Combine features of a handsaw, pruner, and other manual tools by powering an Echo chainsaw that will help you trim trees, chop firewood, and clear shrubs with ease. Before you start operating the chainsaw, understand the mechanism by going through the instruction manual thoroughly and learning how to assemble the chainsaw.
Starting a chainsaw is not difficult, but you need to exercise caution and be patient while handling it. Equip yourself with the required safety gear and ensure the chainsaw is not operated in a compact space. Also, request bystanders to keep a safe distance before you are ready to power up the saw.
Read below to find out the correct steps to power and restart the chainsaw. You can also find tips to maintain and fine-tune the equipment for optimal functioning.
Chainsaw Features and Specifications
Before you learn how to start a chainsaw for the first time (cold start) or restart while working (warm start), choose the correct saw to suit your cutting needs.
You can pick from the top handle model that is best used for cutting low-hanging branches or look for a dual-function model with a front and rear handle, thus providing better control in cutting trees, chopping firewood, and trimming branches.
Also, look for features like an air filtration system with automated filters, vibration reduction, and balance mechanism.
Preparing the Chainsaw
Firstly, read and follow the guidelines mentioned in your instruction manual. Wear the appropriate safety gear and then proceed with caution. Before you operate the chainsaw, get ready to cold start it. Prepare the chainsaw by adding stroke engine oil to your gas can and securing the lid. Shake the can to mix the oil and gas. Push the chain-brake lever (between the stationary handle and chain bar) towards the top to stop chain rotation.
Remove the fuel cap from the engine and fill it with the oil and gas mixture. Also, fill the oil tank and replace the lid. Place the chainsaw on the ground and flip the ignition switch to the ‘run’ position. Then, pull the choke control knob, which is below the purge pump bulb, and press the rubber bulb until you see some gas inside it.
Now, place one foot inside the rear handle and one hand on the stationary handle. Continue to pull the starter handle until you hear the motor starting.
Push the choke control knob back to the motor and reposition your hands to lift it carefully. Release the trigger and throat latch, but if you hear the motor idling, flip the ignition switch and resume work.
Starting an Echo Chainsaw
Now that you have prepared the chainsaw for optimal functioning let us understand how to warm start and use it correctly:
- Engage the brake chain to protect yourself. For further safety, also learn how to tighten a chainsaw chain.
- Move the ignition toggle switch to the ‘run’ position to see flames from the spark coil.
- Pump the primer bulb to fill it with adequate fuel.
- Set choke control (to the right of the rear handle, beside the primer bulb) to the closed position.
- Secure the chainsaw and pull the starter rope till you hear the motor start.
- Now, push the choke control level into an open position and repeat the rope-pulling procedure.
- Hold the saw down with your body weight and apply pressure on the handle downwards.
- Disengage the brake before pulling the throttle trigger and start your chainsaw to begin chopping.
Troubleshooting and Maintenance
Despite proper usage and routine cleaning, there are times when a chainsaw does not start. Check the spark plug, fuel, and air filter, and fill the combustion tank. At times, the chainsaw starts but dies after a while; see if the carburetor is dirty or if the air filter is clogged.
For times when the saw chain does not turn properly, check the clutch and sprocket while also adjusting and tightening the chain tension screw. If you see any damaged parts, repair or replace them immediately.
Besides, you need to maintain the chainsaw regularly. Check the air filter and clean it, replace the spark plug if it wears out, and sharpen and lubricate the chain.
Once you have finished using the saw, drain the fuel and add a stabilizer. Tighten all nuts and inspect the spark plug. Check if the fuel line has no cracks and ensure the starter rope is not frayed. Now, store the chainsaw in a cool, dry place after every use.
Whether you are a homeowner or landscaper, the Echo chainsaw is an excellent tool to shear trees, branches, and shrubs. Depending on the usage, you can choose from different sizes and models that are suitable for tasks ranging from simple yard work to heavy-duty commercial logging.
Wear protective clothing and follow safety procedures to power up the saw during the first cold start and the second warm start. Remember to activate the chain brake, control vibration to prevent your hands from getting tired, and set chain tension. Also, remove the chain catcher to reduce the risk of getting hit by a piece of chain and safeguard yourself at all times.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Does the Echo Chainsaw Fail to Start Sometimes?
Lack of fuel, clogged and damaged air filters, choked fuel pipe, dirty carburetor, faulty spark plug and arrestor, malfunctioning ignition coil are among some reasons that fail to start an Echo chainsaw.
How Many Times Do You Have to Prime an Echo Chainsaw?
Manually preparing the engine for starting by pumping fuel into the carburetor is called priming. You must press the purge valve or pump four to five times to prime the chainsaw.
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