I figured there’s at least a hand full of people that frequent this site that could be helped out by this article. Who hasn’t had a chainsaw at some point that was giving them a fit?
If you have an older chainsaw, you’ve probably heard it say this before: “Help, Help! cough, umpfh, vrooooommmmm! cough, sputter, death.” I’ll walk you through the steps of bringing a Stihl 026 chainsaw back to life.
Maybe I shouldn’t lead off with this, but my Husquvarna 55 has never given me trouble… Just sayin’.
Alright, some history. The 026 was given to me. Yes, pretty cool, right? It was in a box… In pieces… With enough oil impregnated swarf packed into each nook and cranny to make a dozen toxic candles. The first step was clear. CLEAN!!! Tooth picks, nylon brushes, and a steady supply of compressed air were the tools needed for this project. After replacing the spark plug and putting some fresh gas in the tank, she was purring like a kitten.
Fast forward about a year and things aren’t so dandy. Once the saw would turn over, it would immediately die. Nothing is more frustrating.
So what’s the problem? Well, I had a hunch that the carburetor needed to be rebuilt, so I tore it apart and what do ya know. The diaphragm was torn… This is obviously an issue. Lets hope it runs like a top when I get it back together.
I found my carburetor rebuild kit on ebay for less than $10. If you try getting these parts from your local chainsaw shop… Well lets just say you shouldn’t even bother calling because it will be at least 3 times more expensive.
Rebuilding a carb is pretty straight forward. Keep track of the way things come apart. Catch the spring that wants to go airborne from the needle valve. Give everything a good soak of carb cleaner and then reassemble. Easy, right? Well, just in case you like pictures as much as I do, you’re in for a treat.
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