Trimmer trouble

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Old 03-30-10, 08:06 PM
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Trimmer trouble

I have a Craftsman 2 cycle trimmer model # 316.791810 which seems to have its flexible drive shaft disconnected at the engine. I can pull the trigger and the engine will rev but the head doesn't turn. When turned off, you can hear the shaft end move around at the handle. Does anyone know the most direct way to disconnect the shaft from the engine? I know that sound dumb, but the shrouding makes it look like there is a scenic route and hopefully a direct way to do the job. If its possible to remove 4 screws instead of 12, I'll go for the 4. Also, does anyone know the manufacturer of the trimmer? All help is greatly appreciated.


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Old 03-31-10, 04:09 AM
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From the old Sears vendor code list I have, 316 is Ryobi.
you should be able to disconnect the throttle cable at the carb, remove the front 4 screws and slide the boom and shaft off.
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...ken=partSearch

hope this helps,
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Old 03-31-10, 01:29 PM
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Thank you for the help Glen, the site helped a lot. The drive shaft is snapped at the clutch housing, some is still in the end. This is the first time I've had a trimmer apart. You pry the cable out and the new cable's end is squared and slides in? The Sears site didn't seem to list a drive cable though. I roughly measured mine and came up with 49", but didn't notice anything. Would any OPE dealer carry it, are they generic as far as the varying lengths and ends?
 
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Old 03-31-10, 02:17 PM
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Sears IPL is a little screwed up as far as partno. and description, it is item 17 in 2nd diagram.

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The partno. is 753-05030 and looks like length is 49.2 inches.
there is no generic flex shaft.
hope this helps,
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Old 03-31-10, 03:04 PM
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Thank you Glen, really appreciate the time and trouble.


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