View Full Version : A blowing question

08-07-2012, 11:27 AM
Last leaf season I picked up a used Makita, four-stroke backpack blower dirt cheap, $60 cheap. I bought it with a bad carb and lasted for a few weeks. I ws wondering what you guys think; spend the money to fix it or just go out and buy a new blower for the up coming leaf season?

08-07-2012, 07:52 PM
A carb kit might cost 25 dollars. Is that too much?

08-08-2012, 01:55 AM
I have looked into it and getting the parts myself. The only problem is finding the parts. The only place that will service Makita gas tools is the Homedepot a ways away and Fastenal. I asked around at a few shops that I deal with and the guys said that they woul be glad to work on it only if they knew where to get the parts from.

08-08-2012, 01:53 PM
You need to find out who services the tools for the H.D. Obviously, they do not service the stuff. They always send it out to a local shop that has the repair contract.

Rebuilding a carb. is easy.

Perhaps the manufacturers website will tell you who services your equipment in your area. Then call them with the serial number and model number of your tool and save money. Fix it yourself.

08-08-2012, 02:14 PM
Yeah, I have done plenty of carb work and engine work. I guess I'm just being lazy about it but I guess I really wanna know if it is really worth it.
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08-08-2012, 02:54 PM
Is the carb in need of a rebuild, or just gummed up? You might get lucky and only have to clean it. It will take you all of an hour and cost $3.99 for a can of carb cleaner if you don't have a can or three kicking around your shop already.

I'd vote to at least try and DIY, if it doesn't work out, go buy a new one.

08-08-2012, 05:05 PM
I have thought about doing that. But last years a friend of a friend a "expert" in small engines "took a look at it" and "did some work to it" lets just say that it never ran for a full day since. He said that he baked the carb to clean it. He also said he "adjusted the valves". Now I'm no "expert" in small for stroke enigines, but I am fairly certain that there aren't any valves on or opr any to adjust. Thats why I'd rather have a service center do the work.