Craftsman gas blower


Old 10-27-09, 04:48 AM
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Craftsman gas blower

I had an issue with my Craftsman gas blower earlier this year. I was using it and it started making a rattling sound then lost power and died. I ripped it apart and found that the cylinder/ cylinder head was actually quite loose. I snugged all 4 bolts down pretty tight and fired it up and it has worked well for about 3 hours of use now and the same thing is happening. I used it for about an hour straight last night and the rattling sound got louder and louder over that time and it started to lose power so I shut it down. I am assuming it is the same issue, i'll tear apart tonight. This time I was going to loc-tite the bolts in there. Any other suggestions on anything else that can be done. Not sure why this is doing this. My mother-in-law has the same exact blower and after a couple years of use it had to have a new pistion put in it. These blowers don't seem to work very well. Thanks
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Old 10-27-09, 07:14 AM
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The blowers you speak of are low price units and loose bolts are a common problem. Once the bolts become loose thread wear/damage begins and thread locking compounds may not work. When threads are severely worn/damaged threads need to be restored. Heli-coil or other methods are expensive. Loctite makes a product called Form-A-ThreadŽ that is inexpensive solution. Most parts stores will only carry a thread locking compound and sales staff often have a limited knowledge of Loctite products. Cleanliness of hole and fastener is of utmost importance.

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Old 10-27-09, 11:09 AM
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That's a common problem with those blowers. No, they don't last long. You might try new lock washers on the bolts. I don't think locktite will work with the high temp of the cylinder, but you could try. I agree that the bolts and holes must be very clean. Spray them with brake cleaner to remove the dirt and oil residue. This is whether you use locktite or not.
Old 11-04-09, 03:40 PM
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I have repaired several of these blowers, and used locked washers, and had great success.

Old 11-06-09, 01:54 PM
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Loctite and torq cyl bolts to 100in lbs.

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