Thanks, that sounds useful. I do have another air filter, some where. And,
spark plugs I do have.
Christopher A. Young
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Start with the air cleaner and a new plug, and always run it dry before
you put it away for more than a short amount of time. That got mine (a
Homelite) working "like new" again, and should be considered part of any
Unfortunately, "like new" has to comply with EPA regulations, and
generally results in a "too lean" condition. Fixing this required
removing the limiter caps on the carb (use the drywall screw trick) and
opening them up a little bit (maybe my saw was just a little lean, I
don't know, but it helped a lot).
I also increased the idle speed a little bit to keep it from stalling
out on me when I set it down.
Finally, I put a better chain on mine, an Oregon 91 VXL. This chain has
no kickback prevention, so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who isn't
extremely aware of what causes kickback, how to prevent it, and how to
live through it when it happens. In other words, I probably wouldn't
recommend to anyone.
I also bought an angle guide to help me keep the file at the right angle
when I sharpen the chain, because without it my angles aren't consistent.
Doing the above to my used $40 Homelite has it cutting through even
hardwood like butter.
Oh yeah, I also removed the screen from the muffler, but I honestly
didn't notice any difference from that.