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Forum topic by SlimPickins posted 06-07-2014 02:39 PM 1476 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SlimPickins

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06-07-2014 02:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: weed-trimmer weed-whacker fuel linefilter replacement

I recently found my fuel line severed so I ordered a new one and now I must install it. Can someone just guide me using the picture I show you of the old parts. I know that sooner or later I have to run the new fuel line into the tank through the hole in the bottom of the tank (that’s where I pulled the broken one out of), and then hook the line up to the fuel filter (old or new depending on whether I replace it), and have it so that when I pull the gas cap off, there is a bunch of stuff hanging there that I can access. So basically, it’s not a real hard job I don’t think. I just have to feed the line through and start putting stuff together. I could probably almost do it without help but a diagram or a website or a Youtuber would be great. Unfortunately, the owner’s manual for the 358797120 does not have a diagram. Anyone know of a manual for this or where to find? I just want a little help before I dive in. Heck, I came to this website and now my barn door’s fixed – this job is much easier (I suspect). So you guys helped me perfectly in the past.

Thank you – you should see the filter and some other stuff in the pic.

In the pic, some of the stuff, I shook out of the tank and other stuff I had to use a coat hangar to pry a little but it wasn’t too bad getting the stuff out – the gas cap is not pictured, I forgot to show you that.


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Quanter50

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#1 posted 06-07-2014 03:05 PM

I just finished this exact same job on my C-Man 32cc weed trimmer! Throw all that stuff in the garbage. Take the fuel tank of and clean it out thoroughly! Go to your nearest chainsaw or weed trimmer dealer and get one foot of each size fuel line (mine had 2 different sizes) and a new “universal” filter. When you rethread the fuel lines into the bottom of the tank, they will be snug. Cut the first 1/4 inch of fuel line on the bias and put a half drop of dish detergent on it before you push it through the corresponding tank hole. Get a new primer bulb while your there too. I hope this makes sense and helps.

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SlimPickins

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#2 posted 06-07-2014 04:26 PM

Sorry, but I don’t see any reason to throw this stuff in the garbage, nor do I see any reason to not just reassemble all of the parts with the new fuel line I’ve already bought. The weed-trimmer works great – it just needs a new fuel line.

I would never throw a bunch of stuff in the garbage – I would simply fix the one small problem – a broken fuel line.

I WOULD PREFER THAT PEOPLE NOT GIVE ANSWERS LIKE THIS.

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bigblockyeti

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#3 posted 06-07-2014 04:52 PM

Ask a question about yard equipment on a woodworking forum and you’ll likely not get the answer your looking for!

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madts

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#4 posted 06-07-2014 05:05 PM

#1 This is a woodworking not a weedwacking forum. #2 You ask a question and a guy has the decency to try to help you. #3 You do not like the answer so you bitch. #4 Go get a life.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#5 posted 06-07-2014 05:15 PM

#1 This is a woodworking not a weedwacking forum. #2 You ask a question and a guy has the decency to try to help you. #3 You do not like the answer so you bitch. #4 Go get a life.

Sorry for the double post.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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gtbuzz

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#6 posted 06-07-2014 05:30 PM

THROW THE WEED TRIMMER IN THE GARBAGE

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Quanter50

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#7 posted 06-07-2014 05:49 PM

The fuel filter is dirty! Read your manual…..it says when the fuel filter is dirty, replace it! Stop leaving fuel in your trimmer/leaf blower over the winter and your fuel lines won’t rot out!! The model number you show comes back to a leaf blower anyway. That machine is probably way past it’s life expectancy too.

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SlimPickins

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#8 posted 06-07-2014 06:44 PM

I ALWAYS seem to get the last laugh on this or any other forum – I’m just a real friendly guy who asked a simple question and didn’t get a good answer so I just went out and fixed the trimmer myself – all I needed was a pair of needlenose pliers/forceps-style needlenose pliers so I could pull the .080” ID line through the bottom of the fuel tank. My straight needlenoses couldn’t reach it and I don’t have any medical-style forceps. But I finally found my curved needlenose and pulled it up enough to get the old fuel filter on and cut all the grass, weeds, and plants that needed trimmiing on my lawn – I was a week delayed due to serious tooth abscess and a bad back injury.

FIXIT JOB IS DONE.
PS Those of you who are scratching your head that it’s a leafblower – it’s probably some old blower/whacker combo machine or else it’s custom-made. I bought it from a yard-sale about 8 years ago and it’s really done a good job. I will now order new gas and air filters and redo the job but for now, it runs great! Huge burden off of my mind that I can pull those fuel lines with my new pliers (that I had bought for my garage).

I will have to research exactly why the fuel lines rot – a number of posts have mentioned that they rot sort of matter-of-factly. But perhaps it is something corrosive that isn’t just two-cycle oil or gasoline – who knows, I don’t. But it should be easy to answer the question – someone knows. But gas and oil are pretty strong stuff – even some resistant plastics probably dissolve, even if very slowly.

By the way, the engine says model # 358.797120 – this is supposedly a blower but maybe the guy just
put a different engine on his trimmer – who knows? Also, it’s a 26cc engine, not 25cc. Strange.

And for those who don’t put fuel lines on – just cut the line at a steep angle – push it up until it stops, then work it through with forceps or forceps-style pliers. Simple job if you have the right tool – otherwise it’s hard to sand down that plastic fuel line – it’s a strange material. You will kill yourself trying to skinny it up. Perhaps you can invent a way to do it without the forceps – I didn’t have to.

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#9 posted 06-07-2014 07:58 PM

coooo coooo

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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Bill White

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#10 posted 06-07-2014 08:13 PM

Folks have tried to help.
You didn’t appreciate the responses, and did your own repair.
Why did ya post in the first place on a WWing forum?
Not tryin’ to be snarky.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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bbc557ci

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#11 posted 06-07-2014 08:16 PM

Use a a 40 tooth Freud blade and it’ll work just fine :o)

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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SlimPickins

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#12 posted 06-07-2014 11:43 PM

Yeah, I have a tiger saw (takes something similar to a Freud blade I would guess). That would work if I
didn’t have access to the Pittsburgh needlenose tool I picture below, which I recently bought at Lowe’s. Like if I was on the road and happened to have my saw with me, or if I lost my pliers.

To the others, I agree that this is not really the right forum but I don’t belong to any forums that are even close to what I would need. I’ll try to keep my posts lumber-jacking or wood-working related. But I can’t work on my wood until I get the lawn cut hence my hasty post.

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#13 posted 06-08-2014 12:05 AM

Have a good day.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#14 posted 06-08-2014 01:04 AM

Since it’s an old engine the lines prob. weren’t made to handle alcohol. Most new replacement lines are. Most of the old carb. kits don’t like alcohol either. Make sure if you buy they’re rated for alcohol.

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#15 posted 06-08-2014 01:51 AM

I’m havin weedpecker problems 2, my Stihl FS 66 has about seen it’s days, it’s 34 yrs wackin have about done it in, going for a rebuild next week stay tuned for updates since we have a weedwacker forum, Lee Valley does sale garden & yard stuff 2, Im takin Slimpickers side on this one

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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