When should you replace trimmers edgers etc fuel line?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by weapons of grass destruction, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. weapons of grass destruction

    weapons of grass destruction LawnSite Member
    Messages: 228

    When should replace the fuel line on your blowers trimmers etc.
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,185

    On Echo they get loose in the tank groment and don't seal up well so need to replace. I would say about every other year.
  3. weapons of grass destruction

    weapons of grass destruction LawnSite Member
    Messages: 228

    Thanks edtohess
  4. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,012

    when they break or for preventive maintance when they become brittle. if your worried about it keep a couple of feet of line on your truck
  5. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,511

    The ones on my Echo sticks are over 4 years old. I suppose it would be a good idea to just keep a foot of fuel line in the tool box on the trailer just in case.
  6. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,285

    i do PM on mine every winter, and very rarely have an issue during the season, i use my backups if i need to while they are down. Here's what i do.

    spark plug
    fuel filter
    fuel line
    fuel tank breather/if equipped
    air filter/clean if oil bath
    replace grease in gearbox
    apply coat of grease to shaft
    lube throttle cable
    degrease engine.

    takes $15 and 30 minutes per machine, not bad of a trade off for no downtime during the season. i got a few units that are in thier 9th season
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    That's what I used to do, too, and like you say it sure saves headaches throughout the year,
    another way to do it is take an entire day, per machine, and give it a good going over, every piece,
    every nut, every spring and just everything, go over the entire machine and clean and inspect and
    replace as needed.

    However you want, nowadays I carry an assortment of parts in the truck but I'd recommend the PM route first because
    it allows business owners to become proficient with their machine before they suffer from downtime in the field.

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