Craftsman chainsaw 316.350840 - bad throttle cable

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Old 09-29-15, 07:52 PM
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Craftsman chainsaw 316.350840 - bad throttle cable

I have a Craftsman chainsaw model# 316.350840. From what I can tell from looking up parts, it is a MTD 41AY85AR799, which in turn, may be actually a McCulloch chainsaw.

I removed the carburetor and gave it a good cleaning, and after I put it back together and tested it, the motor runs at full throttle without pulling the trigger. There is an arm on the carb that is supposed to come in contact with the idle screw, but it doesn't even come close to the screw. It does when the carb is lifted out of the housing, but once I push the carb back in (putting tension on the throttle cable) the idle arm swings away from the screw. I can push it to the screw with a bit of force, but once the trigger is pulled and released, it does not return.

The sleeve sleeve of the throttle cable (part MC-9010-310201) does look a bit beat up, and it is torn right at the tension clamp thingy. Problem, is nowhere has it for sale.

The parts diagram on the Sears parts site is really low res. This parts page is identical and higher res: OEM Parts
 

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Old 09-29-15, 08:35 PM
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That's equivalent to a McCulloch MS2049 AV saw. Searching ebay, I found this, which looks to have the throttle cable included.
Used McCulloch Handle Housing for MS2049 AV Saws | eBay
 
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Hmm. I don't think I could trust a used one. Plus, I don't need all those parts. I don't want to pay $20 to get a used cable.

The design of the saw is pretty stupid. The throttle cable is jammed into a cramped space and coiled around awkwardly, so any time it's messed with I think it puts quite a bit of wear on it. It may even wear from use, though the saw hasn't been used a ton. If I do manage to find a replacement for just the cable, I plan to buy 3 or 4.

Looks like this site has the whole handle assembly, which includes the cable, new for $11.

MTD MS2049AV (41AY09AG077) - McCulloch Chainsaw (2003-2007) Rear Handle Assembly Diagram and Parts List | PartsTree.com

A may do that as a last resort. Though, I'd like to get a couple cables so I have spares.
 
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Old 09-29-15, 11:27 PM
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Ok, I just thought you were hard up to find one period, didn't know used wasn't good. Sometimes used is all you get and $20 is cheap when a part is nowhere to be found otherwise.
 
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Thanks for the tip about "McCulloch MS2049AV". I hadn't found that associated model.
 
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