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Caryc
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:38 pm    Post subject: OT weed eater Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hi guys. I have an old Troy Built power scythe that I'm trying to get running again. It's like a weed eater on steroids. Anyway, it has a plastic gas tank that is leaking on the molding seam. Would JB weld be ok on something like this? I don't see anything on their instructions about contact with gasoline.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:19 pm    Post subject: Re: OT weed eater Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Caryc, I've had some good luck with J.B. Weld. But I don't know how it will hold up to gas. I guess you could give it a try.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:26 pm    Post subject: Re: OT weed eater Reply to specific post Reply with quote

They make epoxy that is supposed to seal gas tanks. That being said I fixed a broken evap tube on my Jeep's gas tank with regular 5 minute epoxy.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:27 pm    Post subject: Re: OT weed eater Reply to specific post Reply with quote


i had a crack in the sediment bowl my N came with that slowly wept gas. i tried JB Weld on it and it did the job for several years, till i replaced the whole assembly.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:36 am    Post subject: Re: OT weed eater Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If I were dictator of all the world I
would outlaw jb weld. Or I would require
people to take a class before being able
to buy it.
I see a lot of really poor suggestions
for the use of that stuff on these
boards.

Depending on the type of plastic I would
take a soldering iron and use a similar
type of plastic and Weld the crack.
JB is for amatures.
If you can't weld, braze, solder or
machine it then replace it.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:08 am    Post subject: Re: OT weed eater Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Ultradog MN wrote:
(quoted from post at 05:36:30 04/20/19) If I were dictator of all the world I
would outlaw jb weld. Or I would require
people to take a class before being able
to buy it.
I see a lot of really poor suggestions
for the use of that stuff on these
boards.

Depending on the type of plastic I would
take a soldering iron and use a similar
type of plastic and Weld the crack.
JB is for amatures.
If you can't weld, braze, solder or
machine it then replace it.


In the first place, I'm not a cheapskate. If I could just buy a new tank for it I certainly would. This thing is like over 30 years old.

It hangs on a shoulder harness so you don't have to deal with the weight of it and it has a set of handle bars for control of it. It's perfectly balanced so if you let go of the handlebars it will just hang there and the head will not touch the ground. It has a tri-cut blade that I love for cutting brush. It's triangle shaped with a blade at each corner and a half round "glide ball" sits under the blade so you can just skim it along the ground to take down weeds. It also has a "line" type head and another ten inch blade like a saw blade for big stuff.

I would gladly pay for a whole new machine if Troy Built still made them.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:18 am    Post subject: Re: OT weed eater Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ultra- I respect your opinion of JB weld but let me throw this at you. Years back, (Paul Harvey was selling JB weld}, I had four daughters, each went to college, and I bought junk cars for each of them to drive at collage. One was a Ford Tempo. It had a blown piston with some very bad "digs" "gouges", what ever in the cylinder wall. Repaired it with JB weld, (block in the car) and I know for a fact it went at least 15,000 miles after. Even surprised me!! Talk about saving money when I NEEDED it
 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:10 am    Post subject: Re: OT weed eater Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Here is a picture of the thing.


 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:18 am    Post subject: Re: OT weed eater Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Caryc wrote:
(quoted from post at 10:08:40 04/20/19)
CVPost-Ultradog MN wrote:
(quoted from post at 05:36:30 04/20/19) If I were dictator of all the world I
would outlaw jb weld. Or I would require
people to take a class before being able
to buy it.
I see a lot of really poor suggestions
for the use of that stuff on these
boards.

Depending on the type of plastic I would
take a soldering iron and use a similar
type of plastic and Weld the crack.
JB is for amatures.
If you can't weld, braze, solder or
machine it then replace it.


In the first place, I'm not a cheapskate. If I could just buy a new tank for it I certainly would. This thing is like over 30 years old.

It hangs on a shoulder harness so you don't have to deal with the weight of it and it has a set of handle bars for control of it. It's perfectly balanced so if you let go of the handlebars it will just hang there and the head will not touch the ground. It has a tri-cut blade that I love for cutting brush. It's triangle shaped with a blade at each corner and a half round "glide ball" sits under the blade so you can just skim it along the ground to take down weeds. It also has a "line" type head and another ten inch blade like a saw blade for big stuff.

I would gladly pay for a whole new machine if Troy Built still made them.


If you are serious about buying something newer take a look at just about any professional grade 2 cycle trimmer. You will find the harness, handle bars, and triangular/saw tooth metal blade heads are all available as options. I have two ECHO trimmers with those options but seldom use them with anything other than the harness and string heads.

TOH
 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:26 am    Post subject: Re: OT weed eater Reply to specific post Reply with quote

OK. I'll bite.

Where is the engine?

Dean
 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:29 am    Post subject: Re: OT weed eater Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm conflicted, Wayne.

I respect both your experience and that of UD, yet I do not think much of JB weld.

FWIW: I miss Paul Harvey.

Good day.

Dean
 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:35 am    Post subject: Re: OT weed eater Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Dean wrote:
(quoted from post at 11:26:04 04/20/19) OK. I'll bite.

Where is the engine?

Dean


On the end of the shaft behind the operator just like any other string trimmer. The Troy Bilt unit is just a curved shaft string trimmer with brush cutting options. Here is an Echo SRM-410 with brush head like the one on my trimmer. These heads are hard to control and handle bars with harness are STRONGLY recommended when using them. I tried it just ONCE without the handlebars....

TOH


 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:50 am    Post subject: Re: OT weed eater Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I did not infer or imply that you are
cheap.
I suggested a way that I would try to
fix it.
I also showed my scorn for jb weld but
that had nothing to do with you.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:54 am    Post subject: Re: OT weed eater Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Caryc wrote:
(quoted from post at 10:08:40 04/20/19)
CVPost-Ultradog MN wrote:
(quoted from post at 05:36:30 04/20/19) If I were dictator of all the world I
would outlaw jb weld. Or I would require
people to take a class before being able
to buy it.
I see a lot of really poor suggestions
for the use of that stuff on these
boards.

Depending on the type of plastic I would
take a soldering iron and use a similar
type of plastic and Weld the crack.
JB is for amatures.
If you can't weld, braze, solder or
machine it then replace it.


In the first place, I'm not a cheapskate. If I could just buy a new tank for it I certainly would. This thing is like over 30 years old.

It hangs on a shoulder harness so you don't have to deal with the weight of it and it has a set of handle bars for control of it. It's perfectly balanced so if you let go of the handlebars it will just hang there and the head will not touch the ground. It has a tri-cut blade that I love for cutting brush. It's triangle shaped with a blade at each corner and a half round "glide ball" sits under the blade so you can just skim it along the ground to take down weeds. It also has a "line" type head and another ten inch blade like a saw blade for big stuff.

I would gladly pay for a whole new machine if Troy Built still made them.


Troy Bilt is not what they used to be. A quick check did not find any professional quality brush cutter attachments - just a tri-lobe blade for the residential quick attach trimmers.

Here is another exampe of a quality unit from Stihl. It is good you are not a cheapskate because these machines are not cheap. The Echo SRM-410 trimmer with handle bars and brush head options lists for $600 and I am sure the Stihl is more....

Stihl brush cutter usage

TOH


PS> For safety/control/longevity reasons brush heads are usually only available on straight shaft trimmers.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:58 am    Post subject: Re: OT weed eater Reply to specific post Reply with quote

TheOldHokie wrote:
(quoted from post at 08:35:28 04/20/19)
CVPost-Dean wrote:
(quoted from post at 11:26:04 04/20/19) OK. I'll bite.

Where is the engine?

Dean


On the end of the shaft behind the operator just like any other string trimmer. The Troy Bilt unit is just a curved shaft string trimmer with brush cutting options. Here is an Echo SRM-410 with brush head like the one on my trimmer. These heads are hard to control and handle bars with harness are STRONGLY recommended when using them. I tried it just ONCE without the handlebars....

TOH



I've never actually used the ten inch blade on mine since the tri-cut blade worked so well. However, I can imagine that ten inch blade without the handle bars would be very hard to control.
 
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