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#1 JDBrian OFFLINE  


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Posted May 13, 2016 - 08:02 AM

It was time to get my Troy Bilt Jr. out and till the gardens. Fuel tank was empty so I filled it, went to turn on the fuel valve and it was leaking, or so I thought. It was actually the plastic tank that was leaking. Who knows how long it would be to get a replacement tank. Wait a minute! I have an old Ariens blower that has the same engine. I bought it cheap to have spare engine parts for the tiller. Fuel tank mounted right up. Rinsed it,replaced the lines and the valve and the little darling started on the first pull. After sitting since last Nov! 

  The gardens are now tilled and the little tiller is a joy to use and does a great job. It previously used to run rough and be hard to start. It had been sitting for a long time before I got it and I rebuilt the carb which was in bad shape. It never ran quite right so last year I put sea foam in the fuel and since then it is running like a top. There must have been some gunk in the carb that I didn't get out when I had it apart and the sea foam did the trick. I'm going to run some through all my small engines now to help keep them running right as they get older. 

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Posted May 13, 2016 - 09:24 AM

Sea Foam is some GREAT stuff

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Posted May 13, 2016 - 02:45 PM

Something happened with my eyes, Brian - can't see the pics...

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Posted May 13, 2016 - 03:47 PM

seafoam is like a handyman in a can. or is that flex seal.

seriously that's good stuff




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Posted May 13, 2016 - 06:28 PM

I put several ounces of SeaFoam in my 5 gallon gas can every time I fill it,

that way no matter what I need to use, it gets a dose of SeaFoam.

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Posted May 14, 2016 - 05:21 AM

I have the same tiller. Its a beast. I put a new carb on it when i got it and it fired right up. Didn't use it since last spring and fired second pull. This year I pulled my back a little bit and broke down and got me one for my tractor but have to get that running first before I can sell this one. 

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Posted May 14, 2016 - 07:10 PM

i have one too. Great little tiller. I left it out in the garden 365 days a year for about 4 years and it always started up.  Last year, we didnt have a garden, so early to mid summerit started right up to move it a few feet.  Fall, no start.  This spring, no start, so I drained the gas, put fresh non-ethenol in with seafoam and still nothing.  Rebuilt the carb and purrs like a kitten.  4 hp Tecumseh on mine and it is great, like I said.