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Old 09-21-2017, 01:34 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Repaired my chainsaw today

I have a 2012 42cc 18" Craftsman (Poulan) chainsaw that refused to start when we started storm cleanup last week.

I replaced the fuel lines that had become brittle, still no start. So Sunday I ordered a new factory replacement carburetor off of ebay. The carb arrived today and I replaced the old one.

The saw started right up and off to the back yard/woods I went with it. We have medium/small trees and limbs down all over the place. Now we can finish cleaning up and get that debris out to the road for pickup next week.

I am not crazy about working in 90+ temps but like many here I'd rather do it myself than pay someone to do something that I can do.

The best part is that the carb only cost $23 w/shipping vs $200-300 for a new saw.

I came in to take a break and cool off, now It's time to go get hot again.
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Old 09-21-2017, 01:42 PM   #2
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If you buy that high $$ mix in the cans, it has no ethanol and won't gum up your carb.

Or, if you can find some non-ethanol gasoline in your area, mix your own. It will last a year or so vs. one month.

Here's the list for Florida: http://www.buyrealgas.com/Florida.html

I only run ethanol free in my small engines. Mower, rototiller, generator, and chainsaws. Every single one of them starts first pull. Every single time. Not like when I used that other garbage.
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My wife's '02 TA only gets driven one

tank of gas a year...ethanol free gas

I run that gas out and fill it back up

with ethanol free gas again...

The car has less than 29,xxx miles

on it...

I bought it New for her and she doesn't

drive anymore...

Runs like a top
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Had a problem with my lawnmower, got a new carb from Amazon, now it works better than ever. I shopped until I found one for about $12. It doesn't pay to fiddle with them. My leaf blower gave problems too and after looking into everything I pulled the fuel out into a clear bottle, it had about quarter of a cup of water inside and water doesn't burn very well. So I need to mix a new batch of fuel and oil into my 1 gal. can.
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If you buy that high $$ mix in the cans, it has no ethanol and won't gum up your carb.

Or, if you can find some non-ethanol gasoline in your area, mix your own. It will last a year or so vs. one month.

Here's the list for Florida: http://www.buyrealgas.com/Florida.html

I only run ethanol free in my small engines. Mower, rototiller, generator, and chainsaws. Every single one of them starts first pull. Every single time. Not like when I used that other garbage.
At first I was using ethanol gas mixed with sea foam or something like that in my small engines until I found a gas station that carried non ethanol gas a few years ago. I haven't had much trouble with the equipment but the chainsaw doesn't get used a lot. It has sure been a work horse today though.
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Had a problem with my lawnmower, got a new carb from Amazon, now it works better than ever. I shopped until I found one for about $12. It doesn't pay to fiddle with them. My leaf blower gave problems too and after looking into everything I pulled the fuel out into a clear bottle, it had about quarter of a cup of water inside and water doesn't burn very well. So I need to mix a new batch of fuel and oil into my 1 gal. can.
Speaking of leaf blowers, yesterday I mowed the grass and afterwards was going to blow the debris off of the driveway and street. It is a Husqvarna backpack blower and usually starts right up. When I attempted to pull start it it sounded like the blower had separated from the engine.

Fix one thing and another breaks. I'll pull it apart tomorrow.
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Go to the local airport and get 100LL aviation gasoline. No more problems. Don't use corn gas.
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My lawn/weed mower would run for awhile then act like it would run out of gas.

After 2 years of trying to fix it, clean carb bowl, blow out the gas line, clean the tank

I finally figured out the gas cap I had replaced wasnt breathing and sealing the tank so the gas wouldnt flow out,,, Duh
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My 15 year old mower finally gave out on me.
Let the step son use it and it wouldn't shut off when you let go the handle.
Then he tinkered with it after pulling off the spark plug ware too many times.
Now it just sits.
Hell, that little suck was a winner all those years.
Push that primer bulb seven times and it started on the second pull, after
setting all winter with gas in the tank.

I told him, well, that's what I get for loaning power equipment to ANYBODY!
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im rebuilding a 20 year old rototiller , years of icky gas did a number on it.


same with my chainsaw, fuckers in pieces - needs a new carb too.
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At first I was using ethanol gas mixed with sea foam or something like that in my small engines until I found a gas station that carried non ethanol gas a few years ago. I haven't had much trouble with the equipment but the chainsaw doesn't get used a lot. It has sure been a work horse today though.
That is the way to go with all small engines - snow blower, weedwhacker, leaf blower, generator, lawn mower, chainsaw, etc. In Florida there are a lot of non-ethanol gas because many boaters buy it for their boat motors.

There are two places in my area that sell non-ethanol. One is a small airport, and the other is the Farm Bureau Co-Op. The Farm Bureau Co-Op has the lowest price.
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My wife's '02 TA only gets driven one

tank of gas a year...ethanol free gas

I run that gas out and fill it back up

with ethanol free gas again...

The car has less than 29,xxx miles

on it...

I bought it New for her and she doesn't

drive anymore...

Runs like a top

Filled that car up yesterday...$3.09/gallon

for ethanol free gas...worth every cent...
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My wife's '02 TA only gets driven one

tank of gas a year...ethanol free gas

I run that gas out and fill it back up

with ethanol free gas again...

The car has less than 29,xxx miles

on it...

I bought it New for her and she doesn't

drive anymore...

Runs like a top
I've got a little bit of an addiction to F-bodies. If the two of you ever need to get rid of that car there is a good chance I would be interested.
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what's a 02 TA ?
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what's a 02 TA ?
2002 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird with the WS6 package

The last year that they were made...

This one is Black inside and out

160 at the peg...
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