Lawn Mower Carburetor

An essential part of the gas powered engine is the carburetor. Basically, if the carburetor is faulty, the engine will be faulty as well. It will not work properly and constantly stop and sputter.

Therefore, taking care of the lawn mower carburetor is very important.

Obviously this is not needed on electric or cordless lawn mowers.

Cleaning the carburetor:

The first step is to turn the fuel line off. Contrary to popular belief, cleaning a carburetor is not as difficult as it may seem.

clean engine carburetorA nut is present below the carburetor which must be removed. After you remove this nut, the lower portion of the carburetor must be pulled off.

The inner part of this bottom portion must then be clean thoroughly after which the float valve must be checked to make sure that it moves without any difficulty.

The float valve is made of plastic and hangs when the bottom portion of the carburetor is removed.
The lower portion must then be re-attached and the fuel line must be switched on again.

The lawn mower must then be restarted. However, if it does not work, it must be taken to a professional as the problem could have gone beyond a faulty carburetor.

More often that not, cleaning the carburetor can prove to be quite successful and if your lawn mower is giving you trouble, this simple procedure can be carried out and your lawn mower will soon be as good as new.

Repairing the lawn mower carburetor:

The first and foremost step towards fixing a lawn mower carburetor is checking the gas to make sure that it is fresh.

cleaning lawn mower carbIf a part of the gasoline is old, that is, form a previous mowing session, it may have transformed into varnish. Therefore, you must remove this gas from the tank till it is dry.

Fresh gas must then be added to the tank.

In order to make sure that the carburetor is completely clean and dry; a cleaning product that is of top quality must be used.

The lawn mower must then be switched on and for about 12 minutes, it must be allowed to run.

The system cleaning product that was added previously will move thoroughly through the entire system and will make sure that the engine runs smoothly.

Therefore, before you put your lawn mower away, you must make sure that the tank is clean so that effort to clean it is reduced in the next season.

In order to ensure further cleanliness, a fuel stabilizer may also be added to the gas.

When Problems Persist

In case the problem still persists, the air adjustment valve must be located. This is present on the carburetor. It must then be twisted completely to the right side in order to prevent movement. After that, it must be twisted completely to the left side. The manual pull start must then be pulled and you must keep a close eye on the engine.

With the help of the air adjustment valve, the quantity of air that penetrates the carburetor is adjusted.

Therefore, naturally, is this quantity is more than necessary or less than required, the engine will not work properly and stop every few seconds.

It is essential to make sure that a balance is maintained between the fuel and the air that enters the carburetor.

In case the engine still doesn’t run properly, the valve must then be twisted to the left and then observed to see whether the problem is solved.

The air filter must be checked on a regular basis because if it is clogged, the engine will not run smoothly.

Therefore, it must be cleaned thoroughly with the help of warm water and soap. It should then be dried properly so that all the water is removed.

Gas lawn mowers

Gas lawn mowers can prove to be quite messy. Another disadvantage associated with gas lawn mowers is that as soon as the gasoline runs out, you have to travel for the purpose of buying more. An alternative to gas lawn mowers are electric lawn mowers.

However, a large number of people do not prefer these because of the presence of cords and they can get in the way.

Those lawn mowers that use cords can also cause severe injuries.

Rotary Mowers

A majority of rotary push mowers are operated with the help of internal combustion engines.lawn mower gas power

 

These internal combustion engines are either two stroke or four stroke and usually run on petrol or other fuels. Such gas lawn mowers usually have a single cylinder.

The horsepower is usually two to seven on an average.

Such engines are mostly carbureted and require a manual pull to kick-start them.

However, a large number of brands offer gas lawn mowers that have an electric start. A throttle that helps to decrease or increase the speed of the engine was offered in the past.

However, more recent gas lawn mowers have a throttle that is pre-set that adds to the life of the engine.

Gas Lawn Mower

Gas lawn mowers also store fuel as well as transport them which can prove to be quite disadvantageous.

Those gas lawn mowers that are two stroke require the mixture of a particular type of fuel or oil.

The major disadvantage of gas lawn mowers is the emission of pollution. These include ozone precursors, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide- all of which can prove to be extremely harmful for the ozone layer.

Those gas lawn mowers that are four stroke tend to emit polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Environmentally UN-Friendly

According to a number of sources, if you drive a car and a gas lawn mower for the same amount of time, more pollution will be emitted by the lawn mower.

Using a gas lawn mower for about an hour was found to emit at least 26 different varieties of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

gas powered lawn mower

It also emits benzopyrenes, a harmful substance that causes health deterioration – which are also present in cigarette smoke.

Chemicals such as carbon monoxide, methane, nitrogen oxide, hydrocarbons and smoke particles are also present in the gas emitted by gas lawn mowers.

Gas lawn mowers also emit ozone. Those hydrocarbons that are emitted by lawn mowers mix with the nitrogen oxide when sunlight is present and leads to the production of ozone.

This danger is escalated during summer time as the sunlight is the brightest in those months and lawns are mowed on a more regular basis during summer time as well.

Ozone is an element that tends to settle along the lining of lungs and leads to an increase in asthma as well as other breathing problems.

The “Red Alert” that is created during the summer months is usually due to the presence of ozone in the atmosphere.

According to a study, the most amount of pollution is emitted by gas lawn mowers and other such garden equipment.

This percentage is increased in suburban and metropolitan areas wherein lawn mowing is carried out more regularly.

A Catalyst For Catastrophy

According to other studies, using a particular kind of catalyst can lead to a reduction in the amount of pollutants that are released into the atmosphere.

Naturally, the best alternative is switching over to cordless lawn mowers or cordless electric lawn mowers that run on batteries and are much more environment friendly.

Noise pollution is also emitted by gas lawn mowers which further adds to the pollution in the air.

Noise pollution can lead to a number of problems such as anxiety, hearing problems as well as a loss in concentration and can also lead to insomnia.

Advantages of Mowing Green

If you are very concerned about the environmental impact you are having and want to reduce your personal carbon footprint then you should consider either corded electric lawn mowers or cordless electric lawn mowers.


 

Cordless electric lawn mowers

Cordless electric lawn mowers usually function with the help of rechargeable batteries.

They are also called cordless lawn mowers.

However, you must be aware of the number of batteries that must be used for the operation of a cordless electric lawn mower before purchasing the same as its functioning depends on this feature.

Gas Power vs Electrical Power

When compared to gas lawn mowers, cordless electric lawn mowers are considerably better even though they are more expensive.

This is because the problems associated with gas lawn mowers such as unpleasant gas smells and air pollution are reduced. Cordless electric lawn mowers are usually recommended for those who own large gardens and do not have extra time on their hands.

Ego cordless lawn mowerA major benefit of cordless electric lawn mowers if that the cutting height of the machine can be adjusted according to the length of the grass you wish to cut.

Another important benefit of using cordless electric lawn mowers is that noise is reduced.

Those who have used electric lawn mowers in the past will know that due to the presence of a cord, a number of problems can be experienced.

Cords also increase the possibilities of severe injuries.

A cordless electric lawn mower can either be used as a regular lawn mower as it comes with a clipping bag or it can be used for the purpose of mulching due to the attachment of a mulching plate.

As these attachments come along with the machine, the cost is increased.

Even though they are costly, they are definitely cost effective and can prove to be extremely beneficial in the long run.
A large number of people who have used gas lawn mowers in the past prefer cordless electric lawn mowers and say that they are better.

However, only those who own lawns that are not too large, those who have extra time or resources to carry out mowing on a regular basis and those who have the time to charge the battery must consider purchasing a cordless electric lawn mower.
Leaf removal is made easy with the help of a cordless electric lawn mower due to the presence of a mulching plate.

Therefore, a single machine can carry out the functions of cutting grass as well as mulching. As no cords are present, mess as well as the prospect of injuries is reduced.

Environmentally Friendly

Unpleasant smell due to the emission of gas is also removed.

Noise pollution is an electric moweralso reduced when compared to gas lawn mowers as these machines are considerably quieter. Air pollution is also reduced as gas is not used.

However, one major limitation is that cordless electric lawn mowers cannot be used by those who own large lawns. This is because the batteries of such machines have to be recharged between mowings.

Due to the increased environmental problems, a large number of people have switched to cordless electric lawn mowers. Also, as the mess as well as unpleasant smells are reduced, when compared to gas lawn mowers, people are turning towards cordless lawn mowers.

However, as the battery loses charge quite quickly, it is not recommended for those who own large lawns as they will have to charge the battery repeatedly during mowings. On an average, the batteries of cordless lawn mowers must be charged every 1 hour. However, it has been noticed that a large number of batteries must be charged every ½ an hour.

Even though larger batteries can be bought to get rid of this problem, such batteries are expensive and due to their excess weight, it is not recommended that they be used by those who own non-commercial lawn mowers.

Cordless lawn mowers

Cordless lawn mowers are operated with the help of batteries.

They are also known as cordless electric mowers and possess such batteries that are rechargeable.

However, you must be aware of the number of batteries that must be used before purchasing a cordless lawn mower because its operation and functioning depends on this feature.

Even though cordless lawn mowers can prove to be quite expensive, they are cost effective in the sense that cost is reduced over a period of time when compared to gas lawn mowers that require the individual to buy gas almost every other day.

black decker cordless electric lawn mowerCordless lawn mowers are usually recommended for those who own large gardens and do not have extra time on their hands.

The cutting height of the machine can be adjusted according to the length of the grass you wish to cut.

Neighbor Friendly Mowers

The major benefit of using cordless lawn mowers is the reduction of excessive noise and smells.

Mess is also reduced.

Those who use electric mowers with cables tend to experience difficulties as this cord comes in the way and can also cause injuries due to the same reason.

Using a cordless lawn mower can be done in two ways.

It can either be used as a regular lawn mower and a clipping bag be attached to it or it can also be used for mulching due to the presence of a mulching plate.

The machine comes equipped with such attachments.

Therefore, the high price is understood as these parts are not cheap.

However, they can prove to be quite effective in the long run and must definitely be tried out.

It has been said that are cordless lawn mower works as well as, if not better, than a gas lawn mower.
One must purchase a cordless lawn mower only if:

  • Your lawn is not too large and is flat
  • You have the time and the resources to mow on a regular basis
  • You have the time to charge the battery
  • As the cordless lawn mower comes equipped with a mulching plate, leaf removal is made easy.

Benefits of a cordless lawn mower:

Ego cordless lawn mower1-Cutting grass and leaf removal can be carried out with the help of a single machine
2-As no cords are present, mess as well as injuries are reduced. Unpleasant smell due to the emission of gas is also removed.
3-As cordless lawn mowers are quiet, noise pollution is reduced. Also, as gas is not used, air pollution is also reduced.

Limitations:

1-It does not work as well on lawns that are too large
2-The battery of cordless lawn mowers have to be charged between mowing

As the ozone layer is in danger, more and more people are switching to cordless lawn mowers.

Also, as the mess as well as unpleasant smells are reduced, when compared to gas lawn mowers, people are turning towards cordless lawn mowers.

greenworks cordless mowerHowever, as the battery loses charge quite quickly, it is not recommended for those who own large lawns as they will have to charge the battery repeatedly during mowings.

On an average, the batteries of cordless lawn mowers must be charged every 1 hour.

However, it has been noticed that a large number of batteries must be charged every ½ an hour.

This is considered to be a major disadvantage.

Even though larger batteries can be bought to get rid of this problem, such batteries are expensive and due to their excess weight, it is not recommended that they be used on non-commercial lawn mowers.

Therefore, the size as well as weight of the battery must be kept in mind before buying a battery and both these factors must be kept at a minimum.