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My mantis starts easily - but then dies. it sometimes doesn't even rotate. i can do about 3 seconds before it dies. help. what do i do?

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The Carb is either cracked or needs to be rebuilt - OR - you might get luck and just blow it out with a professional dose of AIR from a larger compressor like used at mechanics shops.

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Hi i have a 2 stroke tiller it wont start it fires and starts for a few seconds then cuts out replaced spark plug and filters any ideas please thanks

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