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fod or should i say iod!

Posted by rcmoser (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 3, 10 at 0:14

Well, my cheap green featherlite blower has FODDED the flywheel cooling fins. One of the nuts tha hold the handle on came loose and was bouncing around the flywheel breaking off the cooling fins. Not all of them, but a few. So I tore the top cover/crankcase sump off to get down to the rattling parts. Found the nut and shook all the fins out. Also noticed the block screws were loose letting the motor slop around. After tighting up and reassembling, it fired right off and will blow another day. Maybe run alittle hotter but it will still push air, Geeezz, I only got 7 years on it and that was after I pulled it out of the trash!. For you none aircraft lingo dud's FOD (Foreign Object Damage) IOD (internal Object Damage)

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RE: fod or should i say iod!

I've had to take mine apart twice now to tighten that nut. Mine's probably 5 yrs old, it gets run hard blowing off church parking lot and sidewalks every week in mowing season. I think you can buy them now for $70 - $80. For a cheap unit, we've sure got our money's worth out of this one.

RE: fod or should i say iod!

I should of known something was up? felt the handle loose, more than normal. the nut that came loose on mine was one of the two at the rear handle right over the flywheel.

I was in a hurry till I heard that clicking, clack, banging around. Course I shut if off immediately, but the damage was all ready done. I seen them on sale for as little as 69 bucks. 69 bucks you probably can't buy a carb. for that.

Mine still runs good and I was susprised how clean the spark plug and crankcase sump was when I had it apart. I didn't want to have to take the carb. off so I just clipped the plastic top cover to let it slide over the carb. .

RE: fod or should i say iod!

Yep, that was a bummer, having to take carb off,,,,
I think I put a nylon lined nut on last time,

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