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cloddopper

  • Joined Jun 2013
  • South Wales .Carmarthenshire. SA18
Re: I've bought a rotavator/new toy!
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2014, 11:33:17 pm »
Photos would be very helpful .

You seem to have an oil bath oil filter , which would normally have a steel wire element or a very large hole open cell foam one .

 They are usually washed out in neat petrol , left to dry and then washed in a 50 /50 mix of petrol & engin oil then left to dry /drain down  for an hour or so to get the element lightly re oiled and sticky enough to catch dust .
Strong belief , triggers the mind to find the way ... Dyslexia just makes it that bit more amusing & interesting
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Dreich Pete

  • Joined Jan 2014
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: I've bought a rotavator/new toy!
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2014, 08:10:15 am »
The air filter consists of a oil reservoir with a plastic mesh/sponge filter leading up into the system. I've ditched the old oil as it was clearly contaminated and was looking a bit emulsified. I need to refill it with something, but I know it wasn't the cause of the engine death.

I removed the carb and gave it a few days of drying inside the house, and I flushed the petrol tank the other day and left it to dry on the underfloor heating. I put the whole lot back together again yesterday and gave it a little FRESH petrol and a single squirt of Easi-start. Result: started second pull. Very pleased with the result, but also with myself for managing this after being such a numpty in the first place.

The engine is running a little unevenly, though not rough, and when I put the blades into gear it kills the engine once I start moving. I'm working on the assumption - after much thought last night - that it is because I'm not giving it enough revs once the blades are doing the work. I'll give it another try this morning.

It'd help if I knew what all four handlebar lever were for: one if the dead-man's clutch, one allows the handlebars to be pivoted to the side while it's in motion - for keeping out of the way when ploughing, presumably, and I think one of them is a brake.

 

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