull the pull start until the machine fires up, this may take a few pulls as the machine is likely to be flooded.

4. On models with a primer bubble, press and release the bubble 8-10 to prime the carburettor, this will clear air from the fuel lines and move fuel into the carburettor. Try to start the chainsaw after priming the carburettor.

5. Activate the choke by moving the lever to the full choke position and pull the pull start 3 or 4 times to start the engine.

If you are still having some issues once all these steps have been applied it is always best to refer back to your user manual and you’re Troubleshooting Guide.

If you no longer have your user manual one can be added to your cart free of charge at under spares.