Agreed, the F series plastic carbs aren't bad per se, and not as troublesome as the duraforce carbs. My old 10518 was obviously a plastic carb and my 10545 is as well and they haven't given me any issues.Very nice line up and I concur with the conclusion that the metal Walbro carb is better. I had replaced the plastic carb on my 10401 with the Walbro and what a difference. If it runs fine with the plastic carb then no worries. Bill
Not to hijack the thread but does anyone know why the F series lived on until 2000 on the 10401 but was replaced in '98 with the duraforce on the goldpro and silverpro?
I did as well to the one a buddy gave me this past summer. Definitely a questionable decision on OMC's part.I did that same conversion on my 8243AE. Never could figure out why Lawnboy would not have included a pull start option as standard on that model. Bill