Makita RBC251 trimmer Hard to Start

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mikeeee, May 8, 2006.

  1. mikeeee

    mikeeee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    My Makita is hard to start. Runs/idles perfect. Just hard to start.
    New plug, checked arrestor (clean) Cleaned carb. I give! Any help would be greatly appreciated. New gas cap. Clean air filter. Coil maybe?
  2. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    I had the same problem last year. Remove the carburator. Then you will find a "carb. gasket" (I can't remember the proper term) and replace it with a new one. You can get one @ the Makita Service Center - 1120 Elm Hill Pike, Suite 170. They cost less than $5.00. I haven't had a problem since - runs like a scalded chicken......:weightlifter: :usflag:
  3. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,955

    never saw a makita trimmer. dont they just do power tools?
  4. jmurphy

    jmurphy LawnSite Senior Member
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  5. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    The older ones (last year & older) have Robin engines & are very lightweight !!! :usflag:
  6. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    Yeah, it's a Robin. So were the Green Machines. I have a Robin and it's very lightweight and powerful.
    Anyway, I was gonna say the plug but, you said you changed it. When mine takes more than 3 pulls, I know it's about plug time. What about the fuel lines?
  7. mikeeee

    mikeeee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Thanks! I replaced gas lines and filter. I am going to Makita on Elm Hill pk. and pick up some gaskets. I think it is a diaphram gasket that I need which costs about 18 bucks but I am going to buy all of them just in case.

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