Mtd Troy - Bilt 144r Cultivator (21AT144R766)

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Gotta read the manual

Jun 10, 2009 (Updated Jun 10, 2009)
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Pros:Easy starting.

Cons:Guide wheel assy is sorta flimsy

The Bottom Line: Edger accessory made the deal for me.


Purchased this unit despite several reviews reporting starter failures. I had the same engine on a string trimmer with good results so I took a chance. Because so many people complained, I took the time to read the section on starting. There was a big caution note stating that the unit has a spring assist. It cautions to pull evenly without jerking - quite unlike other small engine starting routines.
When I first started the engine, the difference became obvious. Rather than trying to accelerate the crankshaft by pulling hard, the starter cord winds the assist spring. Once enough tension is stored in the spring, it releases and turns the crank shaft. In use there is simply no connection between the cord and crankshaft. So yanking harder and harder as you might with a stubborn two cycle will only apply excessive wear and tear.
Also, pumping the primer bulb does not inject gas into the carburater barrel. It simply pulls gas from the tank to the float chamber. Once you see gas returning to the tank via the blue line, your priming job is done.
Enriching the mixture is done by closing the choke to the #3 position and cycling the starter several times. Moving the choke to #2 for the start allows air to mix with the gas you sucked in on #3.
Two operational notes: The manual says to hold the throttle open when starting, The engine will rev high enough to engage the clutch diggin in the tines if you haven't held them off the ground.
The other note has to due with the edger attachment. Unlike other edgers and this unit when operating as a cultivator, Edging performance is vastly improved by pulling the unit rather than pushing.


Recommend this product? Yes


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