echo edger wants to die

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by curry, Jun 21, 2003.

  1. curry

    curry LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211

    I have an Echo edger. It is starving for gas when I try to get more rpms out of it. Those of you who use stick edgers know that when you edge and mud gets in where the blade turns and slows it down until you clean it out, thats what it seems like its doing(although no dirt or mud is clogging it). Would a tune-up kit do the trick for this problem? Is the fuel filter in the gas tank? Thanks
  2. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Messages: 648

    It sounds like carbon build up to me. A tune up kit couldn't hurt though. Good luck.
  3. Grass Master

    Grass Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 328


    you either have an exhaust screen on your muffler that is plugged from a bad gas or bad oil mixture or the vent on your gas tank is not functioning properly...

    I have a PE-2601 edger and it kicks butt.....I did have the same problem and it was the exhaust screen...after I clleaned the screen I switched to Echo oil and 89/93 octane gas...the problem has never returned!

    Good luck!!
  4. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 714

    remove the spark arrestor on the muffler (either clean it or toss it) you will probably find it clogged with carbon, caused by overly rich gas / oil mix or prolonged low rpm operation.. I always use High Test Gas in my mix and my 4 cycle equipment..
  5. Lawn Tek

    Lawn Tek LawnSite Senior Member
    from u s a
    Messages: 457

    clogged screen
    air filter
    fuel filter
    my guess , needs carb kit
    also check for pin hole in fuel line
  6. Hud

    Hud LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Here're some things you might want to try in the order you might want to try them:

    1. Make sure air filter is clean.
    2. Replace fuel vent. Often when the fuel vent is clogged, after you've tried to accelerate the engine and it bogged down, you'll hear a small "pop" (caused by vacuum in the tank) when you pull the vent off its hose.
    3. Replace fuel filter.
    4. Check exhaust port, muffler, and spark arrester for carbon buildup. If necessary, clean. Maybe it's just very good luck or always using PerfectMix, but I've never had this problem. YMMV
    5. Check crankcase/crankshaft seals: one behind pull rope and one behind rotor. Over time, they dry out, crack, and allow air to get into the crankcase. Check the one behind the pull rope first 'cause it's easier to get to.
    6. Clean carb. Install rebuild kit.
    7. And if I had to do #7, I'd install a new spark plug.
  7. Hud

    Hud LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Yes, the fuel filter is in the tank.
  8. Jason Pallas

    Jason Pallas LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,335

    My money is on clogged spark arrester or pinhole in the fuel feed line.
  9. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    Grant it its last and only wish.

    12-Ga. Shotgun heavy load.

    Take it out to a field and aim for the engine.

    Don't forget to fill the tank with gas first, then built a small fire with wood kindling.

    Set the motor end in the fire.

    Take a dozen few steps back, aim, fire!

    It will knock the piston clean out of the block in a ball of fire!!!


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