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Old 07-07-2009, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default Shindaiwa Clutch Removal

New member here, I joined because of all the great Lawn Boy resources but I also have a chainsaw I need help with. I am trying to remove the clutch from my Shindaiwa 345. I assume there is a special tool needed, but does anyone have any do it yourself ways to get it off? I already have the piston locked, I just can't get a way to break the clutch loose. Attached is a pic of what it looks like. Thanks in advance for the help!
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Old 07-07-2009, 04:58 PM   #2
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It is most likely screwed onto the crankshaft with a left-hand thread- turn clockwise to remove.
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:36 PM   #3
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There is a video on Youtube showing how to remove the clutch on a Husky that has the same type of clutch.
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:31 PM   #4
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Default Re: Shindaiwa Clutch Removal

It is definitely a left hand thread, but there is no real way to get a wrench on it.
Ferguson - do you happen to have a link to that video, I checked Youtube and couldnt find anything under "husky chainsaw clutch". Thanks a lot for your help!
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Rubber strap wrench.
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Old 07-07-2009, 11:49 PM   #6
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Here ya go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdqkIuVNUQc

Type in "chainsaw clutch" and several other videos come up also.
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:19 AM   #7
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if you plan on replacing the clutch while its off you can remove it one of two ways. weld 2 bolts directly across from eachother and use a pry bar tu turn it. or method #2 drill 2 holes across from each other and insert 2 bolts in the holes and then use a pry bar to turn the clutch. hope this helps
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:18 AM   #8
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I don't know if this would work but maybe a blunt punch could be used to tap the edges of the clutch shoes in the correct direction. By the way, how old is that saw?
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I thought of a rubber strap wrench but the clutch drum spins free so there is nothing to grab onto.

Ferguson - thanks for the link - Husky = Husqvarna, I shoulda guess that. I tried (very lightly) to knock on the clutch shoes, but I really didnt know if they are durable enough to be hitting on them. Are they usually solid enough to not risk breaking anything if I hit at them with a punch etc? I really dont know much about chainsaws in general, or this saw. Its a Shindaiwa 342, I got it from a friend who tried to get it going but to no avail. I always have a need for a small chain saw and as a freebie this one seems pretty nice. Its in really solid shape, but has been neglected. I took the entire saw apart to clean it out since it was full of greasy sawdust, and the entire fuel system had turned to rubber goo! I will attempt again to knock on the clutch shoes with a little more force this time. Thanks again for the help, I will report back later.
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I would try knocking the clutch shoes with a punch, I would bet thats how most Shindaiwa techs do it. That said, I can't guarantee the results as I've never removed this type of clutch before, all my saws use a nut. I would advise you to locate a new clutch and drum and be willing to buy it if necessary. The saw appears old enough to where replacement would be a good idea.
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Ferguson - Thanks for all the help. I tried a punch, and it just didnt feel right, I could get a good enough hit on it. So I made up a small "jig" in my vise to lock the clutch shoes and I was able to twist the clutch right off. It looks to all be in good shape but I will definately double check everything out before it goes back together. Thanks again for all the help and advice!
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:24 AM   #12
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Good job, bro.
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