Getting a chain saw started can seem like a never-ending tug-of-war with the starter rope, especially if the saw is used infrequently. Understanding the requirements to start the engine of your Husqvarna 357XP chain saw can help you avoid or quickly resolve most starting problems. A common cause of starting problems is leaving old gas in the tank. Gas goes bad after several weeks of sitting, so always fill your tank with fresh gas before trying to start it. To help prevent starting problems, empty the tank if you don't plan on using the chain saw for a time.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Two-cycle engine oil
- Approved fuel container
- Unleaded regular gasoline
Pour the two-cycle engine oil into the approved fuel container. Fill the container with regular unleaded gas and mix the fuel. Drain any remaining old gas from the chain saw's tank. Pour in the freshly mixed fuel. Make sure everything else about the saw is in top condition and that the saw will be ready to work once the engine starts.
Push the chain brake handle, which sits atop the chain saw, toward the guard handle. Squeeze the throttle and lockout trigger. Slide the choke lever into the setting that looks like "|\|" or the half-open setting. This allows gas to reach the carburettor when cold.
Pump the primer bulb, if present on your 357XP, at least five times, or until the bulb fills with gas. Push the decompression knob down. This knob is located on top of the chain saw near the cylinder, and releases any built-up compression in the engine. It should always be pressed down when making cold starts.
Place the chain saw on the ground. Insert the tip of your right foot into the rear handle. Brace your left hand on top of the front handle. Grasp the starter rope with your right hand.
Pull the rope out, using quick and even strokes. Don't pull too hard. Pull the rope until you hear the engine attempt to fire. Immediately switch the choke into the closed setting. Pull on the rope again until the engine fires. This should happen with just one additional pull. Squeeze the trigger and throttle lock to stop the chain saw spinning and prevent wear to the clutch. Listen to the engine attentively and feed it a little gasoline as needed to keep it running while it warms up for a few moments. When it's warmed up and running smoothly, pull the chain brake back to start cutting.
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