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Craftsman 18" 42cc won't crank Model 358.350480

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07-08-15, 07:36 AM   #1  
Craftsman 18" 42cc won't crank Model 358.350480

Equipment: Chainsaw
Name Brand: CRAFTSMAN 358.350480
Engine Brand: Unsure
Engine Model: 42cc

My dad has an old craftsman 358.350480(Poulan made) chainsaw that has been sitting around for years. I've been trying to bring it back to life with some basic maintenance without luck. The engine won't crank or give any signs of life. It's probably been several years since this thing ran. The fuel lines were cracking and very brittle so I replaced the fuel lines and fuel filter. The air filter didn't look too bad and I've tried cleaning it and replaced it with a new one without any luck. The carb looked pretty clean and the only thing I've done with that is clean it with carb cleaner. I've verified that the engine has spark when trying to start, there's a nice blue spark from the plug, just in case I replaced that as well though. I've tried putting fuel and starter fluid directly into engine knowing that there's spark to see if it would at least crank or turn over for a few seconds, but it's got nothing. The compression seems like it's ok, but I don't have anything fancy to really test other then putting my finger over the hole where the plug goes and giving a few good pulls and just feeling the resistance when I try to start it.

I'm looking to see if there are any other tips anyone has that I could do myself. Just about every small engine I've ever messed around on, if there was compression and spark and I put fuel or starter fluid in, I'd get some kind of ignition, so I'm at a loss there. I'm close to just selling it for parts and buying a more reliable chainsaw, but wanted to put a little more effort into getting this one running before I do. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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07-08-15, 09:50 AM   #2  
When you put fuel in the engine to try it, did you give the engine full throttle while trying to start it? If not, try that and see what happens.

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