Newer model Stihl gas caps, A real Problem!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Southernlandscape343, Aug 22, 2010.

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  1. grassdude

    grassdude LawnSite Member
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    Richard is 100 percent correct! His fix works. Just found a way to get some free replacement caps and finally got Stihl to admit that they are aware of the problem (otherwise they would not have given me the replacements). Just thought I would share that with everyone in hopes that you could recover some $ you may have spent on replacement caps. But if everybody will get a flat file and follow Richard Martin's instructions........you life will be much easier.
     
  2. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    my lifes much easier with the way the caps are.....

    i think the idea of putting them on the mowers is great. i think i might suggest that to toro and exmark.......what a great idea.
     
  3. TreeClimber57

    TreeClimber57 LawnSite Member
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    For the most part they work well. We do have a bit of problem with some chainsaws, but if you watch them then they work ok. Overfilling seems to cause them a bit of grief..

    I think we notice more on the chainsaws as they do need more filling.. nothing burns more fuel tanks (small tank) than the 200T! Small tank, and hungry little saw.. but does a lot of work up in the trees. Having said that, once you get used to them, for the most part you usually have few problems.

    We have them on Kombi's, blowers, chainsaws, trimmers, hedge trimmers, etc.. Now the old caps are ok too.. but their issue is if put on fairly tightly you have to find a tool to open them. The new ones save that step.. so guess there is no perfect world.
     
  4. jkingrph

    jkingrph LawnSite Senior Member
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    After reading many of these threads, I shot an e mail off to Stihl and got a quick reply that a new cap was on the way. It came in yesterday, about 4 days along with a new catalog.

    I quickly installed it and it closes and locks easily, much easier than the old one ever did and does not leak.

    I don't know what the problem with the original design but my hat's off to Stihl for addressing the problem and making replacement caps available at no cost.

    JJK
     
  5. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This is true, but there has been several months of we don't have a problem to get to this point. Glad stihl has stepped up to the plate (finally)
     
  6. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ive had my Stihl FS 90 R trimmer for 2 years now and the gas cap is starting to get really hard to take off. I have to pull on it pretty hard to get it to come off. I hate the design and i dont understand why they didnt just put a screw cap on. Its not like its any faster.
     
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    I complained here at Lawnsite and to Stihl about this problem back in 2005. It has been half a decade.
     
  8. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    i happen to disagree with that statement.....

    i think the new caps are much faster. they are also more user friendly. with the screw on caps not everyone has the same strength and some might not be able to screw on a screw on cap tight enough. on the flip side you have people like me who tend to over tighten things and it's harder to get them off.

    with the new caps i have no problems. just twist open pull out fill tank put in twist shut.

    now if we can only get the lawn mowers companys to put this style of cap on there mowers.
     
  9. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thats the dumbest thing ive ever heard. If you dont have enough strength to unscrew a freaking gas cap then how are you going to handle holding the actual trimmer?! And im pretty sure that anyone would agree with me when i say that the new stihl gas caps are NOT user friendly. I was working with another crew just yesterday and one of the guys couldnt figure out how to get the cap off. So obviously they arent user friendly. We wouldnt be having this argument right now if Stihl just put the regular screw on gas caps on all their new equipment, nobody would be complaining.
     
  10. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    no we wouldn't because the new, improved and better gas caps wouldn't have exisited and we wouldn't have known about them.

    i'll try and put you intouch with a few different people i've had help me out that handle the trimmers and other equipment just fine but can never seem to unscrew the gas caps. i always have to do it for them. maybe i put them on to tight. but you can't do that with the new style.

    not to mention the strength used to hold something is different than the strength used to unscrew or loosen something.
     
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