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Snowblower Maintenance Question

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My mother-in-law gave me an old snowblower (Craftsman 11.0 / 30) that had been sitting in the shed for around 8 years (after my father-in-law passed). It wouldn't start for me, but the electric starter was trying to crank the engine. I tried changing the plug, and putting in new gas. Now the electric starter won't work. So, I tried the pull start, but still no luck getting it started. I imagine the carb is dirty and needs cleaning. As I have never done this before, I was wondering if there is anything else I could try. Is it worth getting fixed? (not sure how much it would cost) Is anyone from the Manotick / Ottawa area that knows how much $$ I'd be looking at to get it repaired?

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-07-2015, 10:23 AM
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hello hillbma, welcome to SBF!! a carb cleaning or rebuild should be on your to do list if you plan to keep the craftsman. donnyboy has several youtube vids that can be very helpful with your project

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better check that crank case oil. it is more than likely tar/sludge in there now. ALOHA from the frozen TUNDRA.

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I imagine the carb is dirty and needs cleaning.

Is it worth getting fixed? (not sure how much it would cost)

Is anyone from the Manotick / Ottawa area that knows how much $$ I'd be looking at to get it repaired?
Hill, welcome aboard!

I "suspect" that if you're not up to the repair tasks, etc., the repair bill will start to grow and quickly exceed the value of the machine. If it's only a matter of cleaning/rebuilding the carb, that could be within a reasonable range. However, if you need a new electric start, that will change the scope of the repair bill.

Many of the guys on this forum attack these repairs in their garage day in, day out. Others don't have the time, training, tools or desire to fiddle
with these things on a sub-zero day. IME, it comes down to:

You have more time than money or you have more money than time It's that simple.

Don't get yourself into a deep repair bill on a tired machine. Apply your resources to something new or newer. Good luck!
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Thanks for all the feedback. I didn't think of checking the oil so I will do that. I googled Danny Boy and found three of his videos to take apart, clean and put together the carb. I could probably do that as I have the tools (though my kids do limit my available time). If I need any replacement parts (o-rings), I'll have to order them which will slow me down. Searching on kijiji I found an identical machine ready to go for $475.....so, as you say, getting this one repaired by someone else may just not be worth the cost. Cheers!
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Welcome to the forum, keep in mind though that those old Craftmans are the better built ones for if you were to use it for yourself if not then more trouble than money. Good Luck and let us know your intentions.

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Would be nice if you posted a picture or two of it's condition but it's likely worth a hundred or two to fix up. Reasonable condition 11 horse 30" blower should be worth a couple hundred easy.

When you say the starter was trying to "crank" the engine. Was the engine turning over, just not firing ??

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Your machine probably has very good bones......but that's a long time to sit idle. Unless your willing to tear into it....clean or replace the carb ( I would clean it by soaking in cleaner) completely drain and clean the fuel tank (take it off of the machine, clean it as best as you can with water hose, then let it dry) drain the oil, fill it, after running for 15 minutes, drain and replace the oil again. Clean or replace to fuel line, it's probably dried out and brittle anyway, while you do this install a fuel filter in the new line.
Now it's onto the belts, they are more then likely dried out and brittle as well. You should replace them before doing any work with the machine.
It comes down to what you are willing to do, if you have the time and knowledge, tear into it....if time and knowledge are against you.....put your money toward a new machine.
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