hedger and blower not running well

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Schlepie, Dec 29, 2004.

  1. Schlepie

    Schlepie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 165

    I've got a Stihl blower and hedge trimmer. The blower wants to always cut out when I am putting it on. The hedger runs rough and wants to cut out when I turn it on its side. The dealer will work on them, but unless I sit there with them, they put me in line with all the other non-commercial customers. Without taking the carb off and overhauling and cleaning, can I run carb cleaner in the gas tank and flush thru the system using the priming bulb? Then refill with fresh gas. All plugs and filters are new. The blower doesn't have a primer so how can this be done here.


    Schlep :help:
  2. mownredneck

    mownredneck LawnSite Member
    Posts: 245

    Sound like there is something in the carb. That wount work yull have to take the carb of and clean it. I usually spray it out with carb cleaner or you can blow it out with an air hose. Be sure to take the top and bottom off and clean the screens off. Hope this helps you.
  3. Dig-it Landscaping

    Dig-it Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 108

    i have had the same problem with backpack blowers before my mechanic says check the electrical shut off switch for corrosion loosness or crossed wires. or the wires going from it to the mower.
  4. grassworks

    grassworks LawnSite Member
    Posts: 134

    aside from verifying the mix ratio, I would definately check out the spark arrestor (chambor on muffler) these are subject to clogging and bogging down the whole system . Happens all the time.....
  5. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 2,412

    It’s kind of odd that both of them are acting up at the same time. Are you sure it isn't the oxygenated fuel for winter?
  6. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,458

    Sounds like a fuel problem.

    If you have any Amoco or BP stations try their mid grade fuel and be sure to use 50.1 or 100.1 oil mixed according to directions.

    You could also check for alcohol in your current fuel.

  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    You beat me to it.

    I suggest mixing up a fresh gallon of mid-grade fuel mixed with non-synthetic oil (if you are using it) and try that before anything else. If you are already using midgrade try hi-test.
  8. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,544

    Dump Stihl
    Get Redmax
    Problem Solved.

    More free advice:
    Dump Ford
    Dump Dodge
    Get GM

    Oh no I'm going from an unjaded young buck to an opinionated old man ;)
  9. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    Thats an irrelevant comment. If the gas was bad or not mixed incorrectly a Redmax would act up too.
  10. Norm Al

    Norm Al LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,227

    purchase some backups!

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