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post #1 of 15 Old 08-31-2014, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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overpriced carburetor

Picked up a older small 2 stage Ariens ST350 for cheap.
Previous owner had attempted carb work some time ago. Choke knob missing, plastic choke shaft broken, plastic fuel elbow had been broken. Fuel line was extended and clamped to remaining part of fuel inlet.
Starts and runs, but knew this all needed to be to fixed. Found replacement elbow (must extract old broken one. Haven't found replacement plastic choke shaft. Thought buying a new carb instead of buying replacement parts.
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Just thought it was funny that they would even list such a thing at such a price. Thats all.
That's like 5 new Predator engines vs one new carburetor.
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Hello dbert, that is a ridiculous price. Most places have the complete carb for $80-$90. Repairclinic has the replacement parts if you choose to rebuild the old carb.

Tecumseh Small Engine Choke Shaft 632373 Order now for same day shipping. 365 day return policy. RepairClinic.com

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repair clinic is about 25 minutes from my house, partstree.com is another place I get parts from

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Thanks Grunt.
I don't suppose you know the part number for the choke butterfly disk that attaches to the shaft by chance. All that remained of the old choke assy was the broken lower half of the shaft.
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I may have any Carb Parts You Need, or a whole Carb. Send a PM with Photos, and I'll check and see what I have.
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The choke "shutter" plate appears(?) to be Tecumseh part number 632372.
I could not find the part sold separately. I hope Jackmels can help you with that. The choke knob is part number 35439. Choke shaft is 632371A.
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I'd feel better throwing time and money at this if it were a 5 and not a 3.5 horse.
It's in good shape otherwise and was only $40 so worth a gamble.
When the cost of carb parts gets high enough you start thinking about a new carb. When the carb price gets high enough you start thinking about a HF predator replacement. Especially when it's only a 3.5 horse to begin with. But then it's a dual shaft so it's not like a predator swap will be the quick and easy fix.
To make this whole again I would need a fuel elbow fitting, a choke shaft, plate and knob, plus the box attach bracket and fasteners were missing.
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I have this carb form a 5hp engine. However, It has a different choke that comes out in the front of the air box instead of on the top. You would have to drill a hole for the choke actuator in the front of your air box; see the airbox in photo. Send PM if interested, otherwise, disregard.

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Has anyone used a 3.5 hp 2 stage before? Sounds like something better fitted to a lawn edger vs a snow thrower.
Sitting next to the driftbuster makes it look really small.
You might even say it's "cute".
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