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My Homelite 26 HT Hedge Trimmer is stubborn to start and then only runs on Full Choke at full throttle, but not smoothly. Whats up with this?

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The problem with the homelite trimmer is that the instructions show the incorrect starting procedure.
The manual refers to priming 10x , when the unit actually needs to be primced 20 times.
Surely it can be a clogged carbie, but... in my cash it was a brand new unit, and after getting tennis elbow and tearing some ligaments..... learnt my lesson!
So remember - prime twenty times, then pull pull pull!!!

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Jets in carb are dirty. Take carb off and clean, blow out all jets, you may have to use thin wire to get all gunk out. Also fuel line might be dry rotted. Put carb back on and adjust settings on carb.

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