Let's start with some background. I've been wanting to buy a snow blower for years, but we don't get heavy amounts of snow where I live, making it more of a want then a need item. A few weeks ago I decided to finally buy something, did some homework, and started browsing used snowblowers hoping to find a good deal on something that needs a little TLC. Well, I found it. A Husqvarna 10527SBE, says he bought it in 2011, original owner, I ran the ID plate number, it comes back as a 2005-2006 model, I'm guessing he got some old stock. The best thing about it? HE USED IT 3 TIMES IN 6 YEARS! This thing literally looked like new, kept in a heated garage, tucked in the corner. Settled on a price of $800 (CDN dollar), seemed like good deal to me.
I've been playing around with it the last couple weekends trying to get it running right. Started with hard starting, clean out the old gas, put some fresh in, fires right up until its warm, then it had a serious case of surging. Clean the carb out, doesn't surge any more, but defiantly has a miss fire, but I can't seem to isolate it. I figure let's do a service, the guy did tell me he hasn't even changed the oil since he bought it, so new oil and plug. Runs slightly better, but still a miss, however now I can isolate it to running lean under low load conditions (it clears up when I give it a little choke, and runs like a champ when I dig it hard into a snow bank). Tecumseh in their infinite wisdom has decided that their engine doesn't need an adjustable carb, I don't agree, so currently I'm waiting for the new adjustable one I ordered to come in. It should be here early next week, pretty sure after that she will purr like a kitten. Now all I need is a good dump of snow to really test it out and see what it can do. With my luck I probably wont see that until next season.
Anyway, I've been lurking this forum since I bought it, seems like a good place, so I figured I should join up and share my story.