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How to Identify a Tillotson Carburetor Number

by Floyd Drake III

Founded in 1914, Tillotson manufactures diaphragm, float and specialty carburetors designed for use on small engines. Throughout its history, Tillotson has made carburetors that are used for a variety of applications, from Indian motorcycles and Tecumseh lawn mowers to chainsaws and weed trimmers. Identification of Tillotson carburetors requires locating the model number stamped on the carburetor body, and referencing it to a Tillotson application chart to determine its original use. The Tillotson website contains charts and downloads to aid in the identification and specifications of Tillotson carburetors.

Search the body of the carburetor to find the Tillotson model number. Since these are small carburetors, the model number may be separated into two sections and stamped on different locations on the body of the carburetor. Tillotson carburetor models include the HU, HE, HS, HL, HW and series.

Write down the model number. Typically, Tillotson carburetor model numbers begin with a two-letter designation, such as "HS" or "HU," followed by a position code, such as "158F" or "7A." The first section is the carburetor model series and the second number is the specific carburetor designation within that series.

Match the carburetor model number to the application chart found on Tillotson's website (see "Resources"). When matched to this listing, the original application of the carburetor, along with the repair kit number, is identified. For example, "HS-158F" is identified as an HS-158F model Tillotson used on an Alpina/Castor model "70" or "P70." The "HU-7A" was used on an Andreas Stihl model "020AVPSEQ" chainsaw.

Research the Tillotson model number at the Tillotson website to find the specifications for each carburetor model.

About the Author

A native of New Haven, Conn., Floyd Drake III began writing in 1984. His work has appeared in the "New Haven Register," Medford's "Mail-Tribune" and the "Ashland Daily Tidings." Drake studied journalism at Southern Connecticut State University. After working as a reporter in Oregon, he is now based back home in New Haven.

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