Caring for your leaf blower is a small investment of time that can keep your leaf blower in tip-top shape. Here are 6 simple things you can do to lengthen the life of your leaf blower.
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1. Always use fresh fuel with the proper gas to oil ratio—check your owner’s manual for the proper ratio for you model. Using the wrong ratio could cause excessive smoking, overheating or permanent engine damage.
2. Before each use, tighten any loose screws and fasteners. A loose screw could cause excessive vibration, causing premature wear of the leaf blower.
3. Inspect the blower before each use for any worn or broken parts, and replace with manufacturer-approved parts if needed. Operating the leaf blower with broken parts could cause the blower to fail and is dangerous.
4. Clean the air filter after each 5 hours of use by rinsing it with water. Let it dry completely before reusing. Replace it if it’s damaged. Operating the leaf blower with a dirty air filter restricts the air flow, which could cause poor acceleration or excessive smoking.
5. Replace the spark plug once a year. An old spark plug can prevents the leaf blower from starting.
6. Replace the fuel filter once a year. A clogged fuel filter restricts the flow of fuel to the carburetor, which can keep the leaf blower from starting.
If the leaf blower engine won't start even though there's fuel in the tank, the carburetor could be the problem. Follow these instructions to rebuild it in less than 30 minutes.
The fuel lines on a leaf blower deteriorate with time and eventually can split or crack. You can remove and replace them yourself, following these instructions.
Follow these easy steps to prepare you leaf blower for long-term storage.
Follow this advice for caring for your leaf blower.