Reasons for a Homelite Chainsaw Not Starting

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Reasons for a Homelite Chainsaw Not Starting
A chainsaw can cut through firewood. (Chain saw against firewood pile image by Andrzej Thiel from

A Homelite brand chainsaw is a high-speed wood cutting power tool. This handy tool can make short work of some big jobs around the home, including clearing out underbrush, cutting up a fallen tree or cutting firewood for the winter. All chainsaws require regular maintenance to perform at peak efficiency, and occasionally situations may arise that prevent the chainsaw from starting.

No Spark

A Homelite brand chainsaw will not start if the firing chamber does not get a spark from the spark plug, according to the Homelite Operator's Manual. The solution to this problem is to first inspect the spark plug wire to ensure it is securely attached to the spark plug. If the wire is attached but the chainsaw will still not start, the spark plug may need replacing. Remove the spark plug by turning it counterclockwise with a spark plug wrench until it is loose and unscrewing it the rest of the way by hand. Replace the old spark plug by hand, threading a new spark plug into the socket and tightening with a spark plug wrench; reattach the spark plug wire. Homelite recommends using a Champion RCJ-6Y spark plug gapped at .025 inches.


A Homelite brand chainsaw may fail to start if the firing chamber is flooded. Clear a flooded engine by removing the spark plug and setting the choke to the "Run" position. With the ignition switch in the "Off" position, pull the starter cord repeatedly for up to 20 pulls to clear excess fuel. Inspect and clean the spark plug, and reinstall it. Move the ignition switch to the "Run" position, and attempt to start the chainsaw using normal starting procedures. If the engine will still not start, it may need a new spark plug.

Carburettor Adjustments

Homelite brand chainsaws may start but then immediately die. They may start and run but not accelerate. They may start, run and accelerate but not maintain a consistent operating speed. All of these symptoms indicate a problem with the Low Jet or High Jet adjustment of the carburettor, according to the Troubleshooting section of the Homelite Owner's Manual. Carburetor adjustments are not a problem that most amateurs can fix. Homelite recommends taking the chainsaw to an authorised service centre to have the carburettor professionally adjusted.

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