I have an 8 year old McCullough (or however you spell it) 16" chainsaw. I
bought it "reconditioned" for $70, so I don't want to put much money into
It will not start; it was working fine, I stopped using it to get the chain
sharpened, and now it will not start.
I have partly taken it apart and find that I am getting compression, but no
draw at the fuel manifold. That is about the extent of my knowledge of 2
Any suggestions for probing further would be appreciated.
Clean it, then paint it with your favorite color and hang it on a wall in an
unusual position as a piece of sculpture. It could, of course, be combined
with any other unrepairable tools in the same or different colors.
What I did in a similar situation was to sign up for a small engine repair
class at the local vocational high school.
Found out the right way to do a lot of those things. The teacher at night
was a tech at one of the local repair shops.
Of course, if you are in a hurry that might not work for you.
I've a buddy that owns an orchard, said he's got 4 or 5 of em he'll
Meanwhile his Stihl works for him year after year.
Someone who knows Mc's well could make a fortune repairing them....
Year after year.
Toss it out and get a Stihl or
Squirt some gas in the carb if it kicks its not getting fuel. Could be a
loose or cracked hose alowing in air or a clogged line or carb. If not
remove the plug and short it to the block to see if there is spark, Get
someone to help on this. Could be a plug , wire, coil, ignition module
or if it has points, or a condensor or stator. Start simple and test it
through. If it has good compression keep it unless its the stator.
Don't know what size your chainsaw is, but mine had a fuel filter inside the
tank, attached to the flexible gas line. Replacing that solved a lot of
Muk-Luk's aren't that bad, you just have to know the secret combination for
The "squirt of fuel" ideas are good. I also like a squirt of ether on air
It really hurts to throw out equipment, I know. But sometimes you have go
back and figure it cost you ten bucks a year to use the saw, and you got
your value out of it. I had a big old saw I bought used. I did a whole lot
of checking, and found I could buy another saw for the cost of the parts to
You don't have to throw that sucker away. Two options are:
1. Put it a garage sale at a low price (As is).
2. put it the box of your pickup and just park in a busy shopping center.
It will go away all by itself.
Part if out. As a matter of fact, I would interested in the
anti-kickback handle and possibly the storage case. Where are you
located? (Just in case you take someone else's advice and park it in a
shopping center :)
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