Starting a Gas-Powered Leaf Blower
Gas blowers generally break down into two-cycle and four-cycle engines. The two-cycle variety require a special mixture of gas and oil to properly start the engine. The general rule is that for every gallon of gas you add 2 ½ ounces of oil. Adding too much oil to the mixture can cause serious problems with your gas blower, including:
- A damaged spark plug
- Difficulty starting the engine
- Smoke emissions while the blower is running
Four-cycle engines found on new gas blower models save you the trouble of mixing oil and gas together. However, both types of gas blowers follow the same basic steps.
- To begin, you need to mix the gas and oil together if the blower has a two-cycle engine. Make sure the oil is mixed into the gas before you pour it into the blower’s tank.
- Press and release the primer bulb about six times. This bulb pulls a small amount of gas to the throat of the carburetor.
- Put the choke in the closed position and pull the cord once.
- Switch the choke to the halfway position and pull the cord again up to four times.
- When the engine starts, let it run for about 10 seconds before opening the choke all the way.
Starting a gas blower may take a little muscle, but with a good model and clear instructions, it shouldn’t take more than one or two tries to get it running.
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