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#118472 04/07/23 05:41 PM
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Tyler has been missing for a little while now, anybody heard, I hope he is ok?

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NormK #118477 04/07/23 10:13 PM
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Thanks for the concern Norm
Can confirm I am alright

We had massive rain burst early june which has caused me massive headaches
Completely flooded through 2 sheds so have installed guttering on them

Really showed some soakwell issues and more worryingly issues with near new guttering (bit bullet last year as originals were stuffed) so have been chasing up tradies getting work done under warranty.

Then had to sort out new flyscreens for summer

Have filled 3x 3m cube skip bins in 2.5 weeks with green waste including a 7metre high giant bird of paradise palm which (due to unknown rot in the middle) dangerously let go and nearly took out one of the sheds.

Also in the process of finishing retic for summer (out digging a difficult trench today and will hire a trencher to do the rest).

Will be behind a plate compactor for a while this weekend to level out some paving as well as my nan decided to climb across a crooked paver to pick camellia flowers and fell flat on the ground last sunday and ripped open her finger. She won't allow a nurse in the house so the finger is my main repair project at the moment haha

Had a larger hot water system installed for her on thursday and it s**t itself straight out of the box (ended up being a dodgy thermostat).

Been trying to sell the old (well only 1.5 year old) one on gumtree and have dealt with at least 10 fwits who want it - then an hour before pickup go "can you hold it for 4 weeks", "can you deliver 20km away", etc.

Have gone through a couple of mowers last month and sold them off pretty bloody easily, but have spent more time behind machines than fixing them in the last month.

never a dull moment hey

Aside from Victa needles, how have you been?

NormK #118478 04/07/23 10:48 PM
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Hi Tyler,
Yes your absence was a bit of a concern, but glad to hear you are ok apart from being under the pump big time. At least it sounds like you are getting things sorted . Maintenance just keeps having to be done.
I haven't done many mowers this year, just been too busy with other stuff and the house maintenance things. Problem here is when I did a lot of things here I always said if that lasts 40 years I'm happy with that but I have been here 43 years now and everything is coming back to bite me. I can't believe the problems I am having with these float needles, it just doesn't let up.
Anyway good to hear you are ok and good luck with everything and hope your Nan's finger gets better soon.

NormK #118479 05/07/23 01:22 AM
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I thought the float needle problem was licked after the filing the burrs - it solved it on 2 i was having problems with.

Even reputable brand like ga spares - I have had seats pushed in at 25 degree angles. Was thinking of pulling the seat out completely and seeing what the viton tip does onto straight plastic.

The crap coming out of china now really is past a joke. Like the thermostat in the hot water system being stuffed out of the box. I would love to know their failure stats

but nothing beats a powertorque that starts first kick

NormK #118484 05/07/23 05:49 PM
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Hi Tyler,
I have just got an early 24 set up with a PT and as you say they they are a beautiful thing when they fire up easily so I have now decided I will pull the 4 strokes off the 24's I have and set them up with PT's because I have a mountain of them here. I just have to expect that I will end up wasting the best part of a day getting a carby to work on each one but as you say when they run they do make you happy and even though I still have a few F/C motors here I have to accept that they are getting on borrowed time. I just have to get a quantity of 10mm discs cut for the crankshaft weights.

NormK #118486 05/07/23 08:15 PM
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I have a couple of tacs I need to stop kicking back as well so I will have to get a few cut. what diameter did you work out was best?

NormK #118493 06/07/23 09:40 AM
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Hi Tyler,
135mm x10mm seems to work fine, a while back I bought the bottom pulley off a PT tilt a cut and the disc was huge, 10mm thick but I didn't measure the diameter but at a guess it would have been 200mm. I cut it down with the oxy and turned it down to 135mm and it works perfectly. As long as it weighs more than a blade carrier and boss it will work fine. I also had a problem with a F/C tac kicking back and I put it aside for 12 months or so and then I made up a 100mm diameter cup about 10mm deep and I filled it with lead and that fixed that one up perfectly. The problem with the tac's they suffer the same problem of not enough spinning mass on the crank and the belt drive does not transmit any weight to the crank. All the time I spent messing with decomp valves was not needed, once I got my head around the cause of the problem
The reason I have gone for the 135 diameter is because it fits through the base on the later 600's without any issues

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