Grass Trimmer Worth Repairing??? - Tools - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Equipment & Safety > Tools

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-06-2010, 01:01 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 3
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Grass Trimmer Worth Repairing???


I have a Homelite 2-cycle grass trimmer that was used very little, ran fine, and then was set aside for several years. I recently moved and now need a trimmer! I got it out of storage and noted all the (apparently rubber) fuel lines are "rotten" and crumble when flexed. Also, the primer bulb is no longer flexible and cracked when depressed.

I've done quite a bit of small engine repair in the past, and even happen to have some Tygon fuel line of the correct size to replace the fuel line to the carb and the gas tank line. Replacing the primer bulb looks like an easy, straightforward repair, too.

My question is: Do you even think the trimmer is worth repairing, especially if I can do it myself, or is it likely there are a lot of internal materials in similar condition that will cause problems? I don't think there will be more rubber components internally. The external appearance is excellent and free of corrosion and the engine turns over easily with the recoil starter.

Regards,
John

Advertisement

jlaustin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2010, 01:39 PM   #2
DIY Hack
 
Mr Chips's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Location, Location
Posts: 1,305
Rewards Points: 504
Default

Grass Trimmer Worth Repairing???


you really have nothing to lose by trying. I can't imagine the primer ball is expensive, so really what do you have to lose other than a couple bucks and an hour of your time?

i say "go for it"

Advertisement

__________________
Those who can, do...
Those who can't criticize on the internet
Mr Chips is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2010, 02:01 PM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 3
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Grass Trimmer Worth Repairing???


Just after I posted, I started searching for Homelite parts. I found an excellent parts diagram at Barret's Small Engines. I also think I found "the fly in the ointment"! The parts breakdown did NOT list the primer bulb as a separate unit ... apparently you have to replace the entire carburetor!

A quick look-up at Sears for the carb part no. reveals it is available - for $63.96!!

Made a call to local small engine shop. Thankfully, they have generic bulbs available. They recommended just bringing the carb/trimmer in for a match-up. Sounds a lot better than buying a new carb!

Regards,
John

Last edited by jlaustin; 08-06-2010 at 02:06 PM.
jlaustin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2010, 08:01 PM   #4
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 3
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Grass Trimmer Worth Repairing???


Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr Chips View Post
you really have nothing to lose by trying. I can't imagine the primer ball is expensive, so really what do you have to lose other than a couple bucks and an hour of your time?

i say "go for it"
You were so right! I went by the small engine shop, they matched up the primer bulb, I got some more Tygon fuel line, and the grand total was $6.30!

I installed the bulb and lines, pulled about 6 times, and the trimmer runs great! Thanks for the encouragement!

Regards,
John
jlaustin is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anderson Casement Windows is it Worth Repairing? MCASEY328 Building & Construction 2 07-28-2010 09:25 PM
How to identify lawn grass types findlay70 Landscaping & Lawn Care 1 07-06-2010 09:10 PM
Smoke or steam coming from grass Holt Landscaping & Lawn Care 0 11-05-2009 11:53 AM
Repair help w/ a cordless trimmer kennykenny Tools 6 06-28-2009 09:20 PM
Swapping grass varieties... opinions? joeyboy Landscaping & Lawn Care 5 03-11-2008 09:06 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts