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  1. Re: Craftman Mower with 16.5hp Honda Engine runs great without (new) air filter but n

    Cheapest thing is a new main jet.
    Check the fuel height by jambing some fuel line in the bowl drain bolt hole then run it up the side of the carb.
    The fuel height should be just below the gasket...
  2. Re: Craftman Mower with 16.5hp Honda Engine runs great without (new) air filter but n

    The main jet has fallen out or when cleaned has been enlarged
    The float is not cutting off the fuel supply at the right height so the fuel is higher in the bowl

    Both of these will cause the...
  3. Re: Echo SRM-266 won't accelerate for 2 minutes until warm and then runs fine.

    A Tiny Tach is not particularly expensive and a worthwhile addition to your tool box so you can check the max RPM under full load ( String out to full length ).
    If it is running way too fast (> 10%...
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    Re: JD 445 front tires with chaines

    There are a pair of bushes in the king pin tube.
    The front ends of these mowers is not as strong as it could be and even with just a deck on the bushes ( top mainly ) flog out oval.
    I have needed...
  5. Re: MTD RZT54 Drive Belt Replacement issues

    Glad to see you got it sorted.
    The IPL I consulted did not show the overflow tank ot lines which is why I asked for the photos.
    Thank you for doing that.
    Just one word of warning to any one else...
  6. Re: MTD RZT54 Drive Belt Replacement issues

    What you are saying conflicts with what is shown in the manuals & parts books.
    They show 2 self contained pump/motor modules thus no hydraulic hoses anywhere.
    So we really need some photos of what...
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    Re: No power/boggs down

    Running on one cylinder.
    Some of the V twins have a diode in the kill wire that goes from one coil to the other one.
    This is to stop the coils interfearing with each other.
    When this diode goes...
  8. Re: John Deere d110 stall after 15 minutes

    YEs that is exactly what happens when you have a plug of debris stuck in the fuel outlet, or water build up in the bottom of the float bowl.
    It has nothing to do with what grade of fuel your are...
  9. Re: 89 John Deere 285 hydro bypass won't work

    The important thing is can you make them rotate in the same direction ?
    If not the brake is locking the wheels, nothing to do with the hydro
    If you have an external brake, remove the caliper by...
  10. Re: Echo SRM-266 won't accelerate for 2 minutes until warm and then runs fine.

    It really sounds like the idle jet is blocked and it is starting and idling on the high speed jet.
    Rotary valve carbs will happily do that.
    Or the idle jet has backed off a little so it runs a...
  11. Re: John Deere d110 stall after 15 minutes

    Nearly all of the runs for "X" minutes then splutters & stops that come into my shop are because of No2 on Will's hit parade
    Easy way to check for it is to remove the fuel cap then the fuel line...
  12. Re: Echo SRM-266 won't accelerate for 2 minutes until warm and then runs fine.

    I can see you are now fixated upon the coil being defective so it will be a waste of time going any deeper into the trimer.
    The engine should always be allowed to fully warm up before it is used....
  13. Re: 89 John Deere 285 hydro bypass won't work

    You got 2 problems
    1) engine won't crank this will be electrical ( are the blades turned off )
    2) mower will not move , this will be mechanical

    Jack up the rear end & try to turn the rear...
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    Re: JD 445 front tires with chaines

    All ideas are good ideas.
    You just need the one that suits your needs best.

    I think that over time it will not be a success so when you do your comparative costings include replacing the steering...
  15. Re: Echo SRM-266 won't accelerate for 2 minutes until warm and then runs fine.

    Sounds like it has worn a little and the balance between the idle jet & high speed jet is off a bit and needs adjusting.
    FWIW then tuning you are supposed to leave them idle for a FULL 5 MINUTES to...
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    Re: Help with Stihl 08 S

    Thanks , never seen one with a brake.
    Always assumed they were replaced with a MS series when updated with a brake.

    The .404 chain is listed as 60 DL in the Stihl chain manual that I have.
    In...
  17. Re: Toro Brigss & stratton "ready start system" ain't startin'

    OK ,
    Scratch one off the list but only if you have checked the underside of the manifold.
    Either saturate it with WD 40 or similar , spin the engine then check for WD40 on the spark plug
    OR pull...
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    Re: Help with Stihl 08 S

    Not as far as I know . But the 088 has a brake.
    The 07, 08 ,09 are from the "he man" era , no brake, no anti vibration , no heater & points ignition and lots of one armed old men with thrombosis in...
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    Re: Dumb Question about Deck Height

    Have you dropped the tyre pressure ?
    When being transported the tyres are over inflated to gain height & stability when tied down.
    Most mower shops will drop they tyres to running pressure when...
  20. Re: Cub Cadet 7264 Compact very lazy hydrostatic

    When you purge the system next time make sure you set the engine to it's lowest speed.
    Purging at full speed tends to froth the oil.
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    Re: Help with Stihl 08 S

    That is a very old and quite dangerous saw.
    They were made illegal in the 90's because there is no chain brake.
    They are also a very good saw, one of the best Stihl even made.
    Known by their name...
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    Re: Dumb Question about Deck Height

    The numbers are just that, numbers not inches.
    The tyre pressure, blades, deck type and grass variety will all affect the actual cut height.
    That is why a lot of factories identify the deck...
  23. Re: Craftman Riding Mower Model 917. 289250 Power loss and shut down

    It is the space between the rocker & the end of the valve to allow for expansion & spring lag.
    You remove the rocker covers and check them when the piston is at its closest to the spark plug and the...
  24. Re: Craftman Riding Mower Model 917. 289250 Power loss and shut down

    It will be shutting down either because of a dud coil or a fuel blockage.
    So grab a can of carb cleaner and an red flashing in line spark tester ( 2 would be better ).
    Fit it (them ) to the engine...
  25. Re: Toro Brigss & stratton "ready start system" ain't startin'

    No but it has valves that need to open & close to allow the fuel in and the exhaust out.
    It has a long manifold that runs across the entire engine that is prone to cracking or coming loose.
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    Re: Oil ingredient list

    Not really Tom.
    Bob the oil guy seems reasonable but his mate is a bit suspect.
    His very opening paragraph is at the best misleading and at worse wrong.
    The original Babbitt was Sn:Sb:Cu but being...
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    Re: Oil ingredient list

    FWIW oils, cutting fluids, suficants & lubricants was one 13 week unit of my 4 year degree.
    It is 1/2 a unit for motor mechanics , a full year for avaition engineers and I think a 1/2 year unit for...
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    Re: 6.5hp Toro Oil Leak

    Not really.
    If the top of the engine has puddles of oil on it these will make their way down the to the bottom of the engine when not in use.
    You would be right if the engine was fully degreased...
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    Re: hydro gear 2800 Oil Change Problem

    Well done.
    When you do the upgrade don't forget to liberally grease the bolts.
    No water = no corrosion so wheel bearing grease is best.
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    Re: Simplicity 4000 throttle assembly

    The easiest way to do it is to put a mark on the side of the belt then put the belt on a length of timber with the mark at the edge.
    Put your finger on the belt to hold it down then roll the belt...
  31. Re: 16 hp Vanguard smoking, leaking oil, and died.

    Good close photos with the camera on a stand of some sort will be needed if you want a good diagnosis.
    Rod smeared around the journal is always a no oil situation.
    Discolouration of the rod and in...
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    Re: 6.5hp Toro Oil Leak

    Judging from the baked on oil & grime on top of that engine I would be suspecting the top oil seal.
  33. Re: 16 hp Vanguard smoking, leaking oil, and died.

    Before you order anything pull the engine apart.
    No good ordering a new case it the crank is wrecked.
    If one rod went then the other would be suspect and you need to work out why it went
    Low oil...
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    Re: X300 breaking belts

    Belts, pulley & blades are all wear items
    One of them needs work
    We need to see the broken belt, in close up at the break.
    The type of failure will go a long way to determining the cause of the...
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    Re: Lawn Tractor Transaxle 415663

    Actually Tom it is a brilliant piece of engineering using different materials to their full potential.
    It is in reality nothing more than a vari-drive unit re-enginered.
    The plastic housings...
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    Poll: Re: Diaphragm vs Float

    Dump the tecumseh and fit a Tillotsen diaphragm carb.
    They are a lot lot lot better and used on a lot of racing mowers and carts because for some idiot reason people will pay a lot more for their...
  37. Re: Troybilt TB22 String Trimmer and the Flying Bump Knobs

    We don't get that type of head down here sorry.
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    Repairs Re: Toro Recycler Sluggish

    Do a full tune up including adjusting the valve lash.
    You will probably fing the inlet has opened up and the exhaust has closed down.

    We will need to know the engine type and numbers if you want...
  39. Re: Cub Cadet Z Force 44 Briggs 20HP Loses drive power during use

    The left hydros tend to accumulate a lot more dirt than the right so overheat .
    This causes the oil to thin & the hydro to loose power on the left side.
    So clean the outside .
    If the problem...
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    Re: JD 445 front tires with chaines

    Get a second pair of front wheels and some motorcycle spikes
    Spike the tyres.
    It is a 2 minute job to swap the front wheels, Just 1 snap ring & a washer.
    Of course the spiked tyres will need tubes...
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    Re: Simplicity 4000 throttle assembly

    before we go spending money , we check things and the easiest thing to check is the length of the belt , in inches, just in case there is a different problem.
    I am not all together sure as the...
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    Re: John Deere LA110 will not start

    I like to help people .
    However it is hard to do if they will not co-operate.
    Back in post #12 you asked how to test the regulator & in post # 13 you were asked to take 3 voltage measurements ....
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    Re: Toro Z4200 Timecutter cutting uneven

    Still comes out of the wallet but it makes the head space feel better about it. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Toro Z4200 Timecutter cutting uneven

    Well actually you spent $175 on it.
    Spindles & blades are service items much like tyres & brakes on your car
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    Re: Oil ingredient list

    Scrubbie,
    Firstly there is no list that is available to Joe Public and if there was you would need a PhD in molecular science to make heads or tails of it.
    Secondly all of the formulations are...
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    Re: Simplicity 4000 throttle assembly

    Belts length in the USA is the outside diameter because the rest of the world uses inside diameters.
    So if you ordered a B92 from a Scottish shop you will end up with a USA B 95 ( 3 " longer ).
    If...
  47. Re: Issue with 1991 Yard Man LT14-42 Model 131684G

    Can you hear the PTO klunking as the blades start & stop ?
    If so you are having power supply problems.
    Also check the belt, if there are burn spots on it, these will tend to slip whenever they are...
  48. Re: Bent CrankShaft on Briggs 625ex..Husqvarna Push Mower

    As far as I can make out there is absolutely nothing special about this engine.
    It is a bog standard Briggs push mower engine so any old push mower engine will drop right in.
    Looks like they just...
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    Re: Carbon deposits

    I use a Dremel tool with brass brushes, scrapers made from old piston rings and in extreme cases the oxy torch with a very lean flame to burn the carbon off.
    As for around the piston, never worried...
  50. Thread: Hello

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    Re: Hello

    Evelyn,

    Just a few things we really need to know
    Firstly how old are you ?
    How tall?
    Long or short arms?
    Physical strength ?
    Gee, starting to sound like dating site.
    This is important...
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