Spark Arrestor

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnman72, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. lawnman72

    lawnman72 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I have a leaf blower that won't run as good as it used to and I think it might be the spark arrestor screen. I know how to take it out, but how do you clean it?
  2. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    Take it off & leave it off
  3. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    Is a spark arrestor just a screen?
  4. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    Yes, and the best way to clean it is to place it in the garbage.
  5. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    Yes it is a screen to help prevent sparks from starting grass or forrest fires in High risk area's. I live in TN so their is minimal risk for starting fire's.
  6. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,285

    LOL. made a call at work a few weeks ago and had to put out a lawn that was on fire because of this. totally scorched a lawn in a very upscale neighborhood, it unique now, the only black one in the development. the guy "didn't have a clue" as to what started it, but i checked and there was no screen. :usflag:
  7. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    I usually pull them as soon as I buy any hand-held equipment. If you must have one, it would probably be easier to just buy a new one than clean it.
  8. grassyguy

    grassyguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    THey are very easy to clean. Just get a benzomatic gas can and burn it out. The carbon build up burns off and then you just blow it out. You can also take off the muffler, hold it with a pair of pliers, and burn it till it glows. THis loosens up a lot of carbon build up on the inside and then you can blow it out with compressed air. Runs like new.

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