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Old 06-23-2015, 01:16 PM
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Need help with Echo trimmer and edger

Really I am posting wanting to teach myself the basics of working on small engines. Is there a book, resource, course, thread on here etc that can expand my knowledge on how to generally care for broken 2 and 4 cycle engine equipment?

My Echo trimmer is a 2100 model and the edger is PE-200. The edger will come on but want power up all the way. The trimmer is gettung hard to even start. It could be a carburator issue? Who knows.

Maybe I can upload a video later of me cranking them up.

In the meantime how can I learn about working on these?
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Old 06-23-2015, 01:21 PM
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Check you tube. Tons of videos there. Even if not for your specific make or model but should give you some kind of an idea how things work and whats involved. Good luck.
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Old 06-23-2015, 01:21 PM
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Amazon has books on this subject.
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Old 06-23-2015, 01:33 PM
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The easiest 2 things you can do that might help is install new, correctly gapped spark plugs. (.025-.030) and then take apart the mufflers and clean or remove the screen.

Hope it helps.
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Old 06-23-2015, 01:43 PM
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I second you tube. That's actually how I learned most of my small engine knowledge.

I like donyboy73 on youtube for small engine repair. Knowledgeable with good advice
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The easiest 2 things you can do that might help is install new, correctly gapped spark plugs. (.025-.030) and then take apart the mufflers and clean or remove the screen.

Hope it helps.
After that, check fuel lines, in-tank filter, and grommet. Replace if needed.

If none of that squares it away, its time to disassemble, inspect and clean the Carb.

All of this is assuming decent compression.
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The easiest 2 things you can do that might help is install new, correctly gapped spark plugs. (.025-.030) and then take apart the mufflers and clean or remove the screen.

Hope it helps.
I have to disagree, check and clean/gap them, but nowadays plugs are pretty much the last thing I replace.

As you can see there lovett, a lot of different methods/ opinions abound.

As many here will attest, I am not a big fan of boob toob, but, for a beginner looking to learn, I reckon you could do worse.
I would search for your equip. specific videos, I'm sure there are plenty.

You can also peruse and or search this forum. Lots of knowledgeable posters abound.
As with the boob toob, ya gotta sort the wheat from the chaff. Now if ya don't know what either looks like...







Just " pay no attention to that man behind the curtain"
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Old 06-23-2015, 02:25 PM
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Really I am posting wanting to teach myself the basics of working on small engines. Is there a book, resource, course, thread on here etc that can expand my knowledge on how to generally care for broken 2 and 4 cycle engine equipment?

My Echo trimmer is a 2100 model and the edger is PE-200. The edger will come on but want power up all the way. The trimmer is gettung hard to even start. It could be a carburator issue? Who knows.

Maybe I can upload a video later of me cranking them up.

In the meantime how can I learn about working on these?
I will say this, the very first thing I do when a customer brings me a handheld 2 cycle is pull the plug and muffler. You wanna check the cyl exh port for carbon build up, you also wanna inspect the piston/ cyl for scoring, scuffing, badly cooked condition.( Use a penlite thru the plug hole.) Ya wanna poke the ring/s and make sure they have a little bit of "spring" to them, and are not stuck.
Check the muffler, your echo units have a cat. comb in em' that will sometimes clog also.
Then there's the " clean/throw away the screen" trick. But on cat equipped units, I find the screen will often be pristine, while the port is clogged.

Enough of my ramblin'...
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Old 06-24-2015, 01:53 AM
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Hard to start could be a spark plug gap gone wide from erosion.
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Update....I am giving it over to be serviced by an acquaintence in return for some of my John Smoltz baseball cards that I got for a good deal.
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