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Old 05-16-2016, 09:08 AM   #1
 
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Default Weed wacker keeps dying after 15 seconds

Got an older Crapsman weedwacker that the previous homeowners left behind...needs a new head, but I don't want to buy a head unless I can get the MF'er running. Thing is a PITA to start, but it'll start, run for about 15 seconds, then just die...you can let it idle or rev it up, but 10-15 seconds later, regardless, it'll die. Pulled the plug, looks good, but I cleaned it up anyways. When it's running, runs great, sounds great, doesn't smoke, but just all of a sudden dies. It calls for 40:1, but I threw in 50:1 because I have it lying around from my snowblower and really the only difference between 40 and 50:1 is .5 ounce of oil per full gallon...shouldn't make THAT much of a difference. What ideas you guys got?
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The carb is not pumping fuel, most likely needs cleaning, or adjusting. Try opening the high and low speed screws 1/4 turn at a time and see if it will run longer.
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I was screwing around with one of the screws (not sure if it was the high or low speed) and after some fiddling back and forth, got it to idle down nice and run for an extra 5 seconds, but it'd end up dying all the same
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try running it with the fuel cap loosened
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try running it with the fuel cap loosened
I'll give that a stab...thinking the cap is clogged and it can't draw enough air?
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I'll give that a stab...thinking the cap is clogged and it can't draw enough air?
Yea, they have a one way valve IIRC and might stick
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Hmmmm, yeah that sounds like you could be onto something, I'll give it a whirl tonight when I get home
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put it on craigslist, when it sells buy a new one.
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the thought has crossed my mind
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I want a battery powered one.
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I want an battery powered one.
I've been debating on picking up the ryobi
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I want to startr swapping out my black and decker stuff for Ryobi but menards doesn't sell ryobi
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homedepot had a good ass deal on the big ass 4AH batteries, 2 pack for the price of 1 (99$). So now i have 2-4ah and 3 of the regular batteries but all i have is the drill/hammer and air compressor
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I like that Ryobi has a ton of tool options. they even have a buffer
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I like that Ryobi has a ton of tool options. they even have a buffer
the compressor is fucking awesome! set the PSI and walk away! It makes filling tires slightly less of a pain in the ass.
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Ryobi ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Hybrid Electric Cordless String Trimmer/Edger - Battery and Charger Not Included-P2200A - The Home Depot
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WTF!?!?!? They sell it without the battery and charger now!?

I can deal with 60$, before it was $100+ cause the battery and charger which i dont need.
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I bought a battery powered weed wacker last year and didnt look back. The gas one I had was a pile of shit.

The battery wacker just WORKS and I can't tell the diffrence in performance.
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I hate dragging the extension cord around
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Dragging an extension cord around a weed wacker seems like a recipe for a bad time
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WTF!?!?!? They sell it without the battery and charger now!?

I can deal with 60$, before it was $100+ cause the battery and charger which i dont need.
For $40 extra, get another lith-ion battery and charger

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I got 5 batteries already
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Well give me one, that way I only have to spend $60
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you'd still need a charger!
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