Actually a dirty filter should only choke the engine more by restricting air flow. My Homelite is new and acts like it is starving for fuel. It will run fine once started and warmed up. If it dies then it mus tbe choced again. Its always acts hungry for fuel.
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Most of the newer equipment have EPA carbs that wont allow serious carb adjustment without special tools. The tools are only supposed to be sold to service shops who will make adjustments and then put limiting caps on the adjustment screws. Anyone found defeating these systems can be fined by the EPA. If you think your carb is running a bit lean just use a little bit of choke and see if the engine picks up a bit. Then you can try mixing in some fuel system cleaner into your next tank of fuel and see if that gets you back on track. It is the cheapest way to go before spending any money on shop service or new equipment.
The parts inside the carburetor need to be replaced (gasket and diaphragm kit) and/or the L and H screws need to be adjusted on the carb. Try grasping and turning the L mixture screw on the carburetor (one closest to engine) about 1/8 to 1/4 of a turn counterclockwise.
Your carb high and low settings may need tweaking if it's not a fuel or muffler issue. I believe needles are made only to be adjusted by a technician. If you want to try adjusting it yourself, google and you tube your to see how.
its a blocked carb or filter
clean out all the fule pipes and filters
"""even the one in the fule tank on the end of the pick up pipe""" and retune carb when starting up again
ps,, iv never liked running on a 50:1 mix?
i do 40:1 if it smokes a little ,,,,,its got oil in it!
the l is for idle and the h is for top end but thats not ur problem it sounds like ur carb is clogged there is a screen inside of the carb the fuel gets crystalized and blocks off some and sometimes all of the fuel ill bet thats the problembut u can try the adjustments first give the unit full throttle and turn the h adjustment screw in and or out till it sounds great and at full power if that dont work then do the screen in the carb