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phaedra0924phaedra0924 
I did some product reviews months ago and have not yet gotten my points for them! Can someone help me out please?
GardenTractorManGardenTractorMan 
During my last visit to a local Sears store I found some of the Craftsman fuel Madgolfer had mentioned in another discussion.  What I did not realize was the Craftsman fuel is available in several different types.  So far I have found Craftsman 40:1 2-Cycle Fuel Mix, Craftsman 50:1 2-Cycle Fuel Mix, and Craftsman High Performance Pure 4-Cycle Fuel.

Fuel

As I looked over the floor model leaf blower I wanted to buy I noticed the fuel cap had "40:1" written on it, and it had a 2-cycle engine.  I decided to listen to Madgolfer's tip and bought a 32 ounce can of the Craftsman 40:1 2-Cycle Fuel Mix.  It didn't have any ethanol in it either. 

Leaf Blower


When I read some of the product reviews some people had mentioned how their engine seized after a short period of time.  Another review mentioned something about them using 50:1 premix fuel even thought the blower required the 40:1 premix.  I don't think these people were given any warranty service because they improperly fueled their blowers.

Anyway, I bought my leaf blower and fuel.  When I got home I assembled the blower and filled it with some of the Craftsman fuel.  It took a few tries to get the engine pumping fuel but it started up.  After the engine ran the first time it started much easier the other times I used the blower.

I know I have only used the new blower and Craftsman fuel twice today but they seem to be working okay.  There should not be a worry about gasoline with ethanol causing any problems in the future.  The Craftsman fuel is kind of pricey at $6.49 for 32 ounces but it is really convenient when you need a leaf blower in a hurry.

I could not find pictures of the 40:1 and 50:1 fuel on Sears.com yet but I did find it in my local Sears store.  Only the picture of the 4 cycle fuel was available.  You have to make sure you know what type of engine you have (2-cycle or 4-cycle) and what fuel/oil ratio (40:1 or 50:1) your engine requires to properly operate it or you might damage your engine.

Have any of you other people used the Craftsman fuel yet?  Can you run the 4-cycle version of the fuel in a riding mower?  What do you think of the Craftsman fuel?    
cahaefelicahaefeli 
I have old photo's takean at Sears Portrait Studio.  I would like to print some of them.  What is the copywrite law for portraits taken at Sears Portrait Studio?  Can I take them to a photo printing store and get pictures printed of them? If I can't, can I get some prints from you? If I can, can I get it in writing so the photo printing store will print them for me? How old do the photo's need to be before the copyright law is no longer in effect? Thank you
davididavidi 
We purchase from Sears anticipating the quality and service of an international company who has earned the stream of awards they display on their investor relations website.
 
We purchased Sears' top-of the-line dishwasher with the expectation of a useful lifespan that approximately meets the statistical average of 9-11 years .  The dishwasher is currently not functional with what two different technicians (one third party and one of Sears own) attribute to a manufacturing defect.  We were quoted a $400 repair bill from Sears to fix the damage this defect caused.  (This repair comes in addition to a previous service bill of $200 to replace some broken cheap plastic parts; apparently a common breakage).  These failures, repairs, and costs are vastly outside of any reasonable expectation of reliability or median repair cost (which as quoted by Consumer Reports in July 2014, is $153). 
 
The Sears Technician wasn't able to account for the manufacturing defect and directed us to call a particular number for assistance with the situation.  I spent well over an hour on the phone attempting to resolve this issue.  During that time, I had to call back 4 times, I was put on infinite hold a couple of times, I was rerouted to wrong extensions, and I was eventually promised a call back from a supervisor within 2 hours that never came.  Sears succeeded in the anti-service of frustrating the customer until I was forced to seek other channels of resolution.
 
So we're barely at 20% of the expected median lifespan, and yet have incurred 75% of the original cost in proposed repairs and previous service bills.  Worse still, these problems have been caused by defects in manufacturing.  This cannot be viewed as acceptable by any level of business standards.  We again ask Sears to do the right thing and take care of repairing or replacing this dishwasher.  Alternate next steps would include action through the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Better Business Bureau.
 
JulieJulie (Community)  
Are you watching?  Have you filled out a bracket?  How is it looking?

I can't believe the upsets so far!  My bracket is a mess.  I do have Kentucky winning it all, but I have a lot of teams out of the running, already.

 
GardenTractorManGardenTractorMan 
How do you check the oil in a Craftsman yard tractor with a Briggs Platinum engine?  My question might sound simple to answer but lets give it a try to figure out how much you really know.  After doing some reading in both the Craftsman owner's manual and the Briggs Operator's manual I decided to discuss things with other people.  Have you ever had this to happen? 

Some small engines require you to unscrew the oil dipstick, wipe it clean, screw it back in, unscrew it again, pull it out, and read the dipstick to determine the amount of oil that is in the engine.

Other small engines require you to unscrew the oil dipstick, wipe it clean, stick it back in without tightening it, pull it back out, and read the oil level on the dipstick.

My Craftsman T2000 yard tractor has the following instructions in the manual on how to check the oil.

Craftsman Check Oil INST

When I followed the instructions on how to check the oil level it showed the oil level was too high.  If I dip the dipstick in without tightening it it reads perfectly full.

The Briggs manual had the following instructions and they were the same as the Craftsman manual.

Briggs Check Oil INST
rbrowniirbrownii 
 I have trouble with the cruise control sometimes. It either doesn't take, or drops down to a lower speed no matter how hard I pull up on the lever. Seems hard to get it back to the same setting I was just using before slowing to go around something. Sometimes I'll be going along and it pops out and stops. I'm very careful not to hit the reverse pedal, as I know that will stop it. This problem is maddening as 90% of the time is spent in cruise! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
WendyWendy (Community)  
The Do-It-Yourself is a wonderful new feature we have added for our members. Expert advice is provided with tips and tricks to help those who need that extra guidance for their projects.

Is there a project that you would like to start and need suggestions?

We would love to hear if you have tried any of these projects listed or have ideas for new ones!
GardenTractorManGardenTractorMan 
Since it is the first day of spring and a lot of rain has been falling I decided to whip out my Craftsman aerator and Craftsman dethatcher.  My 1973 Sears ST/16 garden tractor was chosen to do the pulling.  They say to aerate after a good rain has passed so the ground will be soft enough for the aerator to penetrate the ground.  I hooked up the aerator and put a couple of concrete blocks on it to weigh it down.  Then I turned on the mower, put the tractor in 1st gear high range, and was on my way.  I plan to dethatch my yard soon afterwards and use my Craftsman yard tractor with the bagger attachment to round up the loose thatch.  

Have you decided to aerate and dethatch your yard yet?
Aerator
Dethatcher

Thatching
Dethatcher Pulling



 
GardenTractorManGardenTractorMan 
Are you left or right brained?  Watch the following videos and tell if it went clockwise or counterclockwise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CEr2GfGilw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S09GImDB5Y

 
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