Has anyone else had a problem like this?
I have a Craftsman leaf blower which I bought used at a flea market for
$50. I think it was a factory return / rework. It was in like new
condition when I bought it less than a year ago. It takes 40:1 fuel
mix, so I'm not sure if this is an older model, since my Stihl chainsaw
and Homelite weed trimmer both take 50:1.
Anyhow, I used it very regularly this summer and fall without incident.
It had not sat long (a few weeks) when I tried to start it and it
First, I replaced the spark plug- nothing.
Second, since it seemed to be delivering fuel properly, I ordered a new
solid state ignition module. I replaced that and still nothing. I
even got a spark tester and it is for sure getting spark (at least
through the test light). The test light hooks in between the blug boot
and the top of the spark plug.
The gap on both the old and new spark plug is set properly.
What has me stumped is that it will not start even with ether is
I have also tried starting per the owner manual instructions for
starting a flooded engine, just in case.
I have drained the fuel and mixed fresh fuel, just in case. I am sure
that the first batch of fuel as well as the recent batch were both
mixed properly, since I use the small, pre-measured 40:1 bottles of oil
and meter out exactly one gallon of gas when I mix the fuel.
I have also taken the carb apart and ran a small welding torch tip
cleaner (small wire with abrasive etch in one section) into any small
openings I could see. Still nothing.
Anyone have any ideas? (besides sledge hammers and dumpsters).
It's a pretty simple machine, and I hate to put too much money into it
by taking to a shop.