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Exmark Mowers: Measuring Mower Productivity

Measuring Mower Productivity

The productivity of your Exmark mower matters. As a landscape professional, you know how important speed and efficiency is when it comes to getting yard work done quickly. You also know speed isn’t the only important factor when selecting a new mower. Comfort, durability, cut quality, and ergonomics, among others, are important as well.

Business owners know time is money. By choosing the right mower(s) you can save both time and money. It’s important to remember that the investment you make in a new mower doesn’t impact your bottom line as much as other operational costs.

Exmark’s legendary durability, high performance and low maintenance will save you time and money. Additionally, reduced downtime, overall operating costs and resale value make choosing an Exmark a wise business decision. Your Exmark will allow you to concentrate on customer service and sales instead of mower repair bills so you can continue to build your business and keep valuable customers.

Exmark mowers are durable, efficient and reliable, and can increase your profits by:

  • Reduced downtime losses
  • Lowered repair costs
  • Higher resale value
  • Ease of maintenance
  • Increased employee productivity

Downtime, maintenance and labor account for 75% of production costs for landscape professionals.

Exmark Mowers: Measuring Mower Productivity

 

There are a lot of variables that can impact the productivity of your Exmark, but it’s easy to determine the potential of your mower if you know the cutting/application width and the speed that it’s designed to run.

Exmark.com offers productivity charts for mowers that help determine a mower’s potential, or the gains you can expect from a new mower.

Exmark Mowers: Measuring Mower Productivity

 

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Exmark publishes productivity numbers at two efficiency levels: 100% and 80%. This is because most landscape professionals operate at closer to 80% efficiency. You can’t mow at full speed all the time and the 80% figure more accurately reflects the everyday reality.

Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

Weingartz
39050 Grand River Ave.
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
(248) 471-3050
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Exmark Hydro Drive Life Extension Program and Hydraulic Oil Change Intervals

Exmark Hydro Drive Life Extension Program

We know lawn maintenance begins with a well-maintained lawn mower, which means you need to have a variety of tasks performed to keep your Exmark machine in the best condition possible. A major task is maintaining your machine’s hydro system. With proper preventative maintenance, the hydro system can deliver long term durability for the extent of the warranty coverage and beyond.

Exmark is expanding their Hydro Life Extension program which increases the hydro coverage guideline on your eligible units by having your dealer perform basic hydro maintenance and service requirements. You can ensure a long and trouble-free ownership experience with your hydro system.

Who Is Eligible for the Hydro Drive Life Extension Program?

All commercial or residential owners of Lazer E, S and X machines equipped with a hydraulic drive system with less than 300 hours at the time of the first service and owners of Exmark’s new Radius E, S and X series units with less than 100 hours at the time of the first service.

Visit Weingartz and we will perform the hydraulic services at the appropriate intervals for your Exmark machine (see below).

Lazer Z E-, S- and X-Series

  • Change the oil and filters on your hydro system five times during the extended hour coverage guideline.
  • These changes should occur at 250, 750, 1250, 1750, and 2250 hours plus or minus a 50 hour window.
  • Consider additional loads put on your unit with accessories like an UltraVac or if the unit is operated in hilly terrain. If these conditions are present, 50 hours should be deducted from the change interval for each of these situations that may exist.

Radius E- and S-Series

  • Change the oil and filters on your hydro system two times during the extended hour coverage guideline.
  • These changes should occur at 75 hours plus or minus 25 hours and 600 hours plus or minus 50 hours.
  • Consider additional loads put on your unit with accessories like an UltraVac or if the unit is operated in hilly terrain. If these conditions are present, 25 hours should be deducted from the first service and 50 hours be deducted from the second service interval for each of these situations that may exist.

Radius X-Series

  • Change the oil and filters on your hydro system three times during the extended hour coverage guideline.
  • These changes should occur at 75 hours plus or minus 25 hours, 600 hours plus or minus 50 hours and 1100 hours plus or minus 50 hours.
  • Consider additional loads put on your unit with accessories like an UltraVac or if the unit is operated in hilly terrain. If these conditions are present, 25 hours should be deducted from the first service and 50 hours be deducted from the second and third service interval for each of these situations that may exist.

You will be charged for a maximum of .5 hours of labor. In addition to the oil and filters, your out of pocket expense for being in the program is less than $200.00 for the labor (based on a $75.00 posted shop labor rate).

Benefits

Exmark will extend the warranty coverage guideline on the hydro drive systems for units registered after August 1, 2016 as follows:

  • Lazer E and S Series units from 1250 hours to 2500 hours.
  • Lazer X Series units from 1500 hours to 2500 hours.
  • Radius E Series units from 500 hours to 750 hours.
  • Radius S Series units from 750 hours to 1000 hours.
  • Radius X Series units from 1000 hours to 1500 hours.
  • Note: Exmark is extending the hour guideline and not your warranty coverage period.
  • Minimize the chance of a pre-mature non-warrantable failure to your hydro drive system.
  • Maximize the performance and life of your hydro drive system.
  • Greatly reduce your chances of costly downtime for non-warrantable repairs which means you increase your productivity and reduce your cost of ownership.

See Exmark’s Hydraulic Oil Change Intervals Chart below and bring your machine to us at the proper intervals to ensure a long and trouble-free experience with your hydro system.

Hydraulic Oil Change Intervals

Hydraulic Oil Change Intervals

Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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6585 Dixie Hwy.
Clarkston, MI 48346
(248) 620-5258
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How to Replace the Auger Belt on a Single Stage Snow Blower

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Winter is coming and you need to start preparing for it now. Now is the perfect time to break out your snow blower and inspect it for issues that need repair before snow hits the ground. Some issues, such as a damaged blade or auger belt, will prevent your machine from properly removing snow. A snow blower that cannot remove snow is essentially useless so use this guide to help  you replace the auger belt on your machine and avoid being buried in inches of snow when winter is here.

Safety Precautions – Before performing any repair or maintenance on your Toro single stage snow blower:

  • Shut off the snow blower engine
  • Allow the engine to become cool to the touch
  • Disconnect the spark plug lead wire from the engine to prevent accidental starting

Tools you’ll need:

  • Socket
  • Ratchet
  • Electric drill (optional)
  • Brush
  • New belt

Here’s what to do:

The auger belt is located behind the auger cover; therefore you’ll need to remove the cover. Remove the bolts that are holding the belt cover on using a socket and ratchet or an electric drill. Once the bolts are removed, take the auger cover off.

Remove the old belt and use a brush to clean out any belt shavings. Put the new belt onto the breaking mechanism. Place the belt around the auger drive pulley. Pull the idler down and go around the plastic bushing that is a part of the braking system on auger. Lastly, place the new belt around the engine belt.

Ensure that the new belt is on firmly. If the belt is too loose, it will need to be adjusted. Locate the adjustment cable.

Remove the cable from the handle and remove the cover from the bracket. Remove the cable from the current hole and move it down a couple of holes. Put the cover back over the bracket and slide the cable back into the handle.

After you properly tension the cable, replace the belt cover and bolts. Lastly, reattach the engine spark plug wire.

Just as your motor vehicle needs regular maintenance and upkeep, so does your snow blower. Occasionally your snow blower will have an issue that a pre-snow tune-up or end-of season repair won’t fix. It’s normal for your machine to have a hiccup every now and again but remember, where there’s a problem, there’s also a solution.

If you prefer not to perform any snow blower maintenance yourself, bring it to us and we’ll perform the speedy repair.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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5436 Jackson Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 239-8200
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Be Prepared for Storms – How to Choose a Generator

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In the last few years we’ve had at least one major ice storm every winter or spring that has wreaked havoc with our electrical supplies. When these storms occur, our generator business picks up significantly, but many people are forced to make quick decisions in the interest of protecting their homes and belongings. Having the right generator handy can make all the difference so before you have an urgent need to invest in a backup power system, here are some things to consider while you have time, so that you feel comfortable with your decision.

Generator Tip 1 – Determine your power requirements.

Typical priorities include the sump pump, furnace and refrigerator/freezer. Power failure of these things creates more than an inconvenience. It can cause very costly problems within your home. Other items like ventilators, well pumps, lights and televisions should also be considered – either for necessity or convenience.

It is important to realize that products with electric motors generally take about three times the amount of power to start up as they do to run, so be sure your backup source can handle the starting requirements.

Generator Tip 2 – Decide whether you want to run multiple items at once or if you will switch from one item to another.

More powerful generators can handle most of the essentials of your home without switching from circuit to circuit. A smaller generator will require some manual work on your part, but will still be able to run most items individually.

If you choose to use a larger generator for convenience, a good rule of thumb for calculating size is to add the start-up wattage for the two highest-requirement appliances and the running wattage of everything else that you want to run simultaneously. This will give you a number that you can be confident won’t trip the circuit breaker.

Generator Tip 3 – Consider which type of generator best fits your circumstances.

Portable generators are relatively low-cost and can be transported to multiple locations (you can help out your friends and family when they are in a bind – or use it on a camping trip). Wattages of these units vary from 1000 to 6500 watts. This is usually powerful enough to run almost everything in a typical home.

Home standby units are stationary units that are more expensive, but offer the convenience of running on natural gas. They are generally available in higher wattages than portable generators and can power your entire home, including central air conditioning units.

Generator Tip 4 – Noise level.

In addition to factors such as size, portability, run time, low oil warnings, etc., the most sought-after feature in a generator is unquestionably sound level. The nature of most power outages requires that your generator run all night long, so the noise level is a real consideration. After all, it’s not very satisfying to spend hard-earned money on a generator and then have it keep you (and your neighbors from two streets over) up all night. Quietness is most often near the top of the list of features to consider.

Generator Tip 5 – How to connect the generator to the items that need power?

There are only two safe ways to provide power from a generator: use high quality extension cords or install a transfer switch. The extension cord option is self explanatory; just make sure to use heavy gauge extension cords, especially if it is a long distance from the generator to the appliance. It is important to note that the only safe way to connect a generator directly to your home electrical system is through a transfer switch.

Generator Tip 6 – Do not back-feed.

People ask us about back-feeding power through their home and we strongly urge customers not to do that. It is dangerous to power line workers, can damage the generator and can cause fires. It’s just not worth the risk, regardless of the precautions that you take, to back-feed power from a generator.

A transfer switch isolates the generator’s power from these hazards and creates a convenient way to switch from line power to generator power. While someone with basic electrical skills can figure out how to install a transfer switch, a licensed electrician is highly recommended.

Our salespeople are experts in helping customers make educated decisions about the generator that is right for them. Stop in or give us a call and we can help you through the process.

 

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Clarkston, MI 48346
(248) 620-5258
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Fuel Tips for Your Outdoor Power Equipment

Fuel Tips for Your Outdoor Power Equipment

It goes without saying that your outdoor power equipment needs fuel to operate properly.  However, not just any old fuel will get the job done. Make sure you know the right type of fuel to use in your machine and when to replace that fuel. Continue reading as our experts share tips on how to reduce fuel system issues with your outdoor power equipment.

Tip #1 – Don’t use gasoline with more than 10% ethanol

Engines produced for use in outdoor power equipment are not designed for gasoline with more than 10% ethanol. Using higher ethanol fuel blends can lead to engine damage and performance issues. Read your Equipment and Engine Operator’s Manual for information on the proper fuel to use in your machine.

Tip #2 – Use ethanol-free gasoline

Gasoline without ethanol will reduce the amount of moisture the gasoline can absorb from the atmosphere. Many areas carry ethanol-free gas. Visit https://www.pure-gas.org/ to locate ethanol-free gas stations near you.

Tip #3 – Only buy the amount of fuel that will be used in 30 days

Fuel starts to go bad after 30 days so do not let it sit in your machine for longer than that. After 30 days, the volatile compounds in the fuel start evaporating, and this occurs whether the gas is in your outdoor power equipment or in the gas can.

As fuel sits and grows older, it evaporates and forms brown sticky deposits that eventually turn into a hard varnish. Deposits and varnish can plug fuel lines and passages in the carburetor, preventing the engine from running properly.

Tip #4 – Use fuel stabilizer

Many of us use fuel stabilizers in our machines when we store them for the off-season to have an easier time starting them when the time comes. This is a good practice. When fuel stabilizers are added to fuel they separate and create a thin film on top of the fuel to keep out air and moisture. They also reduce the rate at which the fuel’s volatile compounds evaporate.

Try adding fuel stabilizer to your fuel the day the it is purchased. This way, the fuel will stay fresh longer.

When purchasing fuel stabilizer, make sure to purchase the right one for your needs. There are specific stabilizers for gas that does and does not contain ethanol.

Tip #5 – Purchase mid-grade gasoline with an octane rating of 87 or higher

Standard 87 octane gasoline is perfect for small engines like the ones found on lawn mowers. However, mid-grade or premium gas with an octane rating of 89 or higher can be used for engines that require the higher octane.

Again, read your owner’s manual for information on the proper fuel to use in your outdoor power equipment.

Using the correct fuel in your outdoor power equipment is very important. If you do not use the proper fuel, your machine will suffer. If you have questions or concerns about the fuel you’re using, feel free to contact us.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

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46061 Van Dyke Ave.
Utica, MI 48317
(586) 731-7240
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Lawn Mower Maintenance Checklist

Lawn Mower Maintenance Checklist

A well-maintained lawn mower can provide years of reliable operation. To maximize the life of your mower, follow these checklist items.

Before performing any maintenance on your lawn mower, refer to your operator’s manual as it lists the required maintenance, safety information, and instructions for your machine. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your lawn mower model our instructions may vary slightly.

Before inspecting or repairing your mower, make sure you shut off the engine and allow it to cool. Disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting and tuck it out of the way so the wire doesn’t make contact with the spark plug.

Checklist tip #1 – Check nuts, screws and bolts

Tighten all nuts, screws and engine mounting bolts frequently. Over time, they become loose due to the motion of your lawn mower.

Checklist tip #2 – Check for leaks

Inspect the fuel line, tank, cap and fittings frequently.  Look for cracks or leaks, and replace if necessary.

Checklist tip #3 – Make sure mower blades are sharp

A sharp lawn mower blade is crucial to keeping your lawn well-groomed. To achieve a quality cut and healthy lawn, it is important to check your mower blades to ensure they are sharp and able to cut. When working with mower blades, use caution. Wrap them or wear gloves when touching or removing them.

Checklist tip #4 – Inspect blades for damage

You should periodically inspect your lawn mower blade for damage. Look for large chips or dents in the cutting edge that cannot be smoothed out. Inconsistencies in the blade can tear grass instead of delivering a clean cut.

Pay attention to the thickness of your lawn mower blade. Over time, sand, dirt, and other debris can erode the blade, causing the metal to weaken and become thin. If you notice this, replace the blade to avoid breakage during mowing.

Checklist tip #5 – Inspect mower if you suspect trouble

If you strike a foreign object while mowing, stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug to prevent accidental starting. Inspect your lawn mower for any damage caused by the object and make repairs before starting and operating your mower again.

Checklist tip #6 – Frequently check other components

Don’t neglect other mower components like discharge covers, grass catchers and trail shields because these are likely to wear and endure damage that could expose moving parts or allow objects to be thrown. For safe operation, replace damaged components immediately.

By following a lawn mower maintenance checklist, you can ensure your mower operates properly and efficiently for many years. For help with any maintenance, feel free to contact us and our expert technicians will performance the maintenance for you.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

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46061 Van Dyke Ave.
Utica, MI 48317
(586) 731-7240
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How to Clean a Walk Behind Lawn Mower Deck

How to Clean a Walk Behind Lawn Mower Deck

Cleaning the underside of your walk behind lawn mower is a maintenance step that some of us may neglect. However, keeping the underside of your mower clean plays a role in the performance of the machine. Grass clippings and other debris cling to the underside of the lawn mower each time you mow. Cleaning the clippings maintains optimum airflow under the lawn mower deck and prevents corrosion over time. Remember to clean your lawn mower deck soon after you’re done mowing. If you wait and the grass clippings dry, they will be difficult to remove. Here’s how to clean a walk behind lawn mower deck.

Before performing any maintenance on your lawn mower, refer to your owner’s manual for maintenance instructions and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your lawn mower model our instructions may vary slightly.

Some walk behind lawn mowers are designed with washout ports. The deck washout port is a convenient feature that makes cleaning the bottom of the lawn mower deck easy. If your lawn mower has a washout port, park the machine on a flat, paved surface and lower the cutting height to the cutting setting. Remove the bag and attach a garden hose to the washout port.

Turn the hose on, start the lawn mower engine and stand behind the machine while you engage the mower blades. Run the mower until no more clippings come out from under the deck. When the lawn mower deck is completely clean, stop the lawn mower engine, shut off the garden hose, and disconnect it from the washout port.

Start the engine again, and stand behind the mower while engaging the mower blades.  Engage the blades for a few minutes to dry off the underside of the mower.

If your walk behind lawn mower is not equipped with a washout port, you can still clean the mower deck. Park the machine on a flat surface, shut off the engine, and lower the cutting height. Use your garden hose and aim it in front of the right rear wheel, right in the pavement.

After a few seconds, stop the hose and engage the mower blades. Run the machine until no more clippings disperse from underneath the mower. Once you’re completely done with the garden hose, run the mower again for a few minutes to dry the underside of the lawn mower deck.

If your walk behind lawn mower is not equipped with a washout port, you can also clean the deck by scraping the underside. To scrape the underside of your mower, use a scraper or putty knife.

Make sure the engine is off and all moving parts have stopped before you begin scraping the lawn mower deck. When you tip the mower on its side to access the underside of the deck, make sure the air filter side is up. This will prevent oil from flowing into the air filter and carburetor, which will prevent your mower from running.

Note: never use a pressure washer to clean your lawn mower deck. The pressure washer can force water into important areas of the mower that should not get wet.

Make cleaning your lawn mower deck part of your mower maintenance routine. Keeping a clean mower deck ensure maximum airflow and high performance.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

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Utica, MI 48317
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Maintenance Tips for Chipper Shredders

Maintenance Tips for Chipper Shredders

Regular maintenance ensures optimal performance, and extends the life span of your equipment. A well-maintained chipper shredder will run smoothly for a long period of time.  Follow our experts’ maintenance tips and keep your equipment running like new.

Always refer to your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance.  Before performing any maintenance on your chipper shredders, abide by these safety instructions: stop the engine and make certain the impeller and other moving parts have stopped, and disconnect the spark plug wire and tuck it out of the way to prevent accidental starting.

Clean before each use

Before using your chipper shredder, clear away any dust or debris on the machine, and clean the control linkage to prevent malfunctions with the switch. Before using your machine, you should also fill the oil and fuel tanks.

Check bolts and screws

Frequently check the bolts and screws on your chipper shredder to ensure proper tightness. Replace these if necessary to keep your machine in safe working condition.

Lubricate chipper shredder parts

After several hours of use, apply lubricant to all moving parts including the control levers, discharge chute swivel pivot joints, chute release rod, and hopper assembly.

Muffler and motor care

Use a brush or dry rag to clean around the muffler on your chipper shredder, as well as the chute on the machine. Each time you use your chipper shredder, make sure the machine is empty before starting the motor.

Clean the flail screen

The flail screen on your chipper shredder can become clogged over time. If clogged, remove and clean the flail screen. So not use forceful spray when cleaning; you run the risk of contaminating the fuel system.

Again, your owner’s manual will provide a recommended maintenance schedule. When it is time, make sure you change the oil, air filter, spark plug, and blades on your machine. Perform this maintenance at least once a year to keep your chipper shredder running smoothly.

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Spark Plug Maintenance

Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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Leaf Blower Troubleshooting Tips

Leaf Blower Troubleshooting Tips

Leaf cleanup can be a painful task if you don’t have the proper equipment or if your equipment simply won’t work properly. If you want your leaf blower to work effectively each time you start it, there are certain maintenance steps to take to ensure your machine is in great condition. Maximize the life of your leaf blower with these troubleshooting tips.

Check the carburetor

A common problem that affects the starting and performance of your leaf blower is a clogged carburetor, which is commonly a result of leaving fuel in the machine for a long period of time. Over time, ingredients in the fuel evaporate and leave a thick, sticky substance. That sticky substance can clog up the carburetor, preventing the engine from starting.

If the carburetor is clogged, clean it with carburetor cleaner. If this is not effective, rebuild or replace the entire carburetor.

Inspect the spark plug

Another common problem that affects the performance of your leaf blower is a defective spark plug. If your machine won’t start, inspect the spark plug for damage. To check if the spark plug is defective, use a spark plug tester. When testing the plug, you should see a strong spark between the tester’s terminals when the engine is cranking. If there is no spark, the spark plug is defective and you need to replace it.

Also inspect the spark plug for any signs of wear. If you notice heavy carbon buildup at the electrode, a burned away or damaged electrode, or a cracked insulator, it’s time to replace the spark plug.

Replace filters

If the air filter and fuel filter are not well-maintained, your leaf blower will not work properly. If your machine won’t start, the air filter may be clogged. With a clogged air filter, the engine will get too much fuel and not enough air. If the air filter is clogged, replace it.

The fuel filter may also be clogged if the engine won’t start. Similar to the carburetor, a clogged fuel filter is usually the result of leaving fuel in your machine for a long period of time. Again, a thick, sticky substance forms, clogging the fuel filter. If old fuel was left in your leaf blower, drain the fuel and replace the fuel filter.

Check the recoil starter and ignition coil

The recoil starter assembly engages the crankshaft to turn over the engine so if the recoil starter assembly is defective, your leaf blower will not start. Remove the starter assembly to inspect it and determine if it’s working properly. Pull the starter rope. Tabs extending from the pulley and cam should grab the hub on the engine and cause the engine to turn. Release the rope. The tabs should retract and the rope should rewind back on the pulley. If the recoil starter assembly is not working properly, you need to replace it.

The ignition coil on your leaf blower sends voltage to the spark plug while the engine is running. If the ignition coil is defective, the engine won’t start. Test the ignition coil with an ignition coil tester. If the ignition coil is defective, replace it.

Staying on top of routine maintenance will increase the performance and life span of your leaf blower. If you have additional questions about issues with your machine, contact us for more information.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

Weingartz
11875 Northland Dr. 
Cedar Springs, MI 49319
(616) 696-2913
info@weingartz.com

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Chainsaw Chain Brake Inspection

Chainsaw Chain Brake Inspection

Chainsaws come equipped with a chain brake which, when engaged, is a safety mechanism that prevents movement of the saw’s chain. You should always check your chain brake to make sure it’s functioning correctly and that it properly engages and disengages.

Your chain brake is subject to wear each time it’s engaged, and the amount of wear depends on the usage, the conditions in which the machine is use, etc. Excessive wear reduces the efficiency of the chain brake, eventually making it inoperable. Let our experts explain how to inspect a chainsaw chain brake and the importance of this procedure.

The chainsaw chain brake has two purposes. It reduces the risk of injury under kickback conditions. Kickback can occur when the moving chain at the nose or tip of the guide bar hits an object, or when the wood closes in and pinches the chain in the cut. Tip or bar nose contact can cause a lightning-fast reverse reaction, kicking the guide bar up and back toward the operator. Additionally, the chain brake is used to secure the chain when changing positions, moving between cuts, and starting a cold saw.

Before operating your chainsaw, read your owner’s manual. It covers important information that is specific to your chainsaw model. In addition to your own inspection, you should have your local dealer inspect your chain brake according to the scheduled maintenance in your owner’s manual.

When the front handguard is in the forward position, the chain brake is engaged. When the front handguard is in the rearward position, the chain brake is disengaged.

To inspect a chainsaw chain brake, with the engine running idle, release the chain brake. Accelerate the engine to full throttle for no more than 3 seconds to avoid premature wear to the braking system or harm to the engine. Engage the chain brake by moving your left wrist forward while gripping the handle. This should immediately cause the chain to stop rotating.

If the chain brake does not function properly, take your chainsaw to your local dealer for the necessary repairs before operating the machine again.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

Weingartz
5436 Jackson Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 239-8200
info@weingartz.com

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