In the previous post we looked at removal of the drive sprocket from a Stihl chainsaw, which uses an inboard clutch (which makes removal very simple).
In this post we'll take a look at the slightly more awkward procedure when dealing with machines fitted with an outboard clutch - in this example we'll be using my Husqvarna 350 chainsaw. Find out more, and watch the video, after the jump...
Those chainsaws that use an outboard clutch need to be tackled differently from those fitted with an inboard clutch. Husqvarna, Partner and the Stihl climbing saws all utilise outboard clutches.
The issue with these machines is that the clutch actually prevents you from removing the drive sprocket, and attempting to undo the clutch weights just turns the engine over (let alone the fact that it's threaded the 'wrong' way).
So, remove the drive sprocket from these machines is a bit more involved; here are the steps:
- Remove the side plate, bar and chain.
- Remove the engine cover to gain access to the spark plug.
- Remove the spark plug and fit in a piston stop tool.
- Knock the clutch weights off (remembering the thread is reversed).
- With the weights off, the drive sprocket can be removed along with the roller bearing.
The following video, although based on the Husqvarna 350 chainsaw, should be relevant to all chainsaws fitted with an outboard clutch.