Stihl Kombi Owners Inside : 1st time using my new KM130R ...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tim_in_NC, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. superdog1

    superdog1 LawnSite Member
    Male, from Lebanon, PA
    Posts: 218

    I have a 110 with zero issues so far. I have only had it for 2 months though?
  2. lawnsbybrown

    lawnsbybrown LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 43

    My km130 did the same thing just fixed by adjusting idle screw as others have said otherwise runs like a champ
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  3. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,552

    Ahhhh, makes perfect sense now, and BTW, your dealer sucks.

    Stihl doesn't even want customers to see a box. They want all their dealers to unbox and setup all equipment before it is sold.

    So, if you got something "new in box", your dealer already did a Stihl no-no.
  4. Tim_in_NC

    Tim_in_NC LawnSite Member
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    Yeap ... didn't realize this until the Stihl rep on the phone informed me of such ... Getting back to the KM130 ... I fired it up yesterday with no issues and it purred like a Tiger for the remainder of the evening ... All seems good ... I'm really digging it !!!
  5. J & D Greens

    J & D Greens LawnSite Senior Member
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    I find that on all my Stihl equipment once the engine has been warmed up, the restart procedure is just to fire it back up, pull a few times to try and fire it up only using the choke if they cool down to much or they flood out too easy. My Echo engines are just the opposite. But they both work well for me.

    That is my only hang up with Stihl is they can be temper-mental machines, but while they are running the power-band in those engines are so smooth!
  6. Belgium

    Belgium LawnSite Member
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    Had the same issue with the new 130 i bought a few weeks ago. I just adjusted the idle screw (just a little bit higher) and now it works flawlessly. I think it has something to do with epa because my maruyama's have the same issue and the dealer told me the manufacturers have to do it that way to have the least possible exhaust gasses. By the way, congrats with the new unit, i'm sure you will love it.
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  7. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,233

    From my experience with my km-130 and my ms-280 chainsaw they take a day or week to idle right
  8. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,552

    I'm just re-reading this resurrected thread, and I had to comment on this.
    You don't want the idle screw turned up too much because then the clutch won't release in idle.
    It takes a fine touch, and a light tweaking to get this one right.
  9. CalGuY

    CalGuY LawnSite Member
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    My new Kombi KM 130 R and almost all the attachments is driving me nuts.

    First problem, it won't idle, and I thought it might be an idle screw adjustment, so I am glad I checked this site. I live in Colorado, and the elevation sometimes messes with things, not to mention the manufacturers don't always adjust everything perfectly like Stihl manual states. I will adjust this problem tomorrow, and thank you for the help on that one...

    Second problem, when I start to throttle up, the thing sounds like it is going to die (sounds like it is flooding, bogging, dying), and then all of a sudden, it might recover (if it doens't fall flat on its face like it has several times), and then take off like a jet, and I have to screw with the throttle just to calm it down, but yet not let it die (throttle up down up down up down up down while in use...lame as hell). Is this flooding, dying issue under throttle something that one of you might have seen or fixed? I mean, the idle screw on an old 2 stroke motorcycle never caused the RPM curve to bog in areas...just caused it not to idle. So I don't see how it would do anything in this case either, but I am all ears. Normally, I would say this is an air/fuel mixture issue, but Stihl's manual swears there is nothing to adjust, soo...

    The unit is brand new, with no dirt, dust, etc in any filters...only used it 2x now (1 half tank, and another 10 minutes of time a week later on a new tank of fuel, both acting identical).

    Thank you, I appreciate any ideas or experience you can offer,

    CalGuY (This is what I feel like doing to my 130 currently :hammerhead: LOL!)
  10. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 702

    I bought a 130 this year myself. At first it was finicky, and would stall out just by letting it come down to idle, or it would stall if I moved the power head a certain way. I tried running a few tanks of fuel through it, and then made the idle adjustment which solved the problem for me. I think it may take a little patience at first to run a few tanks of gas through them before making too many adjustments. Like others have said, make the adjustments in very small increments and give the machine a little time to break in. Because your at higher altitude, it may need a little H and L mixture adjustments too, but for that, you might want to take it to the dealer if its still brand new. Ill have to take a closer look at mine tomorrow, because there should be some type of H and L adjustment on them somewhere.

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