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Chainsaw Chain Not Turning

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Chainsaw chain not turning are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Chainsaw chain not turning

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Cause 1Clutch

The clutch pads engage the clutch drum to allow the chain to rotate. If the clutch pads are worn out, the motor will run, but the clutch pads will not engage the clutch drum. As a result, the chain won't turn. Make sure that the stop lever is disengaged. If the stop lever is engaged, the chain won't turn. If the clutch pads are worn out, replace the clutch assembly.

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Cause 2Clutch Band Kit

The clutch pads engage the clutch drum to allow the chain to rotate. If the clutch pads are worn out, the motor will run, but the clutch pads will not engage the clutch drum. As a result, the chain won't turn. Make sure that the stop lever is disengaged. If the stop lever is engaged, the chain won't turn. If the clutch pads are worn out, replace the clutch assembly.

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Cause 3Drum Brake

The clutch band drum brake engages the clutch drum to allow the chain to rotate. If the clutch band is worn out, the motor will run, but the clutch band will not engage the clutch drum. As a result, the chain won't turn. Make sure that the stop lever is disengaged. If the stop lever is engaged, the chain won't turn. If the clutch pads are worn out, replace the clutch assembly.

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