My small chain saw (Sachs-Dolmar 100) is a b&gger to start and I'm tempted
to buy a new cheapie rather than mess about stripping, adjusting, etc. Are
these new ones easy to start or are all chain saws a pain?
How old is it and how much use has it seen? I recently replaced my 15 year
old Sachs-Dolmar 100 (because it got stolen from the shed) and it always
started very easily. In fact, I was so happy with it that I got exactly the
same one as the replacement (it's badged "Makita", but it's the same saw).
You are using reasonably fresh petrol and do clean the air filter etc.?
Anyway, if it is buggered, you should have no bother starting a new one: I've
used a few cheapies belonging to friends and they were all a doddle to fire
I bought it 2nd hand several years ago but it hasn't done a lot. Fuel is
fresh (perhaps a bit on the oily side of the ideal mixture) and filter is
clean. I'll check the compression at the weekend and consider a strip down.
The compression was good. After a partial strip (without splitting the
crankcase) and rebuild it turned out to be two faults: a slightly perished
fuel pipe and the flap valve in the carb not being in the first flush of
Until stripping this I hadn't realised how simple but ingenious chainsaw
carbs were, they use the crankcase pressure pulse to operate a small
diaphragm in the base of the carb - this pumps the fuel! I was also
surprised that the magneto didn't use any points.
It now starts (most of the time) and runs well but I keep having to fiddle
with the 2 mixture screws trying to get settings that work hot and cold -
1 and 1 is the standard but I would really need to see how the saw is
behaving before advising how to adjust it further (its a black art).
If the saw won't rev up properly then try opening the low screw 1/4.
You can buy carb gasket kits to replace all the perishable parts -
again, your local friendly repair place should be able to help you
The Dolmar 100 is a half-decent wee saw. Miles better than the
cheapies you get in the sheds. There are a multitude of reasons why it
would be difficult to start and most of them not necessarily expensive
to fix. Take your saw to a local repair place and get an estimate.
Probably a good service is all it needs. If it is terminal, then they
will give you good advice on a replacement.
You will have far more trouble with a cheapie long term than you have
with your Dolmar. IMHO Dolmars (at least the older ones - I've no
experience with the new ones) are decent saws which are solidly build
and give little trouble. No saw should be difficult to start unless it
has a fault.
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