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Posted May 02, 2014 - 03:25 PM

Daniel, Just thought I would throw this out there. With all the news about the GM ignition switch, could you possibly have a bad one?  Have you checked for any recalls on your vehicle?

 

The only one I've been notified on is the cruise control......but I'll double check!



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Posted May 02, 2014 - 03:29 PM

Nope, no recalls that could affect my issues.  :(



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Posted May 02, 2014 - 07:23 PM

Milking finished, and mowed my yard & barn areas near the house.  Man has it grown in just 3 days!  My day off tomorrow, so I better make good of it.  The winter wheat will be ready to cut for rolling come Monday, then corn planting time!  LOTS to do from here to June whenever the weather permits.  


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Posted May 03, 2014 - 06:36 PM

Today we went to town for a while.  When we got back, I put my 4 stroke trimmer carb back together, and I now have a runner!  :dancingbanana:   Then I got my trusty red steed out for an afternoon of work.

 

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Most of the banks out front of my house have field rock on the face.  Down to the end, past the front of the house, big fox grape vines had taken completely over along with briers.  I decided to take this end section of rock out.  Not sure what we'll do, but likely just sow grass once smoothed out.  

 

Here's the section of rock that stays.

 

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Here's where I took the rock & large vine roots out.

 

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And here's the big pile of rocks.  I didn't touch a single rock.  The FEL did the work for me.

 

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Posted May 03, 2014 - 06:59 PM

Looks great. Glad you had the right tool to do it with.



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Posted May 03, 2014 - 07:38 PM

Wouldn't ya know it....trimmer finally running great, and I snag the string head on some junk & the cap of the trim head comes off.  The spring for the tap-feed went who knows where!  :wallbanging:   Kinda low light now, so I'll look a little tomorrow, but doubtful I'll find it.


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Posted May 04, 2014 - 09:14 AM

Found the dang spring, put it all together & the tap head flies apart AGAIN!  I'm at my wits end with trimmers!  Guess it's another $20+ for another dang head!


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Posted May 04, 2014 - 09:44 AM

Glad to hear the trimer is running good again Was the fuel check reed/flaps a different material on the aftermarket kit ? Or do you think the original got hard from some other reason like the new gas or maybe heat ? Think that's what you said the problem was from

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Posted May 04, 2014 - 09:50 AM

I have trouble every year with my trimmer, but I found a STIHL a couple years ago at a yard sale and I have to say it's been great. I replaced the head when I got it with a STIHL replacement head and the primer bulb once and I don't have any issue anymore in the last 4 years. I should add that I use mine every month down here and that helps keep the gas and all fresh.



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Posted May 04, 2014 - 10:18 AM

I've got an old weedeater that I have had for years, probably over 13 years and it just keeps running.  I have had to change out the primer bulb once and the original head went south so I found one at a yard sale.  Every year I think well this will be the year it's not going to start, but it does.



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Posted May 04, 2014 - 10:33 AM

You guys won't believe this!  I finally gave up on finding the spring for the trimmer head.  Then I walked the 100' to the chicken barn & got in the 2705 to take the seed drill back out to Dad's barn.  I had to pull out the top step, which is also the battery tray to connect the negative post, as I have a voltage bleed when off.  Nothing strange, slid the step tray back in & took the drill out there.  Had to get in & out of the tractor 2 or 3 times in the process of parking the drill....nothing noticed out of the ordinary.  Then when ready to get in to leave, instantly I saw my trimmer's spring hanging onto the edge rail of the battery tray step!!!!!!! :loosing_it:

I KNOW it wasn't there before that last time I got in the tractor, so only 2 ways it got there.....I had a cuff of only 1/2 or so in my pants leg, not enough for the spring to fit down into, but it must have been hung all this time on that cuff edge, and it either came off in the cab, then rolled out when I opened the door, or it fell out as I stepped down & caught the step.  This has been one of the strangest days in a while now!

  I've had to do this before, and will do it again.....drill 2 holes opposite one another then use a small sheet metal screw to secure the head cap.  It won't be started again till the screws are in!

 

Here is "The Devil Spring"

 

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Posted May 04, 2014 - 10:35 AM

I wouldn't have went to the trouble with this trimmer, but I love it being 4 cycle.  A high quality 4 stroke would cost more than I can afford, and when running, this thing has all the power I need.  But if much more weird stuff comes with this trimmer, I might have to throw it in the dumpster!


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Posted May 04, 2014 - 10:36 AM

That's just crazy, maybe you ran over it and it got flipped up there from the tire?


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Posted May 04, 2014 - 10:39 AM

That's just crazy, maybe you ran over it and it got flipped up there from the tire?

 

That is a 3rd, and quite probable explanation, as the spring does have a slight "hinky" in it now.  Either way, a weird set of strange coincidences!!!!!!!!


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Posted May 04, 2014 - 10:39 AM

Once those self feeding heads get worn they are a real PITA. I have gone to the nylon blades on mine. They last forever, but since they will cut through about anything you have to be careful around things you want to keep.






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