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onemanband



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 14 3:05 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

mousjoos wrote:
...don't leave them "dry" over winter, that's the advice I got when buying it, & that's all I do


That's wrong. Or a typo ?
You should drain fuel before storing or it could evaporate leaving behind carb clogging goo.
That said, I generally don't drain mine unless I happen to run it dry before storing.

mousjoos



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 14 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

onemanband wrote:
mousjoos wrote:
...don't leave them "dry" over winter, that's the advice I got when buying it, & that's all I do


That's wrong. Or a typo ?
You should drain fuel before storing or it could evaporate leaving behind carb clogging goo.
That said, I generally don't drain mine unless I happen to run it dry before storing.


I was told to leave a small amount of fuel in the machine as the membranes (wherever they are, carb I presume) dry out & crack

I've always done this & so far, no problems

onemanband



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 14 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mousjoos wrote:
onemanband wrote:
mousjoos wrote:
...don't leave them "dry" over winter, that's the advice I got when buying it, & that's all I do


That's wrong. Or a typo ?
You should drain fuel before storing or it could evaporate leaving behind carb clogging goo.
That said, I generally don't drain mine unless I happen to run it dry before storing.


I was told to leave a small amount of fuel in the machine as the membranes (wherever they are, carb I presume) dry out & crack

I've always done this & so far, no problems


Possibly makes sense.
OTOH carb gunking-up could happen over one storage and then require carb strip and clean.
Whereas diaphragm/gaskets perishing could take several years and would also mean carb strip.

?

mousjoos



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 14 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

onemanband wrote:
mousjoos wrote:
onemanband wrote:
mousjoos wrote:
...don't leave them "dry" over winter, that's the advice I got when buying it, & that's all I do


That's wrong. Or a typo ?
You should drain fuel before storing or it could evaporate leaving behind carb clogging goo.
That said, I generally don't drain mine unless I happen to run it dry before storing.


I was told to leave a small amount of fuel in the machine as the membranes (wherever they are, carb I presume) dry out & crack

I've always done this & so far, no problems




Possibly makes sense.
OTOH carb gunking-up could happen over one storage and then require carb strip and clean.
Whereas diaphragm/gaskets perishing could take several years and would also mean carb strip.

?


Not a clue...man in shop was adamant (at least according to his make-up...) that this should be done once machine was going to be stored for any length of time...I'm not enough of a mechanic to question his wisdom on this

onemanband



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 14 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mousjoos wrote:

Not a clue...man in shop was adamant (at least according to his make-up...) that this should be done once machine was going to be stored for any length of time...I'm not enough of a mechanic to question his wisdom on this


Well I can say much the same - apart from my man in shop isn't a dandy highwayman.

mousjoos



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 14 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

onemanband wrote:
mousjoos wrote:

Not a clue...man in shop was adamant (at least according to his make-up...) that this should be done once machine was going to be stored for any length of time...I'm not enough of a mechanic to question his wisdom on this


Well I can say much the same - apart from my man in shop isn't a dandy highwayman.


this is why it's so specialised

Mutton



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 14 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have a Stihl brushcutter, have had for a few years - might be that model. Its been very reliable but it has its limits.

For having a go at brambles, youngish gorse, smaller branches on gorse it is great. For bracken and especially reeds less so - gets tangled very fast. You also have to wear all the clobber. We now use scythes as much as we can - with a shorter, thicker brushcutting blade. They are better on bracken and reeds than the brushcutter, also no protecting gear or whitefinger off the vibrations.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 14 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't need to worry about reeds! It arrived on Friday, but I haven't had a chance to play with it yet. It didn't come with any fuel, anyway.

The handover consisted of 'there you go, luv'.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 15 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Works great, was to start and isn't too heavy. However, it requires Stihl (tm) Motomix to run on (according to the manual, anyway). What's that when it's at home, and what's it's generic name? I though it ran on petrol, that you bought from a garage. This appears to have been naive!

sean
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 15 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It'll be premixed two stroke fuel.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 15 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Doesn't come out of a petrol pump, then? Bother. Why are things always more complicated than you thought?!

sean
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 15 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can use petrol from a pump and mix it with the oil yourself. But if you're not going through gallons of it and want the convenience then the premixed stuff may make life simpler.

Falstaff



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 15 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

oh Cum on !

It's 2 stroke you say ?

What mix are you wanting ? (Find that in the manual) - IF the manual is "use stihl stuff" - FIND it on a forum !

If you're stuffed use a 30 - 1 mix with 10-40 oil - But I'd really want to use the forums resources first !

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 15 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I did. It does. I am.

If you can't be more polite, please refrain from commenting on my thread.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 15 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As has been said, it'll be a pre-mixed fuel. It'll be more expensive but it'll have a longer shelf life and should not contain some of the more harmful elements of pump fuel that can harm the seals of 2-stroke tools.

It should be available anywhere that sells Stihl tools, such as country stores or large garden centres.

I'd run it on the motomix at least a few times, probably until it's out of guarantee.

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