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Bought new Huskee 22 ton splitter and it won't start!@#!

Post in 'The Gear' started by lfunk11, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. lfunk11

    lfunk11 Member

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    So I finally go out and buy a splitter and get it home and try to start it and nothing. I look down at the plug and there was no plug! I got pissed and went to look at what they give me figuring I had to put the plug on or something, but no plug in the bag either. I went back to the splitter and notice the very top of the plug connected to the wire and the rest of the plug was sheared off and nowhere to be found. I went back to TSC and after a bunch of screwing around trying to figure out what plug it was they gave me a new one and then I went back home. Even with the new plug in, it won't start! I got new gas today, tried priming it 10x instead of 3 and whatever else I could think of and it won't even turn over once.

    The manual has in it to put the throttle control all the way on, but not sure if that is right or not. I tried it at all different settings and no luck. I think I might just take it back tomorrow and exchange it. Really mad that I wasted a whole day messing with a new splitter. I have been waiting to get my own splitter for two years now - its like a ruined Christmas for me :(

    any suggestions?

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  2. Elderthewelder

    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    take it back and tell them to give you one that works
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  3. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    +1
  4. jeff_t

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    I had mine about a month or so, and it would run funny once in a while. It would almost die, and I would pump the primer once or twice and it would smooth out and run fine for a while. It was totally random, amd wasn't really bothersome. I was there one day and mentioned it to the manager. He told be to bring it in. When I did, he sent me home with a new one.

    If it never even started, they shouldn't do anything but exchange it.
  5. lfunk11

    lfunk11 Member

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    I went out again and not luck - will take it back tomorrow with a can of gas and make sure the next one starts before I leave the store. Wasted half the day on this - if the next one doesn't start I might just say forget it and go to Lowes and buy one with a Honda engine. Not sure there is a huge difference, but people seem to think so.
  6. WellSeasoned

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    That totally sucks! Might have been the rare but possible lemon. I've had mine alittle over a month and over 3 cords it split, and not a single problem. Good luck and sorry for the frustration.
  7. BIGDADDY

    BIGDADDY Feeling the Heat

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    That's a good idea bet I starts in 3 pulls.
  8. Gasifier

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    Best of luck to ya lfunk11. Let us know how it works out. Ask the manager how he is going to make up for the lost time you have in it. Never know. Maybe he will do something for ya. Time is money or your quality time. Either way you look at it.
  9. Backwoods Savage

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    Silly question but did you choke it? Mine won't start without choking but then one pull does the trick. Not sure which engine you have but ours is a B&S 5hp over 20 years old.
  10. Benchwrench

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    After all that I'd want to put some gas and oil in one of the splitters right there in front of the store to make sure it worked before I took it home again.

    I am very happy with my TSC splitter purchase experience. It's a coveted tool to own.
    Let us know what the outcome was, TSC worked with me on my purchase and I saved some coin because I asked.
  11. Larry in OK

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    Bummer to hear about your problems but it sounds more like a dealer problem than a manufacturer problem. Tractor Supply had mine ready to operate when I bought it and we started it an demo'd it before I would drive away with it. Mine has the B&S engine and I've only ran 2 tanks of gas through it starts on the 2nd pull if it's cold, first if it's warmed up.
    Good luck.
  12. bogydave

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    Mechanical tools. Things don't alway work.
    Bummer you had to go thru the learning curve, but most tool like a splitter are test run before they go out the door.
    Like said, more a dealer problem, should have been test run before you left with it.
    Sounds like fuel or spark problem but you don't want to start out with a new one that has issues.

    Don't be down on the splitter, several here have them & they get good reviews.
    Well made & a good design. (The engine issue aside.)
    I have the 22 ton speeco with a honda, 1 or 2 pulls, it's running.
    I shut the fuel valve off & run it dry after use. To start, fuel valve on, 3/4 throttle, choke 1 or 2 pulls it's running :).

    PS: Bummer the Mountaineers got their butts kicked today<>
    Took some classes there years ago.
  13. Fifelaker

    Fifelaker Feeling the Heat

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    I picked up mine three weeks ago. I started it up at the store 3 slow primes 1 pull. Now that it is a little colder 3 slow primes 1-2 pulls and then sometimes 4-5 single pumps after it starts on the primer to keep it running always at full throttle.I wish these had a choke instead of the primer. I had to snug up the solid steel pressure line on the cylinder but other than that it has been a joy to run. I have heard to use 89^ octane in these as they start better. but mine has been on 87. It has about 4 cord on it now.
  14. Butcher

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    That sucks. Take it back. I've had mine goin on 4 years now with little or no problems. If that splitter sat around outside the store very long with no plug in the head there is no tellin what the inside of that cylinder looks like if its wet and humid in your neckothe woods. It's my understanding that Husky splitters are actually made by Speedco but maybe I was misinformed?
  15. Larry in OK

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    Huskee is made by Speeco. all the local farms stores carry different branded splitters but all were made by Speeco.
    TSC carried the Huskee brand and I went with them because they also sold the unit filled with hydro oil and the engine ready to run. All the other dealers sold them dry.
  16. MasterMech

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    Take it back. Being that the plug was damaged/missing it's possible the engine was dropped/vandalized/parts stolen and who knows what else is wrong? Bummer when a new toy equates to a new headache.
  17. mellow

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    Not trying to harp but ALWAYS check everything before driving off the lot, start it if you need to, these things are expensive toys.
  18. Danno77

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    I thought TSC always started their stuff before letting you take it home.
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    I did not buy one at TSC but they did start one for me to look at. I would always see it run before I took it home.
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    I just picked one up and it started right up at the store and once we got home.
  21. muncybob

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    Take it back 4 sure! 3 pumps on the primer bulb and usually I can start mine with 1 or 2 pulls. May take 3 pulls if it's really cold out or after refueling. Glad I bought one though...I would never have as much split in the same amount of time manually.
  22. Gator eye

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    I ve had a huskee splitter with a BS motor for 3 years now and it is the hardest starting POS I ve ever had the displeasure of owning.
    I can't tell you the number of time I ve takin it to the woods only to spend half my time pulling on the cord trying to get it started.:mad:

    Now anytime it's below 40 degree's I put a heater on it and start it in the shed. Once I get it started, I leave it run and drive it to where ever I got to go.

    I ve replaced the plugs a number of times, replace the fuel pump, fuel filter, it's just a hard starting POS and the cord pulls like a mule. Every year I tell myself I'm gonna find a Honda motor and replace it. Someday
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    Re-seat the valves it is that simpel.
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    Got to agree here, mine is the same splitter. Somethngs amiss 4 sure!
  25. mywaynow

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    I went for the 28 for a couple reasons of which the Honda engine was one. Primer?? Never have had the opportunity do that. Pull the choke, pull the handle twice and she is running proud. Broke a spark plug myself while towing. Towed a very short distance. I think these things ride quite hard. A great splitter though.

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