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Re: Husqvarna 266SE starter cord very hard to pull.
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2020, 06:28:45 am »
Hate to say, or ask this but I wonder what the age of the OP is? We get plenty of older guys come into the store complaining that a saw is "hard to pull over" and there must be something wrong with it. Sadly, the problem is that these guys have reached a point where they can no longer snap the rope enough to start the saw. Kind of a delicate thing to communicate to the customer without offending them. Whether we start the saw or ask them to try it, you don't want to make them feel like crap. Best to say "we" are all getting older. This problem is worse for someone who might go a long time between saw use, vs someone who runs a saw all the time.
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Re: Husqvarna 266SE starter cord very hard to pull.
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2020, 07:21:01 am »
Hate to say, or ask this but I wonder what the age of the OP is? We get plenty of older guys come into the store complaining that a saw is "hard to pull over" and there must be something wrong with it. Sadly, the problem is that these guys have reached a point where they can no longer snap the rope enough to start the saw. Kind of a delicate thing to communicate to the customer without offending them. Whether we start the saw or ask them to try it, you don't want to make them feel like crap. Best to say "we" are all getting older. This problem is worse for someone who might go a long time between saw use, vs someone who runs a saw all the time.

Dad just gave me his farm use saw due to such 2 winters ago.  Age and bad shoulder caught up to him.
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Re: Husqvarna 266SE starter cord very hard to pull.
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2020, 10:41:19 am »
Yep I used to see it when I was working part time in a shop.   People would bring in a saw and all it needed was someone who could pull it over real good. 
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Re: Husqvarna 266SE starter cord very hard to pull.
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2020, 06:35:17 am »
Hate to say, or ask this but I wonder what the age of the OP is? We get plenty of older guys come into the store complaining that a saw is "hard to pull over" and there must be something wrong with it. Sadly, the problem is that these guys have reached a point where they can no longer snap the rope enough to start the saw. Kind of a delicate thing to communicate to the customer without offending them. Whether we start the saw or ask them to try it, you don't want to make them feel like crap. Best to say "we" are all getting older. This problem is worse for someone who might go a long time between saw use, vs someone who runs a saw all the time.

Dad just gave me his farm use saw due to such 2 winters ago.  Age and bad shoulder caught up to him.

It's gonna catch us all. Did you come up with an alternative for him? Soomething smaller and easier to start. My Dad is 90 and can still start the 350 I leave at his house. Some customers have gone the battery route. The little 120i runs with only the smallest gas saws, but it does more work than a saw that they can't get going. Keeps the guys out and active too.
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Re: Husqvarna 266SE starter cord very hard to pull.
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2020, 07:30:12 am »
Hate to say, or ask this but I wonder what the age of the OP is? We get plenty of older guys come into the store complaining that a saw is "hard to pull over" and there must be something wrong with it. Sadly, the problem is that these guys have reached a point where they can no longer snap the rope enough to start the saw. Kind of a delicate thing to communicate to the customer without offending them. Whether we start the saw or ask them to try it, you don't want to make them feel like crap. Best to say "we" are all getting older. This problem is worse for someone who might go a long time between saw use, vs someone who runs a saw all the time.



Dad just gave me his farm use saw due to such 2 winters ago.  Age and bad shoulder caught up to him.

It's gonna catch us all. Did you come up with an alternative for him? Soomething smaller and easier to start. My Dad is 90 and can still start the 350 I leave at his house. Some customers have gone the battery route. The little 120i runs with only the smallest gas saws, but it does more work than a saw that they can't get going. Keeps the guys out and active too.

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Re: Husqvarna 266SE starter cord very hard to pull.
« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2020, 04:45:25 pm »
SOLUTION is here.

The problem is in the aging pull cord. As the cord is pulled the normal compression in the cylinder increases the resistive force which tightens the cord inside the wheel and it jams with the lower circle of the cord.

I just tore my Husky 44 into pieces, but it turned out that just replacing the cord fixed this. I had the exact same problem as described here, really easy to pull when the plug was removed, but when it is installed impossible to start the saw. This seems to be problem that can occur with many brand saws. No wonder the fix is quite general.
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Re: Husqvarna 266SE starter cord very hard to pull.
« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2020, 09:55:48 pm »
Yeah, sometimes the old cord can get so stiff it just doesn't work anymore. Did you replace the cord with the same size as what was in there? Could be that the cord was replaced with the wrong size at some point. What you describe about the cord jamming itself is most often due to a crackked starter pulley. Fairly common on 200 series saws like the 266. The pulley spreads were the crack is and allows the cord to double up and jam. Not good at retracting either.
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