Craftsman chain saw - chain slip/engine stall

Old 08-17-08, 05:24 PM
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Craftsman chain saw - chain slip/engine stall

I have a 2000 craftsman 358.350260 16" 36cc chain saw. Bought it new - used lightly.

When I start to cut, chain slows down and throttle closes even though I hold it open. It appears to sense chain speed and close throttle if chain is slipping.

Chain is sharp and adjusted properly with new chain and bar. Bar is lubricated and gas/oil mixture is 40:1

Saw starts and runs well - until I start to cut.

Anyone know what is wrong or how to adjust the "clutch"?

L. Gibson
Old 08-28-08, 08:34 AM
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You could try letting the saw warm up for a minute or two by revving it up a bit. Most chain saws I've worked with bog down and quit if they're cold.

Chain Adjustment:
When the chain is adjusted properly and (without the saw running, of course) you pull the chain away from the bar groove and the chain's drive teeth should barely clear the bar (about 1/2 inch play).

There is no adjustment for the clutch as it works on centrifical force with the revving of the engine to keep it engaged. It either works or it doesn't.
Old 08-29-08, 05:32 AM
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Clean the air filter and replace the spark plug.

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