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Leaf Blower Maintenance

Backpack Blower Maintenance
In order to keep your backpack leaf blower in proper working order, you should perform the maintenance and checks at regular intervals as recommended by your operator’s manual. Before performing any maintenance, ensure that you have turned the engine off, disconnected the spark plug, and allowed the engine and components to cool. Never work on your blower with the engine running. Doing so could result in serious injury. Metal components on your blower can become hot with use, so allow ample time for them to cool to eliminate the risk of accidental burns.
You should inspect your blower at regular intervals to check for loose parts and fasteners, and rusted or damaged components. Check the fuel line and bulb for leaks or cracks. Inspect ignition and cut-off wiring for loose or frayed wires or connections. If it is necessary to replace any parts on your backpack blower, ensure that you are using the proper replacement parts, as recommended by the manufacturer.
The muffler on most blowers can be easily removed. Inspect the vent for residue, dust, and carbon buildup. A flat blade screw drive can be inserted into the vent to gently remove buildup. Use a clean cloth to wipe the muffler clean, focusing on the exhaust vent and cylinder exhaust port. When replacing the muffler, ensure that all screws, bolts, and fittings are properly tightened.
It is important to inspect the air inlet for blockages. The air inlet net covers the inlet to reduce the chances of blockages. Your backpack blower will take air through the inlet net. Blockages can result in engine overheating which can cause damage to your blower. Never operate your blower without the air inlet net. Always ensure that it is attached and free from damage before operating your blower. If during operation, you notice a reduction in air flow, stop then engine, allow it to cool, and remove any blockages before restarting it.
Between uses, wipe down the unit with a clean cloth. Verify that the throttle is working correctly, and test the stop switch to ensure proper operation. Visually inspect the anti-vibration mountings to make sure that they are not broken or damaged.
Check your backpack straps to ensure that they are properly fastened. Inspect them for any frays, tears, or damage that could compromise the integrity of the straps. A strap that breaks while worn by the operator could result in injury to the user.
It is recommended that any actual engine work be performed by an authorized mechanic, or experienced small engine mechanic. If you are uncomfortable even performing standard maintenance, a small engine mechanic should be engaged as well.
Consult your operator manual for additional maintenance options specific to your backpack blower. Recommendations for changing spark plugs, fuel filters, or other components will be provided, and should be followed to ensure good operation.
Take good care of your backpack blower, and devote a few minutes at regular intervals to perform these checks and standard maintenance options. A few minutes spent on maintaining your blower can yield you years of flawless service from your backpack blower.