Golf Course Management

NOV 2012

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THE INSIDER: shop Scott R. Nesbitt A magnetic sign blank topped by screen makes a parts- grabbing work surface that expedites the process of restor- ing small carburetors. Photo by Scott Nesbitt Tools for carb rebuilds A rather small collection of tools can handle the restoration of the huge variety of small car- buretors in service on a wide range of machines that help maintain the golf course. The most important tool is the knowledge NEWS & notes Jacobsen's Eclipse series walking and riding greens mowers were recently selected as finalists for the 2012 Charlotte (N.C.) Chamber of Commerce Green Awards. The annual honors are given to Charlotte-area companies who offer innovative green products or services with reduced environmental impact. Jacobsen manufactures a full line of commercial-grade turf maintenance equipment at its facility in Charlotte. After reviewing submissions from companies across the region, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce selected Jacobsen's Eclipse mowers as one of three finalists for the top award because they use hybrid and all-electric technology to "significantly reduce oil and gas consumption as well as particulate and noise emissions," according to Dale Gillmore, Charlotte Chamber GreenWorks Award chair. 34 GCM November 2012 found in the factory service manuals. Do not re- peat my costly rookie destruction of a carburetor — I didn't know the main metering jet had left- hand threads, and snapped the jet instead of re- moving it. Download free service manuals from these major carb makers: • wem.walbro.com/distributors/servicemanuals • www.zamacarb.com/pdfs/TechGuide_2007.pdf • www.tillotson.ie/techinfo-downloads.php • www.smallenginesuppliers.com/html/ engine-specs/Tecumseh Your carb may not carry a brand name if, for example, it is produced in Asia expressly for an equipment maker. Don't be surprised to discover you have an "orphan" machine or carburetor for which you can't get parts. Your equipment may carry a major brand name, but may actually be the product of a defunct company. The big-name company may abandon support for the machine when the maker disappears. Orphans are most common among consumer-grade machines. The photo above shows my basic "carburetor operating room," which includes, counterclock- wise from the top left: Magnetic sign blank (from a local sign shop). I top this with a piece of nylon screen material. The combination helps keep screws, springs and other parts from leaving the work zone. Stainless steel strainer, from a kitchen supply store. This holds small parts while they're being sprayed with carburetor cleaner. Welding tip cleaner set to remove gunk from small ports. The set includes a small file that can be used to make alignment marks before disas- sembling the carb. Toothbrush and dental pick (often free from your dentist). These will do a good job of cleaning and scraping material out of tight corners. Magnifying glass. Very useful for reading the model number that's often stamped in faded gray ink on the carb body. Critical to properly set the fuel needle, lever and spring system. Tweezers and needle nose pliers with wire-cut- ting segment. Wire cutters are especially good for cutting the fuel line cleanly, with no ragged edges or trimmings left in the fuel line. Blue nitrile gloves. These protect your hands from cleaning chemicals and fuel deposits. Avail- able at most pharmacies, and auto parts stores. Fuel line. Use short pieces to aim carb cleaner into inlet and outlet ports; install new fuel line to complete the job. Assorted screwdrivers. If the screw head will accept it, use a tight-fitting flat blade screwdriver rather than a Phillips when removing screws and applying torque during assembly. The flat blade will reduce risk of twist-out damage to screw heads. Razor knife and/or blade. Dragging a razor perpendicular to the carb's gasket mount sur- faces is a good way to remove traces of old gasket. The blade also makes a good straight edge when checking for warping of the carb body or cover plates. Flashlight. A small, strong flashlight helps you see that you're doing the job right. GCM Scott R. Nesbitt (ORPguy@windstream.net) is a freelance writer and former GCSAA staff member. He lives in Cleveland, Ga.

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