Problem removing chain from Sears chain saw

I have a Sears 16" chainsaw (a Poulan clone), that has a cute little plastic doodad that's supposed to make it easy to tighten or remove the chain without tools (you grab the hinged thing which swings out, then you tighten or loosen it by hand). It worked well for a while, but now apparently it's stripped out, and no longer turns the bolt that actually holds the bar on.
Is anyone familiar with this, and know of a way to get past it? There doesn't appear to be any way to get in there with a tool of any kind - no exposed screw or bolt heads that I can see. Took it to my local Ace Hardware (where I usually get the chain sharpened), and they were baffled. I hate to even try taking it to Sears - they'll likely charge me a ton to repair it, and the saw only cost $150 to begin with. It's a good saw, otherwise - perfect for the light usage I give it.
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snipped-for-privacy@nghs.com wrote:

Can't help as I haven't seen one of those adjusters but have heard a lot about them - nothing good. I suggest www.new.arboristsite.com but be aware you will probably be laughed at for buying such a saw. They are mostly professional loggers/arborists and experienced woodcutters (such as I am) but all are happy to help with saw problems. Post in the 'chainsaw' forum if you go there.
Harry K
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Thanks for the advice, Harry (sadly, it's pretty much what I expected to hear about this thing). I have no problem being laughed at. I'm an IT professional, but I'd never demean someone for buying a Compaq/HP computer. Of course, if one of those lumberjacks would care to ante up a few hundred$ to buy me a *real* chainsaw, for my once or twice a year pruning, that'd be fine.
At any rate, I may take a chance with them. Can you check the website address you posted? It didn't work for me.
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Harry gave the proper site name, if you can't click thru, try going to google and putting in something like "arborist forum" and see if you can get in that way.
I would also suggest if you have a pro chainsaw shop nearby that you go there and take the saw and ask if they can offer any suggestions. I wouldn't imagine it would cost much. Look in the yellowpages under saws or chainsaws....
A small-family shop would be the best route....If you lived in the Oregon Coast Range, I'd guide you to the shop I patronize....but probably a bit out of the way....
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LOL! Yeah, about 3,000 miles out of the way. But that's good advice - I'll see what I can dig up.
I did find the site - it's www.arboristsite.com not www.new.arboristsite.com
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snipped-for-privacy@nghs.com wrote:

Will the Sears Model Number bring up an exploded view at sears.com?
Hard for me to believe it was put together without any way of disassembling it to get down to where you have to get.
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It does, and it's the same exploded view that's in my owners manual. It's hard to tell, but it looks like the only way is to completely disassemble it from the opposite side. I'll probably give it a shot, but I'm already looking at a Husqvarna. If I fix the sears (or even if I don't) I'll probably eBay it.
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snipped-for-privacy@nghs.com wrote:

Robert - I did not get your original post. Let me say this - get the Husquvarna. I got mine in 1994 and its been great. I got a model 55 IIRC. Not sure if thats still available. I ran it for a week straight, about 10 hours a day the week following Katrina without a single problem! (OK I did take a couple of breaks). Of course I had to sharpen blades, add chain oil and gas but that was all I did.
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