There are many types of leaf blowers in the market, which is a good thing as it means there is always something to suit your needs. However, the different types mean they don’t work in the same way. This can be a problem.
Also, for some people, starting a blower can be a headache. Even though each blower comes with a manual, most people throw it as soon as the blower comes out of the box. For a handful of people who do read the manual, the language seems too complicated to comprehend.
How To Start Different Types of Leaf Blowers?
Therefore, we have come up with a comprehensive guide on how you can start different types of blowers.
All the types of leaf blowers can be summed up in two categories i.e., electric leaf blower and gas-powered leaf blower. We will walk you through the steps of how to start both types.
1. Electric Leaf Blower
These are very simple to start. If you are using a corded one, just plug in the switch and turn on the power. Simple as that. Nothing else required.
The cordless ones are much simpler. Just turn on the power. If they don’t start, you might need to take them for repair. The battery might have died, or there might be other issues with the leaf blower.
2. Gas-powered Blowers
These blowers aren’t as simple as turning on the power, but not difficult either. The gas-powered blowers come in two subcategories. They are four-stroke blowers and two-stroke blowers.
This refers to the engine used in the blower. We will explain how to start both types.
Two Stroke blower
Below we discuss the steps to start a 2-stroke blower
How to Start a Leaf Blower
Below we discuss the steps to start a leaf blower that generally considered as a 2 stroke blower.
Use the right mixture for the fuel.
Move the choke to the starting position.
Press the primer bulb.
Pull the cords multiple times.
Let the engine run for a few seconds.
1) Use the right mixture for the fuel
A 2 stroke engine is called so due to the fact that it takes two movements of the piston to complete one cycle on internal combustion. A mixture of oil and gasoline is the fuel of a 2-stroke leaf blower.
The mixture should ideally have 2.5 oz of oil and one gallon of gas. In order words, the ratio of oil to gas should be 1:50. The ratio might change over time when the leaf blower becomes old, and the condition of the engine deteriorates.
After preparing the fuel, pour it slowly in the leaf blower. Doing it suddenly will damage the blower.
2) Move the Choke to the Starting Position
You don’t have to do this every time. This is to be done only when the weather is cold.
3) Press the Primer Bulb
A primer bulb is used to deliver the fuel to the carburetor. Press the primer bulb 4-6 times to make sure the fuel has adequately reached the destination.
Most people carry out the step in a hurry as they quickly want to finish up the work. The result is that the leaf blower stops after a few minutes. This can be frustrating in the middle of the work, so don’t ignore the importance of this step.
4) Pull the Cord Multiple Times
Finally, the gas-powered leaf blower is ready to start its job. Pull the cord strongly, not strong enough to break it. Even if you have a brand new blower, you might need to carry out the step multiple times. So don’t panic if the blower doesn’t start in the first instance.
5) Let the Engine Run for a Few Seconds
A lot of people make the mistake of using the blower as soon as it starts. While this might seem a harmless move, it affects the performance of the blower in the long run. Resultantly, you have to go for frequent maintenance.
Allow the engine to run for 10-15 seconds before you start using the blower.
Four Stroke Blower
You have to follow the exact same steps for a 4-stroke blower. The only difference is is that the fuel is a pure gas, rather than a mixture.
These were some of the steps of starting an electric and gas-powered leaf blower. As you saw, it isn’t as difficult as it initially seemed. However, remember not to miss any of the above steps, no matter how trivial they seem.
The reason is they may not cause any harm at the start but will reduce the life of the leaf blower. You don’t want to unlock your coffers for frequent maintenance and buying a new blower.
Or do you?