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Old 09-28-2018, 11:29 AM   #1
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Be glad Troy-bilt did not make our trailers

Yesterday I was out back using the weedeater to knock down the grass in the rear. I had started this a few days ago but yellow jackets did not want me working around them. Had the bug guy come over and he took care of the nest.
So I'm moving along and all of a sudden silence. I pull on the starter rope and noticed very little resistance. OK I figure the crankshaft or connecting rod must have let go.
So I toss it in the trashcan and head over to Lowes to pick up a new one. I buy 2 cycle ones as I had real bad luck with the 2 4 cycles ones I tried. Guess what the local Lowes does not carry anymore? Residential use gas powered weed eaters, they do carry the battery style but the only gas powered units they had were the high end commercial style. ( which is what I had bad luck with before ) According to a guy there that decision was made by corporate and he also does not understand what they are supposed to do with all the attachments for the previous weed eaters. And most folks are leaving to buy a weed eater elsewhere.

Anyway since I could not find one I figured I'll tear mine down and see what failed.
Imagine my surprise as I remove the rear engine cover to find they had apparently cross threaded a screw. So they took it out threw a little epoxy in and used a wood screw to hold the cover on. The epoxy finally failed and the cover loosened and exposed the crankcase to outside air. Which explained why it was suddenly easy to try to pull start. Since it was in a sealed box this had to have been done at the factory.

I drilled the hole oversized to clean it up and threaded and reinstalled the cover. Weed eater started on the 2nd pull.
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Old 09-28-2018, 12:54 PM   #2
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Hi: wetzk... Your lucky cause Troy-bilt isn't Troy-bilt any more either. I have a Stihl 2 cycle string trimer and it runs just fine as long as you mix the oil in the gas. http://www.stihlusa.com Alf
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Old 09-28-2018, 01:37 PM   #3
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I buy all Stihl equipment in the grounds maintenance line. I buy from long time dealers with mechanics on staff. Troy Bilt tillers used to be the standard in the US and Canada. They are junk now compared to what they used to be. In my opinion.
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Old 09-28-2018, 01:47 PM   #4
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I still do my garden with an old 7 horse Kohler engine powered Troy Built. Still starts on the first pull, and all I need to do is buy a set of replacement tines ever 4-5 years. The new ones look pretty cheap...
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Old 09-28-2018, 01:57 PM   #5
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Hi: wetzk... Your lucky cause Troy-bilt isn't Troy-bilt any more either. I have a Stihl 2 cycle string trimer and it runs just fine as long as you mix the oil in the gas. http://www.stihlusa.com Alf
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I have an old Stihl chainsaw that will not die. It's at least 30 years old and other than fuel lines and pull ropes nothing else has ever been replaced on the engine. I have a spare carburetor for it that I bought years ago when a repair place told me the carb was bad. When I pulled the carb to change it I discovered a small crack in the manifold. A little RTV applied and it's been holding ever since.
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I have a troybilt 'core' electric string trimmer cuz I got tired of having to dink with the stihl carbs every year, and i have to say, this electric double-string trimmer is a powerful unit. battery is good for about an hour of whacking, but thats all I'm good for anymore, so its a good time to take a break. it recharges pretty quickly.
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Another vote for Stihl. Great equipment.

When I bought my house I went out and got an Echo weed wacker from one of the big box stores. I was so frustrated with it right out of the box my neighbor noticed and brought over his Stihl trimmer. I returned the Echo and never looked back. My Stihl has only needed a new trimmer head piece (which wears from beating it to advance line) in about 8 years of use.
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I have a troybilt 'core' electric string trimmer cuz I got tired of having to dink with the stihl carbs every year, and i have to say, this electric double-string trimmer is a powerful unit. battery is good for about an hour of whacking, but thats all I'm good for anymore, so its a good time to take a break. it recharges pretty quickly.



If you can find alcohol free gasoline the carburetors seem to last. They sell it locally as recreational fuel. No knowledgeable boater is going to fill his tank with something that absorbs moisture from the air. And we quickly noticed lawn mowers and weed eaters and such held up better too when fueled with it. The tygon fuel tubing and primer bulbs still go bad but at least are easy to replace. I get 2-3 years max out of them and have a coil of each size of tubing and a few spare bulbs.
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Stihl

Love them Stihl saws. Canít justify one this big but can borrow one any time. Green ash in the back yard had to come out.
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Hi: Iowa Dave... If n ya didn't cut it on it's side ya could a had a dug out canoe!!! LoL Alf
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