Another motor

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gobblet, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. gobblet

    gobblet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    Last year it was (little wonder 8hp push blower, snapper 17 hp wb, year before shindawia back pack, today shindaiwa blue backpack blower). I work alone so it was not the mix/gas. Can you really over work these things? Heard the rings popping around today then crap!!! What am i doing wrong?
  2. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    I've never had one fail...any brand. You must be doing something wrong.
  3. gobblet

    gobblet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    I know, have a lawnboy that says 32:1 been running strong for years (10+). Anyone heard of a cool down period between uses ,my equipment can run for 6+hours a day nonstop. (small motors, backpack.etc.)
  4. gobblet

    gobblet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    any other motor failures with normal use?
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Well if you're putting mix/gas in a motor, yeah, I can kind of see why it would fail,
    that stuff has got to be rough on the commutator, not to mention the brushes.

    Now then, for your sanity I'll go ahead and assume you're speaking of engines...
    The mix is 50:1, correct?

    How are you making sure that this mix is, indeed, 50:1?
    Also what kind of oil are you running in the Wb, synthetic?

    Perhaps cheap gas, too.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2009
  6. gobblet

    gobblet LawnSite Member
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  7. gobblet

    gobblet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    Gas motors have failed and 45:1 motors have failed all have been up kept.. Help
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  8. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    I run 80:1 Amsoil and my stuff freakin runs great.
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    If you were to get a thermal overload from shutting them off too early it usually manifests it's self in the form of bad coils. It's not a bad idea to let them idle for a minute or two before you shut an engine off. It even advises to do so in every Stihl manual I have.

    Specifically, what fuel and oil are you using? What is the mix ratio in ounces and gallons?

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