Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If you want access to members only forums on HSO, you will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member. 😀

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
mtheis

Problems starting and running Strikemaster

Recommended Posts

Hello Everyone! My dad got us a nice Lazer XL-3000 on a great sale at Gander Mountain. My problem on the ice is starting it and keeping it running. This is my first power auger, the others I have owned have been hand augers.

I need to prime it about 5 times after I shut it off everytime, and then after I manage to drill the hole it won't keep running much longer. It appears it just dies out? I watch the choke and play with it, but really I don't see much affect.

Does everyone have to fiddle with their Lazer that much, and what do you think I am doing wrong? It's brand new. I fear I may have bought a lemon? I just want it to work thats all.

How do you lay it on the ice? Gas tank side up? And the gas cap leaks when the vent is shut off. Does everyone's do this? I guess I am disappointed. I thought I would be getting a better product than this.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My buddy has one and it does the same thing---actually he had two--he returned his original one because it ran horrible too. Even after adjusting the mixture screws it runs fine for a day, the next day it runs and starts bad again. My suggestion would be to return it and get one with the 2 horse---every srikemaster I have used with the two runs and starts great---plus they weigh less.

Jeff

so many lakes.....so little time

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have the same problem with my eskimo mako.

It ran great when I first assembled it. But when I got to the lake today, it took forever to start, was spitting gas out the muffler when I was trying to start it, and then once I got it started, it would die unless I had the throttle wide open.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree on returning the 3hp and getting the 2hp...I LOVE my 2hp, light as a feather, runs perfectly every time, and cuts like BUTTER!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Federal motor specs are more stringent for 3 hp than 2 hp. That's why 2hps are running better. It takes time to get the kinks worked out. If your 3 hp isn't running right, take it back to the auger dealer and kick up a fuss. NO reason what comes out of the box shouldn't perform well.

By the way, the big three (Strikemaster, Jiffy and Eskimo) use the same Tecumseh motors. That means that motor problems aren't the fault of the auger manufacturer, but of Tecumseh.

I also own an XL-3000, but it's seven years old and runs like a top.

If I had to replace it I'd probably go with a 2hp, considering the way the 3s are running.

------------------
"Worry less, fish more."
Steve Foss
[email protected]

[This message has been edited by stfcatfish (edited 12-15-2003).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Make sure your gas cap breather is open. As far as lying it down, don't fill it full of gas and keep the filler end up so that when you lay it down the gas in the tank stays below the cap.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

Try synthetic oil. Gas/oil seperation can make for hard starting. also? If it don't run when new? Take it to an offical repair shop and have it adjusted. To keep up with the supply and demand they have to build these rather quickly and things can get out of whack, just like new automobiles.

------------------
Crappie:
It's the other white meat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had the same problem with the XL3000 last year. In fact got it at G M on sell. Could not even get mind to start and run. took it back and picked a lazer mag ultra. 2hp with the 3 blade 9" cut. starts and runs great and does it cut thru the ice.

O

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a 2hp. runs great. I put stabil in it at the end of the season and I start it every couple of months for about 15 minutes or so. After sitting that long it takes about 10-12 pulls to get it started but after that usually 2-3 will get it started. I would not prime the auger after you used it, the primer is for starting and if it`s running bad take it back . Fish On

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Take it to a service center and see what they can do for you because a couple years ago when I worked at a small engine shop we were changing carbs out under warrenty because of some recall I believe this might be work checking into. Like mentioned earlier they all used the same engines but that year it seemed that this was more of a problem on Strikemaster the only thing I can figure is that Strikemaster got a shipment of bad engines from Tecumseh.

------------------
Grip it and Rip it

IFFWalleyes
I Fish For Walleyes
[email protected]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My eskimmo is the 2 hp so that isnt the problem. I don't have the time or patience to wait for re-work on a brand new motor.

I did see some recall stuff for some of the bigger tecumseh motors, but nothing with the 2 or 3 hp motors. But it was all carb recalls.

When I stand the auger straight up and open and close the throttle gas comes out everywhere. Something isnt connected right. and when I was trying to start it, on no-choke, gase was spraying out of the muffler.

Hasn't even cut a hole yet.

Im leaving for GM right now to take it back and exchange it. I wouldn't think they will have an issue replacing it.

[This message has been edited by korn_fish (edited 12-15-2003).]

Just got back from GM and they swapped power heads with their display model because they didn't have any in stock. They were getting a truck tomorrow, but I didn't want to wait that long to get back out fishing smile.gif we swapped the gas and started the new power head up and it worked like a charm.

[This message has been edited by korn_fish (edited 12-15-2003).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You can try taking it directly to strikemaster in Big Lake, MN if you live close. I had problems with my xl-3000 and after two trips back, both times they swaped powerheads with me for brand new ones, they guy gave me a new 2hp three sets of blades and an extension. He said they couldn't refund any money because of the price difference so that is why he gave me all the extras. I've never had a bit of trouble from my 2hp and it's been six years since I got it.

It's worth a try anyway.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Horns make some otherwise normal people crazy. I'm not a horn hunter myself and that is one reason why.  
    • Dang what a shame not cool at all. I agree with leech. That’s more than enough acreage for more than one hunter to hunt. If he had the guts to go talk to the neighbor lady and she was fine with it then all is good. If this “kid” ( old guy) has an issue with it then he needs to grow up It’s not his land. Not many kids even hunt anymore so the fact that he wants to is great. Let him hunt some and if it continues to be an issue then maybe just tell him to pull the plug? I’m also dealing with some crazy neighbors right now that continue to feed. The CO has been out many times and they still do the same thing tickets have been given and there’s been some talking. I hate to “ tadle” on others but when people think they have rights that others shouldn’t have then that’s where a CO may come into play. Not saying you need to do this but if he comes barging to the door and demanding your son leave then maybe something needs to change and maybe he shouldn’t be allowed there. 
    • Leech- I thought about that same thing.  I do not know the guy or the family, so unsure of what the dynamic is there.    Thanks for the responses.  We are going to head over there this evening and talk with the lady. My plan is take it down either way.  If she says he can still hunt, and boot the other guy, or even let them both hunt i dont think if the experience is going to be anything we are looking forward to dealing with.  We have 10 acres at our house he's hunting too, and going to do some more knocking on doors.  I get being protective over his "spot". It just bothers me that he would be so unwilling to allow a 15 yr old to experience what he clearly loves to do.  Life will go on.  We will be in Montana in Oct, chasing elk and mule deer. He wont be missing out!  Those bucks are roaming the river bottom we live on, maybe the ultimate revenge will be having a chance to shoot one of them on our own land we are grooming for wildlife together.
    • Dang, I just moved Duff higher on the LIKE count!  😕
    • Beisswengers Hardware in New Brighton.  Top sales of Honda Gens and excellent service. Beisswengers
    • I would get a dlb ladder stand and sit with my kid as much as I could.  Don't let the dude bully you if you have the right to be there as well.  She may not know the age of this person if he had his kid go down there and get permission and he is really doing the hunting?  
    • He has permission from the landowner, let him hunt. If the 50 year old does anything to affect his hunt that is "hunter harassment" and he should be charged. 
    • Obviously the guy has "passion" for "his" hunting spot.  I would try to meet him face to face with your son and see if you couldn't reasonably discuss it and come to an agreement.  Possibly do it at the landowners home if you want to put him in his place.  This of course first goes with how you feel this gentleman would be towards a talk.  After all it is not his land and he can't just bully his way around.  Now if you feel he is psychotic then don't bother.  I have a chunk of land that I can't hunt (even though I have permission and all the rights to hunt it) because the neighbor is crazy enough that he will possibly hunt me and I don't need that feeling of being hunted.  Hope you can work things out!  People get funny when it comes to hunting land especially when they know there is a bigger deer in the area. 
    • Can anyone suggest a good place in the North Metro to get a Honda EU2000 tuned up? Been running problem free for 6 years so I figure it's time.   Thanks in advance for the help.
    • Tough deal on this one.    You've got to decide how much fight you want to put into this.  There are also a lot of life lessons here to teach your son just depends on which one you want to focus on.    In most circumstances I would start out by going to the landowner and explaining the issues and see if you can get it resolved.  However, with it being an 85 year old woman you'll have to decide if you want to drag her into it. I'd probably at least inform her of the issue so that she's aware of what is happening on her property and what type of person is out there.  She should at least know that much as the landowner  If she wants to make it right then so be it but I wouldn't push her on it.  Just leave it as a heads up and let her know your son will move on as to not cause trouble if she doesn't seem like she's got it in her to straighten things out. 
×