Here on this page we will try and help you find those ever so important model numbers, serial and type numbers. Along with tips and information to help answer some of your questions.
If you have any trouble locating any of these numbers give us a call. These numbers are very important, because there are so many models we need to insure that you get the right part the first time. If you order parts some may be back-ordered, which we have no control over. As we are not the manufactures of after-market or OEM parts. We also bear the burden of waiting to repair an item for our customers.
Here is a fact (Tip): when you cut your grass do you look at it and swear it looks white on top or discolored? Then you need your blades sharpened! Fact is that when your blades are dull you tear the grass instead of shearing it off. Look at it a day later next time you are done and the signs will tell you right away. This can also happen when the RPM's are too low, setting your engine to run at or just above idle speed, but more often the blades are to blame.
Here is a fact (Tip): when you are out with that chainsaw do you find a lot of fine wood dust or small chips building up on the saw? There are three things that can cause this; the chain needs sharpened, the rake needs corrected or it's worn out and needs replaced.
Here is a fact (Tip): when you are running that saw and you run out of bar oil STOP! Don't put that old motor oil in your saw for bar lube. It just wasn't designed to lube a chain that moves with that kind of speed. Motor oil just flings off and doesn't keep your bar lubricated and will cost you the price of a new one real fast.
Here is a fact (TIP): when using that saw on a log, you swear you are holding it saw straight but for some reason it keeps cutting to the left or right. You are probably in need of a new chain bar. Hopefully you didn't use that old motor oil. Bars do tend to wear out over time and under normal wear - if used correctly and with the right oil - they will last a long time. But if the wrong type of oil is used it will increase wear and become hot and discolored (Blueish) which can warp it.
Here is a fact (Tip): when dealing with fuel there are some Do's and Dont's. Don't leave old fuel in your can, mower or saw unless it has conditioner or stabilizers in it. Fuel is only fresh for a few months and then it gets old and won't run as well as fresh fuel. Also, if old fuel is mixed with oil such as two stroke oil it's even harder to start. Start off each season with fresh fuel or add a stabilizer to your fuel to help keep it fresh longer. For an easier start and less swearing. Please label your cans. We see a lot of equipment come in for repair just because it was the wrong fuel put in the can or 2 year old gas, that is now green colored and stinks like paint thinner, was dumped into the tank.
Here is a fact (Tip): when it comes to spark plugs, you should change them every season and keep a spare on hand at all times. When looking at a plug on a 4-stroke the plug should look ash in color (or a light gray to an off white color) with no carbon or oil deposits. This indicates correct fuel and air mixture. Now dealing with a 2-stroke the plug should look slightly darker in color and may have some oil deposit and light carbon deposit. Not too wet or too much carbon. This indicates correct fuel and air mixture for its type.
Here is a fact (Tip): when it comes to your air filters this is one of the most important things people look over. If the engine can't breath It can't run! Replace or clean filters at least once a season, under normal conditions, and at least two or three under dusty situations. If its a foam air filter you can clean it and lightly re-oil it. If it is paper you can blow it out with compressed air but is not recommended because of the dust particles inpregnated in the paper. The particles are harder to get out of the paper filters and you cannot wash them.
Here is a fact(Tip): oil should be changed every season. More often if the engine is used for long periods and under extreme conditions. Caution should be used when filling your mower with oil that you do not overfill the crankcase. This will lead to hydraulicking if too full, Pulling the cord and it feels like its locked up or have extreme blow-by when the engine is started, Smoke and foul plugs,blow out the exhaust,blow into the carburetor, and cause a real mess. Too little oil and Dirty oil will lead to premature engine failure.
Here is a fact(Tip) 2-cycle oil is and always will be the best oil to mix with your gas. Engine oil is no substitute for 2-cycle oil. Engine oil was designed for your engine crankcase only. or maybe to oil that squeaky bolt. 2-cycle oil has special additives for burning with the fuel and leave's allot less carbon build-up and lubricate the piston and cylinder wall under under extreme RPM's and temperatures. Engine oil will over time make the rings stick to your piston and clog's up your exhaust pipe with carbon deposits.
Here is a fact(Tip) mulching mowers will not work correctly if the bottom of the deck is full of grass clippings. When it is cloged up, the grass clippings takes up the space needed for the blade to create a vaccum and circulate grass to get re-cut again before droping to the ground.
Here is a fact(Tip) Folk's if your power goes out and you use that generator. Please note this. you should cut the main breaker (Disconnect) in your home fuse box if you have plugged directly into your homes circuitry. Why you ask. If the power comes back on while your generator is plugged into your homes wiring the generators alternator will fail and may cost you a hefty repair bill. Plug your appliances and lights in using the Power cord it came with or some heavy extension cords. Making a Male to Male plug is asking for trouble if you don't use the right precautions. Check that manual and know what it will operate at one time.
Here is a fact(Tip) When you start that pressure washer, make sure you have the water hose connected up. If you don't you'll have troubles in no time! also make sure you use cold water, unless your machine is capable of hot water. or its all over for your pump. and they are costly. another precaution is not letting your machine sit and run for a long time. These little pumps put out allot of pressure and if you have to move something around or leave for a bit ,shut it off and it will last allot longer.
Here is a fact(Tip) Another tip for those pressure washers. If you are done using it for the season. Winterize it! water left over will freeze and ruin a good pump. Could even crack or split it open.
Here is a fact (Tip) When you've got that stick welder out and you are welding but it seems you have a cold arc or weld. first thing to check is that the cables are not too long and are not coiled up. You will have excessive voltage drop! Next check your settings. Keep your leads taped up together if at all possible. Check for loose or faulty connections at the weld output terminals and welding cable connections.Make sure the electrode (wire,gas, voltage, current etc.) is correct for the process used.