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Author Topic: Fed up of your chainsaw not starting?  (Read 8938 times)
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« on: January 27, 2012, 11:40:14 AM »

How about servicing the carburettor. The guy in this video is a really good communicator. I'll be looking at all his videos.

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This one is even better, in 2 parts, and the chainsaw looks familiar. Of interest is that the fuel line to the filter within the tank has perished and collapsed:-
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2012, 03:42:19 PM »

Stan,

I've just got my hands on a 36v battery chainsaw from Stihl.  I'm only using it for fire wood and cross cutting but I have t0 say I'm most impressed so far.  I understand the limitations of this little saw with its diddy little 12" bar, but its easy to use and doesn't require "starting".
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2012, 04:43:42 PM »

That's cheating. I've just looked on youtube and there are several videos showing it in action.
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2012, 06:33:30 PM »

I wounder if bosch will do a 36volt one.. I've got the batteries from my drill and lawn mower  stir
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2012, 07:03:03 PM »

And here it is, the Bosch version.
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2012, 04:26:25 PM »

I have the Bosch one.  It is excellent.  Just been using it this afternoon in fact.  I have a Noble Fir plantation, around 30 years old, and it is fine for thinning that.  The trees are 8-10 inches diameter and the saw works just fine.  I get 20-30 done on a charge, using three cuts per tree.  Charging takes about an hour and a half.
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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2012, 09:02:42 AM »

Wow. I'm amazed by the positive reaction to battery saws. I'd always heard they were rubbish. BUt very pleased too - I'd love to have a decent alternative to nasty great 2-strokes for every job around.  I'd had in mind getting a cable-electric one for saw-bench cutting, running off a small generator, and keeping the two petrol saws for real work. But I might look at battery ones when they need replaced.   How do similar HP ones compare weight-wise?
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2012, 10:37:11 AM »

The Stihl lithium chainsaw weighs in at around 4.9 kg depending upon whether you buy the 2.2 Ah or the 4.5 Ah battery. The Bosch lithium chainsaw weighs 5.2 kg and has a 2.6Ah battery. The Bosch can be had for 310 but the Stihl is dearer, probably because no discounts allowed.
I was surprised at the weights because the smaller Stihl petrol chainsaws weigh around 5 kg, so no advantage there. Presumably, the battery chainsaws will be less likely to deafen you but you'll probably know damn quick when the chain is losing its edge.
However, no problems starting!
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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2012, 11:10:47 AM »

Stan, 

Your right about the weight having no advantage.  I'm running this one with the high capacity battery and I know that I'm using it, if you know what I mean.  However the vibration levels are way down compared to any petrol equivalent.  Whilst it is quieter I don't notice the difference once I'm kitted up with full PPE.

Power wise it doesn't quiet get up there with any other Stihl petrol models, but I only use this saw for firewood so I'm more than impressed.  I think it will be expensive in chain replacement though as I currently make up all my other chains as I buy chains by the reel.  The chain for this little thing will need to be purchased off the shelf.

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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2012, 04:53:18 PM »

I find the best way to start a stihl chainsaw is to ignore the instructions.
So :-
1.  Full choke 2 pulls
2. warm setting.  pull 'til runs and stalls (should happen in less than 5 pulls, but if it's been sitting...)
3. normal setting.  Pull.  Starts straight away.

2 years of swearing at stihl and trying different techniques.
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« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2012, 05:23:21 PM »

I have been following this and here are my 10pence worth "Fed up of your chainsaw not starting" Buy a Husqvarna. We have two a 340, 346XP and I have never failed to start either in years of use (probably over 150 tonnes of wood processed from tree too log). Make sure your fuel is fresh and the filters are clean.

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« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2012, 06:32:27 PM »

I find the best way to start a stihl chainsaw is to ignore the instructions.
So :-
1.  Full choke 2 pulls
2. warm setting.  pull 'til runs and stalls (should happen in less than 5 pulls, but if it's been sitting...)
3. normal setting.  Pull.  Starts straight away.

2 years of swearing at stihl and trying different techniques.

Thats about what I do but:-

1, Full choke, pull it till it splutters (1 to 3 pulls)
2, half choke, pull till it starts (normally 1-3 pulls)
3, allow to run for a bit & then blip to get it off choke & allow to run some more.

4, Allow to warm up before revving it up or using it.

Oh & remember to move the air filter deflector to the winter position if its below 5c ish.
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« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2012, 07:15:28 PM »

How about servicing the carburettor. The guy in this video is a really good communicator.

Have never seen a chainsaw that required a carb service being as clean as that.  Maybe he should do another that shows how to polish a chain saw.
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« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2012, 07:41:33 PM »

Donyboy73 (mentioned above) has uploaded about 570 videos over years on how to fix small petrol machines and the equipment is not usually that clean. They are absolutely brilliant, as he goes into great detail. He even shows how to repair some parts of older stuff no longer available. I'm loving watching but there just aren't enough hours in the day to watch them. He's Canadian and you can see in some episodes that he's cold.
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« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2012, 04:26:06 PM »

"I think it will be expensive in chain replacement though as I currently make up all my other chains as I buy chains by the reel.  The chain for this little thing will need to be purchased off the shelf."

The Bosch one uses an Oregon chain.  I went into Highland Industrial Supplies in Inverness to buy a spare, and he made one up for me on the spot.  about 10 quid iirc.
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