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Rope hard to pull, engine spins freely with plug removed

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First off Husqvarna does not make Craftsman chainsaws. Chainsaws are very high compression usually 125 to 150 lbs. pulling the rope slowly will make it very hard to pull. Short fast pulls are best, this allow the flywheel to build momentum to get it past the compression portion of the piston trvavel.

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Hi Rimaddog:
Interesting that you should find this problem.
I have a Husky 266, oldie but keeps running so I can't replace it. There is no compression release so it takes a solid pull for sure.
Here's the interesting bit. When it is cold and has been sitting for a few days or more, it is REALLY hard to pull over, almost as if the cylinder has way too much compression. This should be impossible for a 25 year old saw, but that's what it feels like. I have to pull it through several times before I can spin it quick enough to try to start.
Have lived with it like this for over 10 years., Same symptoms, and it continues to run like a trooper.
One thing that you might check..........
Sometimes the slot that the cord fits in (in the recoil assembly) will spread. That allows the cord to drop lower in the slot and requires more force to pull. Also, if the cord has been replaced and a thinner one was installed, that could cause the same problem.
All in all, a small inconvenience for a great saw.
Cheers.

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