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Taking apart a craftsman leaf blower

I asked this question recently and unfortunately gave the wrong model number; #358.797130 is the correct number. Mark T. was kind to partially answer the question but he did not have the correct model. On this model, the gas tank is hidden inside and you have to take the blower apart. My question is how do you get the handle off because this is what prevents me from getting in to replace the gas lines.

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afritz afritz
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by afritz afritz Earned 1,264 community points in Craftsman
September 16th, 2011
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the blower. I have looked up the model number you have submitted. If I remember correctly, you have to remove the carburetor and maybe the muffler to separate the halves. I believe there are also screws in the handle mounts that have to be removed. Once the screws are removed, try to take the haves apart. There is a rubber mount on each half that can stick. The mount is towards the center so the edges should spread with a straight blade screwdriver. I wish I could have been better help it has been a few years sense I have seen this blower.

Please feel free to reply below with more details and I will see what I can do to assist you.

Here is a link to order any parts you need.

Sears Parts Direct

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If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired by a Sears technician. Here is a link that will provide the nearest drop-off locations:

Sears Home Services

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Mark T.
by Mark T Earned 1,649 community points in Craftsman
September 19th, 2011
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Ok here is the procedure for the 358.797130 blower. 1. Loosen the hand screw on the blower tube and remove both. 2. Lay the blower on the gas cap side and remove 8 screws on the cover (includes those on the handle) and one more below the handle on the pull cord using a T25 six point screw driver. 3. Remove the Muffler by removing two screws with a T 30 six point screw driver. This will expose two screw holes in the muffler cavity, one in the upper left and one in the lower right position, remove these using the T 25 screw driver again. Separate the cover carefully with a flat screw driver as the case will crack easily due to age and heat. The mount in the center will probably be deteriorated due to time and use. I just went through this today 8/29/12 so I know it works.
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August 29th, 2012
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kenneth watterson
Would this be the same for a 797180
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Donald P,






Thank you for adding the exact instructions for taking the blower apart. I am sure other users will find this helpful.






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Mark T.
by Mark T Earned 1,649 community points in Craftsman
August 30th, 2012
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