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    Re: Snowblower

    Just because you can does not mean you should...

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    What?? Yes it does... Those hooks are awesome, not sure what the hell you are going to use 10000# hooks on a snowblower for, but cool to have them. Unless they are weight for the front.... Genius...

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    Re: Snowblower

    Appears to be a “Chanmar” Chinese clone of a Yanmar.

    In other news, the power line came down at our place in NH, trapping the tractor in the garage. So I had to clear a 675’ gravel driveway with the RapidTrak. 14” of very heavy snow took 15 minutes for the first pass, about 1:20 all told. Broke 3 shear pins, 2 on rocks and 1 on a branch.

    That 420cc engine is awesome: I could move fast enough to plow snow without the engine bogging down. Hydro drive is awesome as well as you can get the speed just right.

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    Re: Snowblower

    I was at the local dealer (Ariens) yesterday and some guy was getting his carb relaxed on his 1 year old platinum 24.
    The service guy told him to never run the carb dry. Always put stabilizer or ethanol free gas and run it and just shut it off, but never shut the fuel off and run it dry. He said there’s protective coating on the aluminum and if that dries it gets corotted and that’s what happened to his carb.
    I have been running one dry after each use and every end of season with no issues. Thoughts?

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    He said thereís protective coating on the aluminum and if that dries it gets corotted and thatís what happened to his carb.
    It's a bullshit line. I don't know of any anti-corrosion coatings for aluminum that can "dry out." I would ask him how all the replacement carbs stay corrosion free since they aren't stored with fuel in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZX-12R View Post
    It's a bullshit line. I don't know of any anti-corrosion coatings for aluminum that can "dry out." I would ask him how all the replacement carbs stay corrosion free since they aren't stored with fuel in them.
    Lol I think we all know I’m not a master mechanic so I stayed out of it. But what can cause a carb to turn to shit in a year? My Ariens is 2 years old now and have had no issues

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    Re: Snowblower

    Got some info on the Honda HSS units that replaced the HS line in 2016. There is a factory recall due to discharge chute clogging. They are replacing it. Also a problem with carb jetting, not sure if they are doing anything or you are on your own.

    Also they have gone to a pin in lieu of the M6x16 bolts used previously.

    Picked up a sheet metal attachment a guy in Andover makes that increases the height of the Housing. $95.

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    Re: Snowblower

    It's the ethanol in the fuel.. It attracts moisture and that causes corrosion..

    What I do is fill the tank with fresh fuel and stabilizer.. Put in a shutoff valve if you don't have one and then I drain the carb.. Then I fill it and drain it a few times with Wd40..
    Then I fill the bowl full of Wd40 and spray carb cleaner in the throat of the carb to start it.. Then I keep it running for a few seconds with the carb cleaner so it draws some of the Wd40 thru the main jet..
    Then I drain the rest of the Wd40..
    Engine starts up every time...


    Or the quick easy way.. Fill the tank with stabilized fuel and run it for a few seconds..
    It typically keeps the carb ok
    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    Lol I think we all know Iím not a master mechanic so I stayed out of it. But what can cause a carb to turn to shit in a year? My Ariens is 2 years old now and have had no issues
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    Re: Snowblower

    I run stabilized fuel, since it typically sits for a long period between uses. Always shut off the line and run it dry after use. Just as it's dying, pull the choke to get the last bit out. Do this with the snowblower, generator, etc. And they usually start one or two pulls when I need it.

    The guy probably left untreated fuel in his tank/carb and it junked up.

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    But what can cause a carb to turn to shit in a year?
    It only takes a tiny bit of debris to clog up an important jet inside the carb. Dirt could have gotten in his fuel tank, there could have been a manufacturing defect, or like everyone else said, he probably left fuel in there and it dried out. In any case, I wouldn't trust the service guy at your Ariens dealer.

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    Re: Snowblower

    It's not good to run it dry anymore unless you fill and drain it with Wd40 because if there is gas residue it will absorb moisture because of the ethanol.. If you put a full tank of fresh gas with stabilizer, I'd run it for a min to get the stabiled fuel into the carb and then leave it.. Always a good idea to hav a fuel shut off because if the float in the bowl fails it will over fill and all the gas will leak into the cylinder, past the rings and into the oil..

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    Re: Snowblower

    We use pure gas in our small engines. If you aren’t near a source, many dealers and boxes sell “TruFuel” in gallon cans. A lot more expensive, but way cheaper than replacing carbs.

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    Re: Snowblower

    I keep saying it: Whenever I fill the gas cans, I simply add Stabil. Every few times the cans get filled, I'll also add Seafoam. I'm no expert nor scientist, but I've gone both ways on this: run the carb dry and leave gas in the carb. I've yet to notice any difference, but popular opinion up my way is to leave the carb full with the treated gas. Lately, I've been leaving the carbs filled with treated gas and have still yet to have any problems. Snowblower, 4-wheelers, chainsaws, lawn mower (that fuckin' thing!), generator, weed whackers, snowmobiles, etc.

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    Re: Snowblower

    +1.

    The shit some of you go through is absurd. It's not rocket science. Only time I ever have an issue is when leaving untreated fuel in unused machines for years.

    Just use Stabil, or drain the fuel out of the tank and bowl after the season is done. Super simple stuff, folks.

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    Re: Snowblower

    +2. I do the same; cap of stabilizer in the jug before I fill it.

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    Re: Snowblower

    Few ounces of SeaFoam in every gallon for the smaller engines, even the 2S. Keeps them clean.

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    Re: Snowblower

    I've never run anything dry for storage. Marine grade Stabil gets added to a 5 gallon can and I just fill equipment from that.

    That way I dont have to worry about if the fuel is treated properly when the season suddenly "ends".

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    Re: Snowblower

    Every gas can gets sea foam and stabil in it before I fill it.

    I still empty the tanks and drain the carbs or run them dry before putting equipment away. I take the time to do an oil change too so that they are ready to go first thing when the season starts


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    I have a 1999 Yamaha snowmobile that I've owned since new. Every spring I run marine grade stabil through it and then run the carbs dry. I've done this every year since 1999 and had zero issues. I pulled the carbs two years ago out of curiosity/precaution and the bowls where squeaky clean. There was no need to pull them. This goes for almost every carbureted piece of equipment I have. Whether you run it dry or not, if you are good about treating the gas you should never have carb issues.

    The one exception to my otherwise trouble free history is a second sled I own. The difference is it's stored in a clamshell trailer where the moisture levels and temperatures get pretty high as it sits in the sun all summer. Sometimes I wonder if the extreme heat and/or moisture is a factor in causing fuel separation. I have had the carburetors on this particular sled gum up several times despite using the same protocol I do on the '99. The difference is the '99 is stored in the garage where the moisture and temps are far more reasonable and consistent.

    There are a lot of people out there who have issues which are the result of untreated fuel, yet they refuse to acknowledge it. I ran into this a while back with my neighbor. He once told me that he didn't treat gas in any of his equipment because "it isn't necessary". A few months later he comes over complaining about how his snow blower won't run. He takes it to the dealer who cleans the carb and suddenly it runs like new. Now, when he tells the story he says he treated the gas "religiously" and that "carbs just get dirty no matter what you do". He's not the only one I've caught doing this.

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by BSR6 View Post
    There are a lot of people out there who have issues which are the result of untreated fuel, yet they refuse to acknowledge it. I ran into this a while back with my neighbor. He once told me that he didn't treat gas in any of his equipment because "it isn't necessary". A few months later he comes over complaining about how his snow blower won't run. He takes it to the dealer who cleans the carb and suddenly it runs like new. Now, when he tells the story he says he treated the gas "religiously" and that "carbs just get dirty no matter what you do". He's not the only one I've caught doing this.
    We all have that neighbor.

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    +1.

    The shit some of you go through is absurd. It's not rocket science. Only time I ever have an issue is when leaving untreated fuel in unused machines for years.

    Just use Stabil, or drain the fuel out of the tank and bowl after the season is done. Super simple stuff, folks.
    Ariens have a spring-loaded screw to empty the float bowl. Honda has a bolt to be loosened.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    We all have that neighbor.
    Next door neighbor in Boston needed a new carb on a 10 month old Ariens. He’d never even heard of fuel stabilizer.

    Gave him a bottle of StaBil and told him to put in the storage dose before he fills the can. So far so good.

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    Re: Snowblower

    I snowblow my neighbor's driveway, so he's got that going for him.

    Anyone have a good tutorial or know the best way to set a carb? I have this old TroyBilt snowblower that I rebuilt and I can't get the carb set correctly. I've tried looking on the internet and did this and that, it still surges when loaded. Moreso when initially loaded then smooths out, but sometimes you have to get into the snow, stop, then re-try so it stay running.

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    Re: Snowblower

    Do you know what year it is? Tecumseh L head?

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    It's a 1995, Tecumseh 10hp. It looks like the identical engine on my 2000 Yardman 9hp. I'm sure there are differences, but not seeing many.

    I upped the rpm a little and that seemed to help. It's almost as if it is running rich, but the plug doesn't show that and no black smoke. I know that isn't the perfect tell signs, but I'm limited on these little engines.

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