Redmax users helpful hints

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TMlawncare, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey guys I have been using Redmax handhelds since 1994. God I miss the older stuff, damn EPA. Anyway I have several trimmers, hedge clippers, blowers, etc. The new stratocharged models have a few quirks that piss my employees and me off. First off the new trimmers have the guard so close you barely have any string to use, about 15," the old redmax trimmers gave you 18-20." Solution move the guard back about 1.5," you will not believe have much more control, balance, quality cut you will gain. Try it. Also, any Redmax owner will tell you that all the new, small trimmers, blowers are very cold blooded. When you start them they will bog, sometimes die and run like crap for the first minute or so. By doing this the machine is also carboning up. You will have to get it cleaned out in a couple months. Solution, well partial solution, my friend also a LCO told my about this and I just had to shake my head in disbelief. It could not really help. Well it really does. To cure the bogging or atleast help it get over its problem all you need to do is this. When you start it and it starts to bog, flip the machine upside down and hold it wide open. You will notice that it no longer bogs and runs extremely well. Let it run for a 10 seconds or upside down and your good to go. I still can not believe this works but hey my employees and I don't complain as much now.
    One other things that is kinda strange is the bigger Redmax machines, backpack blowers, big chainsaws do not suffer nearly as bad with the bogging problems of the smaller displacement machines. Wonder why.
    Anyway just thought I would share a few helpful Redmax tip with you. Remember move guards back 1.5" and if it boggs, don't worry just flip it upside down for 10seconds or so. Enjoy.

    Btw, we bought one of the Stihl 4-mix models last year. FS100rx I believe. Crappy balance, good engine, short string, not easy to move guard back. My employees and I all have tried it and as of now it has less then 3hrs on it. No one will use it. They will grab the most carboned up Redmax before they will touch that machine. Then all say that the Redmax is just more comfortable to trim with, I agree 100%.
     
  2. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    thanx for info , i'll try the upside down move monday

    maybe this might help you . you know how on redmax whips it can become hard to get the string to feed out . well besides washing all the dirt out of heads every day or two which is necesary ive also found that after washing and drying spray the entire insides of head / cap and the spool with furniture polish then let dry before stringing up . the polish / wax makes it slippery inside head which helps the string to feed out easier
     
  3. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If anyone else has some helpful tips let us know
     
  4. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    I would like to thank you for the "upside down" advice. It works great for my Shindy, Echo and Kaw as well. I start all of them at idle and then turn them upside down and pull the throttle for a few seconds. Works great.
     
  5. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
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    I wish my ebz7001 would start first pull like my kawasaki stuff. It takes 3 or 4 pulls on choke and then a couple of minutes to warm up before it'll take any throttle. It's no big deal but a pita when it's 107* out.
     
  6. FastMan

    FastMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    How long have the strato charged models been out? My red max is in its 4th season, and has always had a problem with initial startup bogging. Don't know if I have a strato or not. Either way, I'll try your tip anyway. Thanks.
     
  7. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The Strato's are awful.
     
  8. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i agree the stratos were a down grade , i miss my old bc225 whip

    and in case dont know about stratos it helps by pulling the spark arrestor out of muffler , otherwise they clog up and suffocate motor down to low r's
     
  9. FastMan

    FastMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just went down to the shop and checked mine. Yep, it's a strato all right. :gunsfirin

    It was a hell of a good ski when it came out though. :clapping:
     
  10. Mike Blevins

    Mike Blevins LawnSite Bronze Member
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    One thing I have found is that using Seafoam seems to keep all of my Redmax equipment running very strong. Don't have a Schedule just pic up a can now and then and mix it with the gas. I have a trimmer on its 6th season now and still runs great.
     

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