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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-04-2012, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Woodsplitter problems

Dave, Larry, and I went to camp on Tuesday with the idea of splitting our firewood for the coming year, but for some reason we couldn't get the woodsplitter to keep running. It would start and then immediately shut off as though it was either not getting enough gas or the on-off switch was shutting off. I will try to get it fixed sometime in the next month or so. What really frazzles me is that I spent $150 getting the motor fixed last fall.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-04-2012, 12:14 PM
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Re: Woodsplitter problems

Try a new fuel filter and/or lean the carb out. It's probably either got water in the gas from sitting all winter or the carb is gummed up. Did you run stabilizer through it when you put it away for the winter? Run it out of gas then too?

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Re: Woodsplitter problems

Does it have a low oil shut off?
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Re: Woodsplitter problems

It did have stabilizer in the fuel, but it did sit all winter without being run. I suspect that we have gummed the carb or possibly the fuel filter. What I may do when I return to the camp is to drain all fuel out, squirt some gumout into the carb and gasline leading to the carb, and then pull the starter cord to get the stuff into the system. If it still doesn't run after that and new gas, I will probably take it to a repair shop. I'm not a small engine mechanic and know little about how to fix them.
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Re: Woodsplitter problems

This I don't know, but the oil was changed last fall, so it should not be low.
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Try Seafoam instead of gumout

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Re: Woodsplitter problems

Sounds like the needle valve is sticking pull the bowl and check it out.The also sell carb cleaner in a gallon can with a basket inside that you could put the whole carb in over night to clean it up.

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Re: Woodsplitter problems

Any of the aforementioned fuel problems are possible.

And it could also be a sporadic short in the ignition; loose connection, etc. It probably doesn't have an automatic fuel shut off on the carb, but if it does, check the circut for a short.

One of my lawn tractors used to run fine, stumble now and then, run fine again, then it would often just quit. Eventually figured out that the wire to the automatic fuel shut off was rubbing on the engine and shorting out from time to time, cutting off fuel to the carb.

Repaired and relocated the wire, no problems since.

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Re: Woodsplitter problems

The first thing that I would check is whether it will run with the fuel tank cap removed. The small vent hole in those caps will often get dirty/plugged with the result being exactly what you are experiencing ... runs a minute or so and then quits.

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Re: Woodsplitter problems

All small engines are being subjected to problems with this methane mix in the gas, it contains water, my neighbor has a lawn mower repair shop . The first thing he does is remove the carb and usually replace it and seems to solve the problem almost 100% of the time......
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