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spark arrestor removal

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by K9LWT, Nov 1, 2001.

  1. K9LWT

    K9LWT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    Is there a downside to removing a spark arrestor? I have a Stihl BR400 that has a spark arrestor. I was told that the machine will blow better without the spark arrestor-any truth to this?
  2. summitgroundskeeping

    summitgroundskeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    This is a touchy subject at times. We've done other threads on this, but not too sure where they are at.
  3. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    I personally pull all of my screens on my shindaiwas when I buy them. I don't bother waiting for them to clog. In my opinion they run stronger without the screens. Some people will argue the point either way, but thats what I do.
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Mine have been gone since day 1.
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Although the spark arrestor is gone from mine the answer is "Yes, there is a down side to removing the spark arrestor". Although I have never seen it happen there is a chance (especially at this time of year) that a spark could come out of your blower's red hot muffler and start some really flammable material on fire.
  6. K9LWT

    K9LWT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    OK I will continue to research the issue. Thanks.

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