If you’ve been using your chainsaw for a while and it’s stalled out on you, there might be a number of reasons why. Your blade may need sharpening, the chain needs adjusting or replacing, or perhaps the fuel tank is empty.
If you’re dealing with a chainsaw that keeps stalling, there are a few things you should double-check before buying a new one. If the chain is either too loose or too tight, it can cause your saw to stall.
Check both sides of the chain and make sure they are set appropriately for tension. You will also want to make sure that there is adequate oil on the bar and blade as well as any other moving parts if possible.
Make sure all bolts are tightened securely and be careful not to over-oil anything because this can lead to your saw sticking in mid-cut.
Finally, keep an eye out for any cracks or signs of wear on the bar or chain itself which may indicate a need for replacement soon rather than later.
What if Your Chainsaw wont stay running when idle?
Chainsaws are powerful tools that require maintenance and patience to operate, but also need routine checks for any issues that may arise. In order to keep an eye out for potential problems, it is important to know what they look like before they happen – this way you can avoid them from happening at all.
If your chainsaw won’t stay running when idle then there is most likely some damage or obstruction within the engine which must be corrected immediately.
To prevent future complications with your saw’s engine, it’s best practice to check the oil levels every time you refuel and always keep an eye on the chain tension and lubrication to avoid any damage or breaking.
The chainsaw engine should be checked every time your refuel, if there is a problem check over these things:
- The oil levels in the tank
- Check for loose bolts around moving parts such as the clutch cover and crankshaft housing
- Check the chain tension & lubrication
With that said, let’s look at some specific chainsaw brand problems that can arise.
Poulan Chainsaw keeps stalling
I have had problems with Poulan chainsaws in the past. You may be experiencing the same if you notice stalling after the chain has been running for 10 minutes or more.
This is most likely because of a buildup of particles on the underside of the bar. If this happens, it’s important to stop using the saw immediately, as attempting to restart it will only lead to more problems.
The issue can be fixed by wiping down both sides of the bar with an oily rag before proceeding again with use.
In some instances, they also stall when going from idle to forward motion. If this is the case, there may be a problem with your clutch cover.
Husqvarna Chainsaw keeps stalling
Chainsaws are perfect for clearing limbs, pruning trees, and cutting firewood. However, if you’re using a Husqvarna chainsaw then there’s no need to worry about it stalling out on you. Why? Well, that’s because Husqvarna makes some of the best chainsaws around and their patented engine design is one of the reasons behind their success.
However, if you drew the short straw and your Husqvarna chainsaw keeps stalling, here are some things you can check before taking it in for service or replacing it.
- make sure the fuel cap is tight
- wipe off dirt from the air filter cover with a clean cloth
- if there is an idle adjustment knob on your saw – turn it counterclockwise to lower the engine speed- then back clockwise until the desired speed has been reached.
- If none of these things work then you should just take it into a professional to have them look at the engine.
What if your chainsaw starts then dies when you give it gas
Most chainsaws are started with the pull cord. This is a great way to start it, but sometimes they can die when you give it gas for some reason.
The most common cause is oil being low, so be sure to check that if your chainsaw starts then dies when you give it gas. You might need to stop and refuel the oil reservoir if this happens too often.
A dirty air filter is another common cause of this problem. If you need to replace your saw’s air filter, always go with OEM or manufacturer parts for the best results.
If the engine sputters and dies after about five minutes of use then there could be problems with either the fuel or the air filter.
If this problem started after a recent repair then you should check with your mechanic to see if they might have forgotten to adjust something or replace a small part that is causing problems now.