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It is a little hard to vapor lock a small Briggs & Stratton single piston engine. To get the carburator that hot the muffler on the tiller may be plugged up, causing the carburator to get too hot. There is a two piece muffler with a screen inside that gets plugged up when you run the tiller on some models. I finally got fed up and got a replacement muffler of a different design to solve the plugging problem. There is also a couple of tubes in the fuel tank with small screens that get plugged up also causing fuel starving to the engine. Also check and make sure the fuel tank cap vent is not plugged up. Good Luck, RAC

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