Hey guys, I just bought a Strikemaster Strike Lite 2 about 2 weeks ago and after cutting my 8th hole on Saturday it just shut off mid hole. It would restart after major pulls, but would only idle. Any attempt to get the auger to spin would cause the auger to instantly die, making a noticeable chug of air out of the carb. I turned the auger by hand to make sure nothing in the gear case was broke.
Being a mechanic, any time you have air/fuel forced out the carb upon pressing the throttle and having the engine die, you can be sure it's not good.
Once I got it home, I removed the plastic covers and removed the air filter elements and started it up. It would idle all day but the second I touched the throttle it stall out instantly and clearly fuel blew out the intake of the carb. It was very hard to start after this.
Upon further inspection, but not wanting to dig too deep which might void my warranty, it's become fairly obvious that something in the valve train is broken, and due to the fact that the air/fuel mix is forced back out the carb, obviously the intake valve is stuck open. The motor has MUCH less compression, it's hard to believe it even starts. It almost seems like a cam gear broke, leaving the intake valve stuck which would still allow the engine to idle.
A call to Strikemaster headquarter's, I spoke with their service manager Mike, which didn't sort anything out. He said I am the 1st one to have this issue and he doesn't have any spare engines, which means I have to send mine back 1st. I am stuck with shipping unless I want to wait 3 days for a UPS credit which I don't.
I'm not really mad, just more disapointed that crap like this happens when you spend 550 bucks on an Auger. I'm more concerned this is going to drag out over weeks. I told them I want this done reasonably fast or I am done with any further Strikemaster products.
This is not meant to bad-mouth any Strikemaster products, just letting people know that there are issues with this product, although clearly every review I have found has been nothing but positive.
I'll let you know in a few days what Strikemaster says.