spark arrestors, remove or leave in

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by mark lagasse, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. mark lagasse

    mark lagasse LawnSite Member
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    My dealer told me that my equpment would perform a little better with them removed but they were not allowed to pull them so I did it myself. Any opinions?

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,566

    Pull em out they will stop up in a matter of time.
  3. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,016

    We remove them because they will clog and reduce power.
  4. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,513

    If you want to keep them in there, I have a few new ones that never saw one day of action. You can have them.:laugh:
  5. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,930

    I guess I am paranoid... I leave mine in. It is usually so dry around here that I am concerned I might start a fire. You can clean those things with a small propane torch, right? Or even buy a replacement.
  6. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    Your propane torch has a better chance of starting a fire. Spark arresters are the apendix of 2-cycle equipment. Do you know of anyone who knows someone who met someone who had a fire due to a missing spark arrester?
  7. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,522

    Mine are gone before the equipment gets used. From my days of flying r/c airplanes, I can say that I never had fire from a 2 stroke motor. Turbines, well....that's another story.
  8. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,246

    We have plenty also.:)
  9. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 937

    I'm thinking the only sparks from 2 cycle might be from a dirt bike's exhaust. I can't see them being an issue for small engines, but probably is an legal issue. Personally, I've never removed them but never had any running issues. Maybe I'll remove them from my B/P and see if there's any difference.
  10. chuck bow

    chuck bow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 701

    Iam like the other guys mine are removed before the machine is ever fired up

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