Does Anyone "Uncork" (remove emission's from) Their Equipment?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 4 seasons lawn&land, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    In the performance motorcycle world for Dual sport and sport bike's the term for taking off the emissions crap for increased power and better overal performance is uncorking. People do it to the diesel truck's too but I don't think they use the same term.

    Anyway, I was curious if anyone takes that garbage off of their equipment. Blower's, Trimmer's, Mower's? ..and if it has a significant effect on the power. I know it makes a huge difference with motorcycles and trucks.
  2. mnglocker

    mnglocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 758

    I wasn't aware that there was any emissions crap on equipment? I just make sure all my goods aren't approved for sale in California.
  3. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,009

    many moons ago I worked for a guy that was told if he took the spark arrestor screens out of the blowers they would make more power. He did so. Well no noticable power was made, but 2 melted vinyl siding pieces and one small leaf fire later the screens were back in.
  4. leafitalawn

    leafitalawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 108

    Yep, the screens come off right after the trimmer guards do! Not really that there will be any difference in power, however, you will not ever have to clean them though..
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    About the only emissions stuff I ever see are catalitic convertors. If you want they're pretty easy to dispose of. Most equipment with cats is the same as equipment without cats. Just swap out the cat muffler for a regular muffler. It makes the equipment a little lighter.
  6. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,086

    Just take the screens out on the two cycle equipment.
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Those silly screens are not emissions equipment, they are Spark Stoppers!

    Right, right.
  8. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,599

    guess I am mistaken on how the stuff is built. you alway's hear that the blower companies or trimmer companies have to comply to new emmissions. So how do they reduce emissions?
  9. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Posts: 1,415

    Removing the spark screen is a fire hazard and increases noise. Though may operators get away with it for a lifetime, you might get unlucky.

    Trimming grass near i-55 on a hot day, the muffler farts a chunk of glowing carbon. You can't even see it in daylight and drive off. A breeze picks up igniting that chunk and the dry grass it sits on. The resulting fire blows smoke on the highway causing a collision. People from the NTSB show up at my door.

    I know it's a surreal scenario, but something I want to avoid.
  10. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,988

    I don't remove much, but cleaning exhaust ports makes a huge difference in performance. Ports gunk up slowly so you don't notice the drop in power, till you clean them.

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