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Hi Georgep785, and welcome to TGMF.

The stripe is caused buy bending the grass in opposite directions, and how the light hits it. So as long as it's cutting ok and each strip rolled in opposite direction you should see the stripe.

You could try cutting in a different direction and see if the light makes a difference, but this might not be possible depending on the shape of your lawn.
Strimmers and BrushCutters / Re: Kawasaki td24
July 10, 2024, 04:11:31 AM
Hi Andrew, and welcome to TGMF.

I'm assuming your engine has a little fuel pump bulb in the fuel line from the tank, or a pump built into the tank cap. This would be used along with the lever on the bottom of the carb to purge the fuel from the carb and refill it with fresh fuel from the tank.

The running issue, make sure the gaskets on the inlet manifold are correct and the pulse hole also lines up correctly otherwise the fuel pump on the side of the carb won't work.  Make sure the fuel mix adjuster screw isn't screwed in all the way as this will also shut off the fuel.  These carbs are very touchy on adjustments.
Hayter / Re: Hayter Spirit 41 Rattle
July 07, 2024, 06:09:54 PM
Have you removed the chain cover to see what's happening with the chain?  it's only one bolt to remove the cover so might be worth a look..
Hayter / Re: Hayter Spirit 41 Rattle
July 07, 2024, 11:54:29 AM
I was more concentrating on the rattle you mentioned, to be honest the belts even if worn shouldn't cause it to rattle.  They can obviously run loose and slip when worn though.

Did you manage to find anything?
General Discussion / Re: Qualcast Question
July 05, 2024, 04:01:23 PM
Hi DonH88, and welcome to TGMF.

That looks like some sort of retaining clip, but I haven't a clue where from. Are you sure it's off the actual mower or has it been dropped onto the the top of the mower when in the shed or garage.

Do you have a model number for the machine?
Hayter / Re: Hayter Spirit 41 Rattle
July 05, 2024, 03:40:46 PM
Hi TimF, and welcome to TGMF.

I have seen the Spirit do this before, it was the shaft (pin / key) slipping in the left hand side end of the plastic roller.  Make sure you don't have too much side play in the roller or t will let that key jump out of the slot. They also have a habit of the roller end collapsing and breaking out.  I would check that first.

The variator pulleys do have those little this tin rings, and they do fall out in pieces.   They usually.  I would first check the roller, and if you're lucky enough that the variator still drive ok I wouldn't worry about changing it. They are quite pricey. 
Quote from: PaulMo on July 01, 2024, 03:32:08 PMA further carb strip down, and I noticed a blockage in the carb jet as shown. Cleared with wire, carb cleaner and air line to make sure. Also, a small bit of crud still in one of the side jets of the float bowl fixing bolt. My 'thorough' clean was not thorough enough, obviously.. Runs really sweet now.. Thanks for your help.
Cheers, Paul

Paul, glad you got it sorted.  My Previous post I haven't a clue why I said to check those gaskets and insulator, that was me going into Honda mode and forgetting yours has a Briggs fitted. Sorry.  At least it made you check the carb again which got you there in the end. 

That being a ReadyStart engine they do that when there's a blockage, they start up and then die as it blows the choke off. Normally its the main jet at (part of the bowl bolt) at the bottom that causes it. But either way, you can now get your grass cut.  :tup: 
Quote from: PaulMo on June 30, 2024, 01:03:11 PMStripped and cleaned the carb thoroughly again. Will fire up with a squirt of 'Easy Start' for second, and then dies..

Obviously it's not drawing fuel by itself.  I wonder if, (and I don't want to insult you) But Are you sure you have the plastic insulator between carb and block the right way up? If fitted wrong it will create a massive air leak. The gaskets and insulator have to be fitted in the right order or it will run really badly.
Hi greeninsch, and welcome to TGMF.

The only thing I can find for this machine is a complete strimmer head which is probably the way Hyundai supply it.
Hi PaulMo, and welcome to TGMF.

Have you tried pulling on the OPC cable to see if it stays running like that? 

Failing that it sounds like you still have a fuel issue.
General Discussion / Re: Help please Acto rider 28H
June 25, 2024, 03:56:03 AM
Jon, glad to hear that.  :tup:

I'm also a fan of the old style battery chargers, they will at least try to charge a dead battery.  Whereas the modern digital or smart chargers just switch off when they detect something they don't like.
General Discussion / Re: Help please Acto rider 28H
June 23, 2024, 05:41:07 PM
Hi jonnybikes, and welcome to TGMF

Normally when the solenoid jumps in and out rapidly like a machine gun it's down to a battery which is down on power, or a bad connection or earth.

If the battery is low, as soon as you turn the key and the solenoid switches the starter motor on the motor absorbs most of the power and there's not sufficient power left to hold the solenoid in. So the solenoid goes into a loop jumping in and out. This can happen even if there enough power to turn the engine by shorting across the solenoid.

So make sure the battery is good, and check the terminals and earth connection either where it bolts to the chassis, or directly on the engine, just follow the negative lead and see where it bolts to. 
Mountfield / Re: Electric Ride on Mower wont go
June 22, 2024, 04:53:09 AM
Apologies, but I have no experience of this particular machine and was hoping someone would se this post and step in with some advice. I'll see if Barry from @GardenKit has any ideas.

I'm assuming you've already checked out Mountfield's own support pages if they have any?
Other Lawnmowers / Re: Mac allister 500e
June 18, 2024, 04:05:30 AM
Hi Lawn-monkey, and welcome to TGMF.

I'm assuming this isn't the actual model number of the machine, but machine is fitted with a Briggs & Stratton 500E engine, the one with a plastic carburettor?

It's pretty common for these engines to hunt or surge up and down when running and can usually be solved by cleaning the carburettor.  Also make sure it's only running freshly purchased fuel and not fuel left over from last year.

If you could attach a couple of photos of the machine that would be useful, or if you have a video of it running somewhere it will help to diagnose.
Some parts will be common to both, but they made quite a few changes during the years that I doubt all of them will be interchangeable.

Google for parts lists for both of them and compare the part numbers, assuming you can find the parts lists. I did find one for your machine here,

I didn't have so much luck with the Atco.