Found some time after work to toss the new China made carb on my CCR 2000. Replaced the fuel and primer lines also as they came with the carb. To lazy to replace the fuel filter. Fired right up, still surged pretty bad at idle. Backed the mixture screw out about a turn or so and she smoothed right out. So far so good. If I only had some snow....
I started off-season maintenance on the Toros today. I washed down the 724, ran it out of gas for now, changed oil, opened the bottom end and cleaned & lubed. All looked good. Since this machine now has the Predator engine, with metal gas tank, I think I will go with keeping the tank full in the off-season (as directed in the Predator user manual) and running every 3 months or so. I also washed down the CCR2000, but didn't run it out of gas yet. I'm thinking we may still get 1 or 2 more snows this season, and the single stage should be fine.
I didn't even use the 421 this season, I only ran it in the garage one time in early January. Same for the 521, which my neighbor usually uses but did not this year.
thinking about doing the same, off season maintenance ready for storage, yesterday it hit 60 over night stayed at the upper 40 range. sadly it seems time to bring the mowers out of swap in the blowers than it's still march and the robins being seen this early normally drag some wet and cold in with them
Ugh, it feels early to be putting machines away. But with the way the "winter" is going, yeah, maybe I should drain the gas out of the 2-stage. And I could easily run the carb dry in the single-stage. It's seeming unlikely at the moment that I'll need the 2-stage again this season. Unless it's a pretty decent storm, I can just use the SS to clear everything.
yeah, seems early, but no biggie. If we get a monster storm, I will be happy to bring the 2-stage out of its short hibernation. Also, funny timing for me, it was snowing quite hard here earlier this morning, but only for a few minutes, and it will be in the 40's later today. I think maybe the snow gods are messing with me.
so I picked up a freebie Toro 524 (old school - 1980) last weekend in the neighborhood. PO said it hasn't run in over a year, and ran poorly then, just wanted it out of his garage. So I pushed it home on a small 4 wheel dolly, and took a look. Some early observations:
these things are tanks. But I wish it had a bigger engine.
the carb was bone dry, with the usual old gas sand (??) in the bottom of the bowl. But the throttle shaft had very little play, and everything else looked good, so I decided for a clean and rebuild. It holds 5 psi for over 10 minutes, Woohoo.
the auger is in very good shape.
the drive train seems ok, will look closer if I can get the engine running well.
the cylinder sump cover had a Tecumseh short block metal tag on it, so I think it had been replaced at some point.
the cylinder walls had some wear, not much cross-hatching, but we'll see what compression it can maintain.
there was alot of oil around one side of the head, so I thought it was a blown gasket. Upon closer look, the PO had not replaced the spacers holding up 2 of the head bolts (that also hold the gas tank bracket). So there was no direct pressure on the head in this corner. But the gasket looked brand new. Someone had been in there recently. Cylinder leak-down was not surprisingly very bad.
valve lash was high, especially exhaust, so I cleaned them well, and lapped both, a little extra lapping on the exhaust valve to get it into spec. They are now in spec, at the high end. There was plenty of material left on the valves, so hopefully this will work out.
the drive wheel axle had some side to side slop, so I took it off and noticed that it had been reassembled without some of the washers/spacers. Fortunately the wheels came off easily.
the skids had an interesting mod, but fortunately, again, they had prevented any wear on the auger housing itself.
Next step (waiting on a few parts) is to reassemble the engine and see how it runs. I only have around $20 in it so far. Hopefully the safety / interlock system is working.
Well I haven't replied in a while. Great to see People like Hanky still telling snow where to go and how to get there. Wanted to say hi to all of you and wish you the best snow season ever!
I still have my Toro 1128. Love that machine, and I use an EGO single stage for the skiffs of snow, we tend to get (locally) dry powdery snow. This year however has seen 2 wet snows, and the first snow was a foot and half. Now...wet ain't easy, but my machines handled it effortlessly.