How to Identify and Fix Common Gardening Problems ?

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One of the most common problems, especially because rototillers often sit unused for months, is stale fuel or a clogged carburetor. If you know you have fresh fuel, you can check for carburetor blockage by spraying a small amount of carb cleaner into the intake and attempting to start the engine.
If the rotary tiller still doesn`t start:

Check that the fuel tank isn`t empty: if necessary, add fuel. The fuel must be fresh, of good quality and clean: make sure that no dirt, water or incompatible fuel (such as petrol-oil mixture, if the engine is a 4-stroke) gets into the tank.

Why would the engine only run while the choke is on or with repeated manual priming? An engine that requires the choking (partial or full) after initial engine warm up is an indication that the engine fuel air mixture system is out of adjustment.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Using an undersized cord, a larger number cord gauge (AWG) than recommended in the chart, will cause a loss in power and overheating of the tiller.
A rototiller, or tiller, is the heavier and more powerful of the two. Tillers are made for digging deeply and aggressively to break open the soil—for instance, when you`re creating a brand-new garden bed or to getting started at the beginning of the season.
Forward and reverse tine rotary tillers operate exactly as described. Forward rotating tines, like those on the RT3062, rotate forward on the shaft in the same direction the tractor is traveling. Reverse rotating tines, like those on the RT3062R, rotate on the shaft in the opposite direction the tractor is traveling.
Chokes are designed to close off or “choke” the air supply in order to provide the proper ratio of fuel to air. An engine needs more air as it warms up, so the choke needs to open to allow more air.
Turn on the ignition of your car. Once the engine is warm, you can remove the air filter and check whether the choke is open or closed. At this point, the choke should be open to allow the engine to breathe fully.
The purpose of a lawn tiller is to break up hard and compact soil, whereas a garden cultivator like the Husqvarna T300RH petrol cultivator serves to mix up soil that is already loose and stir in compost or fertiliser so that it is ready for planting.
A cultivator has smaller tines and a less powerful motor than a tiller, so it`s not meant to break ground. Trying to till your soil with a cultivator would make for a long, tough day.
Disadvantages of Power tiller tractors:

Power tiller Tractors are more expensive and less efficient than traditional tractors. They also have a shorter lifespan.

Avoid tilling in wet soil as soil compaction can occur and lead to poor root penetration in the growing season. If it rains, it`s best to wait a few days to allow soil to become semi-dry.
Fueling your tiller is easy. Unscrew the gas cap and fill the tank about four-fifths of the way with 89 octane unleaded gasoline. Remember to always drain the gas when transporting the unit from one location to another.
For a tiller with a bladed wheel, push the tiller forward while it`s in the ground. This will rotate the blades and till the soil. For a tiller without the wheel, twist the tiller as you pull it straight out of the ground.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Using an undersized cord, a larger number cord gauge (AWG) than recommended in the chart, will cause a loss in power and overheating of the tiller.
Should You Wet the Ground Before Tilling? If the garden soil that you are planning on tilling is too dry, you should consider adding water to it before you till. Less is usually more, but water to a depth of about 4 inches. Let the water penetrate the soil before you begin the tilling process.
Rear tine tillers are excellent machines for the kind of work that needs to be done when starting a large new garden plot: Breaking hard ground. Loosening hard or rocky soil. Digging large gardens or small farm plots.

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I have a Pouan Pro. I can start it but then when I give it gas it seems to have no power. It doesn’t die, just gets no power. Occasionally it revs.
ANSWER : It may well be running too rich because the air filter is blocked, remove the filter and just try the revs again free running, if ok, clean/replace the filter.

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My Poulan will start and run fine, but when i give it gas it revs up and dies every time. Ive messed with it some, and ive noticed if i close the choke right before it dies, it keeps cutting, but i have to keep my fingers on the choke which is very burdensome. Im not sure what it is!
ANSWER : Afternoon Jacob;
If you must choke it for it to run it is to lean. Have you cleaned the air filter? Might be good idea. An air leak can also cause this inspect the intake for a loose or defective connection at the engine or carburetor.
If these are good try to adjust the “H” needle valve CCW (richer) a little.
You can find a very good description of adjustment here:
Carburetor Adjustment by
CW is leaner; to lean will destroy the saw. If over tightened closed (CW) the adjustment screw faces are easily marred; marred adjustments are difficult to impossible to set properly.Clean the air filter; adjusting with a dirty filter can cause a run lean condition once cleaned and the saw run.
There are 2 wav (sound – idle & full – may not be highlighted) files that I find most helpful, I think you will too. Good Luck

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I replaced old gas lines and now gas pores out of carburator,switched the lines to other end of carburator and now it pores out of muffler
ANSWER : Ok, this sounds like problems with the float valve in the carburrettor float chamber. This will mean the you’ll have to dismantle the carburrettor, do you feel competent to do this?

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Engine dies at full throttle
ANSWER : Mine had the same problem. it got better after diluting my gas mixture. it is supposed to be 40 to one ratio. I added a little mor gas to the jug and it runs better now. Bottom line is the mixture has to be right on. Too rich will give you the problem you mentionned. not rich enough might burn out the engine.

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It idles but when I try to give it gas it dies
ANSWER : The most common cause of this is a damages fuel line. Look for pinholes or small cracks. The filter inside the tank may also be clogged.

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I have a Husky 350. It starts and runs until I give it gas, then it bogs down and quits. If I start it and just let it idle, it quits after 10 seconds or so. New plug, clean air filter, fresh gas.

Thanks for your help,

ANSWER : Take the carb off and clean it out real good.if that doe.s not work you will have to rebuild or replace carb.

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My tractor stalls like it is starved for gas although the gas tank is full. I,ve changed the fuel filter and the gas cap. I’ve cleaned out the gas tank, gas lines, and the carburetor bowl. The problem seems more acute when the gas tank is full or near full. At this time to alleviate the problem, I blow through the gas cap and the fuel filter fills with gas and it runs good again. But as soon as the fuel filter has no more gas, of course, it stalls until I blow on the gas cap. As the tank gets down to about 1/3 full, the engine runs OK. What else could cause this condition?
ANSWER : I had a similar problem with a sears tractor. close to the carbarator is a rectangle box with a rubber hose going to the engine block – remove the hose and spray carb cleaner in the hose wait a few mins and try again – its a vacuum for the carb

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Weed eater starts but won't stay running – Weedeater 19 in 25cc Gas Hedge Trimmer
ANSWER : Probably “gum” and “varnish” build-up clogging the TINY passages [called ‘galleries”] inside the carb!

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