Small engines, including chainsaws, can be frustrating to start. This is especially true when starting a saw that needs a tune-up, when engine temperatures are extremely cold and when flooded. Flooding a chainsaw is the most common reason saws refuse to start.
Here is a step by step set of instructions that can make cranking a chainsaw less of a chore. It has been developed from tips given by loggers who use the tool every day, year after year. The first big thing to remember is to keep the saw clean, full of the proper non-ethanol gas/oil mixture and perform regular maintenance.