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Splined Carb Adjustment Tool - Cheaper Options?

Post in 'The Gear' started by NH_Wood, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. NH_Wood

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    Hey guys - need a splined carb tool to adjust a Husq trimmer - prices are IMO crazy on eBay, Amazon, etc. - about $25 or more. Anyone know of a better place to buy, or a work-around that you've used to adjust the splined adjustment screws on similar carbs? Thanks! Cheers!

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  2. DexterDay

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    They were cheap about a year ago. There was a thread not to long ago. They got expensive Quick!!

    Hearth.com Members posted some links, but even they were a little pricey and possibly over the Pond IIRC?
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  3. NH_Wood

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    Dang Dex - missed the earlier posts from Scott - definitely high priced tools - trying to find used, but looks like new is all I can find now - cheapest about $25 - seems a crazy price for this tool - having a hard time buying it, but fixing my good buddy's trimmer and need the tool - sure I'll have a chance to use in the future for other repairs, but I'll be unhappy paying this price! Really burns me with the special clutch and carb tools - etc. - just no need and a PITA. I can get around the special Husq clutch tool, but the splined carb tool seems real hard to grab with anything but the right tool :confused:. Cheers!
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  4. MasterMech

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    I think I paid less than $5 for mine. But that was 6-7 years ago.

    Manufacturers told the dealers to stop selling the things or else.
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  5. DexterDay

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    Yeah. It sucks for sure. But I am sure with the saws you go through, that one will need a slight tune and that will almost make it pay for itself.

    (BTW- that 55 did well. I bid at the last minute. Again, I didnt get it, but yiu did pretty well on it. So we both won- Congrats)
  6. NH_Wood

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    Yes - figure it will be worth having - I assume I'll have to buy it - but, the same buddy gave me a pretty nice right angle impact drive today, so I guess I can't complain :). Yeah - pretty happy with the 55 - saw you come in late - I think you helped drive the last bids up a little! Went to a guy in PA who really seemed to want the saw. Have you checked compression and piston on your new 026? Cheers!
  7. MasterMech

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    Friendly with any Husky/Poulan dealers?
  8. DexterDay

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    Not yet.. Had to fix the gutters on the house. Been super busy the last week (vacation- Moved over 10 ton of River rock, 4 skids of boulders, and about 10 yrd of mulch :( Was the worst "Stay-Cation" I ever had. My everything still hurts.
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    Unfortunately no MM - that would be good - figured if I called and asked they'd say 'no' - I've heard the dealers won't sell these, but I guess the only way to know for sure is to call. Cheers!
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    Ha! That's a lot of work alright - hope the 026 turns out real well for you! Cheers!
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    I was able to use a piece of gas line to adjust it just enough to work better. My neighbor made a slot in his with a dremel tool and does not have to worry about it anymore. I have also seen some homemade jobs using an electrical butt connector.​
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  12. NH_Wood

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    Thanks Tuneighty - I'll look into the slot idea with the dremel tomorrow - that would be ideal. Cheers!
  13. I've been using a piece of copper tubing, fuel line brake line etc. to get the jet out. Then file a slot into it and replace. Too many different style to buy at $25 a piece.
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  14. NH_Wood

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    Thanks Mike - will try today! Cheers!
  15. ScotO

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    one other option is to try and get a piece of copper tubing that is relatively the same ID as the OD of the splined screw. with a little "finangling" you can get that copper tubing over the splined screw, and it will probably work as an adjustment tool.

    I was like Dex, I found my splined tool quite a while back on Ebay. it was in the 5-7 dollar range, and it's a cheesy-looking screwdriver with the splined part brazed onto it......but it works, and I've used it a LOT.

    Used to see the multi tool kits on the cheap all the time on Ebay, not no more (pac-man, double 'd', splined, star, etc.). Something happened where the EPA (gotta love them) got after people selling tools to adjust those 'security' screws.....now, if you do find them, they are pricey most of the time...

    EDIT....found this one just now on ebay......supply and demand, I guess!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/SPLINED-Car...S_Outdoor_Power_Equipment&hash=item43bcc996a6
  16. You gotta love that perverted gov't logic. Now since no one can adjust carbs, when something doesn't run right instead of fixing it themselves they throw it away and buy another. You can't convince me allowing someone to open up the needles an extra 1/8 of a turn creates more pollution then driving to the store to buy another saw. Never mind the pollution to manufacture and deliver the saw to the store.


    AND THE NEW GAS CANS SUCK
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    Thanks for the link Scott - I think that was the same seller I was looking at - free shipping, so at least a little savings. Might try the copper tubing trick first. Was going to get after the slotting today, but my buddy doesn't want to tamper with the original screws :confused:. I'm leaving for about 8 weeks of work in Ohio, so I'm sending the trimmer back tomorrow with a cleaned carb, new fuel line, and a refusal to idle. I'll fix it when I get back - he has a nice Stihl trimmer - I think he wanted to keep the brusk blade on the Stihl and use this Husq for grass. I agree with your logic Mike - I'd bet way over half of owners would never touch to carb regardless - why not let the rest get the engine running right? We won't win this battle. Cheers!

    P.S. I'll be working mainly in the Akron area - if anyone hears of any good saw deals let me know - I'm hoping to buy 10-20 saws during my trip ==c. Cheers!
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    That's great - I'll keep checking back on that site - thanks again! Cheers!
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    Hey guys back in the day we used to have a bunch of splined drivers for adjusting IF transformers. Perhaps they might work , likely tough to come across as not that much out there any more for electronic experimenting due to all the solid state stuff.
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  23. DexterDay

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    Akron?? Nope. No saws over here, er, um.. I mean there ;)

    I am about 25 min West of Akron. HittinSteel is about 30 min away and Swagler is prob 10-15 min (maybe closer).

    If you get bored one evening? Swing on by. Invitation is always open.
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  24. NH_Wood

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    Ha Dex - didn't realize so many of you were so close! I guess I'll have a much harder time than I thought! I'll try not to step on your toes too much! I'm staying in East Liverpool, south of Akron. Would be great to get together and meet! I work nights / 7 days/week (catching bats), perhaps some weekend afternoon! Thanks for the invite! Cheers!

    P.S. Thanks Blades - perhaps a splined driver for another application would be possible. Cheers!
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    Yep, no saws between Akron and the PA line, say just past Youngstown. Nope. No sir. ;)
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