Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NW Ontario, Canada
Re: Craftsman 4-cycle Mini-Cultivator
I dredged up this old thread first off to see what year I bought it and to see if I had updated it with a long term review. Looks like I was remiss on the latter or perhaps started another thread on it that I have yet to find.
I don't recall now exactly when but this unit did suffer from a busted crankshaft. Unit was still under warranty so Sears replaced it at no cost.
Anyway, for the long term review. The unit has served me well the last 6 years, always easy to start and ran well until just now. This is the first time it had a hard time to start. I think the primer bulb is nearing EOL from methanol poisoning and due for replacement soon. It hasn't busted but is not as pliable. I don't think it was pumping any gas up into the carb. First press was no different than the 20th. Maybe there are little flapper valves in the carb that dried and warped that was to blame.
I pulled off the air cleaner to see if there was too much gas from all the pumping. Did not smell any gas but there was considerable amount of oil from the crankcase vent recirc. (Note to self: change the oil.) I washed the filter and put it back on soaked in gas to aid in starting. That did the trick and it fired right up. I will need to test run it without the filter in place to see if the oil was from excessive blow-by or just from splashing/foaming from all the jumping about from the torture I put it through.
If I was looking for something to complain about, I can find only two. The choke position is not clearly marked with black on black lettering. With my aging eyes, I've taken to mark my other OPE with a Sharpie but I have only black which won't work on a black background. My other complaint is how the tines jam up on the D shaft from the way they are stamped. Sometimes they need to be given a whack to loosen.
I have yet to try out out the edger attachment that the wife was so insistent she had to have. I need to put down some landscape edging so plan to use the edging blade to cut a groove for it.
I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it!