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How To Wind Your Stihl Trimmer Head

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Stihl trimmers are almost as essential as a mower when it comes to maintaining a well-groomed lawn. Trimmers tame straggling grass around your yard and aid in hard-to-reach areas. When using any outdoor power equipment one thing is certain – you will need to perform maintenance and repairs over time. Your trimmer is no exception so read on to learn how to wind your Stihl trimmer head and keep it performing like new.

Before you begin any maintenance or repair work on your Stihl trimmer head, make sure it is completely powered off, cooled down, and cleaned of dirt and debris.

Here are Stihl’s most popular trimmer heads and how to wind them.

TrimCut or AutoCut Trimmer Head

On the TrimCut, unscrew the star nut on the trimmer head. Once the nut is loose, remove it and the spool from the spool housing.

On the AutoCut, open the trimmer head by pressing the recesses and removing the cover. Remove the spool from the spool housing.

Don’t lose the spring that is in the center of the spool. Once the spool has been removed on the TrimCut or AutoCut trimmer head, feel free to remove any dirt or debris that accumulated in the trimmer head. After this, you can reload your trimmer head.

To reload the trimmer head, determine the correct diameter of trimmer line you will need and the length of line you will need to wind your trimmer head. To get the length of trimmer line you need, measure it and cut the desired length.

Wind your spool. On the top of the spool, there are two or more notches that hold the line in place. On the spool you will see the spool is split and the line retaining holes. On the bottom of the spool, the correct winding direction for the line is indicated. Take one line and wind the half of the spool that is closest to the notches first.

Insert the line as far into the retaining hole as you can, then wind the line around the spool, not crossing over into the other half. When you have about 5 inches of unwound line, insert the line into a notch in the spool. Insert the second length of line into the opposite side of the spool in the unwound half and in the retaining hole that is 180 degrees opposite the first line you wound.

Repeat the winding process and insert the second trimmer line into the opposite notch. Place the spool into the spool housing with the notches located just to the side of the eyelets. Press down on the spool and rotate it slightly until the notches and eyelets match up.

On the TrimCut trimmer head, feed the trimmer line through the eyelets in the spool housing, and lower the spool into the housing. Pull on both ends of the line to release the lines from the notches and reinstall the star nut.

On the AutoCut trimmer head, pull the trimmer line out of the notches and feed them through the eyelets. Place the cover on the trimmer head making sure the tabs line up with the tab release holes and press down until you hear it snap into place on both sides. Pull on the line to make sure all the slack has been taken up.

AutoCut EasySpool Trimmer Head

You don’t have to open up the trimmer head on the EasySpool to wind it. If you want to clean the inside of the trimmer head, loosen the cap and lift the spool out of the spool housing. To reload this trimmer head, make sure the arrows in the spool housing and the spool are aligned. Firmly insert the end of the trimmer line into the eyelet as far as you can. Repeat the same process on the opposite side of the trimmer head. Pay attention to the winding direction arrows on the top of the spool. Turn the spool in the proper direction, and this will automatically wind the line onto the spool.

FixCut Trimmer Head

Take an 8-inch long piece of trimmer line and feed it through the eyelet until you see it on the inside. Insert the same length of line into the second eyelet. Pull both ends of the lines to make sure they are secure.

After you reload your Stihl trimmer head, the trimmer line should be the same length on both sides and never longer than the line limited distance located on the trimmer’s guard. If one line is longer than the other, or if the line is longer than the line limited distance, cut the line as necessary.

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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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Lawn Mower Maintenance

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It is estimated that each Spring, over two-thirds of all lawn mowers do not receive the recommended maintenance. Whether you are a commercial landscaper or a residential user, basic engine maintenance is essential. The rotary-type lawn mower, which most homeowners have, requires periodic maintenance to keep them in tip top shape. To help put engine maintenance into perspective let’s compare how hard that small engine works whether it’s for commercial or residential use.

How Hard Does that Engine Work?

“Commercial” VS “Residential”

Commerical Use Residential Use
Operation time of approximately – 6 hours per day Operation time of approximately – 1 hour per day
Engine speed – 3600 RPMs (revolutions per minute) Engine speed – 3600 RPMs (revolutions per minute)
Number of days per week – 5 Number of days per week – 2
Number of weeks per year – 36 Number of weeks per year – 36

 

Now let’s compare a small engine running at 3600 RPMs to a car’s engine running at 3600 RPMs.  Traveling down the highway, with the car’s engine running at 3600 RPMs, it would be traveling approximately 90 miles per hour.

Commerical Use Residential Use
6 hours x 90 mph = 540 miles per day540 miles per day x 5 days = 2700 Miles per week2700 miles per week x 36 weeks = 97,200 miles per year
97,200 miles per year
1 hour x 90 mph = 90 miles per day90 miles per day x 2 days = 180 miles per week180 miles per week x 36 weeks = 6480 miles per year
6,480 miles per year

 

Now that example should remind us how hard a small air cooled engine works. Some may think that maintenance is expensive and unnecessary. The commercial cutter has learned that maintaining their equipment properly saves time and money by reducing costly repairs, preserving equipment value and minimizing unproductive downtime. Once the value and necessity for maintenance is understood and appreciated, an action plan needs to be created to make it happen.

The first step is to find the information pertinent to your particular equipment. Owner’s manuals and maintenance schedules inside them are often overlooked and seldom read carefully; they are a great resource and the best place to start. Manufacturers are generally very detailed and comprehensive about the maintenance that is best for their equipment and most often a thorough reading of these documents is all that you’ll need to create a maintenance schedule for your equipment. If you would like more information, the Service Manager at your equipment supplier is another good place to look.

To get started we will need an action plan. We will share with you the action plan that we use when performing lawn mower maintenance in the early spring.

Action plan:

Five things you should do before you start cutting grass:

  • Change the spark plug.
  • Change the air filter.
  • Change the engine oil.
  • Sharpen the blade.
  • Add fresh gasoline.

Note. The first thing we recommend to do is remove the spark plug coil wire to ensure your mower won’t accidentally start while performing the maintenance. The last thing you should do when you have completed your maintenance is reinstall the spark plug coil wire.

 

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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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Cedar Springs, MI 49319
(616) 696-2913
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5 Common Lawn Care Problems and Solutions

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Every year our lawns suffer the stress of all sorts of wandering feet, hot and cold temps (all in the same day, sometimes) and a number of different types of diseases. A beautiful lawn really does have a hard life. Continue reading our post to learn about some of the most common lawn care problems and what you can do to help restore your lawn back to beautiful again.

Lawn Care Problem #1 – Grass Discoloration

Yellow spots, pale grass, and other discoloration are eyesores and usually caused by an iron and nitrogen deficiency. To remove this discoloration, you may need to apply fertilizer to the spots.

Other unwanted spots, and mildew, may also show up as a result of winter’s harsh weather. To prevent them, fertilize your lawn in August and September to improve resistance. Also increase the cutting height of your grass and your lawn will be better prepared to withstand winter weather.

Lawn Care Problem #2 – Diseases

Fungal diseases are another problem that affects the appearance of your lawn. There is a variety of fungi that can poison your lawn and these conditions help aid the growth of that fungi: over fertilization, incorrect pH, thick lawn thatch, and a thick layer of leaves in the winter.

The best protection against fungal diseases is a well-kept and healthy lawn. When fungi occur, it’s ideal to seek out help from a lawn care specialist.

Lawn Care Problem #3 – Weeds

Brief rain showers and persistent warm weather play a large role in the amount of grass you see growing. Sometimes, that growing grass is accompanied by weeds. Weeds usually indicate that your lawn is suffering from low nutrient levels.

Digging weeds out of your lawn is the best solution to this problem. Fertilizer and frequent mowing at a high cutting height are also ideal. Using good quality seeds is another way to prevent the growth of weeds.

Lawn Care Problem #4 – Moss

Moss grows in areas where your lawn has retreated, and will not replace your healthy grass. Moss often grows in damp or shaded areas, such as under trees.

Cutting grass too short allows moss to thrive, so raise the cutting height when mowing and use fertilizer to combat this problem. Since moss grows in damp and shady areas, you need to improve these areas which generally mean sowing with a grass seed mixture and fertilization.

Lawn Care Problem #5 – Pet Damage

If you’re a pet owner, you most likely know that there is a fine line between letting your pet roam freely and keeping a tidy lawn. While animals make great companions, they’re not always a “yard’s best friend.”

Pet’s waste and play areas can lead to brown spots, bare patches, and holes in your lawn. To rectify these problems, pick up pet droppings as soon as possible and douse urine spots with water to dilute nitrogen levels. Try keeping animals on a patio, gravel-covered area, or other hard surface where constant running will have less impact, and discourage digging.

While all of these issues are common among lawns, every lawn is different. Some lawns may experience all of these problems while others experience none. Spend time getting to know your lawn and evaluate its behavior. As a result you will have an easier time identifying when an issue occurs. Above all, do your best to maintain a well-kept and healthy lawn. If you have any other lawn care problems or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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

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Utica,MI 48317
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Toro Walk Behind Lawn Mower Front Wheel Replacement

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It is normal for your walk behind lawn mower to have an issue or two that needs fixing over time. Fixing smaller issues, like replacing the wheel on your mower, plays a significant role in your ability to achieve a well-manicured and healthy lawn. A little maintenance goes a long way so spend a little time on your mower’s maintenance this spring with this how-to guide. Here’s how to replace a Toro walk behind lawn mower front wheel.

Before performing any repair or maintenance on your mower, please follow these safety precautions: shut off the lawn mower engine and allow it to cool, disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting.

To carry out this task, you’ll need these tools: Toro Part Wheel Assembly 115-2894, ratchet, 13 millimeter socket, and a 2 x 4 piece of wood.

To replace the front wheel of your Toro walk behind lawn mower, place the 2×4 piece of wood under the mower to prop up the machine. Use the ratchet with the 13 mm socket to loosen the bolt on the wheel. When removing the wheel cover backer, there is a small washer that you will need when reinstalling the wheel; it fits right back into the cover. If you misplace that washer, the washer part number is 614426; you can purchase another one from our store or online here.

Once the wheel is removed, inspect it for any type of dirt or debris, and make sure there are no cracks or other damage. Check the wheel teeth for any uneven wear or broken teeth. If there is damage or broken teeth, purchase a new Toro Parts Wheel Assembly 115-2894.

The mower contains a drive gear, which is attached to the transmission to drive the wheel. The drive gear also has teeth, and if these are broken just purchase a new one as well, part number 110-9417.

Inspect the bolt that was removed. Clean the bolt of any debris before reinstalling. Install the bolt through the wheel by hand. Reinstall the small washer and backing plate. When you put the backing plate on, there is a hole for the drive gear. Reinsert the drive gear, and put the wheel back on.

When reinstalling the bolt, do so by hand. If you use any tools you run the risk of stripping out the bolt or the adapter that it’s bolted to. Simply put the wheel on finger tight, and use the ratchet to make it tight and finish the job. Lastly, give the wheel a quarter turn to make sure it’s tight. Check the wheel to make sure it rolls freely and that you don’t have anything lose or binding. Remove the 2 x 4 piece of wood and you’re done.

While replacing the front wheel of your Toro walk behind lawn mower using Toro Parts Wheel Assembly 115-2894 is a seemingly simple task, if you are uncomfortable repairing the mower 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.

Our inventory of Toro lawn mower parts is one of the widest in the industry, which allows us to offer quick response times and provide real images of many Toro parts to help you confidently make your selections. You can easily find replacement parts for your all your Toro equipment on our website or in our stores.

We ship all in-stock Toro lawn mower parts ordered by 4:00 p.m. EST the same day! Search Weingartz for diagrams, our Toro lawn mower parts catalog, and quick reference guides. We hope that you find our site useful and our customer service friendly and responsive to your Toro lawn mower parts needs. If there is anything we can do to enhance your experience or provide additional Toro parts support, please contact us and let us know. We appreciate any feedback and use it to continuously improve our business practices and the quality of our customer service.

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

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How to Lubricate the Cables on a Toro 20332 Lawn Mower – Using Seafoam Deep Creep DC14

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The grass is growing and it’s not going to cut itself, so your lawn mower needs to be prepped and ready to mow. It is normal for your walk behind lawn mower to have an issue or two that needs fixing over time. While it’s important to fix issues when they arise, it’s also important to performance maintenance on your mower when no issue is present. A little maintenance, such as lubricating the cables on your Toro walk behind lawn mower, goes a long way. Here’s how to lubricate the cables on a Toro 20332 lawn mower, using Seafoam Deep Creep DC14.

Before performing any repair or maintenance on your mower, please follow these safety precautions: shut off the lawn mower engine and allow it to cool, disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting.

To carry out this task, you’ll need a can of penetrating lube – Seafoam deep creep.

To lubricate the cables on a Toro 20332 lawn mower using Seafoam Deep Creep DC14, turn the mower until the back of the machine is facing you. There are two places on the cable where you need to apply the Seafoam penetrating lube. One is on the bottom of the cable, in the entrance, and the other area is right on top.

When using the Seafoam, make sure you have the red straw attached to your can. Insert the straw in the top of the cable – where the cable goes into the outside lining. Apply the lube in the outside lining of the bottom cable and work the cable back and forth. This allows the lube to move down the cable and prevent moisture or anything that is in the cable from staying there.

Apply the Seafoam to the outside lining of the upper cable as well, and work the cable back and forth again, allowing the lube proper penetration down the cable shaft.

Again, regular maintenance is beneficial and results in a long-lasting walk behind lawn mower. If you’re not a do-it-yourself-er, feel free to bring your lawn mower to us and we’ll perform the necessary maintenance.

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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 outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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How to Install a Briggs & Stratton Maintenance Kit – Using Briggs & Stratton Part # 5140B

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Just as a motor vehicle must undergo regular maintenance and upkeep, so must your Toro walk behind lawn mower. A little maintenance goes a long way, but regular maintenance extends the life of your lawn mower. Regular maintenance is key to keeping your machine running quietly and efficiently. A Briggs and Stratton do-it-yourself maintenance kit is a handy, inexpensive kit to make the job extra convenient. Here’s how to install a Briggs and Stratton maintenance kit using Briggs & Stratton Part #5140B.

Before performing any repair or maintenance on a walk behind lawn mower, follow these safety precautions: shut off the lawn mower engine, allow the engine to become cool to the touch, and disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting.

Change the spark plug

To carry out this task, you’ll need these tools: 13/16 spark plug socket, spark plug gapper, and Briggs and Stratton maintenance kit. This maintenance kit includes an air filter, spark plug, oil, and Briggs & Stratton stabilizer, which is specially made for ethanol protectant. This is especially important for today’s fuel with the ethanol they have does a number on the carburetors that they use in today’s machines. We recommend using the Briggs & Stratton ethanol protectant stabilizer. You can purchase along with the maintenance kit at any Weingartz location.

To install a Briggs & Stratton maintenance kit using Briggs & Stratton Part #5140B, disconnect the ignition wire, remove the spark plug and discard it. Check the spark plug gap before installing the new spark plug from the Briggs and Stratton maintenance kit. Briggs & Stratton recommends between .28 and .30 for a gap in this measurement.

When installing the new spark plug, thread it in by hand instead of with the ratchet. If you try to install it with the ratchet you will cross thread the head. Install the spark plug finger tight and tighten it down with the ratchet. Once it’s snug, give it a quarter turn to fully tighten down the spark plug. Reinstall the ignition wire and you’re done changing the spark plug on your lawn mower.

Replace the air filter

To replace the air filter on your Toro walk behind lawn mower you will only need a flathead screwdriver. Use the screwdriver to take the fastener off the front of the air filter cover. Pull the cover down and out of the way, and remove the old air filter. Inside the cover, there’s a foam pre cleaner that you should take out and clean with soap and water. If you need to clean the air filter do not use compressed air because you will rip the paper filter. If you need to clean the air filter out, simply tap it out and remove any bigger dirt or debris.

Once you’ve clean your pre filter with soap and water replace it along with the new air filter provided in the Briggs and Stratton maintenance kit. When installing the pre filter, there are two sides – there’s foam on one side and a grate on the other side. Put the grated side towards the outside of the air filter cover, away from the engine. Install that first. Make sure you clean the outside of the air filter cover and also anything on the inside of the filter to prevent it from getting sucked in the engine when you start your mower.

Insert the new air filter. When you do so, there’s a sealed side and an air filter side. The sealed side should face the engine and the plated air filter side should face away from the engine because that’s what’s going to catch all your dirt. Install the air filter, move the cover up and tighten it down with the flathead screwdriver. Once snug, you’ve successfully replaced the air filter on your lawn mower.

Change the oil

To change the oil on this Toro walk behind lawn mower, you don’t need any tools. It’s best to run the machine for 10 or 15 minutes to let the oil get warm. Once the oil is warm, shut your mower down and disconnect the spark plug wire.

Tip the mower on its side, but make sure the air filter side is up, which will put the dipstick side down. Remove the dipstick and tip the machine over a drain pan to catch all the old oil. Once the oil has drained into the oil pan, flip the mower back on its wheels and properly dispose of the used oil. To dispose of the oil, you can take it to a local auto parts store or Weingartz. We accept used oil for a small environmental charge.

Use the SAE 30 oil supplied in the tune-up kit from Briggs and Stratton. The kit comes with an 18 ounce bottle of oil that will properly fill your mower. Once the bottle is empty, clean the dipstick to make sure there’s no dirt or debris on it when you insert it in the mower’s engine. Lightly seat the dipstick, pull it back out and check the oil. The oil should be at the very top of the second dot on the dipstick. Reconnect the spark plug wire you’re done.

Again, regular maintenance is vital to longevity of your lawn mower. While installing a Brigss & Stratton maintenance kit is a seemingly simple task, if you are uncomfortable repairing the mower yourself, bring it to us and we’ll perform the maintenance is no time.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1965 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.

Our inventory of Toro lawn mower parts is one of the widest in the industry, which allows us to offer quick response times and provide real images of many Toro parts to help you confidently make your selections. You can easily find replacement parts for your all your Toro equipment on our website or in our stores.

We ship all in-stock Toro lawn mower parts ordered by 4:00 p.m. EST the same day! Search Weingartz for diagrams, our Toro lawn mower parts catalog, and quick reference guides. We hope that you find our site useful and our customer service friendly and responsive to your Toro lawn mower parts needs. If there is anything we can do to enhance your experience or provide additional Toro parts support, please contact us and let us know. We appreciate any feedback and use it to continuously improve our business practices and the quality of our customer service.

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

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Farmington Hills, MI 48335
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Sea Foam Motor Treatment

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Every once and awhile there is a miracle product like duct tape or WD-40 that seem to have all the solutions for our mechanical problems. “Sea Foam Motor Treatment” is one of those products. It’s the solution for many fuel and oil-related issues. The Sea Foam Sales Company’s Motor Treatment has been tried and tested by mechanics for over 70 years with excellent results.

What Does it Do?

  • Clean entire fuel system, including carburetor jet or fuel injectors
  • Clean deposits from the combustion chambers and pistons
  • Stabilize fuels for up to 2 years
  • Lubricate the upper cylinders
  • Control moisture in fuel
  • De-ice frozen fuel lines
  • Quiet noisy lifters

All fuels leave varnish deposits, which over time build up, collecting deposits from the exhaust and impairing the efficiency and effectiveness of your fuel system and combustion chamber components (pistons, valves, spark plugs). Sea Foam Motor Treatment was originally designed to remove this varnish build-up, and nothing does it better or safer than Sea Foam.

Is it Safe and What Can I Use it With?

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Sea Foam is an EPA-registered product, and will not harm engine components, seals, gaskets, catalytic converters or oxygen sensors.

It’s safe to use in all 2-cycle and 4-cycle applications like your lawn mower, lawn tractorchainsaw, line trimmer, snow blower, and diesel engines – and even extends its use to your car, truck, motorcycle, industrial and marine engines!

Sea Foam is composed solely of three specially blended petroleum oils – each having specific functions such as lubricating, cleaning or moisture control.

There are no other chemicals (not even color dyes) included in the formulation. Being of the same basic petroleum chemistry as the motor oils and gasoline you already use in your engine, Sea Foam is completely compatible with all engine components, fuels, lubricants and other additives you may have in your engine.

 How Does it Work?

Sea Foam helps liquefy gum and varnish deposits when added to fuels or oils. As a fuel system additive, Sea Foam helps clean carburetor jets, clean passageways, clean fuel injectors, clean deposits, stabilize fuel for up to 2 years, control moisture and adds lubricity to fuel. As an oil system additive, Sea Foam helps prevent and clean oil residue deposits.

For more information, please visit www.seafoamsales.com

 

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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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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 239-8200
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When Should I Use Starting Fluid?

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Starting fluid is a chemical spray product containing a blend of volatile hydrocarbons, diethyl ether, and carbon dioxide (as a propellant).

What is the Purpose of Starting Fluid?

Its name suggests its use – to assist you in starting a stubborn engine. It’s especially helpful with equipment that rarely gets used and on cold-starts for snow blowers and even lawn mowers late in the fall season. Since the engine does not need to be cranked so much, starting fluid has the added benefit of prolonging the life of your battery.

It can be used as a diagnostic tool as well. If your machine’s engine does not start, and starting fluid helps it start momentarily before quitting, you know that the engine isn’t getting its proper fuel delivery and it’s likely the carburetor may need to be cleaned and/or rebuilt.

How do I use Starting Fluid?

In 4-stroke applications, the easiest location is the intake. After removing the air cleaner, the fluid should be sprayed directly into the intake port. Another location is directly into the spark plug port of the cylinder. A short burst is all that should be necessary for either location. Depending on the equipment you’re trying to start, there are some cautionary instances that should be considered before using.

When Not to Use Starting Fluid

It’s generally not recommended for some equipment with diesel engines that use glow-plugs or have a preheating system. Using ether spray in this application can lead to engine damage due to its highly flammable properties.

Some 2-cycle engines can also be damaged by using starting fluid since most contain no lubricating properties. It would be like using ‘straight’ (unmixed) gasoline. For the purpose of cold-start in a 2-cycle snow blower, a short burst will suffice. A recommendation would be substituting starting fluid with a carburetor cleaner since most carburetor cleaner products contain lubricants, but please refer to the contents before use!

What Product Would You Recommend?

We would recommend “John Deere’s 80% Premium Ether Starting Fluid”. It’s a colorless, odorless fluid that contains just the right amount of diethyl ether, petroleum gas, and upper cylinder lubricant that can be safely used in all of our equipment. Even in 2-cycle applications like your snow blower!

Do not use starting fluid on your machine over and over again. Again, use this fluid as a diagnostic tool. It is for temporary use until you can bring your machine in for service.

Exercise extreme caution when using starting fluid. It is a highly flammable substance. Do not use it when your machine’s ignition is on or the engine is running. Store this fluid away from heat and only use in a well-ventilated area. Wear a mask or properly fitted respirator to avoid the harmful vapors.

 

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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
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5 Chainsaw Maintenance Tips

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As we move from an icy winter to a windy spring the best tool in your arsenal has to be your chainsaw. Trees can fall at any given moment with little help from outside influences. Ice and snow from the winter months build up on the branches and the high winds of spring increase their odds of breaking and making a mess of your yard. This is why it is important to have your chainsaw prepped and ready in the winter and spring months.

Chainsaw Maintenance Tip #1: Correct fuel and oil ratio

When it comes to making sure your chainsaws are ready a little regular maintenance goes a long way. Maintenance is not only simple; it takes almost no time at all to perform. The most important thing is to make sure you have the correct ratio of fuel and oil in your fuel tank. Without the proper ratio, you run the risk of doing serious damage to your saw.

Chainsaw Maintenance Tip #2: Bar oil reservoir

Next thing to look at is your bar oil reservoir, this keeps the chain well lubricated and reduces the friction between the chain and the bar. Typically you can expect to fill this oil every time you fill it with fuel. Doing this will extend the life of your chain, bar, and sprocket. It is important to remember to use the proper bar oil for the season. If it’s winter you use winter grade oil and if it’s summer you use summer grade oil.

Chainsaw Maintenance Tip #3: Proper chain tension

Proper chain tension can be determined if you can lift the chain out of the track to where you can just barely see the bottom of the tooth on the chain. It should snap back into place if the right amount of tension is applied.

Chainsaw Maintenance Tip #4: Sharp chain

The saw chain on your chainsaw may become dull over time. If your saw is dull and needs to be sharpened there are a few things to look for.

  • The saw chain will not pull itself into the wood. You will have to force it to cut by applying pressure to the engine unit.
  • When making a vertical cut the saw chain will create fine sawdust instead of coarse strands.
  • Smoke rises up even though the chain lubrication is in working condition and the chain tension is correct.
  • The chainsaw rattles and bounces while cutting, making it difficult to get precise positioning.

If you notice these signs while using your chainsaw it’s time to sharpen and possibly replace the saw chain.

Chainsaw Maintenance Tip #5: Clean air filter

The air filter on your chainsaw keeps dirt, dust, and other debris from entering your chainsaw’s carburetor, which can negatively impact the engine and hinder performance if not properly maintained. Make sure to regularly clean or replace your air filter to ensure optimal performance and to prevent more costly repairs down the road.

There is nothing more frustrating than having a piece of equipment that isn’t ready for the job ahead. If you take a few moments you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle.

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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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Lawn Tractor Battery Maintenance

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If you’re having trouble keeping your lawn tractor battery charged, it’s in your best interest to understand when you need to replace it with a new one.

This is a common problem we see here in Michigan during the cold weather season. The battery is an often neglected part of lawn tractors in terms of maintenance. If you try to start your tractor, and the electric starter is not engaging, this would likely be a battery-related issue. It’s important to know proper battery storage and how to maintain your battery. Let us outline battery care in this handy guide.

Cold Climate Conditions

Not just Michigan, but most of the United States experiences low temperatures in the winter months. Cold temps can negatively affect the properties of the battery acid if it sits unused. In fact, all batteries will perform poorly in cold weather conditions. If the temperature falls below or between 0 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit frequent enough (the freezing point) you will need to properly store the battery to maximize the battery life.

Storage Conditions

Unless you use your tractor year-round for cutting, bagging and snow blowing or plowing, you will need to take proper care in storing your battery during the winter months. Homeowners should store the battery in a dry area of the garage (ideally if attached to the home). This should be fine as long as the temperature doesn’t reach the freezing point. If the garage is exposed to the elements, it’s recommended to store in the home interior, such as the basement, which will likely never fall below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

CCA

CCA (cold cranking amperes) – the amount of current a battery can provide at 0 degrees F (-18 degrees C). The rating is defined as the current a lead-acid battery at that temperature can deliver for 30 seconds and maintain at least 1.2 volts per cell (7.2 volts for a 12-volt battery). A high rating of CCA is better in cold weather. If you’re replacing the battery with a new one, always make sure you’re using the correct rated battery that the equipment manufacturer recommends. Refer to the dealer’s parts department to look up your model if there is any question.

Sulfation

Sulfation occurs when the molecules in the electrolyte (battery acid) become so discharged they start to build up on the lead charging plates inside your battery. Once the sulfation buildup coats the plates, you will immediately see decreased performance. Eventually, the coated plates will be nearly or completely covered and the battery will quit during use or will no longer hold a charge and will not start the equipment.

When to Replace Your Battery

  • If the battery case is cracked or leaking
  • If the battery case is bulging – usually due to storing/operating at too hot a temperature
  • If the terminals are damaged in any way, or fully corroded
  • If the electrolyte level is low – internal plates exposed to air will immediately sulfate
  • If the battery was charged incorrectly – most cheap charger settings will cause this
  • If the battery no longer holds a charge – usually due to sulfation after prolonged disuse (lack of maintaining the charged state)

Maintenance

Battery cables and terminals

The battery cables and terminals should be kept clean from corrosion. To clean them, use a hard wire brush. There is a product specifically for cleaning battery terminals in a spray can, but you can get the same effect using a home-made formula of baking soda and tap water. With the battery disconnected, pour the baking soda directly onto the terminal, and scour with a damp toothbrush. Dry completely with a clean rag.

Applying dielectric grease or petroleum jelly to the terminals will help create a good barrier, and help slow down any future corrosion. It’s important that when the cables are reconnected they are tight with the terminals, as this is another common no-start issue. If the cables have excessive wear or have been fully corroded, they will need to be replaced.

Charging

The greater the battery’s charge, the lower the freezing point (and vice-versa). Batteries will self-discharge due to the cold. The best method to keep your battery in fine working order and maximize its life is to use a battery tender. After storage, you should check the charge level of your battery occasionally during the cold season. If the charge drops below 50%, charge it back up fully. The reason being, to undercharge a battery would cause sulfation in the uncharged portion.

For example, if you charged the battery to only 80%, this allows the 20% battery chemistry to not be reactivated by the incomplete charging cycle. Ensure the battery voltage is back up to a full charge before its use in the spring. Always remember to turn the ignition key to OFF position; if left turned in the ON position for an extended period of time, the battery will fully discharge.

Deltran Battery Tenders®

This is the best product to maintain the battery in the off-season and year-round. Every Deltran Battery Tender® Battery Charger regardless of its size is programmed with a microprocessor that will correctly charge a battery then automatically switch to a maintenance/float mode. We carry two of their models, which are perfect to use on your lawn tractor and generator batteries.

Battery Tender Junior (SS33-502) is 12-volt charger at 0.75 amp with a 5-year warranty.

Battery Tender Plus (HO31670-HPE-000) is 12-volt charger at 1.25 amp with a 10-year warranty. Both models come with quick connect ring charging cables and alligator clips for an alternate connection.

Disclaimer: Unfortunately we cannot ship lead-acid filled batteries as our shipping service will not transport. Nor can we ship unfilled lead-acid batteries because they cannot be returned once they have been filled.

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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
46061 Van Dyke Ave.
Utica, MI 48317
(586) 731-7240
info@weingartz.com

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