Model #358796356 CRAFTSMAN Hedge Trimmer, Gas

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Q:

Remove and replace a choke lever assembly on a craftsman gas blower.

A:

Knowing how to replace a part without detailed instructions is almost impossible. So I attached a couple links that I thought might help. I hope these links are helpful!

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Jackie S -
September 15, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the blower. To remove the choke plate you will need a small flat blade screwdriver and a pair of pliers. Insert the screwdriver between the choke plate and the shaft. This will prop the shaft up so the notch in the plate that locks it place will clear. Once you have the screwdriver in place use, the pliers to pull the choke plate out. Note the position of the plate before removing it. When you are ready to install the plate, slide it into the slot in the shaft.

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired by a Sears technician. Here is a link that will provide the nearest drop-off locations: Sears Home Services .

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
September 19, 2011
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Maybe you can help me further on this choke Mod 358.796356 part no. 530071718 gas hedge trimmer. you are right about removal and replacing. My problem now is how to fix the lever to stay on Choke Off, N 1/2, Full Choke. If you know my error please lead me to the right path.

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TheLep -
May 15, 2012
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James, I am sorry you are having a problem. The carburetor has a small spring and ball that probably are missing. The image below shows these parts. Just click on the image to enlarge it. The spring and the ball go into the hole before the choke shaft. If either is missing, the shaft will just move freely. I looked up the parts and the parts are not available. You will need to order the carburetor. Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 17, 2012
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Mark T. Thank you so much. As you have solved all of my problems there is still one last question to help others of course (smile). What goes in the hole first the spring or the the ball? Thank you in advance.

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TheLep -
May 17, 2012
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James, I am sorry I did not mention that. The spring first, and then insert the ball. The ball will ride on the shaft and fit into the dimples on the shaft when you turn the choke lever. I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance. Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 19, 2012
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Hi Mark T. I'm back to say thank you for all of your assitance with the gas hedge trimmer. I was told that my problem with the starting of my 2007 trimmer is the "compression is to low at 100 to start the motor. So I guess that means the motor is shot. So thank you again and I'll buy a 19.2 volt cordless (smile). Thank you your great.

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TheLep -
June 27, 2012
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Forgot to tell you I've Got great parts for that 358.796356 Gas Hedge Hedge Trimmer since I rebuilt it before the testor told me its the motor.

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TheLep -
June 27, 2012
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Q:

Where can I buy the wrench or tool for adjusting the caburetor for my craftsman hedger model: 358.796356

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I know how important it is to have this information. I attached the Craftsman website below so you could purchase the wrench there. An expert will respond shortly to provide you with a detailed response. I hope all goes well.

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Jackie S -
February 05, 2012
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Due to EPA regulations the carburetor manufacturer does not make these tools available to the end user. Tool sets can be purchased that will have the tool to fit this carburetor though. You can look around via Google and search for "Zama carburetor tool" to locate the sets that are out there for sale. They're typically in the $30-$50 range for the set.

I wish I had something I could give you for this but because of the manufacturer's restrictions we do not sell the tools.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
February 07, 2012
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craftsman hedge trimmer model 358.796356 what is the fuel line routing from the carburetor to gas tank to the fuel pickup..

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It can be difficult to understand exactly how the fuel lines should be routed. I have taken some time to research your question and noticed that someone else had asked a similar question with a posted response from an expert. I have attached a link below for you to view. I hope the link that I have provided for you is useful. http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/questions/219032-craftsman-model-358795660-gasoline-hedge-trimmers-fuel-line-broke-diagram-install-line

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Alina F. -
November 05, 2010
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Thanks for the try, but my model must a little different as there are no lines directly to the priming bulb (it is mounted on top of the carburetor) this (priming) function happens within the body of the carburetor.

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flsurveyor4723 -
November 05, 2010
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I have attached a diagram of how the fuel lines are to be connected. In most cases the thinner line is the fuel line and the thicker line is the return/vent line.

I have also attached a photo, from the trimmer we have here, of the fuel lines where they go through the tank wall.

If you have any further questions or problems with the trimmer, please let me know and I will be happy to assist.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
November 06, 2010
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Wade I'm not sure how to answer you directly so I'll just post it here, Thanks for the try, but my model must a little different as there are no lines directly to the priming bulb (it is mounted on top of the carburetor) this (priming) function happens within the body of the carburetor. also the parts found in the tank mainly a barbed connector its size suggests it may have connected the fatter hose to the fuel filter. from there to which carburetor connection I'm still unsure. It is a small # of possibilities though and I'll try each until I figure it out.

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flsurveyor4723 -
November 07, 2010
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If yours does not have a separate primer bulb, just connect the lines to the carb. The hoses sizes have not been all that relevant in my experiences.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
November 08, 2010
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