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August 25th, 2009

designed to fail [Aug. 25th, 2009|08:24 pm]
Doug Ayen
A year ago, I bought a troy bronco string trimmer. I've used it a few times, it ran fine until tonight.

AFter poking at the bits, priming, and warming it up, the trimmer would still just stall out when full thottle was applied.

Now, in the gas tank there's a tube that goes from a weighted filter to the carburetor, made of plastic. In this case, a gasoline-soluble plastic. The tubing, when I checked it, had fallen apart, and when I pulled out a bit, it felt like jello, only not quite as strong.

I'm assuming some asshole decided to substitute an inferior component from the original spec, but it seems as likely nowadays that someone said "give me a tube that will last for the 90 day warranty, and maybe a few weeks longer." It's remotely possible someone specified a material that just couldn't hold up to its environment, but we've had gasoline-proof tubing for decades, so I can't excuse that either.

Now, I'm sure this is replaceable, but if the tubing in the gas tank is bad, what about the tubing from the primer, and the other components. I'd say this is the last time I buy from this manufacturer, but who the fuck knows who actually made this piece of crap? All it says is "made in China."

Crap like this just pisses me off, though. Whether from corporate greed or incompetence, this sort of crap is unacceptable -- but since I'm past the warranty, I guess I'm SOOL.

--d
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