Why did you rush in and buy a "carb" blower if you knew you absolutely wanted an "EFI" ?? I get from reading this thread you like EFI vs carb, but why so much dislike, that you'd unload your carb blower to switch to EFI ?? I don't see that much of a benefit of EFI or a detriment to having a carb version. I'm just curious. Thanks.
Needed something, and nobody could get the EFI in a timely manner. That, and was also somewhat lied to - the dealer stated with a straight face that this machine had a full range throttle control. Sorry, but full and idle with nothing in between does *NOT* fill that requirement. . . (and figured that out after delivery).
Had that been present, I had determined to force myself to live with the downgrade of no throttle control on the dash (every other machine I have owned has had that, and wasn't interested in losing it).
Lastly, the EFI should be far more tolerant of infequent use, since I am not a 100% resident in that location at this time, and the better mixture control should give a bit better fuel economy (anthought that really wasn't a factor. Power equipment engines just plain don't use enough fuel to matter).
So, it was 'hail mary' an EFI in and not deal with the local deal (who has been good to me for years), do it by hand, or try to accept the compromise. Partly also my fault for not realizing that, despite being close to Brillion, a dealer could not order anything in in a timely manner, and what they could do would add hundreds of $$$ freight above normal pricing. Apparently they only get deliveries in large batches once or twice per season.
The EFI fits all my needs, although a carbed engine could have as well, had they not downgraded the engine controls over the years in such a craptastic way. Between the two, the EFI meets my wishes far, far, better.
I decided this year that I would eat uo to $700 or so to fix my mistake, but found out that it would have been over a grand, and the dealer was claiming (in October) that his order was already in, so the same nonsense about ordering was still in play, even offering 2 months lead time . . .
Despite that, the dealer is great. Delivered it within 24 hours, in a blizzard, and without being paid (that person was out sick, but they delivered it anyhow - as I sakd, this is generally a great dealer . . .) Basically said 'we know where it is, so just show up in the next few days and take care it'.