Helpful Hints & Tips
- Proper Use of Ethanol Gasolines:
Look Before You Pump! Protect your equipment from costly engine and carburetor repairs. USE THE CORRECT FUEL! Only use fuels that contain 10% ethanol blend or less. Look on your gas stations pump for a sign or decal to identify the percentage of Ethanol in the gasoline. In most states in the US this is required by law.
Are you struggling to start your chainsaw or string trimmer?
Calls are often received from people having trouble starting their new or not recently used 2-cycle engines. Use the following procedure to start your 2-cycle engine:
- Make sure your fuel mix is fresh! If you are using fuel that you mixed last season, it's time to make a new batch. Adding stabilizer to the fuel mix will extend the life of the mixture.
- Make sure the ON switch is in the ON posistion (I not O).
- Push the primer bulb about 4 times (if you have one). You cannot flood the engine by too many pushes.
- Put the choke lever on full choke so that it is closed.
- Pull the recoil start cord to get a spark. Pull ONLY up to 4 times. You usually will hear a shudder or pop by now, but even if you don't, STOP pulling!
- Now put the choke lever in half choke.
- A few more pulls of the recoil should get it started. Squeeze the throttle trigger so the choke opens and the engine is now in its normal running mode.
- Now you're ready to go!
If you do flood the engine by leaving the choke in full choke mode and pulling too many times, follow this procedure:
- Put the choke lever in the half choke position.
- Pull the recoil 10 - 20 times.
- When enough air mixes with the fuel, the unit will fire up and usually blows excess liquid gas out the muffler. This is normal.
- Squeeze the trigger until the unit is running normally.
Is your tractor engine stalling?
In recent years, the formulation of gasoline has changed. Alcohol and ethanol products, along with many other additives, are mixed into gasoline. Most fuel tank caps contain a vent hole through which gasoline vapors escape. As vapors vent through this hole, a white deposit often builds up and eventually plugs the cap's vent hole. When mowing, a plugged vent hole causes the fuel tank to develop a vacuum which will stall your engine. If your tractor sits for a while, the vacuum dissipates and your tractor will restart and run; however, the condition redevelops and the tractor stalls again. The fix is easy! Simply straighten a paper clip and poke out the white buildup in the vent hole. You're finished -- problem solved!!