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Lawn mowers / Re: Mountfield dipstick?
August 01, 2021, 04:08:48 PM
Hope the mower works out ok. Happy mowing.  ;)
General Discussion / Re: E10 Petrol and your gear
August 01, 2021, 03:08:05 PM
I think you're right Barrie. 

We seem to be selling a fair bit nowadays, once the customer gets over the initial price shock and starts using it, they can see the benefits.

Less smelly, machines start after been standing for a while, and less time and money getting the fuel system repaired. 

Once they use it they seem to come back for more.
Lawn mowers / Re: Mountfield dipstick?
August 01, 2021, 02:56:45 PM
Thanks Barrie, I knew you would be able to answer this one.  :tup:

Reasons I wasn't sure was because some have even shorter dipsticks where they screw directly into the side of sump, then you have some full height as you mentioned, and some with short filler tubes. 

If the info in the manual just says If you have a short DS, do this, or a long DS, do this, then a little diagram of the two versions would be useful for the end user. 
Lawn mowers / Re: Mountfield dipstick?
August 01, 2021, 02:24:05 PM
Thanks, it would be good to get a definite answer to your question, so hopefully they will provide that for you. A image of what type of filler and dipstick you have would be useful

Quote from: GSD Man on August 01, 2021, 01:27:50 PMPS is there a box on this forum to tick for automatic notification? I don't see one.

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Lawn mowers / Re: Mountfield dipstick?
August 01, 2021, 12:09:52 PM
Hi GSD Man, and welcome to TGMF

Best way to find the answer is to ask a Mountfield / Stga dealer.  Let's give a shout out to @GardenKit and see if he can help answer this one.

The fillers on these engines differ quite a bit between brands, and that info in your manual is pretty confusing.
Bit of a grey area this one.  ;)

Most recommend you run dry before storing your machine. Companies such as Stihl recommend you don't use (Pump) fuel more than 30 days old because it goes off.

I've used fuel left over from last year without any issues whatsoever in my own Stihl strimmer.  So again that's not an exact science.

I think the rubber coatings n Diaphragms and rubber used in fuel hoses reacts differently when it gets old. When used with pump fuel for a long time then dried out over winter. You introduce fresh fuel and notice things are turning putty like. Worse still if the machine sat with stale fuel in it.

Then you have engines that have run since new on pump fuel, then suddenly switch to Alkylate, as in Aspen, MotorMix etc, you then discover the metering diaphragms go stiff like cardboard.

There's just too many variables while using and storing this gear.. I think some of it comes down to luck.
Lawn mowers / Re: Honda HR194 smoking help
July 25, 2021, 12:06:45 PM
I did forget to mention something though. 

You say you bought the machine off ebay, I would give it a good run if not already done so, it might have been tipped up in transit, and accumulated some engine oil in the exhaust, this will smoke more as it gets hot, and will take a while to stop.  Also check the oil level is not over the full mark. 
Lawn mowers / Re: Honda HR194 smoking help
July 25, 2021, 12:02:27 PM
The thing with buying a (used) replacement engine off ebay is you could be buying one with the same problem, it is quite common for them to smoke on start up as I mentioned. Usually though the smoke disappears after a minute or so.

I'm hoping Tim  @Swissqp will pop in and offer his findings, he's rebuilt a few of these engines lately with the exact same issue. He's also been very lucky finding / sourcing replacement parts for these older machines that I thought were long obsolete. 
Lawn mowers / Re: Honda HR194 smoking help
July 25, 2021, 09:01:09 AM
Hi, and welcome to TGMF.

I guess these days it comes down to the cost of labour to do these jobs from a dealers point of view, and repair will probably cost more than you paid for the machine.   

It's a pretty straight forward job to fit new rings provided you are mechanically minded, and have the necessary tools etc. 

Those engines have always had the smoke on start up issue once they get a bit of wear in them. Rings can cure it if the bore is good, and not scored. Oil leaking up the valve stems can also cause this issue.   
General Discussion / E10 Petrol and your gear
July 24, 2021, 11:14:13 AM
Are you ready for the E10 Petrol which is about to hit the UK, I think this September..  Really not looking forward to this, E5 causes enough issues already,

Wonder if the likes of Honda. Kawasaki, Loncin etc will follow Briggs & Stratton and start churning out plastic carburettors to combat the corrosion issues that the Ethanol creates.  That said, no idea how the small two stroke stuff is going to cope, badly I will assume based on what we have seen on E5 already.

Think dealers are going to be busy..  ;)     
Lawn mowers / Re: Husky cth224t ride on mower
July 21, 2021, 07:35:00 PM
Hi Graeme and welcome to TGMF.

What happens with some machines when belt comes off or shreds and comes off, the belt or part of it can get itself jammed in the electric clutch making it force the brake on, or lust generally jamming it up.  That would be where I would look first.
No problem, let's hope it's nothing more serious than that.

By the way, you will need a special feeler gauge to set the valve clearances on these engines, a standard one is too wide to fit between the recess in the end of the rockers. There is a way around this, but the genuine ones are very cheap. 

Example, https://www.lsengineers.co.uk/setting-gauge-stihl-part-no-4180-893-6400.html

Also make sure the cover gasket is good, ideally you should replace this gasket when you remove the cover, but you can get away with it if it's in good condition.

Also there's a vid here showing how to do it.

Hi Farren, and welcome to TGMF.

What you have there is a kombi unit with a 4-MIX engine. The main cause is the tappets needing adjustment, if you're lucky that will be all that's required to sort the problem.  Engine is fitted with a automatic decompressor which can't work properly if the tappets are loose.

If you're unlucky the decompressor which is part of the plastic camshaft has failed or fallen apart, as has been know to happen.

I would check the tappet clearance first.

Valve clearance
Inlet valve: 0.10 mm
Exhaust valve: 0.10 mm
General Discussion / Stripes or no stripes?
July 17, 2021, 06:39:25 PM
I started using a EGO battery powered machine this year, and it's a four wheeled machine and obviously because of the lack of rear roller it doesn't stripe the lawn like my old harrier would.  The finish nice and even looks pretty good and to be honest because it's a much lighter machine it makes it really easy to navigate around the garden and is just so convenient to use. To me this far outweighs the need for seeing stripes on the lawn for a day or two.

Anyway, what's your preference? Please vote in the poll.   
Hi Paul and welcome to TGMF.

Not seen one of those Masport cylinder mowers myself. So I'm afraid I won't be much help to you on this one.  There is a whole one for sale on ebay for around the same price of that cylinder. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/284359353252?hash=item42352363a4:g:OGEAAOSwXHFg4fN8