I got at the rototiller, mower and snowblower yesterday. None of them would start on the previous day's try. I tackled the rototiller first, since I had an immediate need for it. There was gas. The spark plug was clean and dry, the air filter wasn't clogged with dust. The wire controls at the top were moving levers down below. No reason I could find that it wouldn't start. I had started it right up last year and it had been sitting around for several years with old gas in it then.
So I tried this trick about leaving the air filter off and spraying carborator cleaner insidethe exposed carborator, waited a few minutes to let it dissolve old gas, gave it another spray for fuel, and pulled the rope a few times.. It coughed, sputtered as I tried to adjust the choke, and died.
But that was better than before! So I gave it another spray of the cleaner stuff and it stater again. And died. Took 2 more tries before I get the choke adjusted to keep it running and then it purred like a kitten. Well, OK, its not a quiet machine. I sounded like a congested bear snoring in hibernation. But you get the idea. I used it immediately!
Wheeled it to the big bulb bed, set the manual depth at 3" and went through the weed/grass roots easily. The occasional baseball-sized rock made it jump around a bit, and I had to make sure it didn't till down too deep (I was going over some existing bulbs). Took only 15 minutes, but that beats at least and hour on manual spade work.
I raked the area and was pleased to see no bulbs dug up. I knew where they were generally. I planted then from the outside edge inwards, but I hadn't marked there they stopped. Fortunately, I have found a couple of good pictures, so I can estimate where to plant the additional ones this year, but that's anouther post.
So, encouraged by getting the tiller running, I attacked the mower. I was in trouble from the start. There is a hollow rubber priming button you push 3x to get some gas into the system. I pushed it in, and it wouldn't come back out. UH-OH!
Well, I then tried all the same tricks as with the rototiller, but it wouldn't even cough and sputter. It had to go to the repair shop.
So I checked the snowblower. It has electric start and it wouldn't start. I checked the spark plug, I checked the air filter. No problems. Sprayed in some carburator cleaner. No luck.
What is the first question the computer repair guy asks? "Is it plugged in"? Well, I checked the gas tank. Bone, dry, clean. Not even dried old gas. I must have done what "they" always tell you to do with seasonal equipment; drain out and or absorb it out with a old clean towel, then run it until it stops. No gas left; no bad gas left.
So I added a cup of gas, started right up! I let it run for a couple of minutes out on the driveway.
2 out of 3 ain't bad!
Tomorrow: Two errands in one trip!