My Husqvarna 350 Chainsaw Won't Start

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Husqvarna makes chainsaws for the professional lumberman and woodcutter and for homeowners. For a time, it offered a cheaper, lighter version called the Husqvarna 350. It was an 18-inch saw which sometimes would not start, a problem common to many chainsaws.

Troubleshoot your balky Husqvarna 350 one step at a time. Begin by consulting your owner's manual, which should have come with the saw. If you need one, you may order from Husqvarna, a dealer or an online supplier. This will give you the proper starting procedure to make sure you are following the correct steps from the beginning.

Consult a Husqvarna repair center. Husqvarna provides a telephone number for its national center only to authorized repair centers and not to customers and the public. Its website offers a list of dealer locations and telephone numbers. In some cases, such as carburetor problems, a dealer must address the problem because of Environmental Protection Agency rules.

Use these steps, described by a Husqvarna repair center employee, to troubleshoot your Husqvarna 350 starting problems. Make sure it has fuel, with the proper mix of gasoline and two-cycle oil. Be sure it is fresh -- if it has been in the saw for a long time, dump it and replace with fresh fuel. (Consider disposing of old oil by putting it in your car's gas tank -- the minute amount of oil won't affect your engine.) Then make sure the top handle, which locks the chain, is pulled back, and be sure the chain moves freely and is not binding.

Pull out the choke lever, which also sets the throttle for starting. Some saws may have a primer button that should be pushed a couple of times. If the Husqvarna 350 tries to start after a few pulls on the starting rope, push the choke in and try again.

Check the air filter and spark plug on the Husqvarna 350. If the air filter is clogged or dirty, clean it or replace it with a new one from Husqvarna or an online parts house. You can test this by trying to start the saw without the air filter. Some parts houses offer maintenance kits that include the filter. Remove the spark plug to see if it is dirty or fouled. If it is wet, that may indicate a carburetor problem which requires professional help. If the plug is dry but fouled, replace it. If the Husqvarna 350 still won't start, take it to a repair center.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be very careful working with chain saws as a minor slip can be a major accident.

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