Hi all. First time posting. Picked up a free Homelite 240, and a couple Big Reds. Got the Big Red running. Disassembled and Cleaned the carb, installed new starter gear and rope. The saw ran good while testing. Cold today,40 degrees and it would die when returning back to idle. My main question, when pull starting, the it will pull back so hard, it rips the T rope handle out of my hands. I'm not super saw savvy, but I can't believe it has so much compression to pull it back. I believe that's what chewed up the previous starter gear. Sorry for the long post. Thanks ahead of time for any input.
Yeah I'm pretty sure the Big Red is of the vintage of Super XL's that used the failure prone Wico electronic ignition, aka Blue Death. Maybe someone "engineered" a different ignition on it that advanced the timing? Without fast timing, a normal functioning Super XL is one of the easiest Homelites there ever was to crank over.
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If it's a points saw the points could be closed a little more than they should be (.015).I'm not sure if closing the points about .02 will cause it to advance the timing or retard it,but just that little bit can make a big difference.Like I said,if it's a points saw you'll need to pull the flywheel & clean & adjust the points,& lube the felt.