? on hand-held blower leaking

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GarPA, Jan 18, 2004.

  1. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
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    All my Echo equipment is hanging on a wall...fuel caps are all tight and they are hung level. Noticed there is a slow leak from the Shred N Vac engine. The fuel hose seems tight and I;ve not yet cleaned it up to be able to see where it might be leaking.The leak is very slow...but leaking none the less
    Ever have this happen and if so what did you determine the problem was? thanks
     
  2. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I had that problem with some Echo equipment, but it was one of several (problems) so I replaced it. I just got tired of dealing with it. I know this response isn't very helpful, but it was worth it to me not to have to spend any more time and money trying to get all the trouble solved. I hope yours is an easy fix.
     
  3. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    I was afraid of that. I think I remember a number of people here saying that Echo stuff often has a leak problem. Trying to find a leak can be a hassle as you say
     
  4. mmacsek

    mmacsek LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 544

    GarPa,
    I had this same problem with an Echo 1500 hedge trimmer. The problem turned out to be a cracked fuel tank. It had a small crack below the threads on the filler cap. You couldn't see it unless you put a small flashlight inside the tank and flexed the tank. About 10 dollars and fixed. It was small but caused alot of problems. The trimmer is about 5 years old. Hope this helps. Matt
     
  5. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
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    I was thinking it might be the fuel tank...and maybe even at the top of the tank because it seems to leak when its fuller...thanks for the tip
     
  6. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
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    Might be a very thin crack/hole in a fuel line. Also loosen cap and retighten to make sure pressure wasnt built up in tank forcing gas out of carb, and check the small breather coming out of the gas tank.
     
  7. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
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    Now why didn't I think of that Ken...I know...its because I'm equipment stupid..always was and always will be...
     
  8. TRex

    TRex LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW ,TX
    Posts: 487

    I noticed on my trimmer that when it gets around 30 deg. mine starts leaking where the fuel line comes out of the tank. I guess the fuel line shrinks just a enough to be able to move it in and out of the tank. Once it warms back up to higher temps it is fine and the hose becomes tight again
     
  9. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just light a match and see where it burns first.
    Sorry, I couldnt resist :blob2:
     
  10. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    PJ...you need to be more careful....as stupid as I can be at times, I might actually go and do that!! lol...then the least of my worries will be a leaky handheld...
     

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