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This past week I have learned a couple lessons. Either that or I had some Karma repaid...

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My Stihl weed eater was dogging out when I'd throttle it so while looking it over I decided to blow back through the fuel line. Oh, you're supposed to empty the tank and remove the gas cap?
Lesson learned:
Benol doesn't taste as good as it's exhaust smells...

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At an estate sale today I saw a 70's Corvette with 98k miles out front way over priced (IMO) at $25k, a Craftsman wood chipper for $100, and other things that showed this was a pricey sale. In the middle of the sale was a cherry Wheelhorse something or other old school lawn tractor with a 40"+ mower deck and a matching snow blower, tire chains, etc, etc. owners manuals and original paperwork and all. Why even bother asking for the price since the deceased owner had fogged the engine prior to parking it last year, The paint was shiney and the chrome was too (had a hood ornament too) with all the other more expensive things I saw there. So when a guy came along and inquired and promptly bought the said Wheelhorse et al for a measly $75 I nearly choked before I could squeak out the words "I'll double that!" to which the guy selling it just kinda gave me an apologetic look and the guy buying it traded his 'I'm gonna kill you' glare for a smirk once he realized he had it in the bank already...
Lesson learned:
If you want it, make a move...
 

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Yup, I feel your pain and have the T-shirts for a bunch of them things over the years. Lates is I'm still smarting over losing out on a brass collectors HO gauge locomotive. I all-most-had-it.... Perhaps this warped motto of mine will be of some comfort:

"All things come to he who waits, but are lost to he who hesitates."

Just like living life, it's self defeating.:ROF
 

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I did that not long ago except the gas tank I was working on had gas from the year 2000 in it....yuck!! I was worried I might have gotten sick. I lived.....just came back from my comma weirder than ever......:biglaugh:
 

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Hey thanks for helping me feel better for the rookie mistake. I'm a rookie though, especially compared to alot of you guys here. Fortunately I didn't actually ingest any fuel like I did many years ago when siphoning a tank on my Falcon down to empty before I scrapped the car. Swallowed a good mouthful at least. Burped about once a minute for the rest of the day and every one of them tasted like 87 octane...yuck is right.
 

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Stihl Tip...working for the local Stihl dealer they are bad for exhaust mufflers to clog reducing power. Pull out the screen and toss it. I also have learned that Stihl products arent that great for what they cost.Lots of parts for older units are NLA.i HAVE AN OLD fs 44 trimmer but the only reason i own a Stihl is because someone left it at the shop and never came back for it so it was a freebie.
 

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Stihl Tip...working for the local Stihl dealer they are bad for exhaust mufflers to clog reducing power. Pull out the screen and toss it. I also have learned that Stihl products arent that great for what they cost.Lots of parts for older units are NLA.i HAVE AN OLD fs 44 trimmer but the only reason i own a Stihl is because someone left it at the shop and never came back for it so it was a freebie.
Hey thanks Yazooman...it ended up just needing a carb adjustment. I'll toss that screen, that was one of my thoughts was clogged exhaust. They sure do cost a bunch. I'm looking for a different one now, straight shaft, something commercial. Thanks for your experienced input, I'll steer clear of the Stihls unless it's free of course.:biglaugh:
 

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I've had tons of Stihl chainsaws over the years and as far as I'm concerned they are the best saw there is... I've never owned a Stihl weed whacker before, so have no experience in that department. My current trimmer is an old Echo and if I don't get at least another 20 years out of it, I'm going to be dissapointed!!
 

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2201- Don't feel bad, because those were 2 EASY lessons to learn.

I thought you were going to talk about.....
1) Picking up your running Lawnboy to use it for a hedge trimmer.
2) Sorry, just can't post the 2nd foolish mistake, but do-it-yourself dentistry is worse.

Hey, it's been done before. Why do you think there are so many safety stickers on new mowers?
 
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