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Lawn mowers / Re: Advice - Honda HR21-5````
May 03, 2021, 10:29:50 AM
You keeping this mower Tim, or selling it on. Just curious how many mowers you have lol...  ;)
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How many of you dealers have started selling battery powered ride on mowers, and how are you finding them so far?  Any obvious problems or issues becoming apparent yet?

I'd be interested on your findings so far.
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Thanks njh, that's a nice first impression review of the Stihl RMA 339 C.

I'm surprised it doesn't pick up the debris very well though, I thought they had the collection pretty well sorted. 

The big upside to a battery mower is the convenience side of things, just get the mower out of the shed, pop battery in and off you go, no messing around with fuel/oil and getting the thing started, and of course no fumes. Servicing is cheaper too, there's not much to service to be honest.

Keep us updated with your findings as you use it throughout the season, I'm sure you'll be happy with it though.  ;)   
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General Discussion / Re: Sourcing Zama Carburettors
April 28, 2021, 06:46:36 AM
Some of the Chinese carbs work very well to be fair, I don't use them on customers machines that's not something a main dealer would do, but have used them for my own gear and not had issues.  I wouldn't go as far as to fit a service kit in one though as it's cheaper to get another carb for a tenner instead of repairing it.

The mantis two stroke uses the same KIORITZ engine as the older ECHO machines, so maybe sourcing a carb from one of those would be another option, won't be cheap though.
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Lawn mowers / Re: Hayter 56 Instart Battery.
April 21, 2021, 07:27:22 AM
Sorry for late reply.  This is a difficult one to answer with any certainty, due to both the battery and the charger having their own electronic components built in it could be either one fooling the other. 

Your suggestion of getting the dealer to check the battery on a known good charger would probably be a good idea in this case.. 
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Kevin, do you have a Echo dealer nearby? https://www.echo-tools.co.uk/find-a-dealer/
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Lawn mowers / Re: mower advice
April 04, 2021, 07:04:00 PM
Hi tgl, and welcome to TGMF.

So you're using Honda 21" machines atm, are they roller, or wheeled machines? 

If wanting something comparable and really great value for money, take a look at one of the Kaaz machines which come under several brand names such as Danarm, Lawnflite Pro, or even Cobra Pro.  They still come with the Honda engines, and a familiar layout to the Honda's you're already using. Just a fair bit cheaper.

http://danarm.co.uk/lawnmowers-2/

https://www.lawnflite.co.uk/lawnmowers/Mowers-for-Professionals

https://cobragarden.co.uk/professional_Menu_Page.html
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Lawn mowers / Re: Classic Briggs and Stratton
April 03, 2021, 12:36:30 PM
It should fill the upper chamber by itself fairly quickly to be honest, after the second or third attempt to start the machine would normally get you there if the carb's working properly.
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Lawn mowers / Re: Classic Briggs and Stratton
April 02, 2021, 05:20:59 PM
Quote from: graeme70926 on April 02, 2021, 01:00:55 PMWas the new tank and carb brand new or just new to you? If its new to you it could well have the same problem that the origional carb and tank had. When i took my honda into the shop the guy i was talking to said they must have done something in the production of petrol late last year as they have never seen so many mowers with varnished internal carb parts due to leaving petrol in over winter.

Graeme, I spend most of my life sonic cleaning Honda carbs these days, mainly the ones fitted to Honda GCV engines. Think this will get worse when we go from 5% Ethanol to 10% it's going to be a right pain.
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Lawn mowers / Re: Classic Briggs and Stratton
April 02, 2021, 05:13:56 PM
Quote from: Basilpot on April 02, 2021, 04:50:19 PMThe tank and carb were brand new never used that's why I was surprised to have the same problem. Being non genuine might have something to do with it. I am going to try the original again next week and check it over again.

When you check it out, and with the air filter removed, make sure you can see the fuel actually squirting into the inlet when you press the primer button it.
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Lawn mowers / Re: Classic Briggs and Stratton
March 31, 2021, 05:03:32 PM
Hi Basilpot, and welcome to TGMF.

Sounds like you still have a fuel issue.  It could possibly be caused by carburettor especially if it's a none genuine one, though this is unlikely.  Make sure the inlet tube where the carb pushes on to the engine isn't loose or cracked, and make sure the o-ring and retainer ring are still fitted into the outlet on the carb. 

I take it the primer button is working?  It should start when primed as it would with a shot of carb cleaner as it actually squirts neat fuel into the inlet. 

May be a daft question, but is your fuel fresh? Not left over from last year. If it's old fuel then try some fresh before going further.
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Lawn mowers / Re: Roller or no-roller?
March 29, 2021, 07:42:18 AM
I don't think you'll go far wrong with the EGO you mentioned, especially if it has the 5AH battery which it sounds like it has from the run time in the description (Up to 40mins. Those batteries are nearly £200 on their own. Seems it's out of stock there though, so you might have to look elsewhere for a similar deal.

As for other makes. I think just about every mower manufacturer out there has a cordless range now.  EGO are big players in this field.

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Lawn mowers / Re: Roller or no-roller?
March 27, 2021, 10:46:06 PM
Hi njh, and welcome to TGMF.

Did you have a particular battery powered machine in mind? Or are you just weighing up the pro's and cons atm. 

Roller machines tend to cut lower than wheeled machines, this is normally because they are designed for flat or very even lawns.  And of course you'll get that nice striped finish.

Wheeled machines tend to cut at slightly higher because they can be used on uneven grass areas. 

There's not that many battery machines out there with rollers at the moment as far as I'm aware.  Cobra do a push version battery powered machine, but to be honest I'd be worried about reliability, based on some of the ones I've seen over the years. 

   
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Lawn mowers / Re: Honda 426qxe slows down
March 25, 2021, 08:16:38 AM
Changing the gearbox isn't too bad, just very fiddley.  Rear roller frame has to come off, and you have to remove three large(ish) pop rivets from the support plate on the left side of the deck to get the gearbox out.

Part 1 in this pic, the plate, and the three rivets part 18  https://www.diyspareparts.com/parts/honda/diagrams/hrx426c-qxe-matf/cutter-housing-9/

I would certainly check that the arm isn't hitting the gearbox casing when drive is engaged first.  It should stop well before it its the casing.