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Old 11-20-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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I have a craftsman 2 cycle gas trimmer. Worked OK for 2 summers but trouble started late this summer. I was on the same gas that I got in the beginning of the summer. It stalled out while trimming one day, and would not restart. A week later, I changed the spark plug and cleaned the filter. It started easily, I revved it for a minute then shut it off to load up string. You guessed it, it did not restart. So I drained the gas, got a fresh can, and filled the tank. It started easily, I trimmed for about two minutes and it abruptly stalled again and would not restart. I pushed the primer so many times trying to restart I'm sure all the old gas is gone, but it still won't start. Any clue what it might be???

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Old 11-20-2013, 05:19 PM   #2
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About 90% of the time it's using ethanol gas that has messed up the lines and the carburetor.
I never mix more then 1 gal. at a time, always use nonethanol fuel and all my chainsaws, trimmers start every time.
You can now buy premixed nonethanol fuel or you can use an additive to counter act the effects of the ethanol.
Now your stuck with replacing or rebuilding the carburetor.

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Old 11-21-2013, 11:55 AM   #3
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Look inside the fuel tank and see if there is a filter in there. All of my machines have them. I grab the hose in the tank with needle nose pliers and work the filter out. I spray carb cleaner thru them backwards to flush them out at least once every two years. I have a 27 year old leaf blower that is still on it's first filter and starts every time.
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Never had much luck with craftsmen stuff. I had a craftsmen leaf blower that was basically brand new. I could never get that thing to run properly. You have to disassemble the whole thing too do anything to it. Most people just buy new every few years.
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Look inside the fuel tank and see if there is a filter in there. All of my machines have them. I grab the hose in the tank with needle nose pliers and work the filter out. I spray carb cleaner thru them backwards to flush them out at least once every two years.
I have to agree here. More than likely this is your issue. I've had to do the same thing for my equipment from time to time. It's almost always the filter when this happens.
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Old 12-14-2013, 06:20 PM   #6
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Premium gas and some Stabil will prevent 90% of future carb troubles.

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