Where bad choices make good stories
#2 those little IC motors are Chinese made and are shit. Buy an electric, get extra batteries or long extension cords. The cords are useful elsewhere anyway.
I had one of those gas/oil mix trimmers and I did the same thing .. I smashed the bastard and got a battery operated trimmer.
#2 - My Man !! A member of my own tribe ... when that little effer won't start, takes everything I got to restrain myself from doing just that.
My Shindiawa line trimmer has started 2nd pull for 20 years. You can use battery garden equipment if you want but when you have serious work to do I think IC remains king.
It's the carburetor, after a couple years the shit gas destroys them, buy a new on on Amazon for 15 bucks and back in business for another couple years.Daryl
Or a clogged exhaust. Two cycle engines are known for that.
He brought the cheap knock-off instead of a good brand. Buy it right, or buy it twice.I subscribe to the axiom,“I’m too poor to buy cheap tools”
I had to check twice to make sure the guy in #2 wasn't me...nope, not my driveway.
Often overlooked air filter.
Seriously? There are that many here that would buy electric because they don't know how to take care of their shit? I had a Stihl trimmer for 26 years and finally replaced it with an Echo. I expect that to last me till I'm dead.
Sthil starts on a few pulls but I gota prime the fuel by dipping my finger into the tank and dripping some in; I'm too lazy to replace the bubble *again*. It's its like 5-7 years old now but still good on the farm. FS56C?- Arc
Are people REALLY that stupid?Buy Stihl or stay on the porch.
Yep, I’ve done #2. Just like that. I mean EXACTLY like that. Overhand swing and smash. Never have to worry about that trimmer again. Problem solved.
#2 I have a Husqvarna trimmer, the big'un with the handlebars and the body harness. I run until it stops from lack of fuel every fall and it starts easily every spring except for the one time I forgot. I had to remove the carburetor and spray it with carb cleaner, an easy fix. You can buy a quality tool once and maintain it or you can buy a series of cheap tools. In the long run the quality tool will be less expensive and you'll be less frustrated. Al_in_Ottawa
"Frankly, I don't care how my lawn service abuses their equipment." -- John F. Kerry
I use a Craftsman 20v weed-whacker.The batteries also fit my chain-saw, impact wrench, and the fan over the bed.One half-decent lung remaining, I avoid airborne particulate.
Biketards eating it, makes my heart smile. Thank you happy Monday!
#2- Damn E10 fuel and the politicians it rode in on.
#2, I feel his pain
#1 Been there, done that. Missed the catch once too.#2 Yup, I hate small gas engines too. Especially in residential use. Pay $50/year to use it five times. Be better served to rent the damned thing, even disregarding the purchase price entirely. Fuck the Feds and their stupid ethanol!#4 I really hope that was a training simulation. Because obviously somebody needs more training.#10 is just cute. Determination gets the prize, even at the cost of some dignity. Not that he seems to care.
Why do people try stupid shit like #9?
#5-Mike from Cold Fury?
LOL I thought that too.
2. I don't understand people smashing their shit because they have a little problem with it.Small engines on stuff like string trimmers are easy to keep running. You just need a little mechanical knowlege and some patience.If it's something you don't use all the time, like a string trimmer, don't mix your fuel. Use 40:1 (NOT 50:1) TruFuel. Only use fuel that's been opened less than 3 months.If it's going to sit more than a week, drain the tank and run the fuel out of the carb after each use.If it won't start and has spark replace the carb. Don't fuck with trying to rebuild it. Carbs are only $15-20. If you drain the fuel after each use a carb will last several years.I have a Troy-Bilt trimmer that I bought from Lowe's about 10 years ago. I've replaced the carb once. It starts on the first pull every time.
Steve P I could have gotten that thing running when I was twelve years old.
#1 Mom will see the video and proclaim dad as a careless father. Father will look at the video and think, "Damn, I'm good."#3 Two karate masters. One just has the slip maneuver mastered better.5# Hey, anybody lose a foot?8# Just like riding a bike. Once you learn how you never forget.9# Forgot about the low overpass. He got the beer up there. How was he going to get it down. Oh, I see.Evil Franklin
I've always said 2 cycle motors were invented by someone with a deep dislike for boaters and home DIY-ers.
But chainsaws couldn't exist without them.
#10 When plants strike back....
#2. I sympathize with man.#4. Never step across your patient if you can avoid it.
Dunno why but Echo’s stuff has always started well for me. Stihl, not so much. I usually run 93 octane in them - seems to have less water in it as well Coelacanth
#2 is why I but alcohol free gas for yard equipment. In Kansas Casey's has it. #9 is just plain stupid. Anyone impressed by that stack isn't worth impressing.
#4. That's right, step over the patient.#6. Linda Blair. If I saw that come toward me I'd set a new world record running away.
#2 I can relate. Was getting ready to mow the lawn in high 90s with awful humidity. I pulled on that fuckin cord for 40 times. Then, I calmly pushed it into the garage and closed the door and beat that motherfucker with a shovel. And I also said, "how do you like that, motherfucker?" Why did I close the door? I didn't want charged with disturbing the peace. It was in town. Did I feel better? Yes. Even 15 years later.
#7:Working a plywood green chain. The father of a friend of mine years ago managed a mill in the Gorge. The personnel turnover on the green chain was almost daily.
Not to pick nits, but that isn't a sawmill, that's a (probably Chinese) plant that produces vernier and dowelled peeler fence posts. I piled a traditional green chain at an old fashioned sawmill in 1974. The chain had slots that moved the sawn boards to bunks that collected the boards into a pile maybe three feet off the ground. Then two guys would pick those boards up and place them into units; stickered if the units were to be kiln dried, not stickered if they were to be sold as green lumber or if it was Doug Fir that would be run through the planer to be surfaced.The heaviest lumber was 5/4 'sinker' moulding boards, which had been 'dipped'. That meant the boards that were heavy to begin with were dripping wet. Some of the primo 16' long Sugar Pine moulding boards could be as wide as 28" and I'm guessing weighed around two hundred pounds, hence the name 'sinker'. It wasn't difficult work until the unit got chest high. It was really tough when the unit was almost done, and to a short guy like me that was shoulder height. It was some of the most physically demanding work I've ever done. My piling partner was a great guy who was 6'2" and was built like the proverbial brick shithouse. The job was much easier for him, but it still wasn't easy. It was the highest paying non-skilled job in the mill. I think I was making around seven bucks an hour back in '74, which was darned good money for a 23 year old kid back then. Then the lumber market crashed and the mill closed soon after that. Sigh.
#5 can't hear the music but they must be playing Jump
Rule #1 in EMS: NEVER let them see you sweat.Rule #2 in EMS: NEVER step over the patient.
Rule #3. Don't kneel on their hair. Don't ask me how I know. Al_in_Ottawa
Rule Three:For a femur fracture, a Sager splint stretches the leg.As it tightens, a thrashing barfing cursing injured invariably returns to a placid sanity.Pro tip -- ask pt "Are you Clear?".Irregardless of sex, adding crushed crotchial equipment to the situation is rarely productive.https://youtu.be/UlvQ95ZXew4
#3 has got to be one of those European fights.
#2 - both my 2-cycle Echo edge trimmer and my Honda mower both appreciate just a cap full of RxP in their tanks with each use.They start easier and run better.Back in the mid 90s when MTBE was added to all gas, I once put a little 2.5 oz canister of RxP into a Honda Civic that just stopped running and stalled out on a city street. The tank was half full and the battery was strong, so I just smoked a cigarette to let the RxP diffuse… it cranked right over, blew smoke smoke out ran a little rough and then smoothed out after 30 seconds or so.I gave my future Step son a second bottle and told him to add it to the tank when he next fills up..he keep the older Honda for two more years until he finished High School and didn’t have any other problems.A couple of bottles/tanks of it prior to the yearly emission tests in Texas was guaranteed to pass the older clunkers..:))
Couple of stations around here sell ethanol free gas. Makes a big difference in starting and longevity. I have a few stored in the crawl space before I got serious about this.
#1--probably wouldn't have hurt the little fucker if he fell, in that cocoon. Kids are pretty resilient. We old fucks survived, and so did our kids.--Tennessee Budd
Not all cheap stuff is bad. I have a B&Q own brand lawnmower with a 4 stroke engine that cost £40. I've had it years. I had to adjust the governor once and Ioccasionally have to clean out the float bowl as it seems to get condensation in it but that's about it.
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