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Any chainsaw experts on here.

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by kermitboy1, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. kermitboy1

    kermitboy1 Banned

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    Should i be pulling the starting cord out, when i shut off my chainsaw. Have never done this before, but noticed in a couple of tube video's that the operatives were doing exactly this. There is no refferal to doing this in the operating manual, so i am a tad confused as to why some people do it. Anyone got any ideas. :confused: KB1
     
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    Some old saws with the Pawls on the flywheel used to benefit from this it was thought the engine kicked in reverse as it stopped and pulled on the starter.
    On your modern sthil ect saw there is no need and pulling the rope with the engine running could even cause some damage.
    If you did that on your test I should think the examiner would look at you with horror.
    Cheers Andy
     
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    If you mean the pull cord, the only time you should pull it is to start. Don't pull it while the saw is running. I don't know why you would pull it with the saw off, you could alter the cycle position of the engine, maybe people think it draws lubricating fuel into the crank in storage but I don't do it with any of mine.
     
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    I think this method was recommended by a manufacturer of cheap chainsaws years ago. Something to do with lowering the compression when you switch off, thus reducing the chance of the cord snapping or the saw kicking back when you switch it off (????). Seems like a load of BS to me & the more I think about it, the more dangerous it seems. There's a slim chance that your hand could get pulled towards the saw at high speed which could cause all sorts of problems.
     
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    Hi KB1, The only time I pull the cord on my stihl is to start it up!!!
     
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    On modern chainsaws this practice could b****r up the centrifugal starter dogs, or at least take the edges of them.
     
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    Nope never heard of this practise or any mention of it in the handbooks of my three saws.
     
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    Where is our tree surgeon.. Matt where are you?
     
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    There's no need to do it ....don't think it would really hurt a saw but wouldn't do it anyway
     
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    Not just a tree surgeon len I'm a jack of all trades.....master of none
     
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    Shuuut up! Seen your work matt, spot on.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. The joke is, the guy on the tube was doing it with a Stihl Mc 251. Thanks again, one and all. KB1
     

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