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Blowers and Vacuum Shredders / Calls for ban on Leaf-Blowers
« on: November 24, 2019, 09:29:35 PM »
Looks like the use of Leaf Blowers is taking a bit of a hammering now, loads of places calling for bans of said equipment.

Here's a couple of them,

Your thoughts on this?

Show us the gardening deals / Amazon Black Friday deals
« on: November 24, 2019, 12:50:43 PM »
Amazon Black Friday deals.

Show us the gardening deals / Amazon Hidden Gems Sale
« on: November 11, 2019, 07:39:58 AM »
Only one day left, the Amazon Hidden Gems Sale.  Grab yourself a bargain. Amazon Hidden Gems Sale

Equipment Wanted / Please Read before posting in Items Wanted board
« on: November 01, 2019, 07:49:59 AM »
The TGMF Team, and website as a whole take no responsibility for transactions between buyer and or seller. Any transactions are down to your own discretion. This section has been put in place for active members of TGMF, please don't abuse it.

The TGMF Team, and website as a whole take no responsibility for transactions between buyer and or seller. Any transactions are down to your own discretion. This section has been put in place for active members of TGMF, please don't abuse it.

You are welcome to advertise your garden machinery and equipment for sale here.

General Discussion / Stamp Out Tool Theft
« on: October 20, 2019, 01:47:22 PM »
Stamp Out Tool Theft with the introduction of tighter regulation & greater fines.  Tool theft is ruining the livelihoods of UK tradespeople, and the problem’s getting worse.

Please help to stamp out tool theft by signing the petition found in the following link.

Show us the gardening deals / Euro Car Parts Mid Month Sale
« on: October 19, 2019, 12:27:19 PM »
Euro Car Parts Mid Month Sale

Use Code: MID60

50% off Brakes, Pads Disks, Drums & Shoes.
45% off Filters, Air, Oil, Fuel & Pollen.
45% off Batteries, Car, Motorcycle & Leisure.
40% off Engine Oil Brands.

Plus other deals this month.

Strimmers and BrushCutters / STIHL Product Recall
« on: August 23, 2019, 06:35:51 PM »
STIHL Product Recall.

STIHL recalls trimmer heads: STIHL PolyCut 27-3 And STIHL PolyCut 47-3

Quality rests have revealed that the screw connections of these trimmer heads may come loose in operation.  As a result it is possible that moving parts will fly off, there will be a risk of injury to the user as well as to third parties.

Do not use the trimmer head again!

Please return the trimmer head immediately.  You will be refunded the purchase price for this.  And will be given help to choose a suitable replacement product.

At Euro Car Parts:  Nextbase 522GW Dash Cam with Amazon Alexa (1440p Quad HD) Was  £149.00 Now £119.00

Nextbase 522GW Dash Cam with Amazon Alexa (1440p Quad HD)

"The Nextbase 522GW boasts 1440p Quad HD, with an inbuilt polarising filter to provide unbeatable picture quality to give you a superior Dash Cam experience. It includes revolutionary new features such as Alexa-built into bring all the features of Alexa from your home into the car, whilst allowing you to voice control your Dash Cam and be safe on the roads. (*Certain features accessible shortly after launch*)

Be assured of safer journeys with the Nextbase Emergency SOS feature. This will alert the emergency services to your location in the event of an accident and share crucial medical data to aid efficient treatment.

The 522GW includes Bluetooth 4.2 to automatically send crash footage directly to your Bluetooth enabled phone, QuickLink Wi-Fi for video transfer and a higher accuracy 10x GPS module for accurate speed and location data.Customise your 522GW using the Rear Cam Modules for all -round protection."

•1440p Quad HD at 30fps for stunning image quality
Inbuilt polarising lens to dramatically reduce windscreen glare and reflection
Alexa built-in. Get your car connected with voice control and smart home connectivity on the move (*Certain features

EGO 20 in. 56-Volt Lithium-ion Electric Walk Behind Mower Kit with 7.5Ah Battery and Charger Included

The performance of gas without the noise mess and fumes, now with extended run time: up to 80 minutes on a single charge. The EGO 56-Volt Lithium-Ion Mower delivers long-lasting power, rapid charging and durability in all weather conditions. The EGO Power+ 56-Volt battery can deliver Power Beyond Belief to all EGO outdoor power equipment.

Advanced 7.5Ah 56-Volt ARC-Lithium battery and rapid charger
80-minute cut time and 60-minute charge time
Weather resistant construction, rapid charging and lasting power

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EGO 20 in. 56 Volt Lithium ion Cordless Push Mower with 5.0Ah Battery and Charger Included

The performance of gas without the noise, mess and fumes. The EGO 56 Volt POWER+ Lawn Mower delivers long-lasting power, easy push-button start and durability in all-weather conditions. The advanced 5.0 Ah 56 Volt Lithium-Ion battery uses industry-leading Arc-Lithium technology to deliver Power Beyond Belief and is compatible with all EGO POWER+ products.

Delivers long-lasting power without noise, mess or fumes
Single-lever, 6-position deck-height adjustment
Charges in approximately 80 min with included standard charger

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Site Feedback / Added a couple of new smileys
« on: July 11, 2019, 07:39:38 AM »
Note to self:  Just added a few new smileys to post form. Just these for now.

 :tup: :hmm: :welcome: :idea: :doh:

Lawn mowers / Briggs and Stratton Auto Choke Problem
« on: July 07, 2019, 11:32:57 AM »
An issue I've come across on several occasions with the later Briggs and Stratton auto choke system.  This is on the later engines fitted to the new Hayter Harrier mowers, and other machines.  I just happened to have four of these over a period of two weeks.

This engine uses the thermal device found on many of the Briggs and Stratton engines nowadays.  Here's roughly how it works.

When the engine starts, and the governor cuts in, that pulls the throttle down so the engine revs at a safe and comfortable speed.  This action on the throttle shaft also nudges the choke off enough to keep the engine running comfortably.

As the engine heats up, the thermal device pushes a little plastic arm, which then leans on the choke shaft to open it fully, and continues to hold it open while the engine is hot, so it's ready for a hot restart.

What's happening is when the engine cools down, and the thermal device backs away, but the choke shaft is getting stuck, and therefore leaving the choke in the off position.  This leaves you with a engine that won't start when it's cold, or at least it will be extremely difficult to start.

The cause:  The arm on the top of the choke shaft is binding against the carburettor mounting bracket.   Now They should really press a dimple in the bracket so it clears the arm, or make the arm a few thou shorter.  I have got around this by shaving a very tiny amount of plastic off the end of the arm, or even a few passes with a bit of emery paper is enough to cure it.  Hopefully Briggs and Stratton will address this issue soon, if they haven't already.

Anyway, thought I'd share my findings.  Check out the video below, it'll help to see what I'm talking about. This was one I had on the bench recently.

Edit:  Just want to add, that even if your engine suffers from this problem, it might not happen every time you go to start it, or when you look and check for the issue.  What I'm saying is, by the time you've trundled the machine from your shed to the lawn the vibration might have just been enough to release the choke and it'll start.  So you'll need to actually check it as shown in the video.

Petrol Tips

Pump Fuel:

1: Avoid the crappy supermarket fuel where possible.
2: Use Super Unleaded from one of the big fuel companies, like Shell, or BP, you'll find it'll keep better, and give you less problems.
3: For use in two stroke machines, it advisable to use up the fuel and replace with fresh after 30 days. This is a guideline most machinery manufacturers are recommending. 
4: Don't use fuel left over and sitting in the can from the previous year, it really won't do you any favours, and might cost you big time to have your machine repaired.
5: Don't leave fuel sitting it the machine all year round, or if you do at least start it up a few times during, so it replenishes the fuel in the carburettor.  Ethanol is at it's worst when sitting still in your carb.
6: Pump fuel in the UK contains 5% Ethanol, not only is it corrosive, it's also hydroscopic, which means it'll corrode the aluminium your carb is made with, and it also draws in moisture from the air, so you'll eventually get water damage.  Hence why a lot of mower carbs are now made from plastic.

Alkylate based fuels. (IE: Aspen, or Stihl MotoPlus). *

Keeps for around five years in it's original coloured container, but keep it out of sunlight, and in a cool place.  If you store it in your clear strimmer tank which lets the light in it won't keep for as long.

Alkylate based fuel doesn't contain the nasty Ethanol. so that eliminates 99% of your problems, it also doesn't contain some of the other nasty chemicals which makes it better on your health.

* Why didn't I include Stihl MotoMix above?

Well as far as I can make out, (And someone will no doubt correct me on this), Stihl MotoPlus (neat fuel for 4stroke engines) has the word Alkylate on the can, while Stihl MotoMix (Premixed two stroke fuel for two stroke engines) doesn't, and from the data it states it's a fully synthetic fuel, which suggests it's completely man made.   

MotoMix again has a five year shelf life if stored in the original container, but they also state it will stay fresh for extended periods in your equipment, though how long I haven't a clue. I'm guessing around two years, based on the fact that the early 1Litre bottles of MotoMix were shipped in clear containers, and had a two year shelf life apposed to the five litre coloured can which had a five year shelf life.

Note: I would also recommend, anyone who's been running chainsaws, strimmer's, blower's or anything which uses a diaphragm type carburettor on pump fuel for quite a while,  change the diaphragms before switching to Alkylate based fuel, it's pretty common for the change in fuel to make the diaphragms go hard, and therefore give you running problems. 

Anyway, hope you find this useful, and remember, keep it lean, and keep it fresh, it'll save you money in the long run.

Information above is my own thoughts and observations, if anyone would like to add or comment, then feel free to join in.

Lawn mowers / Ariens Razor
« on: June 25, 2019, 09:42:15 PM »
Always thought the Ariens Razor mowers were pretty good value at first glance.  Now with some of them constantly losing drive because the belt jumping off the front pulley, and one I repaired today which had one rear wheel with the gear slipping.  The more I look the more I ask myself, why.

Why do they make the front part of the belt cover like that, it's the main cause of the belt being pushed up above the crank pulley.  It should be shaped so it's parallel to the pulley, and not angled further away as it goes up.  Whenever the belt comes off you'll always find it sitting on the crank above the pulley.

Pinion in the rear wheels, they hardly mesh with the gear on the wheel, this one was slipping and only a small amount of wear on the pinion itself.  Then I got hold of the shaft and the gearbox shaft complete with pinion moved up and down quite a lot, hence why it was slipping.  Why the hell don't they use a proper bearing here, instead of a casting, or at the very least provide a way to lubricate it.   I'm not so impressed if I'm honest.

Here's a pic of the bearing

This is the pinion

And to top it off, the bushing which is also steel had seized onto the spindle, and came out with it.

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