Although leaf blowers are not the most complex piece of electrical or gas equipment, they come into contact with a large number of leaves, branches and dirt on a daily basis. This can lead to soiling or rapid wear and tear of the unit if it is not regularly checked and maintained.
Although the maintenance procedures for the different types of blowers vary to some extent, the basic contours are more or less the same. That said, you should note that gas blowers have a slightly longer maintenance list than an electric blower and, therefore, some steps that may apply to the former may not be relevant to the latter. In the following maintenance guide, we have therefore marked the steps that are only necessary for gasoline blowers.
The air filter consists of a rectangular piece of porous material that removes dust from the air passing through it. Check the air filter by unscrewing the air filter shield or bushing and removing it. Remove the air filter and note whether the white surface contains black or grayish sediment. Wipe with a cloth or rag and put it back in the unit.
One of the few electrical components that can wear out over time, starters are essential to ensure that the flow of electricity occurs properly. Generally, it consists of three components – device, tension spring and cord. Unscrew all three of their sockets and check for oil or dirt build-up. Also note whether the connections and springs are in good condition. If there’s too much oil, wipe it off. However, if the springs, etc. are damaged, you may need to replace the starter component.
Note: Do not attempt to repair starter components. All three are inexpensive and are easily available in local shops.
The locking and release mechanism may loosen or wear out over time due to repeated use. Carefully check the condition of the throttle lock and associated trigger and replace parts if any of them appear worn.
One carburetor is generally only used in gasoline units, while the other two are common to all leaf blower models. If you have a petrol appliance, first clean the carburettor and then wipe the outside of the spark plug with a dry cloth. If you have an electric blower, go directly to the outlet and then to the fan. You can use canned air to remove some of the toughest dirt. However, avoid using liquid detergents, as they can seep into electrical components and cause malfunctions.
Necessary only for thermal leaf blowers (gasoline), this step ensures that there is always enough fuel available in the tank and maintains fuel quality. Before draining off the fuel, switch off the machine for at least half an hour. Connect a funnel to the tank mouth and empty the fuel into a container. Do not use this spent fuel for any purpose – send it to the recycling plant instead.
Connect the funnel to a new fuel tank and carefully pour a sufficient amount into the fuel tank. Close the tank and run the machine for a few minutes to check that the new fuel is being transported correctly.
In addition to the above steps, you should also wipe the inside and outside of your leaf blower hose as much as possible. In addition, it is also necessary to retighten the screws and clean the outside of the machine at regular intervals in order to maintain the functionality and aesthetics of the machine. In combination with the above steps, these maintenance procedures for louver blowers should provide sufficient security against wear and tear from regular operation.
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