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I just purchased a craftsman 8.5/27 #536881851. Bought it from a man that said as soon as it warms up it stalls. I got it home fired right up. I engage auger dies. Did internet search on this model and can't find anything good about it. Same problems across the board with this one. Any help would be appreciated.
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Pull the spark plug wire off the spark plug.

Remove the belt access cover, and look at the belts making sure that they are intact. Second look at the pulleys to make sure that they appear to be aligned, and that the auger pulley moves freely. You probably have some sort of brake that is linked to the auger engagement lever, so you might need someone to hold that for you. Please be careful not to turn the engine, it could start.

My suspicion is that something is ceased up front, and it's going to be a process of elimination to narrow it down.

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If he says it stall when warm, let it run until it stalls and check for spark, right after it stalls. That will verify whether the coil is good or bad. Not to be the barrier of bad news, but that model is notorious for blowing up motor's. But as db9938, check for something locking up, that may be causing the motor to stall.




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Update for the craftsmen. Runs fine,operates fine. Rebuilt carb. Could not find anything at all wrong. Small engine shop suggested fuel starvation when auger creates extra load on motor.. So far he was right. Blew out fuel lines,cleaned tank, rebuilt carb. No issues.craftsman 8.5/27 536881851-img_20141221_161328.jpg

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Do you use an additive in the fuel? Some kind of a fuel stabilizer?
Sea Foam or Sta-bil?
I also add a shot of carburetor cleaner to each tank of gas I add.
I like Berryman's Chemtool B-12.
There are others, my Craftsman is from around 2000, I never had my carb apart yet, knock on wood.

Your blower looks in great shape.

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Do you use an additive in the fuel? Some kind of a fuel stabilizer?
Sea Foam or Sta-bil?
I also add a shot of carburetor cleaner to each tank of gas I add.
I like Berryman's Chemtool B-12.
There are others, my Craftsman is from around 2000, I never had my carb apart yet, knock on wood.

Your blower looks in great shape.
I add sta-bill. Always treated fuel. The previous owner did not. He was sick of it not working told me $100 and take it away...
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I add sta-bill. Always treated fuel. The previous owner did not. He was sick of it not working told me $100 and take it away...
A $100 bucks is a good deal.
A lot buy different machines and just use them, never service or grease, some never even change the oil.
When it messes up they blame it on the make and go out and buy another brand.
A few years later they do it all over.

Mine was doing the same thing as the plastic gas line fitting going into the carb developed a crack somehow. It must have been sucking too much air through the crack. Ran OK during warm up, it did the same thing as yours under load.

I also us a coffee filter when adding gas to the tank.
Sometimes I catch small particles of whatever (?) using the coffee filter.

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I don't know if this was the model or not but I remember some reference to air not getting into the gas tank and it essentially starved the engine for fuel.
Maybe try loosening the gascap and stick some tape on the side of the cap to the tank so it doesn't come off and try it. If it continues to work then that may be your issue.

Just a thought.
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I don't know if this was the model or not but I remember some reference to air not getting into the gas tank and it essentially starved the engine for fuel.
Maybe try loosening the gascap and stick some tape on the side of the cap to the tank so it doesn't come off and try it. If it continues to work then that may be your issue.

Just a thought.
The guy behind me bought a brand new pressure washer and it was doing the same thing. I told him to loosen the cap and see what happened. It ran fine, turned out the the brand new cap had some kind of flaw and didn't vent. They gave him a new, different cap for it. I guess they also had to give away a lot of caps to others who bought them?
Brand new, you would think your set for a while.

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The guy behind me bought a brand new pressure washer and it was doing the same thing. I told him to loosen the cap and see what happened. It ran fine, turned out the the brand new cap had some kind of flaw and didn't vent. They gave him a new, different cap for it. I guess they also had to give away a lot of caps to others who bought them?
Brand new, you would think your set for a while.
The shop asked me if the tiny vent was clogged in gas cap when I first picked it up. As of now starts 1St pull,runs fine,engage auger doesn't miss a beat. Throws snow ??? Close to 60 tomorrow .
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