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Chainsaw Chain Does Not Turn

The 3 most common part(s) or condition(s) which cause the symptom Chainsaw chain does not turn are listed below starting with the most likely. Check or test each item and watch any available videos.


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Clutch

If the chainsaw chain does not engage the clutch assembly might be worn out. The clutch is similar to an automotive clutch. The chain sprocket is attached to the clutch drum and there are clutch pads underneath. As the pads wear out the clutch assembly no longer engages with the motor and the chain does not engage either.

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To see parts for your chainsaw, you need to enter your model number on the right. The system will then display parts that are associated with your chainsaw.

Clutch Band kit

Chainsaws are equipped with a clutch band, a steel band that wraps around the clutch drum and is activated by the emergency stop lever. If the lever does not disengage the chain does not engage. Check to be sure the stop lever is disengaged. Adjust the clutch band if necessary.

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To see parts for your chainsaw, you need to enter your model number on the right. The system will then display parts that are associated with your chainsaw.

Drum Brake

Chainsaws are equipped with a clutch band drum brake, a steel band that wraps around the clutch drum and is activated by the emergency stop lever. If the lever does not disengage the chain does not engage. Check to be sure the stop lever is disengaged. If necessary, adjust the clutch band drum brake.

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