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Poulan Chainsaw Wild Thing, Chain jump
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Spence    Posted 08-25-2004 at 08:15:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi all.

My new chainsaw keeps jumping the chain. It's set for the right tension and the oil reservoir is never empty. Doesn't seem to shoot out oil as much as other models I've had. It's on warranty and in the shop but someone told me this model had something wrong with the oiler causing overheating. He said they made a mfg change to the model to fix the problem. If that's the problem then the bar slot will expand and pinch the chain guide.

My shop won't admit it if it is true of course and I've not confronted them to find out if it's true. Should I dump this machine right off?


AW    Posted 08-25-2004 at 21:11:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check your drive sprocket for cracks (if a rim type sprocket) or damaged teeth (if a spur type sprocket). Check the sprocket at the tip of the bar too. Also, is it possible you have replaced the original chain with one which is not the same pitch as your drive and bar tip sprockets or has a different guage than the groove in your bar?

Bob/Ont    Posted 08-25-2004 at 08:45:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Spence if you are not geting enough oil on the chain it will seize up when it's hot. Is it throwing the chain off? Maybe the bar is bent or the sprocket out of alignment.
Later Bob

Spence    Posted 08-25-2004 at 14:35:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Doesn't seem to be getting as much oil as my other saws of other brands did. What I mean is it doesn't throw it off the end sprocket in a stream.

Bob/Ont    Posted 08-25-2004 at 15:14:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Spence, my little Mac is throwing more oil than it used to. that concerns me that I might run out of oil before fuel. They used to be just about out of oil and fuel at the same time. Now it starts to bog down before the fuel is gone. Check the chain and it's tight in the links oil gone.If your chain stays flexable I think you are getting enough oil. What do you mean by chain jumping?
Later Bob

russ    Posted 06-05-2005 at 19:31:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
No no no!
There is too much slop between the clutch drum and end plate washer and the chain stretches some and walks to the edge of the spur gear and falls into that space-- end result chain comes off.
Good fix is to check out oregon pro sprockets, that will end that problem.. or if you want, add a washer between the E-clip and end plate washer eliminating the space/slop.


Joel    Posted 08-25-2004 at 12:11:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't use mine a lot but kept having trouble with the carberator whenever I needed it. I finally traded for a Husquvarna which I have heard have fewer problems....I'll have to wait and see.

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