Any problem with small engines that only use 2 bolts to bolt the cylinder?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Alan0354, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I notice a lot of the smaller engines like 21 to 24cc have only two bolts to bolt down the cylinder. Engines like Shindaiwa T231, Redmax 2501, Tanaka 21cc and Echo 21cc etc. all have only 2 bolts. Any issue of the cylinder mount crack and ruin the engine? I would think those use 4 bolts will spread the force to all 4 corners and less stress on the metal which is very brittle.
     
  2. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    In the 7 years that I wrenched in a Shindiawa/Echo shop, I never noticed any more problems with a 2 bolt jug than with a 4 bolt jug.
     
  3. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What kind of problem you see even with the 4 bolted cylinder. I thought the stress is very even with 4 bolts and should never have problem.

    Thanks
     
  4. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    In either case, the main problem is base gasket failures.
     
  5. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    So only the gasket, never cracking of the mount of the cylinder?
     
  6. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Gold Member
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    As was mentioned, I've only ran across gasket failures, some loose bolts/screws, never a crack or broken case/flange.
     
  7. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I've never seen a flange crack other than on ones that were not taken care of, dropped off a trailer or thrown in to the back of a pickup.
     
  8. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Thanks

    Alan
     

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