How To Replace The Clutch On A Chainsaw




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Ariel Lezen: On my saw, the clutch appears to be backwards; the teeth for the chain are facing outwards and I can't see the inner parts. Help?

Rafael F. Cardona: So nice for those who know... Thanks, very helpful..

Faye Duvall: A great video. Thanks .

William Todd: This video title is a bit misleading LOL. You are replacing the sprocket and the clutch drum unit, not the clutch, ok well actually you are replacing half the clutch LOL. To those having issues with using a piece of rope in the cylinder to bind up the piston...its not an issue if you do it correctly. Doesn't matter where the piston is when you insert the rope, just remember to leave enough rope to be able to remove it after you finish. Best insurance on that is to have a rope long enough to tie the other end to the chain saw handle. Once you complete the work, and are ready to remove the rope, simply turn the flywheel of the saw in the opposite direction to lower the piston and be able to pull the rope back out. I've been doing this for many years and have never had a problem, and have never had a rope get stuck in the intake or exhaust ports. As for which sprocket is better its just a matter of preference really. With normal use they will work for many years without needing replaced. Usually they fail when the chain isn't kept at its proper tension and allowed to slip around the spurs which will eventually chip them or break the teeth off completely. My 27 year old Echo chainsaw has never had the sprocket replaced, as a matter of fact the saw has never been taken apart other than to replace the chain. Still has the original 16" bar on it as well. Under extremely heavy use the bar, and the sprocket as well as the clutch may become worn enough to require replacing those components. The problem is by the time that happens the saw may be so old that parts are hard to find LOL. I've found this to be the problem with my Echo, some of the parts are hard to find, or not even available anymore at all. 

Gregory Joy: he should have greased the sprocket bearing while he had it apart , or at least made mention of it . I had never seen the cord trick before. It would have good to see it actually done . 

Martin Benfield: Thanks. This was great. Best info I have gotten

backyardbirds: I can't seem to get the clutch/sprocket cover to go back in place on my Husky 345 after cleaning and replacing a chain. can you help?

Thomas Herbert: Dominic,, who the hell are you talking about ? the guy in video ? did you work on your saw ? 

Jose Ferreira: yeah...use the string and ruin your piston/rings. what a dumb idea. do you know some people dont know it may get caught on the ports? oh nevermind. you just wanna sell some parts

willembeton: thanks for the tips !!

Cheryl MacKenzie: Dear Mark, Thank you very much for helping me rehab our chainsaw! Mystery dispelled, nothing to get hung about. C 

Waseem Asghar: thanks great job,we learn a great trick to open it.

Duramax0530: Good video but wondering if hammering on that clutch will do any damage to the piston when it hits that stop?

wersuss: Thanks, also great site powermotors.lt/

WalshPhoto: Priceless video. Thanks

mindfreak001009: hi there, please can you tell me the advantage/disadvantage of spur and rim sprockets, try to buy one for my father's farm in the Philippines, thank you so much! really learned a lot!

kevin d: Excellent video, your making it look to easy. :)

byran garcia: 1. I put the string in the piston, it turned over and caught my string. 2. string is caught in piston now. 3. now I have to either take my brand new chainsaw apart or bring it to a shot so I can look like an idiot... oh yeah can u take a shoe lace string out of my piston yeah thanks. worst idea to lock the clutch up ever

William VanNess: Smart fella might tie a big knot on the end of that cord. Be pretty irritating for that loose end to slip down that mouse-hole and disappear.

DownTownBrown71: I assume that you are now running around with just one shoe on???

wopfather2: i have a ryobi RY10521 model chainsaw, and i can't figure out how to relate this video to removing its sprocket and clutch. On this model, the sprocket and clutch are reversed. the sprocket is on the outside and the drum appears to hide the clutch. even when locking the cylandar with a rope, the sprocket sill spins freely. How do i get to the clutch to remove it from the drive train?

Jakewick1: Is it likely that an old chainsaw's clutch cannot be replaced or removed?

Lord Vaders: i have a homelite chain saw and when i start it it runs great but as soon as i touch it to a single peice of wood it bogs down really bad. i already rebuilt the carburator. any think you might be able to think of? Thanks,

eReplacementParts.com: Check the spark arrestor in the muffler and make sure that it isn't plugged. If it looks good the next thing I would look at is cylinder wear which would lead to lack of compression. Use a compression tester to check the cylinder compression. It should be around 110lbs. Anything less than 70lbs. would indicate a worn out cylinder and piston rings. I hope this helps, -Mark

Don Brown: This was very well done. Thank You! I would like to find an e-how video on how to do a basic carburetor kit. I my case a sthyl chain saw 290. I would love to know if I'm doing it all right. I'm a video editor do you have your own staff or could I help? See next video post.

JEREMY FOUNTAIN: always always always replace the clutch drum bearing

jon hepden: Thanks you this video was most helpfull.

gmax666: You should mention that the piston should be above the exhaust port before you poke the rope in.

eReplacementParts.com: @Sasquatch7foot A spur sprocket will begin to develop grooves on the drive surfaces when it is worn. A rim sprocket will develop indentations on the surface of the drive holes. My saw is also a model 55. When I purchased it it was also .325" pitch. I replaced the sprocket, bar, and chain and converted it to 3/8" pitch. I run a 16" bar on it which is enough for most jobs. It sure cuts fast with the 3/8" pitch chain! Thanks for watching, -Mark

chasesrc: Very cool trick using a screw driver & hammer. Thanks for the great video, my clutch just burned up on Saturday!

ensen89: Right. I made a home-made clutch key. Just a piece of wood with two screws in it. I had to built it twice, because the first version wasn't strong enough and broke. Srewdriver didn't work. I don't like pounding on maschines, it's better to apply "soft torque"

rehabsteven: Excellent video. My saw no longer idles, the chain moves regardless of the throttle. Do I need a new clutch or is this likely to be a brake issue?

Joseph7296: Hi Mark--quick question..I'm new to chainsaw repair. I have a Husqvarna 353 saw and I removed the two C shaped clutch springs thinking I needed to do this in order to replace a spur sprocket. Is there a special way to get the springs back on to the clutch? I can't seem to do it. Great video and thanks in advance for answering my question.

Don Baker: Excellent information useful also for Tanaka. Comment about making up a tool with 2x1 wood about 3 feet and putting in 2 screws is the answer for an old machine rather than the hammer and screwdrive method. Thanks everyone for useful info Don at Buckinghamshire UK

Richie Burke: there called nuts ...lol not bolts

realman68751: These are the most informative videos I've been able to find . don't stop posting them as I will use them then buy my parts from eparts...thank you

norman1987: Where do you buy a "piston binding tool?

MARIJAN KUČEJ: Thanks

John Flowers: can u show how to fix a throttle peddle's safety on a chainsaw

Maltinis: thx, great and informative video!

robertkathleen1: very informative..thank you

DownTownBrown71: Once you remove your drive sprocket, before installing your new part, should you not remove and grease your roller bearings before reassembly?

Felicia Clarke: as a mechanic can you give me a tip, I changed chain,bar,sproket and clutch on an old Dolmar 115, only problem is the clutch isn´t gripping, engine runs okay , chain rotates but as soon as you apply pressure it stands still. Have I got the wrong clutch or do I need to manipulate it in some way before mounting it

Old Guy: You just cant fix stupid so don't try!

pwleppa: A very good video. Thank you and best regards from Finland.

popsdsr: You are good. You stay on subject and clearly give info. thanks

benlegend199: hello can you help me i have a chainsaw i have tryed everything to take off the clutch but it wont move a bit please help

PERPARSON: as a chainsaw mechanic i can say that if the saw is allready used you will never get the clutch off like that...the clutch have left "nut" so when the saw is running the clutch is tightened more by itself.... piston lock and clutch key !!!! sory for my bad english

gmax666: String is probably caught in exhaust port, pull the muffler and see if you can remove the string.

keith byrd: Thanks
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