Craftsman 36cc, 16 In. Gas Chain Saw

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Does the chain continue spinning? If no (and gasoline) bad clutch. If yes I suspect the bar and chain are binding (cutting in an arch). That is often caused by a worn bar or improperly sharpened chain. Post back (below) if the latter and I will help with that too. Post back with the model number (358.#####) and I will help with clutch replacement.

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Lou

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Check your air filter. A dirty air filter can affect your gas chainsaw`s ability to cut. Issues like low power, poor performance or if the engine`s stalling during cutting could all be signs you need to clean it. Follow the owner manual guidelines for maintenance.
The fuel line may be clogged from stale fuel deposits, more reasons to cause your chainsaw to cut out when applying throttle. If a fuel line is cracked, it will leak gasoline and draw air from outside into the fuel line. If the line is leaking fuel, it needs to be replaced.
What Causes Chain Saw Kickback? There are two circumstances that can cause kickback when using a chain saw. The first occurs when the moving chain at the tip or the nose of the guide bar strikes an object. The second situation is when the wood closes in, pinching the saw chain in the middle of the cut.
If the chainsaw won`t start, or starts and then stops and you find the spark plug wet with fuel mixture, it means that the engine is flooded (you will probably smell petrol). It happens when too much fuel enters the combustion chamber, possibly because you have pressed the primer many times.
If the filter becomes clogged, not enough fuel will reach the engine for it to run properly. Because your chainsaw will idle, but dies when it is revved up to full power, it means that the filter is only partially clogged; it will allow enough fuel to the engine to run on idle, but not enough to sustain full throttle.
The most common cause of a chainsaw that won`t cut properly is a dull cutting chain. Try sharpening or replacing the chain. Need help finding your model number? The chain may not have the proper amount of tension.
The two most common reasons a chainsaw won`t idle are a blocked air filter and an idle screw out of adjustment. Other possible causes include: Dirty Air Filter. Idle Screw out of Adjustment.
If your chainsaw shuts down when turned sideways, it is usually because the fuel filter is held away from the fuel, as the position of the chainsaw has changed. The fuel filter must be able to stay in the fuel as the position of the chainsaw is changed.

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Bad Clutch?? 455 rancher 20″ bar) I have owned it for two years and cut tons of fire wood with it. I recently replaced the oil pump. Yesterday I’m cutting oak like butter. Chain saw is cutting fine.. For no apparent reason it starts struggling to cut. I figure I hit something with the chain. I go to sharpen and notice that the clutch it’s red hot. I take it apart clean it up sharpen it up put it back together fire it up and start to cut. It starts to cut on angle and has no power?? runs fine revving it but will not cut?? What do you think?
ANSWER : Hi Before other checking change the spring of the clutch(2). best regards savumihai71

When beginning to cut, the chain will operate and then stop while I am cutting a log. Would this be a clutch problem?
ANSWER : Does the chain continue spinning? If no (and gasoline) bad clutch. If yes I suspect the bar and chain are binding (cutting in an arch). That is often caused by a worn bar or improperly sharpened chain. Post back (below) if the latter and I will help with that too. Post back with the model number (358.#####) and I will help with clutch replacement.

If you have more questions or need additional help please reply below and I will get back to you. Thank you for using FixYa and Good Luck. HTH
Lou

Degree to set on electric sharpener for poulan pro
ANSWER : It depends on what you are cutting if general stuff 30 degree angle hope this helps.

Saw cut is not straight. It curves until it freezes the chain.
ANSWER : Hi, sounds like the blades on the chain are either blunt and need sharpening, or they have been sharpened at the wrong angle.
Hope this helps

Chain saw chain is loose
ANSWER : Loosen the side cover nuts, then turn the adjuster CW to bring the chain up to the lower edge of the bar, then check to see if the chain will move fairly easily by hand. Tighten the clamp nuts and recheck tension. If chain seems to get loose quickly again, it may not be sharpened correctly causing heat to build in the chain. You should see no reflection of light from the cutting edges if filed correctly and the saw should require very little pressure for it to cut rapidly. Hope this helps!

New 460 rancher 20″ bar and chain cuts at an
ANSWER : It sounds like your chain is just dull.Or might not be sharpened right.This usually happens when the chain is getting dull.

The chain slows down or stops when cutting. The engine runs fine and doesn not slow down. I checked the oil, cleared the oil vents to the chain, the brake is fine and is not causing the problem. The chain is new and is tight but not too tight. The wood is pine. It cuts great for about 10 minutes then seems incapable of cutting even 4 inch thick branches.
ANSWER : You may have a worn sprocket too, or the carb is out of tune

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 doing wrong?
ANSWER : 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!