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Old 03-22-2014, 02:37 PM
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Where do all the old mowers go...I need parts

I have a Ferris IS 4000 mower with about 2500 hours on it and both fuel tanks have developed leaks. New tanks are about $350 each. I was hoping to find a used tank off a Ferris zero turn. I think I can make any tank work...I would just have to make a new mount. So let me know what you have.
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Old 03-22-2014, 03:51 PM
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GOOGLE " fuel tank sealer" POR15 is good. Bill Hirsch, makes a good sealer. They ain't cheap, but the GOOD stuff works.
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Old 03-22-2014, 04:56 PM
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GOOGLE " fuel tank sealer" POR15 is good. Bill Hirsch, makes a good sealer. They ain't cheap, but the GOOD stuff works.
I had a fuel tank on a Tecumseh engine split at the seam on a Westren Salt spreader this winter. I was wondering if you have come across any thing that is good that would work on a plastic tank ?
The tank is NLA
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Old 03-22-2014, 07:27 PM
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I've tried everything on this plastic tank but nothing will last for more than a couple months. It seems that nothing will stick to the plastic that is used on these tanks. I have even tried to use a plastic welder but it doesn't even weld good.
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:18 PM
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I've tried everything on this plastic tank but nothing will last for more than a couple months. It seems that nothing will stick to the plastic that is used on these tanks. I have even tried to use a plastic welder but it doesn't even weld good.
The only thing that I have found is a fiber glass repair patch kit from Bondo, But I'm told there are down sides to using it.....I would like to find something that will work with gas and plastic that I don't have to worry about leaking later.
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Old 03-22-2014, 09:24 PM
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Have you tried PVC pipe glue? Acetone might work too.
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:54 AM
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So far I have tried multiple types of JB weld, multiple patch kits (permatex, bondo, and some stuff called fast weld. I've tried "welding" the seam back together multiple times too. All have failed.
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:29 AM
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What you want is ABS pipe glue.
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Old 03-23-2014, 01:08 PM
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The only thing that I have found is a fiber glass repair patch kit from Bondo, But I'm told there are down sides to using it.....I would like to find something that will work with gas and plastic that I don't have to worry about leaking later.
I used some Seal All on a rider tank seam a while back, seems to be holding up. Also used it to seal a crack around the outlet nipple on a poly rider tank.
http://eclecticproducts.com/sealall.htm
I roughed up the area with some emery cloth first.
I've also used Epoxo-88, a thin two part epoxy. I still have it patching the bottom of my stihl trimmer, has been on there for like 6 years or so.
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:52 AM
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Use one of these...
Melt a groove along the crack..
Work the material from side to side...just like stick welding...
The only thing that will stick to a gas tank is another piece of the same gastank..
If you need more plastic to fill
the crack...melt some off from a thicker area on the tank...
Ive been fixing tanks with this same soldering/wood burning iron for over 20 years..
With a bit of practice...it works everytime....
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