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Replace your Air Filter

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by WoodBrothersLC, May 17, 2004.

  1. WoodBrothersLC

    WoodBrothersLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 418

    I got a new engine on my 48" Encore WB almost a year ago, haven't yet replaced air filter. This Saturday was mowing a yard that was 5 inches long and the thing was coughing out black smoke, i try adjusting the choke but that isn't the answer. I finish up that lawn and go to the next. We get there and the thing is running horrible. So I give my mechanic a call and he comes over. It turns out the air filter was the problem. Didn't have a replacement so just took it out and it was then twice as powerful.....JUST A REMINDER TO CHANGE YOUR AIR FILTER
  2. LynyrdSkynyrd

    LynyrdSkynyrd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 179

    That is part of my Spring parts stock pile.

    2 or 3 Extra air and fuel filters for all of the machines that needs them.

    I have never it as bad as it has been this year. I have already replaced the filters once on all of the push mowers and walk behinds.

    I cant really call it dust. It is more like pollen. Whatever it is it is sticky as all get out and the air filters have been cloged with the stuff. I have taken the paper filters that I have changed and washed them with a garden hose and lay up to dry out. I can not afford to buy a new filter for all of the machines every week... :(
  3. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 752

    Hope he charged you a service call too! LOL!
  4. GrassBustersLawn

    GrassBustersLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 981

    DUH! :dizzy:

  5. precisioncut

    precisioncut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    GrassBustersLawn- Make it simple, just list that you have enough equipment.
  6. MJD75

    MJD75 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    Change your oil too, it might be like tar by now... if there is any?
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699


    I recommend the purchase of a hourmeter. You can get them from many of the online supply houses like www.j-thomas.com, www.landscapersupply.com, local places like Sears or many mower dealers. Install the hourmeter, change the oil every 25 hours, change the oil filter every 50 hours and check the air filter every 25 hours and replace as needed or when the foam wrap is worn out from cleaning it. You absolutely need to get a maintenance schedule and routine in place.
  8. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,433

    Every night when you get home tap the air filter out , sharpen the blades , clean off the underside of the deck. Change the oil every few weeks, new spark plug and fuel filter every 6 months.

    These things only take a few mins but will make the mower run forever
  9. venecular

    venecular LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 122

    I just got a new Turf Tracer HP and after two cuts I had the same problem. If you cut a yard that is very dusty this happens more often.
  10. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Maintenance is the key to not only your business, but also your equipment.

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