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I thought it was a Stihl at first but it looked too complete and sure enough it wasn't.
I was about to leave it when I got a light bulb moment and thought about a spare engine I had that, from memory, was the same as this one. It was.
My engine has a missing air cleaner cover which this trimmer has.
The head is stuck and won't spin. There looks to be string caught behind what's left of the trimmer head.

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Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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The chinese certainly have got a lot of mileage out of those 1e34f motors.


They are a good little trimmer - good find

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Originally Posted by Tyler
The chinese certainly have got a lot of mileage out of those 1e34f motors.


They are a good little trimmer - good find

I was hoping you'd give the rundown Tyler!

I've started the green one before and may finally have somewhere to mount it. Sounded fine -4 years ago!

The existing motor may yet work. It feels like it has plenty of compression. I've yet to see if the shaft and head can be made sound. Hope I don't need a third machine to make one.


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Got the end off and the grease looks pretty full of rust particles, suggesting water damage and the head only turns ever so slightly before stopping. Feels like something's broken inside housing.

Plus I snapped the little bolt that tightens it onto the shaft (arrow).

I think I'll be getting bits of the motor and dicing th rest, unless I find another gearbox spindle assembly for the end.

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MF, rip the bolt with the phillips head out - that is the grease port on the gearbox (most trimmers have them).

Probably ran too hard and too long without grease in the box and chipped a gear tooth.

Very standard gearbox - aldi, gardenline, pope, 909.

I personally would be more inclined to ditch the trimmer head and buy a chainsaw end for it and make it into a pole chainsaw. How many teeth is the output shaft? or is it 4 edge flex cable?

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That sounds like an exciting suggestion. I might see how the existing motor is next.


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Originally Posted by Tyler
MF, rip the bolt with the phillips head out - that is the grease port on the gearbox (most trimmers have them).

Probably ran too hard and too long without grease in the box and chipped a gear tooth.
It had some grease, sky blue in colour in there, but not exactly packed with the stuff. No contamination visible when I took a peek with a small LED light.

Originally Posted by Tyler
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I personally would be more inclined to ditch the trimmer head and buy a chainsaw end for it and make it into a pole chainsaw. How many teeth is the output shaft? or is it 4 edge flex cable?
9 teeth end about 7-8mm diameter.


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Ok MF, 9tooth, main thing is the diameter of the outer shaft, 26 or 28?

I would dare say this would suit just fine

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/393665496320?

Ignore the fact the f****ng idiots have the chain on backward in the picture haha

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Spot on Tyler, but what does a new complete pole saw normally retail for?


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Removed and cleaned the air cleaner assembly over from the Sanli to the spare motor after putting fuel in both and finding only the spare no name green motor would fire up. It sounded good.
It also feels like greenie has a compound starter that spins the motor faster with the same pulling force.
Only issue it seems is the kill switch connectors differ between the two motors. The greenie has a rocker switch attached to it's kill wire.

Shouldn't be much of a problem swapping units.

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MF, keep the pull start off the sanli for when the double spring one packs up.

With regard to a pole saw, if you go on ebay, you can get a giantz or baumer-ag 50+cc (which weighs a tonne) model for just north of $240 last time I looked. That is with 2 pole extensions.

Ryobi attachment is around the 180 mark. If you have a ryobi split shaft that will power it well (ie not a ryan engine) then go for that as you can get extension poles.
I use my pole pruner twice as much as the chainsaw. Problem is with long extensions they are bloody heavy and cumbersome.

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What I'll do is get onto a ladder or step of some kind if I still can't reach something with it.
I looked at some pole saws in bunnings and the very cheapest was an Ozito plug in way north of $100.
Pole saw attachments for the Ryobi was north of $200 from memory.
If I can get this running like a violin, I think $70 would be money well spent to convert this into one.

Great advice regards the starter.


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Other motor installed after transfer of the centrifugal clutch inner from the Sanli motor. I also sanded some rust from the clutch drum on the body before bolting the engine onto the body.
One more stumbling block is the kill switch wiring with different connectors. I'll have to cut the wires and swap connectors.
Can someone tell me if it matters which of the two wires go where? I one set has a black wire with a white stripe and the other are both plain black.

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Doesn't matter MF they are only to break/ make the circuit

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I thought so Norm. Appreciate the confirmation.


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Cut wires and used heat shrink joiners -first time I've used them. Attached throttle cable and gave a test run. Stalled at first but ran good on my second attempt and kill switch worked fine.

Inner shaft spun ok upon checking, so ready for a new end. I guess the pruner will be it as I already have a good line trimmer. I could make it into a trimmer and sell it as I'm not sure I really need a pole saw. I can think of some uses around the yard.

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