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Craftsman Gas hedge trimmermodel #358795660

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hedge trimmer wont start

i have a craftsman bushwacker and i changed the plug, fuel lines and filter, cleaned carb and it still wont start

Posted May 31, 2013

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Julio, May 31, 2013

I can understand your frustration over your hedge trimmer not operating properly. I would suggest that you provide a little more information such as the make and complete model number of your product, so your expert will be able to provide you with the best possible answer. Just click on reply down below, where you can provide the additional information.

jonathan, May 31, 2013

its a craftsman 22in 21cc bushwhacker model number: 358.795660, serial number: 98302N200161

Mark T , June 04, 2013

Thank you for your question.I am sorry you are having a problem with the blower. The engine needs three things to run. They are fuel, compression and spark. Let’s check for those first. Try to start the engine as you normally do. After you pull the rope, a few times remove the spark plug. The end of it should be wet if it is getting fuel. If it is not wet, I recommend replacing the spark plug and pouring a thimble full of fuel into the throat of the carburetor. Then try to start the engine. If the engine acts as if it wants to start or does start you need to check the fuel lines. If the lines are fine, you need to clean or replace the carburetor.If the spark plug is wet after try to start the engine, I recommend checking for spark. I found a video that will aid in checking for spark. Click here to watch the video. If you have spark I recommend checking for compression. To do this you need a compression gauge. You should be able to loan one from Auto zone. They have a loan a tool program. Once you have the gauge installed pull the rope a few times fast. You should have a reading of at least 90 psi. If you do not have this reading there is a problem in the cylinder. This type of repair usually exceeds the valve of the unit.  If the unit is still under warranty I recommend bringing it to one of our drop off locations. Here is a link that will provide the nearest drop-off locations:  Sears Home Services. I hope this is helpful. Please let me know what you find after doing the above checks.  Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark.  

jonathan, June 08, 2013

i do not have spark. I changed the plug, and i still do not have spark. I also changed the spring and boot and it turns over after several pulls but shuts right off.

jonathan, June 14, 2013

i am getting spark on some pulls. i actually had it running for a minute today but it shut off. I feel it might be a carb problem.

Mark T , June 16, 2013

jonathan, You could be right. I recommend trying to start the engine normally. After pulling the starter rope ten times or so I recommend removing the spark plug. If the end of the spark plug is not wet, the problem is likely fuel related. First, be sure the fuel mixture you are using is less than five weeks old. If it is fine, inspect the fuel line between the carburetor and fuel tank. If the line is dry and brittle, it could be cracked and allowing air into the system. If the line outside of the tank is fine, I recommend checking the line inside the tank. I have seen the line in the tank break and the unit will not get fuel. If everything in the tank is fine, you will see one long line from the top of the tank to the bottom with a filter on the end. If the fuel lines look ok I suspect the problem is in the carburetor. Instead of rebuilding the carburetor, I recommend replacing it. The reason is most carburetors today are roughly $25.00. Please let me know if you need further assistance on the trimmer. Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark T.

jonathan, June 20, 2013

which carburetor do I need? my model is 358795660

Mark T , June 25, 2013

jonathan, I will be happy to assist you. I looked up the model number you submitted. The correct part number for the carburetor for your trimmer is 530069682. The carburetor can be ordered from the following link. Replacement carburetor for Craftsman hedge trimmer model 358795660 Please let me know if you need further assistance. Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark.

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