clean and maintain your tools in an orderly fashion. If you want your tools to work well and give you good service for many years, you should do this regularly. This prevents corrosion an premature break downs.
Especially where power tools are concerned. Any gas powered or tools with small engines, need to be inspected and cleaned and maintained at regular intervals. Not only for good continuous operating performance, but also for safety purposes.
This article will specifically focus on how to clean and maintain your Makita Gas Powered Leaf Blower. Focusing primarily on my reviewed product of the Makita model BHX2500CA Gas Powered 4-stroke CARB Compliant Blower. However, these procedures can be great reminders for all small engines as well.
If you purchase this fine model blower, it would be of benefit for you to come back to this website and print this article off and staple it to your garage or shed wall. That way you'll always have these points right in front of you to help remind you and guide you in the maintaining of your Makita Blower.
Let's Get Started
For the Makita Blower there are 4 primary things that need to be done regularly.
Those things are...
- Changing the Engine Oil
- Inspecting and Cleaning the Air Filter
- Checking and Changing the Spark Plug (if needed)
- Cleaning the Fuel Filter & Replacement (if needed)
- Confirm that the gas tank cap is tightened securely
- Loosen and remove the oil cap
- Tilt the engine to the blower port side and drain
- Stand the engine back up vertically
- Refill oil
- Remove the air cleaner cover bolts
- Pull the lower side of the cover and detach it
- Make sure to turn the choke lever to the full close side
- Inspect the filter element, it should be clean with a slight oil film to it
For heavy oil contamination and dirt, clean with gasoline. As gasoline is a hydro-carbon and will cut through the oil acting as a degreaser. After cleaning the element, let it dry, and place a small amount of clean oil, about 2-3 drops, and work it in to the element with your hands. Leaving a small film of clean oil in the element. Continue on...
- Clean the element felt with gasoline if needed
- Clean the air filter cover
- Attach the cleaner cover and tighten with the bolts
- When remounting place the upper claw first then the lower claw
- Locate the plug cover
- Remove the spark plug using the box wrench that came with your tool kit
- Check the electrode of the plug
- Re-install the plug and snug it down with your box wrench
- Remove the fuel tank cap, drain the fuel to empty the tank
- Check the tank inside for any foreign materials. If any, make sure to clean these out
- Pull out the fuel filter with wire through the oil filling port
- If the fuel filter surface is contaminated, clean it with gasoline
- Reset the fuel filter in the fuel tank and tighten the fuel tank cap firmly
This is commonly called "winterizing." This should be done whenever you're storing any small engine for a long period of time without use. Start the winterizing by removing all the gasoline from the engine. Remove the fuel filter by the earlier instructions. Push the primer pump until all gas is removed from there. Reset the fuel filter in the tank and tighten the cap. Try to start the engine up. If it starts, let it run until it stops.
Remove the Spark Plug per the earlier instructions. Place about 5 drops of clean oil into the cylinder. Gently pull the starter handle about 3 times so the oil will spread around the cylinder walls. Re-install the spark plug and store your Makita Blower in a dry place. Your good to go!
I know this is a hard schedule to keep up with. But, I promise you, that if you keep as close to it as possible, your Makita Leaf Blower will last you many, many years beyond what you thought possible. I hope that this article is of benefit to you.
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