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Craftsman 32cc Mini Tiller fix
« on: June 22, 2012, 07:47:28 pm »
Earlier this year I was set on buying me a new Stihl mini tiller to Replace my Honda mini tiller.  Well the way it worked out some guy was moving out of state and sold me a like new craftsman mini tiller for cheap cheap cheap  8). Works great and wife loves it.

The other day cruising CL I seen another one down the road from me for $20 and stated locked up. I'm thinking cool parts for the one I just bought.

Well today I was looking at my JD trimmer that is a Homelite 30cc powerhead and I thought to my Redneck self, I can do this.  ;)

Here is some pics of the parts mini tiller with laminated crankshaft throws. The rod pin had oblong the crank  and finally broke the lamination apart.  The muffler had some kind of metal wire coming out of the exhaust outlets and was plugged up (forgot to get pic of that).  ???






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Re: Craftsman 32cc Mini Tiller fix
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2012, 08:27:55 pm »
Nice engineering! 8) 8)
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Re: Craftsman 32cc Mini Tiller fix
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2012, 09:31:38 pm »
The First torn up engine is a Ryobi and so is the Craftsman engine on the original good tiller

What do you think of that stamped steel fabricated connecting rod?
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Re: Craftsman 32cc Mini Tiller fix
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2012, 10:48:00 pm »

You remind me of myself sometimes!

My neighbor is still running the Stihullochobi string trimmer I "repaired" for him years ago.
Took some "engineering" but it worked great.


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Re: Craftsman 32cc Mini Tiller fix
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2012, 11:10:40 pm »
The Homelite 25 and 30 were far superior to the Ryobi 31/32 engine.
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Re: Craftsman 32cc Mini Tiller fix
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2012, 12:02:34 am »
Hey hey hey ain't a thing wrong with a chicken wire bubble gum fix .Been doing it all my life . ;)
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Re: Craftsman 32cc Mini Tiller fix
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2012, 09:42:38 am »
I'd be willing to bet that your wife takes to the one with the Homelite engine and the other one just sets?
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Re: Craftsman 32cc Mini Tiller fix
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2012, 01:01:56 pm »

What do you think of that stamped steel fabricated connecting rod?

 :o  and that laminated crank  ::)   Cant believe it when I seen it.

Testing the Homie one out she says it tills just like the other one. Thats all I care about right now.   
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Re: Craftsman 32cc Mini Tiller fix
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2012, 01:27:17 pm »
I have some of those Ryobi engines and they run OK but they don't look so good to take them apart.

I have a Ryobi from 1985 that was originally a Lawnboy. I used it as a weed whacker for 15 years and it tired me out many times. It stihl runs like new as a model airplane engine. If you do anything to one to make it run faster, the rod big end will give trouble. You have to keep them below 7000. Some even had limiting coils at 7000. The one I sometimes currently use as a weed whacker has a limiting coil in it. The limited coil is OK for weed whacker use.

Even the Homelites have changed. The original Homelite 25's had a forged crank with the counterweight and main shaft as one piece. But since the early 90's they have been a piece of drill rod for the main shaft and cold rolled sheet for the counterweight. The crankpin always was drill rod.

A interesting observation on my part is that all the curved shaft type weed whackers use the .080" trimmer line and the homeowner straight shaft ones use .095" line. The reason is that the straight shaft ones have a gear reduction in the trimmer head. The 095" line lasts a lot longer.

My cheaper Ryobi and Homelite Bandit weed whackers have no clutch and are direct drive to the string head. I get along just find with them this way.

My Stihl 45 curved shaft trimmer has a clutch. I like my Echo yard tools the best. The Stihl 27cc engine has good power but the ergonomic feel is not as good as the Echo.

The newer Ryobi branded engines are the Homelite design
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Re: Craftsman 32cc Mini Tiller fix
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2012, 02:43:25 pm »
Everytime I see the internals of some of these engines, I can't get over what I see.  But, I guess they are building them to a price point..

 

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