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Shindaiwa 4 stroke hybrid weedeater problem

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by coob, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. coob

    coob LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    My weed eater started smoking the other day when going through some tall grass. I quickly turned it off and let it cool down. Now when it runs it doesn't have near the speed it did before and sometimes it continues to spin at a low rpm when I release the trigger, though not every time. Any ideas on what could be damaged and is it something fixable at home?
  2. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    Without more info I doubt anyone can figure it out.

    You should check the obvious things (spark plug, fuel filter, fuel lines, exhaust screen, etc.) and post your findings.
  3. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,059

    You trashed the clutch!!!
  4. grassclippers

    grassclippers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    yup,classic symptoms of a worn clutch!
  5. coob

    coob LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Dang! Any idea, ballpark, of a repair on something like that?
  6. MRCo.

    MRCo. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 227

    Clutch assembly will be in the $20+ region probably, similar for labor if you can't do it yourself.
  7. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Messages: 2,248

    If you do it yourself and you find the clutch surface worn down to the base metal, check the drum as well. MRCo's in the ball park on clutch shoes but my bet is that it'll cost you a minimum of a picture of Grant to get it out of a retail repair shop, hourly rates being what they are.
  8. MRCo.

    MRCo. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 227

    Yup, as I said, about $20 labor, more if the drum is gone. If the drum is worn don't risk it or your clutch spring will be over stressed all the time. Get a drum...maybe doubling the parts cost, but oh we'll...easy come...:waving:
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,269

    I never seem smoke coming off or out ofclutch drums. As they wear you get to steel on steel and the engines rpm goes up real high. If you don't know what is happening and get er shut down you damage the engine.

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