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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.

 :tup: :hmm: :welcome: :idea: :doh:

Lawn mowers / Re: Briggs Instart engines. @BriggsStratton
« on: July 11, 2019, 07:17:06 AM »
Yep the engine on rubbers like that would have a influence on that problem without a doubt.  Stiga Multiclip or similar the engine does jump about a fair bit, on start up and stop.  I've only ever serviced them, but not actually cut grass with one, so not sure if they jump about much when cutting.

Thanks again for the heads up.  :tup:

Lawn mowers / Re: Briggs and Stratton Auto Choke Problem
« on: July 10, 2019, 06:57:02 AM »
I agree regarding the Honda's, cable clamp just isn't good enough.  Honda though much like Stihl do appear to over complicate their throttle and choke linkages for some reason, and the simple ones work better. 

The early Briggs flippy chokes were a mare, because the arm was too short to take the spring over center enough, as you know they sorted that later on.  Then came the OHV which had a bendy control bracket which would, and still does entertain you for a good half hour trying to get it to flip the choke. lol..

Yes those problems I wouldn't miss at all.  But just to operate the choke is a simple thing, no complicated linkage as proven by some of the Chinese engines out there. So simple.

Just a shame they then go and fit a 10p cable on them, and that fails. 

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« on: July 09, 2019, 07:49:06 PM »
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Lawn mowers / Re: Briggs and Stratton Auto Choke Problem
« on: July 09, 2019, 05:36:54 PM »
Had two more machines this week with the choke stuck in the off position, One on a Harrier 41 yesterday, and one on a Toro today.   :'(

Lawn mowers / Re: Briggs Instart engines. @BriggsStratton
« on: July 09, 2019, 05:32:20 PM »
Got another one of these to do tomorrow.   ::)

Lawn mowers / Re: Briggs Instart engines. @BriggsStratton
« on: July 09, 2019, 07:24:15 AM »
I haven't managed to get my hands on a replacement loom to this day, last thing I was told they were still on back order, so I've just been crimping up the terminals, and not had them back. 

Must say the battery moving isn't something I've come across yet though, I'll keep my eyes peeled for that one. Thanks for the heads up..  ;)

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