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post #1 of 29 Old 07-25-2019, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Old craftsman chainsaw won't start

I was running my old Craftsman chainsaw this morning when it bogged down mid cut and finally quit. Now I can't get it to start and need some ideas.

I have good spark, new fuel, clean air filter and compression feels normal.

Kill switch is working correctly and I verified it's in the correct position for starting.

Tried starting as usual with partial choke and full choke but nothing. Tried no choke...nothing.

Chain moves easily, no binding or nose sprocket problems.

Everything seems to be working correctly but it just won't even sputter.

Thoughts or suggestions ?
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Re: Old craftsman chainsaw won't start

Remove the muffler and look at the piston for signs if scoring/galling.
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Re: Old craftsman chainsaw won't start

do a compression check has to have at least 100# to run right
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Remove the muffler and look at the piston for signs if scoring/galling.
Looked into the cylinder but I didn't see any recognizable damage. Portion of cylinder walls and piston that were visible looked to be okay.

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do a compression check has to have at least 100# to run right
Hooked up a compression gauge but I couldn't get any reading to register.

Either my gauge is faulty or the saw has no compression. If the latter is the case then that explains why it won't start.

I suspect the piston ring is worn out but I found that part is no longer available for this old saw. I guess it's time to say goodbye to my 40 year old friend...
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Re: Old craftsman chainsaw won't start

Take the spark plug out and hold your finger over the hole and feel for compression, could also be the ethanol gasoline has ruined the carb.
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Take the spark plug out and hold your finger over the hole and feel for compression, could also be the ethanol gasoline has ruined the carb.
There's just very little air pressure, just enough to know the piston is moving. I tried the rubber-tipped, metal tube extension with the pressure gauge and got a reading of 15 psi.
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Re: Old craftsman chainsaw won't start

I don't see any way to salvage the old fella, so as a replacement I am looking at the Craftsman 20 in 46cc

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MJHGCC1...ustomerReviews

And the Remington equivalent

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KC4W9TS..._t1_B07MJHGCC1

They look to be the same saw.
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Re: Old craftsman chainsaw won't start

For the same price as the Craftsman you can get this bigger saw 50cc,https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N7RYW7R..._t3_B07MJHGCC1
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For the same price as the Craftsman you can get this bigger saw 50cc,https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N7RYW7R..._t3_B07MJHGCC1
That looks like a nice saw. It apparently is made by, or is part of Husqvarna. It doesn't include the case from what I can see.

Not sure who is making the Craftsman saw.
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Craftsman today isnít what it was 40 years ago, you might be disappointed. You might want to Check CL or FB for a used echo/Stihl/Husq/dollar/jonsered/etc saw. Seller would probably let you try it before you buy it.
Or, if youíre like me and are attached to what you had, you might be able to get a direct replacement for the craftsman on the Bay.
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Just for old times sake I searched around and found a replacement piston ring for my old chainsaw. So I opened up the case to see if I could salvage the piston and cylinder.

Unfortunately, the piston and cylinder are both scarred.

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I found a replacement cylinder. So, I need to find a piston and I think I can get this old dog running again. The craftsman model# is 358.353691 and the part number is 10588, if anybody knows a good source. Sears site shows it out of stock.

The saw was made by Poulan I think their model #2300

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Re: Old craftsman chainsaw won't start

Looks likee it's time to buy a new saw, eh?
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Looks likee it's time to buy a new saw, eh?
Yep, I've already ordered a new one. I'm just exploring to see if the old saw can be salvaged. Doesn't look too promising.

Yesterday I removed the piston and didn't realize the connecting rod had a bunch of loose needle bearings to cradle the piston wrist pin.

Naturally, they all came out and I spent forever finding and gathering them back together.

Even if I can find the parts, I have no idea how I would put the piston back together with loose needle bearings. This only further discourages me from resurrecting the saw.
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I bought this one from TSC and love it! https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...iABEgJECfD_BwE

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Re: Old craftsman chainsaw won't start

Might pay to keep the old saw & all the parts--I had a few old "Eager Beaver" McCullogh chain saws I was going to toss,but I came across two more at a flea market for $5 each that were in better shape than mine--I used the leftovers from mine for parts..

I see tons of chain saws at flea markets and yard sales that are priced real cheap,or even had them given to me when I asked how much they wanted for them!..most just needed new fuel hoses ,a good carb cleaning,looked like they were used only a few times,and left to sit for years with old gas in them..I have yet to own a brand new chain saw,but have rescued a few that were close to new in that condition..


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