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My leaf blower died.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Appalachian landscape, Mar 4, 2005.

  1. Appalachian landscape

    Appalachian landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    I drove all the way across town to put down some grass seed. I wanted to blow all the debris off the lawn before I started, to get the leaves and dog poo away. I started my blower and it would run, but if I pushed the throttle any it would start to die. I thought maybe it was cold, so I let it run for over 30 min, and it still had the same problem. I did notice if I covered the air intake that it would pick up and run a little better. My blower is an echo 403T that was purchased on Aug 25, 04. Well, so much for making any money with the seed.
  2. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    The Blower is Not "DEAD" Pull the spark arrester out and adjust the air.fuel mixture it will run fine after that
  3. The LawnSmith

    The LawnSmith LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    Agree. Spark Arrestor is most likely clogged.
  4. BMFD92

    BMFD92 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    I had the same problem with my echo. Got it fixed through warranty and then got a redmax.
  5. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    I agree on the spark arrestor. Sounds like it is probably clogged and just needs a good spring cleaning. Should work fine. If not, it is probably still under warranty as it is less than a year old.
  6. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    Seems kinda new to be a spark arrestor problem. One of the needles in the carb could be clogged. Did you put stabil in it before storing it?
  7. Appalachian landscape

    Appalachian landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    I use stihl premium mix and it says it has fuel stabilizer in it. It really hasn't seen much of a storage. I've used it at least weekly through the winter. I think the longest it sat without being started might be 10 days, and a whole tank of gas was ran through biweekly or so.
  8. competitiveimageland

    competitiveimageland LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    spark arrester
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,283

    Throw all the gas away and start new. Take the air cleaner out and be sure that the fuel filter is not clogged. Check to be sure the plug is gaped and try again. I don't think there is a carb adjustment is there? If it is adj it in/out until it run smoothly. Units with non-adjustable carb have problems running in both high/low temp conditions. That is a good model you should be okay.
  10. traman

    traman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    403's have carb adjusting screws a high and a low sometimes dirt gets in there and they need to be turned in all the way then back out be careful they have plastic caps this usually takes care of problem . also make sure plug is not fouled out , air filter clean ,and gas cap and vent are clean ,if all else fails they do have a 2 year warranty on them

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