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Lawn mowers / Re: Weibang 48V
« on: December 11, 2018, 03:51:37 PM »
Must say, after the experience I've had obtaining a clutch cable for a year old machine, don't think I'd touch one of these with a extremely long pole. It seems they don't make the original cable for this machine, an the new replacement has the adjuster in the wrong place, and is too long, so no adjustment left. Deep joy.

Lawn mowers / Top Tips
« on: November 30, 2018, 07:50:48 AM »
When replacing the gearbox on your lawnmower, always replace the clutch cable at the same time. Otherwise the life of your new gearbox could be shortened considerably.

Make this part of your routine.

Lawn mowers / Weibang 48V
« on: November 29, 2018, 11:16:16 PM »
Changed the gearbox on a Weibang 48V today. Fairly easy job apart from getting hold of the correct clutch cable to go with it.  UK distributor supplied the gearbox and cable together but the cable is completely different from the original, and it doesn't fit. 

It reminded me as to why I don't like repairing Weibang machines.  :(

General Discussion / Re: Show us the gardening deals
« on: November 29, 2018, 06:16:19 PM »
Prestigio 535W RoadRunner Accident Dash Camera Super HD1440P 2K with WiFi Only

The Roadrunner 535W records in 2K HD definition, providing detailed content which will help you to easily prove your innocence if an accident occurs.

Pair your Prestigio RoadRunner with your smartphone (via the built in Wi-Fi) and increase its possibilities: view, download or delete recorded images and video, update driving information ,Download Prestigio Road Cam app in App Store or Play Store

Extra wide 140° viewing angle provides an extensive road overview. HDR mode and 12 MP camera. Thanks to this you will never have to worry about the quality of content even if you drive at night or against bright lights.

Motion detection to economise the storage, cycling recording guarantees that you will never face the problem of full storage on your device, plus a G-sensor detects and protects the accident file from cyclic / accidental rewriting.

The RoadRunner is supplied with windscreen mount and a useful (and longer 3M), dual USB car charger. Charge your DVR with a smartphone or navigator simultaneously.


General Discussion / Re: Show us the gardening deals
« on: November 27, 2018, 08:23:53 AM »
CYBER MONDAY deals at Argos end today Tuesday 27th, so still 15 hours to go

Blowers and Vacuum Shredders / Stihl Blowers eating diaphragms
« on: November 24, 2018, 06:28:28 PM »
Seems the Stihl BG 86C-E blowers and SH 86C-E vacuum shredders like eating pump diaphragms, had five of them over the last few days, with exactly the same problem.  Think they need to rethink the material these are made of.

This problem is guaranteed to wreck the crappy recoil starter on thee machines. Trust me.  ;)

Lawn mowers / Re: Have you gone cordless / battery powered?
« on: November 18, 2018, 12:12:18 PM »
Mark thanks for that info, sure others will find it useful. Greenworks seem like pretty good value to be fair.

I also have a tiny little Wolf cordless mower, it's one of the very first ones they made doesn't run as long on a charge as the new ones.  But I must say, I just find the battery power so convenient, no faffing about with petrol or electric cables.  Just so light and easy to use. 

General Discussion / Black Friday Deals
« on: November 14, 2018, 09:50:12 PM »
Some of the Black Friday Deals from around the web.  Check them out, or post some up in here if you spot some.

Black Friday Deals at

Black Friday Deals at

Black Friday Deals at Argos

Cordless Power Tools / STIHL recalls STIHL MSA 161 T
« on: November 14, 2018, 12:00:51 AM »
STIHL recalls STIHL MSA 161 T arborist chainsaw

This recall concerns chainsaws with serial numbers from 438 089 138 up to and including 439 360 915.

The units concerned cannot be repaired. Owners of a STIHL MSA 161 T with one of the above serial numbers are asked to no longer use these saw, but to hand it in immediately to the STIHL dealer from whom they bought the machine. Read more.

General Discussion / Re: Show us the gardening deals
« on: November 11, 2018, 07:42:51 PM »

Stihl BG86CE Ergo Start Petrol Blower.

• Powerful 27.2cc Petrol Engine
• Anti-Vibration System
• 2-Stroke Air Cooled Engine

General Discussion / Re: Show us the gardening deals
« on: November 11, 2018, 07:38:52 PM »

P1PE P6220C 2-Stroke Petrol Chainsaw Easy Start 20-inch Hyundai Powered 62cc Engine

Easy start hyundai 62cc air cooled 2 stroke petrol engine
• 20" (50cm) bar for tackling large trees or smaller Clearance jobs
• Anti kick back safety brake for increased safety when in use
• Automatic chain lubrication for long chain & bar life
• Easily accessible side mounted chain tensioner for quick adjustment
• Anti vibration ergonomic handle to reduce vibration for longer usage times
• Uses a popular 3/8" saw chain for easy access to replacement chains
• UK based sales, support and parts

Chainsaws and Pole pruners / Re: STIHL HT-KM Pole pruner
« on: November 05, 2018, 07:04:37 AM »

So that would also explain the oil leak, right down the slot.

Yes the oil leak, which strangely forgot to mention in my previous post.  :-[ Yes it was the reason for the leak, obviously the oil was coming straight from the tank, and as it was being fed to the side of the pump by a hose it then traveled down the channel and straight out the bottom.

As for the "Chinese knock-offs" I hadn't noticed these, or seen one yet.  I don't think your any worse off with the older type gear head to be honest, new  one's a bit lighter.

Chainsaws and Pole pruners / Re: STIHL HT-KM Pole pruner
« on: November 04, 2018, 09:45:33 AM »

Now are you going to spill the beans as to the puzzle at the top of the page? :D  Not having seen the new style pump I'm at a loss as to what was wrong there.

Well on the new type head the pump is exposed permanently as you can see from the two pump pics above. 

The pic with the wrong pump:  So in this image if you look closely you'll notice the pump fitted has a groove / channel down the side of it.  Its the older style pump which needs this groove to supply the oil to it, but fitted to this latest unit all it will get is fresh air.  You have this style pump in your unit, the oil is fed through the bottom of it via that channel.

The second pic: This has the correct pump fitted which doesn't have that groove / channel.  And is fed from each side via the rubber pipes.

Basically, new unit has a different pump with just a hole each side.  Older style has channel up the side, and one hole, same as in your own unit.

Chainsaws and Pole pruners / Re: STIHL HT-KM Pole pruner
« on: November 02, 2018, 08:48:13 AM »
Those fuel caps are a nightmare at best to be fair, not one of their better moves.  They are usually tethered in such a way that when refilling with oil the inner part of the cap lays on the body of the saw which is covered in crap. then you transfer it inside the tank when refitting. lol..  Seen this a lot even on pro chainsaws.   We only run %5 ethanol here in the UK, and to be honest that causes more trouble than enough.   This will push ore people to battery powered products.

The pump fitting diagram might not be present on your model, as it's for a different country to ours, but I'll see if I can find one and take a photo for reference.   ;)

The dealer should have tested it after repair though, I'd be really surprised if they didn't.   

Lawn mowers / Re: Variable speed verses fixed speed
« on: November 01, 2018, 07:17:56 PM »
That's very true.  But to be honest there's a lot of people out there that shouldn't be let loose with a chainsaw.   

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