Newer model Stihl gas caps, A real Problem!

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  1. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    none of the above. i've been using stihl equipment since before i was in business. i haven't seen a thing on any of them that suck.

    you could say my only hope in posting how much i love the new caps is that they will see this and not revert to old screw on style.

    maybe i am lucky because i'm not kidding. i don't use vice grips to remove the cap because its swollen. it's just a little more snug in the hotter temps which doesn't bother me.

    there is nothing wrong with the screw on caps but i think the new style is quicker to use.

    i'll keep you posted on that blower. might be a while though. i might forget by that time to post. as long as my br400 keeps kicking it will be around. unless i run into some extra money and can purchase it with no justification. i've purchased enough equipment this season that i'm holding off until i actually need something.

    although i do know plenty of people with the br600 who haven't had any trouble.
     
  2. WestGaLawnCare

    WestGaLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    I think some of the caps are defective. I had all kinds of problems with the cap on my BR600 until one day I finally broke it. The new cap I purchased seems to work just fine. The cap on my Khombi is a PITA as well. I still hate them and think Stihl has a big problem they need to address.
     
  3. WestGaLawnCare

    WestGaLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    One other thing, after I broke the cap I got to see just how many pieces are used to make those things. I believe there are too many components used to make these caps making the possibility of getting a well working cap a hit or miss proposition. Overzealous German engineering
     
  4. loafycleetus

    loafycleetus LawnSite Member
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    The only good thing is IF the cap is locked down properly, I have not ever seen it leak a drop. When the screw on caps get old they leak fuel out of the vent hole. I hate the new fuel caps though. I ran out of gas (BR600) with only 10 ft of walkway to finish blowing off and had to refuel...well the fact that I had to walk all the way back to the truck pissed me off and then the dumb cap ate my lunch for 10 minutes before it locked down. If you get mad, it ain't going in.
     
  5. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    The cap on my Kombi works great, never a single problem with it.
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  6. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes the caps suck, I deal with replacing one daily at Stihl dealer I work at. 2 years ago there was supposed to be a new design but it never came. The caps are the only thing I hate about stihl product, worth the compromise.
     
  7. DaddyRabbit

    DaddyRabbit LawnSite Senior Member
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    Stihl caps are the poorest engineered marvel I've ever been witness to. Complete JUNK!!! I'm almost positive that the technologically advanced engineer that came out with this flop has been promoted to management just to get him out of the way.
     
  8. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
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    haha, agreed!
     
  9. 1993lx172

    1993lx172 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Same here. I've had it since May and have never had a single problem with it.
     
  10. JCinNC

    JCinNC LawnSite Member
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    I've had my FS90 for three years and never understood what the problem was...

    Until Sunday. Took 5 - 10 min. to get the cap back on, and I still am not sure what the problem was. It went in fine, but would not turn and lock closed.
     
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