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Storage - Craftsman WEEDWACKER 358.798441 Operator's Manual

21 cc/1.3 cu. in. 2-cycle engine 17" semi-automatic head gas weedwacker

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STORAGE
Immediately prepare your unit for storage at the end of
the season or if itwill not be used for 30 daysor more,.
A
WARNING:
ALLOW THE ENGINE TO COOL, AND
SECURE THE UNIT BEFORE STORING
OR TRANSPORTING IN A VEHICLE.
STORE UNIT AND FUEL IN AN AREA
WHERE FUEL VAPORS CANNOT REACH
SPARKS
OR OPEN
FLAMES
FROM
WATER HEATERS, ELECTRIC MOTORS
OR SWITCHES, FURNACES,ETC.
STORE UNIT WITH ALL GUARDS IN
PLACE, POSITION SO THAT ANY SHARP
OBJECT
CANNOT
ACCIDENTALLY
CAUSE INJURY TO PASSERS BY.
STORE THE UNIT OUT OF THE REACH
OF CHILDREN°
FUEL SYSTEM
Never use engine or carburetor rcleaner products in the
fuel tank or permanent damage may occurto fuel system
components.Follow these instructions:
• Drain the fuel from the unit into an approved fuel con..
tainer_
• Drain the fuel lines and carburetor by starting
the
engine and letting it tun until it stops_
• Allow the engine to cool before storage.
IMPORTANT: It is important to prevent gum deposits
from forming in essential fuel system parts such as the
carburetor, fuel filter, fuel hose or tank during storage.
Also, experience indicates that alcohol blended fuels,
those that use ethanol or methanol (called gasohol or
oxygenated fuel), can attract moisture and form acidic
gas which will damage your engine_ To avoid engine
problems, the fuel system should be emptied before stor-
age of 30 days or longer
GAS TRIMMER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS
If your trimmeris to be storedfor a periodof time, clean it
thoroughly prior to storage Remove any dirt, leaves, oil,
grease, etcoStore in a clean dry area
• Clean the entire unit
o Clean air filter Refer to "Customer Responsibilities_'
. Open the semi-automatic
line head assembly and
clean any dirt, grass or debris that has collected,,
. Inspect the cutting line_Old cutting line may be chalky
or sticky to the touch Remove and discard old line and
install fresh new line
= Lightly oil external metal surfaces to prevent rust from
forming.
= Re-assemble all loose parts, being sure that all han-
dles and guards are in place and are securely fas-
tened, Replace any damaged parts
° The recommended storage position is either vertically
with the fuel cap on top, or horizontally with the fuel
cap up_Do not store unit with the cutting attach-
ment up.
° Hang the unit by the brackets underthe motorhousing
to avoid fuel leaks. Make sure the unitis positionedso
that the line limiter cannot causeinjury.
I _
CAUTION: WEAR PROTECTIVE GLOVES
WHEN HANDLING LINE LIMITER. THE
BLADE IS SHARP AND CAN CUT YOU.
Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable alternative in minimizing
the formation of fuel gum deposits during storage. Add
stabilizer to the gasoline in the fuel tank or fuel storage
container. Always follow the mix instructions found on
stabilizer containers Run engine at least 5 minutes after
adding stabilizer to allow the stabilizer to reach the car-
bureto_
CRAFTSMAN 40:1 2-cycle engine oil (AIR-COOLED) is
specially blended with fuel stabilizer. If you do not use
this Sears oil, you can add a fuel stabilizer
(such as
CRAFTSMAN No. 33500) to your fuel tank_
INTERNAL
ENGINE
* Remove spark plug and pour 1 teaspoon of 40:1 2-
cycle engine oil (AIR-COOLED) through the spark plug
opening Slowly pull the starter rope 8 to 10 times to
distribute oil to inner engine surfaces.
° Replace spark plug with a new one of the recommended
type and heat range. Refer to "Product Specifications"
° Clean air filter. Refer to "Customer Responsibilities,"
= Re-install all covers and hardware removed for access;
tighten all screws and fasteners_
• Check entire unit for loose screws, nuts, and bolts.
Replace any damaged, broken, or worn parts.
o Lightly oil external metal surface to prevent rust from
forming.
= Use fresh fuel having the proper gasoline to oil ratio at
the beginning of the next season_
OTHER
• Do not store gasoline from one season to anothe_
° Replace your gasoline can if your can starts to rust.
Rust and/or dirt in your fuel system willcause problems.
° Store your unit in a well ventilated area and covered, if
possible, to prevent dust and dirt accumulation,Do no
cover with plastic,, Plastic cannot breathe and will
induce condensation and eventual rust or corrosion°
IMPORTANT: NEVER COVER UNIT WHILE ENGINE
AND EXHAUST AREAS ARE STILL WARM.
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