Today let’s talk “Choose & Use”
This video will help you determine which style you should be using.
Now let’s talk about starting problems. We don’t want you tired out before you even get to do any cutting!
The #1 cause of starting problems is ENGINE FLOODING.(that is when there is so much fuel inside the cylinder that the engine won’t start.
If the starter rope was pulled several times while the choke was in the ‘CLOSED/ON/COLD’ etc. position and the engine still will not start, the engine may be flooded. If an engine pop or false start was heard, then this means the engine at least tried to start.
Try these steps to unflood the engine:
1. Check on/off switch. Switch should be in the run/on position. Not in the stop/off position.
I know! I know! But it happens all the time.
2. Choke lever must be put in the choke open/off position, not be in the cold start or closed position.
3. If unit has a purge bulb, depress it until fuel enters the bulb and the fuel returns back to the fuel tank through the return line.you can see the fuel in the line.
Some saws do not have a purge bulb I/E skip this step!
4. Now this is the hardest step.With the unit setting on the ground, squeeze & hold the throttle trigger to wide open throttle and at the same time pulling the starter rope several times until the engine starts. This is hard because the machine wants to come off the ground with the starter handle,but your other hand is holding the trigger wide open and you can’t use it to hold the machine down. I have found that either a foot through the rear handle, or a knee on the top handle works. A flooded engine will usually only take 5 - 7 pulls to get the engine cleared and started.
Once the Engine starts Keep the throttle squeezed until the engine clears up.
Next time we will discuss FELLING A TREE. (That’s right the proper terminology is Felling!)
Lance, The Go-to Guy at Mid-State Mower & Marine .