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Old 06-04-03, 04:20 AM
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I have a McCullogh 55cc saw - I started it up yesterday and cut for about 4 minutes - shut it off and put it on the ground. I happened to look over and there was smoke coming from it - white, not black smoke, and there was a " tick tick " noise coming from the carburator.
Naturally, i did not start it up again - thought it might blow up, as it was very, very hot.

Anyone have any suggestions -

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Old 06-04-03, 06:36 AM
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Hello: knanuk

Check the fuel to oil ratio. May be too lean for that engine. Also clean the cooling fins on the engine head, the starter housing and check the air filter on the carb.

The engine just may be running too hot as a result of an cooling air flow restriction or a lean fuel oil ratio. Also check the fuel system for free flow to the carb and the speed adjustment screws.

Most likely I have not covered all of the potential possibilities. The other resident small engine service and repair professionals may offer additional suggestions, advice & help.

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Old 06-04-03, 02:26 PM
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Had a friend look at it -- he repairs small engines -- said that the
" ignition" something or other was shot. They, McCullogh, are out of business so parts are almost impossible to come by.

He does not sell chain saws, so no gain for him to lead me astray.

The 2 big brands here in Canada now are Stihl and Husqunavara(sp).

Anyone have any pro's or cons re either.

Thanks in advance
 
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Old 06-04-03, 02:57 PM
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Hello: knanuk

You do not have to replace the ignition part with an exact OEM part. Nor do you have to replace the entire machine, unless of course you want to.

There are small externally installed electronic ignition modules that replace the OEM ignition parts. They are available at small engine repair shops or at one of the small engine parts suppliers list below.

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FOLEY-BELSAW COMPANY 1-816-483-4200

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Old 06-05-03, 06:08 AM
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I finally figured out how to use the "search" thing on the board - excuse me but I am an old guy just "trying" to learn these new fangled boxes.

It seems that Stihl, Husky and Jonsered are the suggested saws for the least problems - I think with Stihl in the #1 spot.

I have had so many problems with the McCullogh that I am seriously considering getting a new saw, or buy wood, as we have a woodstove and heat mainly with wood - about 3 bush cords a year. It never fails - I start cutting and a good day, no matter when, I last 30 mins and the saw needs something done to it - too bad that they were #1 years ago ( the reason I bought it) . From what I have read the Stihl (and others) tend to be very reliable - which would get my wood cut a lot faster, as I am getting old and it is getting a chore to cut it the way this saw has performed.
 
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Old 06-05-03, 09:55 PM
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I agree, from experience, that Stihl is rightly among the top brands. You know, Tom has a point though...if your saw has ignition problems, and the points (if equipped) are causing the problems, you can convert the ignition system to electronic ignition for less than $20.00. Might be worth doing.
 
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