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Old 04-21-2005, 08:20 PM
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String trimmer Acting strange

Ok, I have a JD XT120 String trimmer. Third year of service. No problems....Till now. The engine is making a noise like a car engine low on oil. I have also lost power, most noticably when I turn it sideways to trim a bed edge. Am I about to lose this trimmer? Should I get another one right away? My backup trimmer is damaged and Im waiting on parts. May be a while on it. the engine gets extremely hot, too. It sounds a lot like there is string tangled in the head, but I checked...its all free.

anyone else had that same problem?
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Old 04-21-2005, 08:22 PM
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Hard to tell but, check the easy things. Air cleaner, or loss of power often comes from a plugged exhaust port. Pull the exhaust can and take a peak.
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Old 04-21-2005, 08:34 PM
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Make sure your mix is at least 50:1. If it isn't you will fry the engine.
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Old 04-21-2005, 09:15 PM
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come on dude, IM not perfect, but I didn't start mowing yesterday. LOL. I use the same mix in all my 2 stroke equipment. gas is 50:1 I took off filter and muffler and muffler has air flow. Filter is fairly clean. It might be time to replace the trimmer.
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Old 04-21-2005, 09:32 PM
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Sprak plugs ok? Any seals gone bad in it?
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Old 04-21-2005, 09:37 PM
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Clean the carbon out of the muffler and cylinder, another possibility is a bad clutch if you run your line out alot more than its suppose to have this will burn up the clutch. Both will make the trimmer sound differently.
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Old 04-21-2005, 09:41 PM
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Does it have a spark ******er on the exhaust port? It's a small screen. If it does, they get fouled up with carbon deposits. I just pull them out lol and leave them out. Our grass doesn't get dry enough to worry about sparks catching fire.
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Old 04-21-2005, 10:28 PM
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Get a shindaiwa!!!! I tell ya, either I got a good batch, or they just plain kick azz, cuz just today I was marveling to myself how good this schit is, once warm, one pull starts, etc. don't think I'll ever buy anything else until I get a lemon or something, gotta give up up Stihl, except for my chainsaws, cause I've had way too much trouble with'em considering all I've heard. later
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Old 04-21-2005, 10:52 PM
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3 seasons on 1 trimmer? yea, Id say its time for a new one. We go thru trimmers every season or two. I have around 7 or 8 trimmers at last count. Always have backups. If u dont have a whole lot of accounts, Im sure u can get several years out of a good trimmer, but ours rack up a lot of hours fast.
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Old 04-22-2005, 06:19 PM
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Like the others said, check the exhaust screen. Had one clog up on me and until I was made aware of it I went nuts trying to figure out why my trimmer wouldn't run right. Good luck!
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