Okay, so I bought a heavy but powerful weedwacker from the same woman
who gave me a great deal on the lawn mower.
I guess they had to screw on the sold plastic guard around and above the
wacker, because today it fell off. It had worked for 45 minutes prior
to this. The screws must not have been in tightly enough.
Rather than drag the whole weedwacker to the store, I thought I'd look
in the owners manual that I dl'd to find the size. No size mentioned,
in fact no llst of things in the package. Just a drawing of the guard
sliding into place. No English required.
So I try a website that sells parts. Have to download the exploded
view and find the number for the screw. 24. Have to look in the list
and t here it is, Screw, but no diameter or thread size.
But it does have a part number, 098119-23
So I look for the part on the web, going by the number and the word
"screw" and find lots of places that sell it, so I look at 5.
Still, none of them give the dimensions.
But the prices are interesting. I didn't take the time to find out
shipping, even though that makes all the difference.
$0.89 at 1800toolrepair.com
0.95 at ereplacementparts.com
1.14 at toolpartspro.com
1.61 at mastertoolrepair.com
3.99 at searspartsdirect.
Wow. Maybe later I'll have time to check the shipping charge.
ereplacementparts is the only one smart enough to display the part
against a 1" grid so one can see how big it is.
I just wanted to know the size before I went there.
I have hundreds of machine screws at home that I've colllected, but much
is in disarray this year, and the location of the can of machine screws
is top-secret now, and I don't have access to it.
But I do have a pre-filled set of plastic drawers with lots of little
parts, so I looked there. The 6-32 wobbled, and the 8-32 wouldn't go
in. Since I didn't think there was anything between the two except
maybe metric, I went with 6-32. The box was supposed to have 3/4 and 1"
but I remember one size they sent me two bags of, and no bag of the
So I had to take the 1" screws and cut them shorter with a
small-connector crimping pliers. That worked quite well as it always
The guard went on fairly well, and will be good for at least a year.
If it fails, maybe I'll try something else.
The guard is probably not needed on smaller weewackers but IIRC this is
7 amps and it would rip up my ankle plenty if it had the chance. Plus I
used square line instead of round, plus I never wear long pants in the
summer at home. (When it hits the fence pickets, it practically cuts
them in half. )
I went to HD for something else anyhow and looked at the screws.
Nothing in between.
It was originally an Allen screw. They don't come in different sizes
do they? Hard to believe it's metric. It's Black and Decker,
GH1000. Ground Hog.
On Monday, September 8, 2014 4:54:10 PM UTC-4, micky wrote:
IF they gave you the size, maybe it would be harder to sell replacement
ones for $4?
I just went through an interesting experience with the BMW here. Needed
6 small O-rings, the size of your little finger. BMW list is $2.50. I saw
a dealer here in NJ online that sells them for $1.95. Need six of them.
They are common, used on millions of BMW for several applications. So,
instead of calling up, I just go over to the nearest BMW dealer, 10 mile
drive. They have none, can 4 of them by 3PM..... Great. That tells me
that even the NJ main warehouse only has 4 of them. This dealer can check
stock at other dealers, so he find out that another dealer, 15 miles away,
has 2. 4+2=6. My lucky day. So, I drive all the way over there, get the
two, go to pay for them and they say "With tax, that's $15. WTF? They
wanted $7 a piece for a part where the BMW list is only $2.50. So, I walked
IDK how many parts they are royally screwing customers on, but it's easy to
see how they get away with it. Typical customer brings the car in for
service, gets a $1000 bill with a long list of parts. It has 6 O-rings that
cost the jacked up $42. But customer doesn't know exactly what they are,
how small they are, that they are just industrial O-rings that you can buy
based on size for 20 cents each. Even jacking the prices up to 3x on a few
items, can bring big $$$ to the bottom line.
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