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Electric chainsaw doesn't start. Not used for 2.5years..

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08-19-14, 12:34 PM   #1  
Electric chainsaw doesn't start. Not used for 2.5years..


I've got an electric chainsaw that hasn't been used in 2.5 years from this old man.
The chainsaw used to work ok says, but now it doesn't start. Not a sound.

I know absolutely nothing about tool repair and proper maintainance.

What could be the problem and how can I go about fixing it?

Also, something that has been on my mind for a while.
Can anyone suggest some books/material where I can learn about tool repair and maintainance? I feel like it's a very necessary knowledge to have and I would like to learn.

Thanks for all the help.

ps. I've also got a jigsaw and a blender from this same man. This is not so important. But these two work. They start. All 3 were in the basement, very dusty and the blades on jigsaw and blender are rusted. They start, but blades move in a very small tempo. The blender and the jigsaw will totally halt when I try to use them on something (as if not strong enough).

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08-19-14, 01:34 PM   #2  
Welcome to the forums.
You list as a non USA member. I don't know what facilities you have, but most home improvement stores carry instructional books. The first to get should be on electricity. That will tell you what tools, meters, etc. you will need to trouble shoot electrical problems. Your saw problem sounds electrical but I don't suggest tearing into it without some knowledge of circuits. We want you around, not zapped.


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08-19-14, 01:59 PM   #3  

What volts are being applied to the saw?

What volts does the saw require?

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08-19-14, 02:13 PM   #4  
Will chain move by hand - with it unplugged from the electrical outlet!!

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08-19-14, 03:06 PM   #5  
I had a similar issue that I traced to a bad electrical connector and plug

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