June 25, 2015 1:03 am
Don't Be Fuel-ish
Gas with too much Ethanol can harm small engines, says Brett Wright of Wright Brothers Power in Newark, Ohio. Additives can help, but "we see more carburetor repairs than anything else," he explains. "Just because gas is OK for your car doesn't make it right for smaller engines."
Air It Out
A frequent mistake people make with mowers – or any equipment powered by an engine – is failing to clean or replace air filters. "Everything with a motor has to have clean air to run," explains Jared Basch of Basch Bros. in Cullman, Ala. "If people would check, clean and replace the air filter regularly, that would alleviate a lot of problems."
Similarly, a lack of attention to fuel filter maintenance allows "trash to get in your gas," notes Judy Lord of Steve’s Service Center in Prattville, Ala., causing engine issues. "Check it at the beginning or end of the mowing season – one or the other," she adds. "But just do it. It's crucial to maintain your mower."
A common problem with chainsaw maintenance occurs after a new chain is installed. Because it naturally stretches out after the first cut, the chain must be checked and tightened often, especially after the first few uses. "If it loosens and jumps the sprocket, that can ruin it,” says Basch.
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