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feeler gauge alternative?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MikeKle, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    I need to adjust the valves on my stihl Br 550, is there anything I can use instead of the feeler gauge to get it right. I believe it has to be .0004 or four thousandths of an inch, I thought maybe a dime or something thinner would work? Thanks
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,700

    The problem is the space that the feeler has to fit in is kinda U shaped. When you see the Stihl feeler gauge made for this job you'll understand why you have to use their tool.
  3. Concrete Creations

    Concrete Creations LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    .004 is about as thick as a human hair. It is important to have the setting correct. So the short answer to your question is NO!!
  4. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    we used to set coils with a business card.....NOT recomanding you do this, But it helps in a pinch
  5. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    You must have meant .004 not .0004". There's a foldable set you can buy, it ranges many feelers so you can use them for anything.
  6. Biffula

    Biffula LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    A piece of paper is .004 thick. And yes, he meant .004, not .0004. Aluminum from a beer or coke can is .0047 thick. If you have calipers or a micrometer, you can keep measuring things until you find something with the right stiffness and width.
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,587

    As was stated its odd shaped, slightly pointed at the end. A wire type won't give an accurate reading either. Just get the right one from the stihl dealer and save aggravation.
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  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,587

    This is a great idea and works well with a coils larger base. Regular card, no gloss or heavy embossed print.
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  9. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,522

    Dealers have the gagues, and I think they also have a "kit" that comes with the valve cover gasket and gague, Ive never replaced the gasket on mine.

    A wire gague would work if you could find one.

    A credit card or anyother majic wont work.
  10. crankincraig

    crankincraig LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    Shim stock should work for you , you could probably find a local machine shop that has various thicknesses. I have many different ones on the shelf here , if you need a piece and cant find any let me know and I can put a piece in an envelope and send it to you

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