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Stalls out when depress throttle

Starts and idles perfect. throttle it and it stalls,,installed new carb, gaskets and insulator plate..still have same problem

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1.Check that the governor is set properly.
2. Set air /fuel mix correctly
3. Check that the filter/ strainer at the bottom of the tank is
the filter over the fuel tap.

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