This morning Will and I went out to begin cutting the wood pile. I had changed chains and serviced the saw earlier in the morning. The first cut went beautifully, the saw falling through the rock maple like a warm knife through butter. Same on the second cut – about half way. Then the chain stopped although the engine was still going. That’s odd. I hope the clutch isn’t dying I thought as I turned the saw off. On investigation I could find nothing wrong so I went to start the saw again. No go.
I disassembled the saw, checked the fuel, compression, fuel pump, air intake, spark plug (dirty), filter (a little dirty but not bad), pull, pull, pull – nada. So Will and I went inside where it is warmer and less windy to work on the saw. I got the other one and began swapping parts to see what the problem was since it was nothing obvious. Nada.
Lunch. Do other things. Take a break from the saw. When I came back to it we took it in a dark room with the spark plug pulled so we could see if we were getting a spark. I was hoping the alternator wasn’t shot. No spark. We flicked the on off switch. Tried again. Huge spark. Great. I had been trying to start the saw with the switch in the wrong position! Gaaa! Oh well, at least I got to change the spark plug, air filter and give the saw a thorough cleaning. It starts very easily now. I have marked the switch to make it clearer which is the right position. Dum-dee-dum-dumb!
Outdoors: 28°F/14°F Partially Sunny, 4″ Snow
Farm House: 51°F/43°F no fire
Tiny Cottage: 53°F/46°F plumbing planning