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General Discussion / Re: Sonic Carb Cleaning?
« on: October 15, 2019, 07:45:18 AM »
Interesting Barrie.  I've had a few where he check vale has failed in the way you mentioned, it might well have been the US tank that caused the ultimate demise of said carburettor, but in many of the cases I've seen the stale petrol + ethanol had almost certainly done most of the damage first.  The cleaning tank is a gamble at this stage tbh.

We still have trouble getting people to take MotoMix on board, mainly due to price, but seems once they try it they come back for more without the hard sell.

I'm yet to find out if Stihl MotoMix is similar to Aspen, but I see no mention of Alkylate on the product info.  MotoPlus on the other hand does mention it.

General Discussion / Re: Sonic Carb Cleaning?
« on: October 14, 2019, 10:56:24 PM »
Had a pretty high success rate with the US cleaner to be fair. I think if the cleaner kills the carb then the damage has already been done.  I will say that if the machine runs ok (ish) then it'll just get a strip, blowout and new diaphragms as required.

Main candidates for me seem to be Stihl blowers, MS181 - MS171 saws, and Honda IZY carbs.  ;)

General Discussion / Re: Sonic Carb Cleaning?
« on: October 13, 2019, 12:17:52 PM »
I forgot to ask this. What cleaning solution you use in your sonic tank?  I can't remember what we use, and will have to check tomorrow, all I do know is we get pretty good results from it.

Strimmers and BrushCutters / Re: Stihl fs66 strimmer
« on: October 02, 2019, 07:14:54 PM »
Thankyou for your help. I reckon I'll need to buy a donor machine and swap the parts . Tanks are pretty rare seconhand it seems and the diagrams I've looked at don't show the brackets etc. I'm sure one will turn up tho I'll keep looking.

Yes it's a pretty old machine to be honest, so might be difficult to track one down.  Regarding the brackets, I'm not sure it has any brackets, as far as I'm aware it's screwed directly on the back of the blower housing and sits directly under the crankcase. 

Strimmers and BrushCutters / Re: Stihl fs66 strimmer
« on: October 01, 2019, 09:59:56 PM »
Hi, and welcome to TGFM.

There's a parts diagram here for the FS 66 hopefully it'll provide you with the info you need. This page covers the fuel tank,

And a breakdown of the whole machine can be found here,

Hope this helps.  ;)

Lawn mowers / Re: Who's got one of the new Hayter Harrier's
« on: September 15, 2019, 10:25:46 AM »
Getting back to the speed on these new Hayter Harriers.

 :hmm: I do believe Hayter's have screwed up a little on this, you nearly have to run behind the 41 Pro, so I'd imagine the operator is going to be slightly knackered after a days mowing, not to mention there's no way it'll cut properly at that speed, especially with todays reduced engine speeds.

Hayter's do offer a speed reduction kit which consists of a couple of sprockets and a chain, the one for the roller being larger.  There's also a new plastic chain cover in the kit modified to fit over the new enlarged sprocket.  But unfortunately this kit is not free, and you'll have to stump up for it.  It's about £20 for the kit if I remember correctly.

Anyway, happy mowing.  ;)

Strimmers and BrushCutters / STIHL Product Recall
« on: August 23, 2019, 06:35:51 PM »
STIHL Product Recall.

STIHL recalls trimmer heads: STIHL PolyCut 27-3 And STIHL PolyCut 47-3

Quality rests have revealed that the screw connections of these trimmer heads may come loose in operation.  As a result it is possible that moving parts will fly off, there will be a risk of injury to the user as well as to third parties.

Do not use the trimmer head again!

Please return the trimmer head immediately.  You will be refunded the purchase price for this.  And will be given help to choose a suitable replacement product.


I'd really like to get my old one working again. I've tried all the usual things like new spark plug, checed for spark,  fresh fuel, clean air filter, dismamted carb and cleaned jets  but it keeps flooding and is showing no signs of life at all.

I've found a couple of similar carbs on ebay, but these are for different models, so no idea if they would be suitable, wrong jetting etc. 

Going back to your old carb.  You said you cleaned the jets etc, but no mention of diaphragms, di you check those? 

If the metering diaphragm has gone stiff, which is more than likely given its age, then that might be the cause of the flooding, they become almost clicky and that could be leaning on the metering arm holding the valve open.   Also if it has gone stiff it definitely won't run properly even if you do get it started. 

Jrich Welcome to TGMF.

There is always that option, I'm still doubtful they'd have one, but I guess it's certainly worth a try.  ;)

Hi, and welcome to TGMF

Now that's a old one.  :hmm: I'll be honest and say I doubt you'll find a new one of those carbs, they weren't the most reliable at best.  I've seen a few diaphragm kits about but not complete carbs, that might be something to try.  Or you might find a second hand one, but that is likely to be in a similar condition to what you have. 

Maybe someone will read your post and come up with a solution.  ;)

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Thanks Mark.

While I agree that done properly by someone with the necessary and skills for tuning these small two stroke engines, there will be an increase in performance.  It's the ones that say things like "Opened up the exhaust on my saw, now it goes like stink" etc, that's what I find slightly bemusing. Yes it's louder, and sounds like it's faster and more powerful, but is it?

Also, going back to my days racing Motocross bikes, it was always the case that anything highly tuned, built for power and speed will need constant rebuilding to keep it that way.  I guess these days technology and materials have changed so maybe they will withstand being pushed a little better.  But I still believe it's a case of, increase performance, decrease lifespan.

After all the machines should be optimised from the factory for max power + Longevity + Reliability, once you start changing things you can ad those to a sliding scale, something has to give.

Site Feedback / Added a couple of new smileys
« on: July 11, 2019, 07:39:38 AM »
Note to self:  Just added a few new smileys to post form. Just these for now.

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