Pull cord locked

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by fishwelch, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Messages: 2,247

    Price should not be the only consideration when pruchasing a trimmer(or any item for that matter), particularly if it is to be used commercially.

    I've worked on bunches of 2 cycle product in the last few years and I'm not particularly pushing any one brand. What I will say is that I prefer to work on the following: Shindiawa, Stihl, Kawasaki and Red Max. Echo wasn't bad for a while but IMHO the went to the toilet when they prostituted themselves to the box stores.

    For a while some Echo trimmers were packed two to a box and commercial guys were going to a certain box store(which will remain anonymous) and the good employees there were selling them 2 for 1 as they didn't realize the packaging procedure. I guess if you could buy them that way it would not be a bad deal.

    Last Saturday a customer brought me 7 of the Homelite, Poulan, IDC, Weedeater, Ryan, etc and ask me if I could make one of the 7 run. As someone mentioned above, I told him to find the nearest trash can(other than mine) and make a deposit then go find a quality brand if he wanted it worked on at a later time. Most of the cheapies have inaccessable carbs and recoil assemblies and poorly designed fuel systems. In my opinion none of them are cost effective to repair.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the 4 brands first mentioned are the only quality lines, that simply what I see in my area.

  2. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,004

    just keep pulling really hard. itll come loose.
  3. lucforce

    lucforce LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    I know,

    Pull on that recoil rope, HARD, untill it breaks.

    Take Featherlite to repair shop and tell them it ran fine and just needs a rope.

    70% of shops have stuff backed up for weeks.

    They get it apart and figure that it locked up while hanging on the wall waiting for repair.

    They rebuild featherlite engine for you and only charge you for a rope!

    It could work, I have seen it before!
  4. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    at least 15 seconds ;)
  5. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    Yeah, Thats what I had in mind so why bother. :dizzy:
  6. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Maybe only 15 seconds or maybe there is gas in the combustion chamber causing a hydrolock situation. If he takes the plug out and it is dry as a bone then it isnt worth his 5 minutes.
  7. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    If you'd like a better trimmer, I can sell you my Husky 323L at a fair price. they're BY FAR better than poulans, and much nicer to operate.
  8. oldrustycars

    oldrustycars LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    i was forever getting discount store crap brought into our shop. we were busy fixing stuff for guys who needed their commercial grade equipment to earn a living. i saw several no name trimmers and chain saws that you just couldnt buy the simplest parts for...no recoil springs, carb parts, nothing. how many hours at $60 an hour can i spend on this garbage before you just could buy a new piece of junk? hhmmmm...maybe buy a good one from us? "oh no...you guys dont know how to fix anything...ill go back to home depot"
  9. nmurph

    nmurph LawnSite Senior Member
    from ga
    Messages: 668

    uhhhhhhhh....i think the consensus is NO......
  10. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,004

    hey! dont get mouthy with me sonny. im willing to spend $500 fixing my featherlite. that thing is awsome, the rare occasions i get to use it and its not in the shop.

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