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$5 well spent.

While looking on Craigslist this past summer for parts I could use on my Areins ST824 I came across an ad for a Troy-Bilt single stage blower. The ad said it ran but was missing some parts. When I got to the guys house I found that the parts that were missing included the fuel tank, oil filler tube and the pull start handle.

Using a funnel he poured a little gas in the remnants of the fuel hose, stuck a rag in the hole the dipstick tube would go and connected a power cord to the electric start. It fired right up but man did it smoke up the place.

No guts no glory, I gave the guy the $5 he was asking and brought it home; I figured I could maybe use the motor for a generator idea I had and sell off some of the other parts and at least make my money back.

When I got home and dumped out the oil I saw that it had a odd blueish green tint to it. I had a machine similar to this many years back with a 2 stroke motor but this one has a 4 stroke and I'll bet ya somebody filled the crankcase on this thing with 2 cycle oil.

I put a pull handle from a old lawn mower on, found a oil filler tube that fit, no dip stick though, jury rigged a gas tank from old push mower onto it and, after I filled the crankcase with some 5w-30 and ran it a bit, the smoke cleared right up.

I hadn't played with it since I brought it home so today I pulled it out of the shed and pushed it around the driveway and into some snow banks. It did a pretty decent job throwing the heavy snow around.

I think I might just put a couple more bucks into this thing and keep it for light duty work.



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Was it smoking because of the 2-cycle oil is so thin? When I bought our house the guy left behind a nice craftsman push mower. I checked the oil and it had a metallic sheen to it, I took the cover off for the air filter and it looked like birds had turned it into a nest, the spark plug I don't think ever got changed either. probably why he left it for me
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Was it smoking because of the 2-cycle oil is so thin?
That would be my guess.

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