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Hello Everyone.

After realising the difficulty in sourcing some parts for the Kirby engines in Australia I decided to take matters into my own hands and have found an international company who can supply a suitable gasket set at a reasonable price. I have one sample in transit now so I can evaluate quality and fit. If all goes well, I hope to be able to offer these kits at what I feel is a reasonable price, indicatively $20 delivered anywhere in Australia. The company I am dealing with has a substantial minimum order quantity so I wanted to reach out to the community to see if there was a demand for the gasket set. Please let me know.

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Hello Scottm355

This is a difficult issue.
It all depends on the starting point of the owner.

The old 45 daily driver owners seem to have adopted the
replacement engine approach.

A smaller category of old 45 user want originality for various reasons:
historical authenticity or for personal nostalgic reasons.

My reality is that the Kirby was a great small engine, but I would like
to see other replacement parts made available - like those square mufflers!

A whole range of parts need to be available before folks
consider repairing Kirbys ... rather than replacing them.

I don't hold much hope - except for the purists.
I would love to be proved wrong.

Cheers
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Jack

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Hi Scott

I agree with Jack on this one

They were a good engine - at their time. The only reason I would want one on a SB is for originality. I have 2 on old Alroh edgers which I need to get around to. Since they are more of a display/classic piece than an everyday use item, it makes sense to keep original. Unfortunately, the heft of these make them somewhat unsuitable for our edges - I prefer to scoot around with a little Weedeater 26cc edger.

The issue is the peripherals. I know an old guy who bought an Ings edger brand new - hk25. Still uses it - or at least tries to. He found a NOS gasket set, cleaned it all up, with new governor seals. Then he had carby issues - stuffed needle and seat. Dripped fuel over the entire lawn and now has 'dollar spots' over half the lawn around the edges before he saw it. Solved that and now it has no spark.

For the price, a 127cc Briggs OHV is unbeatable on these - easy to start, parts availability and easy on the rails. For national pride, I simply couldn't put one of those little NX150 chinese engines on a SB45

By all means keep the old engine, but not something I would want to use. Problem for you is many others will feel the same way - I figure you are talking 500 set minimum order?

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