Well, it just seems nothing can ever go right for me!!
I broke my 850 trying to test out the Trac-Vac, but during my short test-drive I've already noticed some problems with my Trac-Vac as well. Grrrrr....
The first problem I noticed was that the engine doesn't seem to want to run properly. It turns over nice and easy and starts right up on the first pull when it is choked, but as soon as you move the lever off of choke, it speeds up to max RPM for about 10 seconds and then dies.
If I keep sliding the lever back to choke, it will stay running, but it runs really rough (since it's not getting enough air). But once I move the lever off choke to the run position, it revs right up and then shuts right down! (I should specify too that the only control on this engine is a single lever that has 3 or 4 positions. It says "STOP", "RUN", and "CHOKE" next to the control lever, but it does seem to have a couple of positions in the "RUN" range that will speed up or slow down the engine a little.)
At first, I thought maybe there wasn't enough gas in it or the gas was old, so I threw some fresh gas and some Startron fuel stabilizer in it and topped off the tank. Then I tried again and again and I just couldn't manage to keep the engine running! It looks in much too good of shape to be having these problems. The engine looks practically new on it. So, after fiddling with it and trying to adjust some of the linkages myself without using the lever (especially the choke) I did manage to get it to run for a little while on low throttle at like 1/4 choke, but it keeps dying if I try to run it at full throttle. So, I hitched it up to my 850 and started towing it around with the engine running at low throttle. It lasted for about 5 minutes and then the engine choked out and stalled on me again. AAARRRGGGHHH!!!
The other problem I noticed was the smell. When I did manage to keep it running for a few minutes, I noticed it smelled like something burning. The engine seems lubricated, so I don't think it is the engine running without oil or anything. I'm wondering though if the big blower fan needs to be lubricated periodically somehow and it hasn't been done in a while? Does anyone know how you can oil or grease the fan shaft on a Trac-Vac? I didn't notice anything in the manual he gave me about it. It just has assembly and basic usage instructions in it. Unless it is just the smell of tiny bits of shredded leaves stuck in the blower housing getting ground against the wall or something and it makes an odd smell? I'm not quite sure myself, but it does have me worried. I'm always weary of odd smells, sounds, and sights when I'm using my equipment...
Edited by MailmAn, September 13, 2012 - 10:49 AM.