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 07-31-2006, 09:18 Post: 132815
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I have a 5 year old Stihl Farmboss 290M. Never had any problems. It was recently moved and saw some storage under an overhand shed, not in a garage, where I usually keep it. I can start the engine, but when I press the trigger to get the chain going, nothing happens, the saw just dies. That's with the kick-back guard in the operating position. Is there anything I can do myself to get it going, or should I just take it to a repair shop?






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 07-31-2006, 09:22 Post: 132816
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If it hasn't been used in a while today's gas doesn't store well and deteriates in a matter of months. It might just need cleaning if you feel comfortable enough mechanically to dissasemble and clean and reassemble.






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 08-02-2006, 08:52 Post: 132895
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Art is right. I'd just dump out the old gas, replace the fuel filter in the tank, fill it up & try again. If that doesn't work you may have an air leak in the fuel line.

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 08-02-2006, 08:57 Post: 132897
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Did something build a nest in the clutch assembly?






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 08-02-2006, 09:21 Post: 132899
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Before you start it can you rotate the chain by hand ?






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 08-02-2006, 09:30 Post: 132900
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Have you been greasing the tip? I am with Art if the chain is free it is likely the high speed jets.






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 08-02-2006, 09:52 Post: 132901
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My Homelite has a brake, how about yours?

Took mine in once since it seemed froze up, the mechanic smiled while unlocking the brake and passed it back to me. That was about a 5 second fix. Most likely it is froze up.






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 08-02-2006, 10:19 Post: 132903
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Thanks a lot for the tips

The gas is pretty old - I made a lot a few years back (added oil) and hated to throw it out - have a half a gallon left. This chainsaw hasn't had a regular maintenance for a couple of years - I think I'm just gonna take it for a tune-up and get everything taken care of at once.






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 08-02-2006, 16:29 Post: 132907
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Fuzzy math.

Gallon of gas even today, $3.
Oil for 2 cycle engine, $2.
Total cost per gallon, $5.

Cost to clean out old gas being used to save money, $50.

DenisS, that is why I went to syntehtic oil so one mixture was good for all my 2 cycles. Saved even more money by not using wrong ratio and buring up engine.

I would be sturborn enough to pour out the present old gas mixture, replace with fresh one and see if that does not solve your issue. It might not need a tune up.

Then use a gas stablizer when you store it again.






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 08-02-2006, 17:14 Post: 132911
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I'll make it a project this weekend and get back to y'all with the results.






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