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Troubleshooting Craftsman 3/20 SS

Picked up a Toro 2450 and craftsman 3/20 (both SS) for $50. Seller said craftsman was filled with fresh mix. Both started and ran when I bought them.

Had a couple of inches of slop yesterday, and decided to try the craftsman. With maybe 4 pumps of the primer, it ran for a few seconds and died. Part and full choke did not make a difference. This happened more than a half dozen times.

Will assume for the moment that this is more likely an issue with fuel than a problem with ignition. I think the primer bulb is delivering gas, but once that runs out it dies. Doubting it is an issue with a fuel line, or even the primer would not help. Thinking the issue will likely be with the carb.

Any thoughts / ideas before I start troubleshooting?

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Sounds like a fuel issue, as you said. Gas can get to the carb, since the primer helps. I'd assume the carb is clogged due to old gas sitting in it, and needs to be cleaned.

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Agee...sounds like. The carb. MH

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+1...Drop the bowl and you will probably see crud in there.

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Anyone have an Idea for this 3/20 bowl gasket? What is the motor similar to as in a snapper? Sears does. it show it in its parts list obviously.
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