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Craftsman 4 Stroke Trimmer

I cannot get it to start, I have spark, fuel seems to be also present, there is compression, i give it a small shot of ether and it still doesn't even pop over, WHAT ELSE?

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  • nemfeely21 Apr 27, 2009

    But why does it not even pop over when i give it a shot of ether?

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Make sure fuel is fresh and carb is tuned (there are adjustment screws that are "locked".. illegal to unlock, but can be done.

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