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Damaged chainsaw

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10-29-05, 07:12 PM   #1  
Damaged chainsaw

I let my father borrow my 2001 model Craftsman 18" chainsaw to clean up his friend's yard after hurricane Rita. While he was cutting a tree, the chain bar struck some nails that had been hammered into the tree. The chain broke and the engine quit. Now the engine won't start. He said the engine will turn over but the pull cord is very hard to pull. Any ideas about what kind of damage the saw might have? I'm wondering if it is even worth repairing.

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10-29-05, 11:30 PM   #2  
Is the chain removed from the saw now?Dos the clutch turn freely? It could be jammed or bent and in a bind. It could possibly have stopped the saw violently enough to have caused internal damage, but that would be less likely.

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11-08-05, 09:32 AM   #3  
you may have a bent crankshaft. remove the clutch and drive sprocket , spark plug, try to turn engine slowly and observe crank .

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