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Old 04-23-2010, 12:00 PM   #16
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That seafoam helps to remove all the gunk and buildup which is why it will smoke A Lot once it starts running. You did dump all that old gas out right. Maybe pull the spark plug and dump anything out thats sitting in there and start with good gas. Then I would try spraying a little starting fluid in where the spark plug goes and then replacing and try starting it. If you get it up and runnig it should start burning all that gunk n sea foam out and run way better. Once it starts to run you should be in the clear.

edit* I also just noticed you said you didnt change the fuel filter. That could be starving it for fuel. If you dont replace at least clean it real good, you need to get all that old junk out then it should run great.
I dumped out the old gas. However, I didn't dump out anything under the spark plug and I didn't change the fuel filter. I'll try dumping under the plug now. More to come...

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Old 04-23-2010, 12:38 PM   #17
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That seafoam helps to remove all the gunk and buildup which is why it will smoke A Lot once it starts running. You did dump all that old gas out right. Maybe pull the spark plug and dump anything out thats sitting in there and start with good gas. Then I would try spraying a little starting fluid in where the spark plug goes and then replacing and try starting it. If you get it up and runnig it should start burning all that gunk n sea foam out and run way better. Once it starts to run you should be in the clear.

edit* I also just noticed you said you didnt change the fuel filter. That could be starving it for fuel. If you dont replace at least clean it real good, you need to get all that old junk out then it should run great.
Just took out the spark plug and tried to dump out anything inside of it, but nothing came out. I cleaned off the spark plug real well and sprayed some PB blaster inside there. I didn't have any starter fluid. It still didn't start. I don't know what else to do.

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Old 04-23-2010, 12:51 PM   #18
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That PB blaster isnt as combustible as starter fluid or even gas so I doubt it was much help. Pull the plug and let it sit for 30 mins or so the engine could have gotten flooded so let it just sit a while. A can of starter fluid always helps when Im having trouble getting stuff going. I pull the plug spray a couple shots into the cylinder, replace plug, pull the choke wide open and crank it. Shouldnt need to prime it at all. The starter fluid will let it run for about 3-5 seconds.

I would try that a few times then go back to normal starting routine. Prime it, pull the choke out and crank it 3 times. If not running then push choke in and crank it 5-7 good hard times.

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Old 04-25-2010, 09:34 PM   #19
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That PB blaster isnt as combustible as starter fluid or even gas so I doubt it was much help. Pull the plug and let it sit for 30 mins or so the engine could have gotten flooded so let it just sit a while. A can of starter fluid always helps when Im having trouble getting stuff going. I pull the plug spray a couple shots into the cylinder, replace plug, pull the choke wide open and crank it. Shouldnt need to prime it at all. The starter fluid will let it run for about 3-5 seconds.

I would try that a few times then go back to normal starting routine. Prime it, pull the choke out and crank it 3 times. If not running then push choke in and crank it 5-7 good hard times.
Ok. Is there starter fluid for 2 cycle engines or can I just go to autozone and buy any starter fluid?

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Old 04-25-2010, 09:39 PM   #20
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Any kind should do. Autozone, Walmart, it should be easy to find. Best of luck, let us know how it goes.
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Any kind should do. Autozone, Walmart, it should be easy to find. Best of luck, let us know how it goes.
Will do. Thanks!

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Old 04-26-2010, 08:46 PM   #22
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UPDATE. I tried the seafoam, didn't work, bought starter fluid today, it didn't work either. Took it back to sears 2 hours ago, told them it wouldn't start, so I exchanged it for an 18" 42CC. It cost me $12.80.

New saw here. Thanks for all of your help. I really appreciate it.

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Old 04-26-2010, 09:16 PM   #23
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Nice! Too bad you still couldnt get it running but now you have a nice new one

Just don't forget to drain all that gas before storing it
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Nice! Too bad you still couldnt get it running but now you have a nice new one

Just don't forget to drain all that gas before storing it
I will! Thanks Cmudr1! When I store it, should I clean the lines at all? Also, the manual said I should pour some 2-cycle oil in the cylinder when I store it over the winter. Good idea? Thanks!

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Old 04-26-2010, 09:28 PM   #25
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You could drain the tank then run it for a few til it burns all the gas out of the lines too. Never heard of the oil part but if the manual says to then it should be fine. Seems like it may help coat it to keep it protected from temp changes, condensation and such.
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I switched to a Pro saw a few years ago
I was tired of problems from Craftsman saw & other lower end saws
I bought a Husqvarna 570 with a 28" bar & a 20" bar
It has 4.9hp - the difference between the old craftsman saw & the husqy are like nite & day
Never a problem to start it up each year...almost time to get it going

I do cut a lot of wood tho
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I switched to a Pro saw a few years ago
I was tired of problems from Craftsman saw & other lower end saws
I bought a Husqvarna 570 with a 28" bar & a 20" bar
It has 4.9hp - the difference between the old craftsman saw & the husqy are like nite & day
Never a problem to start it up each year...almost time to get it going

I do cut a lot of wood tho
Yeah I looked at the Husqvarnas and I know they're nice, but very expensive and beyond what I need them for. I'm a web designer for a living, but a DIY warrior on the weekends. This is the husq that I looked at.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...ame=Chain+Saws
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Yup, I looked at that model too
I ended up on a Forestry site & ended up with a better model for not much more
But I've been heating with wood for over 12 years - so a good saw was needed
Last house was mostly wood heat, this house maybe 1/2 & 1/2
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Yup, I looked at that model too
I ended up on a Forestry site & ended up with a better model for not much more
But I've been heating with wood for over 12 years - so a good saw was needed
Last house was mostly wood heat, this house maybe 1/2 & 1/2
You're not gonna believe it, but the saw I bought yesterday didn't start today! I tried like crazy. Ended up taking it back and exchanging it for the black one. Extra chain too! It cut like through 16'' logs today like butter. Yeehaw!

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just throwing it out there did you fill the chain oiler tank?? it might not start without the chain oiler tank filled.

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