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Newer ferris IS 1500 Kawasaki 21 hp runs ??

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by turfeater, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. turfeater

    turfeater LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 166

    I have been starting up my new mower from time to time this winter and last week it started to run very rich after a minute or two ,, I checked the choke and its opening and closeing the butterfly . It.poors out black smoke from loading up ..
    Started it again this week and same thing....kaw 21 hp 06 ferris IS1500

    Before I take to dealer anything I could check ? only has 40 hrs !

    Thanks already rt
  2. JustCut

    JustCut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    I had the same problem with 50 or so hours on mower. The problem was that a small and I mean small piece of dirt got into the carb. this was removed and 300 plus hours later never a problem.
  3. bruno_rs

    bruno_rs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 195

    agreed... all it may take is a "spec" of dirt and/or moisture to mess up the carb. with the engine running, try spraying carb cleaner in the throat and see if that doesn't solve the problem before disassembling anything. always keep your filters clean... especially with the kawi's. good luck. have a good one.
  4. shop22

    shop22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    I have had some problems with the kawi engines on the 1500's. The rubber tipped inlet needle was not sealing properly and letiing the unit flood out. The needle is like $15 but its and easy fix. Done this three times last year and it solved all the problems. Usually happened within the first 50 hours.
  5. johnp900

    johnp900 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    Check the spark plugs first. Kawasaki's are prone to foul if the unit does not get up to operating temperature. Also some unburned gas may be in the oil.
  6. sawman65

    sawman65 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 751

    if you start and stop a kaw with out letting it get up to normal operating tem it WILL foul the plugs no if ands or buts about it.they may be bad by now get you some new plugs and stop the starting and stoping unless you let it run for 20 min. or so to fully warm up
  7. turfeater

    turfeater LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 166

    Thanks for the input ,,Will try to get to it this weekend
  8. turfeater

    turfeater LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 166

    Now that Iv'e had some time to chew on the responses ,,I'm thinking This is
    not sounding like a commercial grade engine ! I have always leaned towards kohler ,but decided to give kaw a try as I have heard good things till now ! ..

    In MHO.... a new engine should not have to have the float valve changed once--- let alone several times in less the 200 hours !

    Also there should be no dirt in it,, as its filtered with only 40 hours !!
    I take good care when filling ,,and its donaldson air equiped .

    None the less it's covered ,,so I'll just take it in ,,Just hopeing this won't be a recurring problem. If so by taking it in I'll have a record of .

    A bit aggravated rt
  9. shop22

    shop22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    Sorry, maybe I confused you on my post. I'm a dealer and have done it on 3 Different machines. Not all the same engine. Sorry to lead you to think it was the same engine and same problem
  10. turfeater

    turfeater LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 166

    whew. that sounds a lot better ..!


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