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Operator’s Manual

YMGBV3100

2-Cycle Gas

Mulching

Blower/Vacuum

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS DO NOT THROW AWAY

P/N 769-01907 (6/05)

INTRODUCTION

THANK YOU

Thank you for buying this quality product. This modern outdoor power tool will provide many hours of useful service. You will find it to be a great labor-saving device. This operator’s manual provides you with easy-to- understand operating instructions. Read the whole manual and follow all the instructions to keep your new outdoor power tool in top operating condition.

PRODUCT REFERENCES, ILLUSTRATIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS

All information, illustrations, and specifications in this manual are based on the latest product information available at the time of printing. We reserve the right to make changes at any time without notice.

Copyright© 2005 MTD SOUTHWEST INC, All Rights Reserved.

SERVICE INFORMATION

Service on this unit both within and after the warranty period should be performed only by an authorized and approved service dealer.

For service call 1-800-345-8746 in the United States, or 1-800-668-1238 in Canada to obtain a list of authorized service dealers near you. For more details about your unit, visit our website at www.Yardman.com.

DO NOT RETURN THE UNIT TO THE RETAILER. PROOF OF PURCHASE WILL BE REQUIRED FOR WARRANTY SERVICE.

Before beginning, locate the unit’s model plate. It lists the model and serial numbers of your unit. Refer to the sample plate below and copy the information for future reference.

 

MODEL :

S/N :

ITEM :

Copy the model and parent part number here:

Copy the serial number here:

Make sure you carefully read and understand this manual before starting or operating this equipment.

THIS PRODUCT IS COVERED BY ONE OR MORE U.S. PATENTS. OTHER PATENTS PENDING.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Service Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Rules for Safe Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Know Your Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Assembly Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Oil and Fuel Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Starting/Stopping Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Operating Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Maintenance and Repair Instructions . . . . . . . . . . .16 Troubleshooting Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Parts List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover

SPARK ARRESTOR NOTE

NOTE: For users on U.S. Forest Land and in the states of California, Maine, Oregon and Washington.

All U.S. Forest Land and the state of California (Public Resources Codes 4442 and 4443), Oregon and Washington require, by law that certain internal combustion engines operated on forest brush and/or grass-covered areas be equipped with a spark arrestor, maintained in effective working order, or the engine be constructed, equipped and maintained for the prevention of fire. Check with your state or local authorities for regulations pertaining to these requirements. Failure to follow these requirements could subject you to liability or a fine. This unit is factory equipped with a spark arrestor. If it requires replacement, ask your LOCAL SERVICE DEALER to install the Accessory Part

#753-04689 Spark Arrestor Kit.

CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING

WARNING

THE ENGINE EXHAUST FROM THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS CHEMICALS KNOWN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO CAUSE CANCER, BIRTH DEFECTS OR OTHER REPRODUCTIVE HARM.

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RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION

The purpose of safety symbols is to attract your attention to possible dangers. The safety symbols, and their explanations, deserve your careful attention and understanding. The safety warnings do not by themselves eliminate any danger. The instructions or warnings they give are not substitutes for proper accident prevention measures.

SYMBOL MEANING

SAFETY ALERT: Indicatesdanger, warning or caution. Attention is required in order to avoid serious personal injury. May be used in conjunction with other symbols or pictographs.

NOTE: Advises you of information or instructions vital to the operation or maintenance of the equipment.

Read the Operator’s Manual(s) and follow all warnings and safety instructions.

Failure to do so can result in serious injury to the operator and/or bystanders.

FOR QUESTIONS, CALL 1-800-345-8746 in the United States, or 1-800-668-1238 in Canada

SYMBOL MEANING

DANGER: Failure to obey a safety warning will

result in serious injury to yourself or to others. Always follow the safety precautions to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and personal injury.

WARNING: Failure to obey a safety warning can

result in injury to yourself and others. Always follow the safety precautions to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and personal injury.

CAUTION: Failure to obey a safety warning may

result in property damage or personal injury to yourself or to others. Always follow the safety precautions to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and personal injury.

• IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS •

READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS

BEFORE OPERATING

WARNING: When using the unit, you must follow the

safety rules. Please read these instructions before operating the unit in order to ensure the safety of the operator and any bystanders. Please keep these instructions for later use.

Read the instructions carefully. Be familiar with the controls and proper use of the unit.

Do not operate this unit when tired, ill, or under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication.

Children and teens under the age of 15 must not use the unit, except for teens guided by an adult.

All guards and safety attachments must be installed properly before operating the unit.

Inspect the unit before use. Replace damaged parts. Check for fuel leaks. Make sure all fasteners are in place and secure. Replace parts that are cracked, chipped, or damaged in any way. Do not operate the unit with loose or damaged parts.

Carefully inspect the area before starting the unit. Remove all debris and hard or sharp objects such as glass, wire, etc.

Clear the area of children, bystanders, and pets. At a minimum, keep all children, bystanders, and pets outside a 50 feet (15 m.) radius; there still may be a risk to bystanders from thrown objects. Bystanders should be encouraged to wear eye protection. If you are approached, stop the unit immediately.

SAFETY WARNINGS FOR GAS UNITS

WARNING: Gasoline is highly flammable, and its

vapors can explode if ignited. Take the following precautions:

Store fuel only in containers specifically designed and approved for the storage of such materials.

Avoid creating a source of ignition for spilled fuel. Do not start the engine until fuel vapors dissipate.

Always stop the engine and allow it to cool before filling the fuel tank. Never remove the cap of the fuel tank, or add fuel, when the engine is hot. Never operate the unit without the fuel cap securely in place. Loosen the fuel tank cap slowly to relieve any pressure in the tank.

Mix and add fuel in a clean, well-ventilated outdoor area where there are no sparks or flames. Slowly remove the fuel cap only after stopping engine. Do not smoke while fueling or mixing fuel. Wipe up any spilled fuel from the unit immediately. Always wipe unit dry before using.

Move the unit at least 30 feet (9.1 m) from the fueling source and site before starting the engine. Do not smoke or allow sparks and open flames near the area while adding fuel or operating the unit.

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RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION

WHILE OPERATING

Never start or run the unit inside a closed room or building. Breathing exhaust fumes can kill. Operate this unit only in a well-ventilated outdoor area.

To reduce the risk of injury associated with thrown objects, wear safety glasses or goggles that are marked as meeting ANSI Z87. standards.

Never run the unit without the the proper equipment attached. When using this unit, always install the blower/vacuum tubes and vacuum bag depending on model. Make sure the vacuum bag is completely zipped closed.

To reduce the risk of hearing loss associated with sound level(s), always wear ear/hearing protection when operating this unit.

Wear heavy, long pants, boots, and gloves. Do not wear short pants, sandals, or go barefoot.

To avoid static electricity shock, do not wear rubber gloves or any other insulated gloves while operating this unit.

To reduce the risk of injury associated with objects being drawn into rotating parts, do not wear loose clothing, jewelry, scarves, and the like. Secure hair above shoulder level.

Wear a face or dust mask if the operation is dusty. Long sleeve shirts are recommended.

Use the unit only in daylight or good artificial light.

Keep outside surfaces free from oil and fuel.

Avoid accidental starting. Be in the starting position whenever pulling the starter rope. The operator and unit must be in a stable position while starting. Refer to

Starting/Stopping Instructions.

Do not set unit on any surface except a clean, hard area while engine is running. Debris such as gravel, sand, dust, grass, etc. could be picked up by the air intake and thrown out by the discharge opening, damaging unit, property, or causing serious injury to bystanders or operator.

Use the right tool. Only use this tool for the purpose intended.

Do not force unit. It will do the job better and with less likelihood of injury at a rate for which it was designed.

Do not overreach or use from unstable surfaces such as ladders, trees, steep slopes, rooftops, etc. Always keep proper footing and balance.

Always hold the unit with a firm grip when operating.

Keep hands, face, and feet at a distance from all moving parts. Do not touch or try to stop the impeller when it is rotating. Do not operate without guards in place.

Do not put any object into openings. Do not use with any opening blocked; keep free of dirt, debris, and anything that may reduce the air flow.

Do not touch the engine or muffler. These parts get extremely hot from operation. When turned off they remain hot for a short time.

Do not operate the engine faster than the speed needed to do the job. Do not run the engine at high speed when not in use.

Always stop the engine when operation is delayed or when walking from one location to another.

Stop the engine for maintenance, repair, to install or remove the blower tubes or vacuum attachments. The unit must be stopped and the impeller no longer turning to avoid contact with the rotating blades.

Use only original equipment manufacturer replacement parts when servicing this unit. These parts are available from your authorized service dealer. Do not use unauthorized parts, accessories, or attachments for this unit. Doing so could lead to serious injury to the user, or damage to the unit, and void your warranty.

Never use this unit for spreading chemicals, fertilizers or other substances which may contain toxic materials.

To reduce fire hazard, replace faulty muffler and spark arrestor, keep the engine and muffler free from grass, leaves, excessive grease or carbon build up.

WHILE OPERATING UNIT AS A BLOWER

Never point the blower in the direction of people or pets, or in the direction of windows. Always direct the blowing debris away from people, animals, and windows. Use extra caution when blowing debris near solid objects such as trees, automobiles, walls, etc.

WHILE OPERATING UNIT AS A VACUUM

Avoid situations that could catch the vacuum bag on fire. Do not operate near an open flame. Do not vacuum warm ash from fireplaces, barbecue pits, brush piles, etc. Do not vacuum discarded cigars or cigarettes unless the cinders are completely cool.

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RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION

The unit is designed to pickup dry material such as leaves, grass, small twigs, and bits of paper. Do not attempt to vacuum wet debris and/or standing water as this may result in damage to the blower/ vacuum. To avoid severe damage to the impeller, do not vacuum metal, broken glass, etc.

OTHER SAFETY WARNINGS

Always disconnect the spark plug before performing maintenance or accessing movable parts.

Never store the unit, with fuel in the tank, inside a building where fumes may reach an open flame (pilot lights, etc.) or sparks (switches, electrical motors, etc.).

Allow the engine to cool before storing or transporting. Be sure to secure the unit while transporting.

Store the unit in a dry place, either locked up or up high to prevent unauthorized use or damage. Keep out of the reach of children.

Never douse or squirt the unit with water or any other liquid. Keep handles dry, clean, and free from debris. Clean after each use, see Cleaning and Storage instructions.

Keep these instructions. Refer to them often and use them to instruct other users. If you loan this unit to others, also loan these instructions to them.

SPECIAL NOTE: Exposure to vibrations through prolonged use of gasoline powered hand tools could cause blood vessel or nerve damage in the fingers, hands, and joints of people prone to circulation disorders or abnormal swelling. Prolonged use in cold weather has been linked to blood vessel damage in otherwise healthy people. If symptoms occur such as numbness, pain, loss of strength, change in skin color or texture, or loss of feeling in the fingers, hands or joints, discontinue use of this tool and seek medical attention. An anti-vibration system does not guarantee avoidance of these problems. Users who operate power tools on a regular basis must closely monitor their physical condition and the condition of this tool.

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS

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RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION

SAFETY AND INTERNATIONAL SYMBOLS

This operator's manual describes safety and international symbols and pictographs that may appear on this product. Read the operator's manual for complete safety, assembly, operating and maintenance and repair information.

SYMBOL MEANING

SAFETY ALERT SYMBOL

Indicates danger, warning, or caution. May be used in conjunction with other symbols or pictographs.

WARNING - READ OPERATOR'S MANUAL

Read the Operator’s Manual(s) and follow all warnings and safety instructions. Failure to do so can result in serious injury to the operator and/or bystanders.

WEAR EYE AND HEARING

PROTECTION

WARNING: Thrown objects and loud noise can cause severe eye injury and hearing loss. Wear eye protection meeting ANSI Z87.1-1989 standards and ear protection when operating this unit. Use a full face shield when needed.

• KEEP BYSTANDERS AWAY

WARNING: Keep all bystanders, especially children and pets, at least 50 feet (15 m.) from the operating area.

• UNLEADED FUEL

Always use clean, fresh unleaded fuel.

• OIL

Refer to operator's manual for the proper type of oil.

• THROWN OBJECTS AND ROTATING CUTTER CAN CAUSE SEVERE INJURY

WARNING: Keep clear of blower outlet. Never point the blower at yourself or others. Objects can be thrown from blower. Do not operate unit without proper attachments and guards in place.

SYMBOL MEANING

ON/OFF STOP CONTROL

ON / START / RUN

ON/OFF STOP CONTROL

OFF or STOP

HOT SURFACE WARNING

Do not touch a hot muffler or

cylinder. You may get burned. These parts get extremely hot from operation. When turned off they remain hot for a short time.

BLOWERS – ROTATING IMPELLER BLADES CAN CAUSE SEVERE INJURY

WARNING: Stop the engine and allow the impeller to stop before opening the vacuum door, installing or changing tubes or bag, or before cleaning or performing any maintenance.

• BLOWER/VACUUM MODE CHANGE-OVER LEVER

A - Vacuum mode B - Blower mode

THROTTLE CONTROL

Indicates “HIGH” or “FASTEST” speed.

• THROTTLE CONTROL

Indicates “IDLE”, “LOW” or “SLOWEST” speed.

1

2

3

CHOKE CONTROL

1 • FULL choke position.

2 • PARTIAL choke position.

3 • RUN position.

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RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION

KNOW YOUR UNIT

APPLICATION

As a blower:

Cleaning yards, garages, driveways, porches, patios, around walls, fences and more

As a vacuum:

• Picking up leaves and other light debris

Blower/Vacuum Tube

Vacuum Inlet

Blower Outlet

Vacuum Bag Hook

Throttle Control

Fuel Cap

Starter Rope

Grip

On/Off Stop Control

Blower/Vacuum Mode

Spark Plug

Change-Over Lever

 

 

Vacuum Bag

Blue Choke

Vacuum Bag Zipper

Lever

 

Primer

Air filter/muffler cover

Muffler

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ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

ATTACHING AND REMOVING THE BLOWER/VACUUM TUBE

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury, the

blower/vacuum tube and vacuum bag must be used when operating this unit.

Attaching

NOTE: The blower/vacuum tube comes unassembled on this unit. Installation is required to provide safe and easy use for the operator.

WARNING: To prevent serious personal injury, stop

the engine and allow the impeller to stop before attaching or removing tubes.

1.Remove the screws and nuts provided from the hardware pack.

2.Insert the blower/vacuum tube all the way into the opening on the motor housing until the holes in the tabs on the blower/vacuum tube align with the screw holes in the housing (Fig. 1).

3.Insert the 2 (two) 8-32 x 3/4” slotted T20 Torx screws into the right side of the motor housing and the 2 (two) nuts into the left side of the motor housing (Fig. 1).

Motor Housing

Nut

Blower/Vacuum

Tube

Screw

Self-Tapping Screw

Fig. 1

4.Tighten the screws firmly. Do not over-tighten.

5.Install the 2 (two) remaining self-tapping 8-16 x 3/4” slotted T20 Torx screws into the holes on either side of the housing (Fig. 1). Tighten until snug, do not over-tighten.

Removing

NOTE: It may be necessary to remove the blower/vacuum tube to clear a blocked tube or impeller.

WARNING: To prevent serious personal injury, stop

the engine and allow the impeller to stop before attaching or removing tubes.

1.Remove the 2 (two) self-tapping screws from either side of the housing.

2.Remove the 2 (two) screws and nuts holding the blower/vacuum tube on the housing (Fig. 2).

NOTE: Keep the hardware in a safe place for future use.

Screw

Self Tapping

and Nut

Screw

 

Screw and Nut

 

Fig. 2

3.Remove the blower/vacuum tube from the motor housing.

4.Replace blower/vacuum tube before use.

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ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

ATTACHING AND REMOVING THE VACUUM BAG

Attaching

1.Attach the vacuum bag to the vacuum bag hook on the blower/vacuum tube (Fig. 3).

Vacuum Bag Hook

Fig. 3

2.Slide the vacuum bag tube over the debris exhaust tube on the housing. Push the tube until the latching tabs on both sides click into place, securing the bag on the unit (Fig. 4).

Latching Tabs

Debris Exhaust Tube

Vacuum Bag Tube

Vacuum Bag

Zipper

Fig. 4

Removing

1.Press the latching tabs on both sides of the vacuum bag tube and pull the vacuum bag down from the unit (Fig. 5).

2.Detach the vacuum bag from the vacuum bag hook.

Latching Tabs

PRESS IN

PRESS IN

INSTALLING THE SHOULDER HARNESS (Optional)

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury,

never attempt to start the unit when standing, when the unit is clipped to the shoulder strap. Always follow the starting procedures as described in the Starting/ Stopping Instructions section.

The shoulder strap is an optional accessory.

1.Push the strap through the center of the buckle.

2.Pull the strap over the cross bar and down through the slot in the buckle (Fig. 6).

Clip

Fig. 6

3.Snap the clip on to the support fittings on the front or back of the handle. Clip to the front portion of the handle when using the unit as a blower, and clip to the back portion of the handle when using the unit as a vacuum (Fig. 7).

Attach Here for

Blowing Attach Here for

Vacuuming

Fig. 7

4.While standing in the operating position adjust length to fit the operator’s size. Pull tab to lengthen, pull strap to shorten (Fig 8).

Fig. 5

Fig. 8

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OIL AND FUEL INFORMATION

OIL AND FUEL MIXING INSTRUCTIONS

Old and/or improperly mixed fuel are the main reasons for the unit not running properly. Be sure to use fresh, clean unleaded fuel. Follow the instructions carefully for the proper fuel/oil mixture.

Definition of Blended Fuels

Today's fuels are often a blend of gasoline and oxygenates such as ethanol, methanol, or MTBE (ether). Alcohol-blended fuel absorbs water. As little as 1% water in the fuel can make fuel and oil separate. It forms acids when stored. When using alcohol-blended fuel, use fresh fuel (less than 60 days old).

Using Blended Fuels

If you choose to use a blended fuel, or its use is unavoidable, follow recommended precautions:

Always use the fresh fuel mix explained in your operator's manual

Always agitate the fuel mix before fueling the unit

Drain the tank and run the engine dry before storing the unit

Using Fuel Additives

The bottle of 2-cycle oil that came with your unit contains a fuel additive which will help inhibit corrosion and minimize the formation of gum deposits. It is recommended that you use our 2-cycle oil with this unit.

If unavailable, use a good 2-cycle oil designed for air-cooled engines along with a fuel additive, such as STA-BIL® Gas Stabilizer or an equivalent. Add 0.8 oz. (23 ml.) of fuel additive per gallon of fuel according to the instructions on the container. NEVER add fuel additives directly to the unit's fuel tank.

CAUTION: For proper engine operation and

maximum reliability, pay strict attention to the oil and fuel mixing instructions on the 2-cycle oil container. Using improperly mixed fuel can severely damage the engine.

Thoroughly mix the proper ratio of 2-cycle engine oil with unleaded gasoline in a separate fuel can. Use a 40:1 fuel/oil ratio. Do not mix them directly in the engine fuel tank. See the table below for specific gas and oil mixing ratios.

NOTE: One gallon (3.8 liters) of unleaded gasoline mixed with one 3.2 oz. (95 ml.) bottle of

2-cycle oil makes a 40:1 fuel/oil ratio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNLEADED GAS

 

 

2 CYCLE OIL

 

 

 

 

1 GALLON US

 

 

3.2 FL. OZ.

 

(3.8 LITERS)

 

 

(95 ml)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 LITER

 

 

25 ml

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIXING RATIO - 40:1

WARNING: Gasoline is extremely

flammable. Ignited Vapors may explode. Always stop the engine and allow it to cool before filling the fuel tank. Do not smoke while filling the tank. Keep sparks and open flames at a distance from the area.

WARNING: Remove fuel cap slowly to avoid injury

from fuel spray. Never operate the unit without the fuel cap securely in place.

WARNING: Add fuel in a clean, well ventilated

outdoor area. Wipe up any spilled fuel immediately. Avoid creating a source of ignition for spilt fuel. Do not start the engine until fuel vapors dissipate.

NOTE: Dispose of the old fuel/oil mix in accordance to Federal, State and Local regulations.

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STARTING/STOPPING INSTRUCTIONS

WARNING: Operate this unit only in a wellventilated outdoor

area. Carbon monoxide exhaust fumes can be lethal in a confined area.

WARNING: Avoid accidental starting. Make sure you are in the

starting position when pulling the starter rope (Fig. 11). To avoid serious injury, the operator and unit must be in a stable position while starting.

Do not set unit on any surface except a clean, hard area while starting. Debris such as gravel, sand, dust and grass could be picked up by the air intake and thrown out by the discharge opening. This could damage the unit, property, or cause serious injury to bystanders or the operator.

STARTING INSTRUCTIONS

1.Mix gas with oil. Fill fuel tank with fuel/oil mixture. See

Oil and Fuel Mixing Instructions.

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury,

always remove the vacuum bag prior to refueling the unit. The bag may become a fire hazard when saturated with fuel.

NOTE: There is no need to turn the unit on. The On/Off Stop Control is in the ON (I) position at all times.

2. Fully press and release the primer bulb 10 times, slowly. Some amount of fuel should be visible in the primer bulb and fuel lines (Fig. 10). If you can’t see fuel in the bulb, press and release the bulb as many times as it takes before you can see fuel in it.

3.Place the blue choke lever in Position 1 (Fig. 10).

4.Place the unit in the starting position (Fig. 11). Move the throttle control to the fast position ( ) (Fig. 9).

5.Pull the starter rope briskly 5 times.

6.Place the blue choke lever in Position 2.

7.Pull the starter rope briskly 1 to 3 times to start the engine.

8.Allow the engine to warm up for 15 to 30 seconds.

9.Place the blue choke lever in Position 3. The unit is ready for use.

IF... The engine does not start, go back to step 2.

IF... The engine fails to start after a couple attempts, place the blue choke lever in Position 3 and move the throttle control to the fast position ( ). Pull the starter rope briskly 3 to 8 times. The engine should start. If not, repeat.

IF WARM... If the engine is already warm, start the unit with the blue choke lever in Position 2. After the unit starts, move the blue choke lever to Position 3.

Throttle Control

Idle Fast

On/Off Stop Control

 

 

Fig. 9

Position 1

Position 3

 

 

Position 2

 

Blue Choke Lever

 

Primer Bulb

Fig. 10

Starter Rope

Fig. 11

STOPPING INSTRUCTIONS

1.Move the throttle control to the idle position ( ). Allow the engine to cool down by idling.

2.Press and hold On/Off Stop Control in the OFF (O) position until engine comes to a complete stop.

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

HOLDING THE BLOWER/VACUUM

Before operating the unit, stand in the operating position. (Fig. 12). Check for the following:

Operator is wearing proper clothing, such as boots, safety glasses or goggles, ear/hearing protection, gloves, long pants and long sleeve shirt

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury,

wear goggles or safety glasses at all times when operating this unit. Wear a face mask or dust mask in dusty locations.

If the conditions are dusty, the operator is wearing a dust mask or face mask

The unit is in good working condition

The tubes and guards are in place and secure

WARNING: To prevent serious personal injury or

damage to the unit, make sure blower tubes or vacuum tubes and the vacuum bag are in place before you operate the unit.

OPERATING TIPS

Be sure the vacuum bag is zipped closed before operating the unit.

Assure the unit is not directed at anybody or at any loose debris before starting the unit.

Verify that the unit is in good working condition. Make sure the tubes and guards are in place and secure.

Always hold the unit with both hands when operating. Keep a firm grip on both the front and rear handle or grips.

To reduce the risk of hearing loss associated with sound level(s), hearing protection is required.

Operate power equipment only at reasonable hours— not early in the morning or late at night when people might be disturbed. Comply with times listed in local ordinances. Usual recommendations are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.

To reduce noise levels, limit the number of pieces of equipment used at any one time.

To reduce noise levels, operate power blowers at the lowest possible speed to do the job.

Check your equipment before operation, especially the muffler, air intakes and air filters.

Use rakes and brooms to loosen debris before blowing.

In dusty conditions, slightly dampen surfaces or use a mister attachment when water is available.

Conserve water by using power blowers instead of hoses for many lawn and garden applications, including areas such as gutters, screens, patios, grills, porches and gardens.

Watch out for children, pets, open windows or freshly washed cars, and blow debris safely away.

Use the full blower nozzle extension so the air stream can work close to the ground.

Clean up after using blowers and other equipment. Dispose of debris appropriately.

OPERATING AS A BLOWER

Converting to a Blower

1.Start the engine. See Starting/Stopping Instructions.

2.Set the blower/vacuum mode change-over lever to the up position (Blower Mode) (Fig. 13).

NOTE: Never use the unit with the lever in a position half way between either mode.

3.Place the shoulder harness over your head, onto your shoulder and adjust it if necessary. Refer to Installing the Shoulder Harness.

Vacuum

Mode

Change-over Lever

Blower

 

Mode

Fig. 12

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

Blower Operating Procedures

Hold the blower as shown in Figures 14, 15, and 16. Sweep from side to side with the nozzle several inches above the ground or floor. Slowly advance the unit, keeping the accumulated pile of debris in front of you.

Most dry blowing operations are better suited to low speeds, rather than high. High speed blowing is a better way to move heavier items like large debris or gravel.

1Use the blower for trees, shrubs, flower beds and hard-to-clean areas (Fig. 14).

2.Use the unit around buildings and for other normal cleaning procedures (Fig. 15).

3.Use the blower around walls, overhangs, fences and screens (Fig. 16).

Fig. 14

Fig. 15

Fig. 16

OPERATING AS A VACUUM

Converting to Vacuum

1.Start engine. See Starting/Stopping Instructions.

2.Set the blower/vacuum mode change-over lever to the down position (Vacuum Mode) (Fig. 17).

NOTE: Never use the unit with the lever in a position half way between either mode.

3.Place the shoulder harness over your head, onto your shoulder and adjust it if necessary. Refer to

Installing the Shoulder Harness.

Vacuum

Mode

Blower

Mode

Change-over lever

Fig. 17

WARNING: To prevent serious personal injury or

damage to the unit, always install vacuum tubes, the vacuum bag and make sure the vacuum bag is completely zipped closed when operating this unit as a vacuum.

Vacuum Operation Procedures

Check for the following before operating the unit:

Operator is wearing proper clothing, such as boots, safety glasses or goggles, ear/hearing protection, gloves, long pants and long sleeve shirt

If the conditions are dusty, operator is equipped with a dust mask or face mask

The unit is in good working condition-- the vacuum tubes and vacuum bag are in place and secure.

The shoulder harness is in place and correctly adjusted

Use the unit for vacuuming up light debris like leaves and paper.

Hold the vacuum, tilting the suction tube slightly (2-4 in or 50-100 mm), and use a sweeping action to collect light debris (Fig. 18). The debris will flow into the vacuum bag. Items such as small leaves and small twigs will be mulched as they pass through the fan housing, allowing the vacuum bag to hold more debris.

When the bag is full, suction will noticeably decrease. Turn off the unit and allow the impeller to stop before you remove and unzip the bag. Unzip the bag and empty the contents before continuing. Refer to Emptying the Vacuum Bag.

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

PATIO HEAD

NOTE: To use the patio head, the unit must be operated as a vacuum. See the Operating as a Vacuum section of your manual.

Installation

1. Turn the unit so that the blower/vacuum tube openings point straight up (Fig. 19).

Fig. 18

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury,

never unzip the vacuum bag without stopping the unit first.

WARNING: As a vacuum, the unit is designed to

pick up dry material such as leaves, grass, small twigs and bits of paper. To avoid serious personal injury, do not attempt to vacuum wet debris and/or standing water as this may result in damage to the blower/ vacuum. To avoid severe damage to the impeller, do not vacuum metal, broken glass or similar items.

WARNING: Avoid situations that could catch the

vacuum bag on fire. Do not operate near an open flame. Do not vacuum warm ash from fireplaces, barbecue pits, brush piles, etc.

Do not vacuum discarded cigars or cigarettes unless the cinders are completely cool.

NOTE: Empty the bag after each use to avoid deterioration and obstructing air flow, which will reduce the performance of the vacuum.

Fig. 19

2.Place the round opening of the patio head into the round vacuum opening (Fig. 20).

3.Press down until the patio head seats into place.

Fig. 20

Operation

Hold the vacuum, tilting the blower/vacuum tube down. The Patio Head should roll without scraping, adjust the angle of the tube so that the Patio Head opening runs parallel to the ground. Use a forward and backward motion to vacuum up debris (Fig. 21). Small leaves and twigs will flow into the vacuum bag and be mulched as they pass through the fan housing, allowing the vacuum bag to hold more debris. DO NOT attempt to vacuum up materials that are larger than the Patio Head Openings.

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

When the bag is full, suction will noticeably decrease. Turn off the unit before removing the bag. Unzip the bag and empty the contents before continuing.

Removal

1.Turn the unit so that the blower/vacuum tube openings are straight up (Fig. 19).

2.Place one hand on the blower part of the tube and grip the patio head with the other.

3.Pull the patio head straight up.

Fig. 21

EMPTYING THE VACUUM BAG

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury,

never unzip or remove the vacuum bag without first turning the unit off.

NOTE: Empty the bag after each use to avoid deterioration and obstructing air flow, which will reduce the performance of the vacuum.

1.While pressing the latching tabs on both sides of the vacuum bag tube, pull the vacuum bag down off the unit (Fig. 22).

2.Detach the vacuum bag from the vacuum bag hook.

WARNING: Wear eye protection and a dust mask

when emptying the vacuum bag.

Latching tabs

PRESS IN

PRESS IN

CLEARING A BLOCKED TUBE / IMPELLER

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury, be

sure the unit is off and unplugged before clearing the impeller.

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury,

always wear gloves to protect yourself from the impeller blades or other sharp objects.

1.Press the On/Off Stop control down in the OFF (O) position until the engine comes to a complete stop (Fig. 9).

2.Disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent the unit from starting.

3.Remove the blower/vacuum tube and the vacuum bag.

4.Carefully remove material blocking the tube or impeller. Inspect the blades to assure no damage has occurred. Rotate the impeller blades by hand to assure the blockage is completely cleared.

5.Reinstall the vacuum bag and blower/vacuum tube.

6.Reconnect the spark plug wire.

Fig. 22

3.Unzip the bag and empty the contents into a garbage bag or container.

4.Turn the bag inside out after initial emptying and vigorously shake out dust and debris.

5.Return the bag to outside in, zip the bag closed and reinstall vacuum bag.

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MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS

MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

Perform these required maintenance procedures at the frequency stated in the table. These procedures should also be a part of any seasonal tune-up.

NOTE: Some maintenance procedures may require special tools or skills. If you are unsure about these procedures take your unit to any non-road engine repair establishment, individual or authorized service dealer.

WARNING: To prevent serious injury, never perform

maintenance or repairs with unit running. Always service and repair a cool unit. Disconnect the spark plug wire to ensure that the unit cannot start.

NOTE: Maintenance, replacement, or repair of the emission control devices and system may be performed by any non-road engine repair establishment, individual or authorized service dealer.

In order to assure peak performance of your engine, inspection of the engine exhaust port may be necessary after 50 hours of operation. If you notice lost RPM, poor performance or general lack of acceleration, this service may be required. If you feel your engine is in need of this inspection, refer service to any non-road engine repair establishment, individual or authorized service dealer for repair. DO NOT attempt to perform this process yourself as engine damage may result from contaminants involved in the cleaning process for the port.

FREQUENCY

MAINTENANCE REQUIRED

REFER TO

 

 

 

Before starting engine

Fill fuel tank with fresh fuel

Page 10

 

 

 

Every 10 hours

Clean and re-oil air filter

Page 16

 

 

 

Every 25 hours

Check and clean spark arrestor

Page 17

Check spark plug condition and gap

Page 18

 

 

 

 

Every 50 hours

Inspect exhaust port and spark arrestor screen for clogging or

Page 17

obstruction to assure maximum performance levels

 

 

 

 

 

AIR FILTER MAINTENANCE

Removing the Air Filter/Muffler Cover

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury,

always turn your unit off and allow it to cool before you clean or service it.

1. Place the blue choke lever in Position 2.

NOTE: The blue choke lever must be in Position 2 to remove the air filter/ muffler cover.

2.Remove the four (4) screws securing the air filter/muffler cover (Fig. 23). Use a T-20 Torx bit screwdriver.

Blue Choke

Lever

Position 2

Screws

Screws

3. Pull the cover from the engine. Do not force.

Cleaning the Air Filter

Clean and re-oil the air filter every 10 hours of operation. It is an important item to maintain. Failure to maintain your air filter properly can result in poor performance or can cause permanent damage to your engine.

1.Remove air filter/muffler cover. Refer to Removing the Air Filter/Muffler Cover.

2.Turn cover over and look inside to locate the air filter. Remove the air filter from inside the air filter/muffler cover (Fig. 24).

3.Wash the filter in detergent and water (Fig. 25). Rinse the filter thoroughly. Squeeze out excess water. Allow it to dry completely.

Air Filter

Inside Muffler

Cover

Fig. 23

Fig. 24

Fig. 25

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Fig. 26

 

 

 

Fig. 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.Apply enough clean SAE 30 oil to lightly coat the filter (Fig. 26).

5.Squeeze the filter to spread and remove excess oil (Fig. 27).

6.Replace the air filter inside the air filter/muffler cover (Fig. 24).

NOTE: Operating the unit without the air filter and air filter/muffler cover assembly will VOID the warranty.

Reinstalling the Air Filter/Muffler Cover

1.Place the air filter/muffler cover over the back of the carburetor and muffler. Align the screw holes.

2.Insert the four (4) screws into the holes in the air filter/muffler cover (Fig. 20) and tighten.

Do not over tighten.

SPARK ARRESTOR MAINTENANCE

NOTE: The exhaust can only flow in one direction: AWAY from the engine. Pay close attention when disassembling the muffler so you can put it back together correctly. Failure to do so will damage the unit and may cause serious personal injury.

1.Remove air filter/muffler cover. Refer to Removing the Air Filter/Muffler Cover.

2.Locate the muffler, but do not remove it. Find the two

(2) screws on the bottom of the muffler (Fig. 28). These two screws hold the Spark Arrestor Hood Assembly and the spark arrestor screen to the bottom of the muffler. Remove the two (2) screws using either a torx #20 or flat blade screwdriver.

3.Using a small flat blade screwdriver, carefully pry up the spark arrestor screen from the recessed hole, taking care to notice that the “raised” part of the spark arrestor screen is inside the recessed hole. Remove the spark arrestor screen from the muffler.

4.Clean the spark arrestor screen with a wire brush. Replace it if it is damaged, or if you are unable to clean it thoroughly.

5.Reinstall the spark arrestor screen by putting the “raised” portion of the screen inside the recessed hole of the muffler. Make sure that the spark arrestor screen fits flat against the muffler.

6.Place the spark arrestor plate on top of the spark arrestor with the “raised” side up and the opening facing towards the engine (Fig. 28).

7.Place the spark arrestor hood on top of the spark arrestor plate with the “raised” side up and the opening facing AWAY from the engine (Fig. 28). Verify that the exhaust will be directed AWAY from the engine.

8.Replace the two screws you removed in Step 2 and tighten them securely.

9.Reinstall the air filter/muffler cover.

WARNING: If the spark arrestor hood assembly is not

tightened securely, it could fall off causing damage to the unit and possible serious personal injury.

Muffler

Spark Arrestor

Screen

Spark Arrestor

Plate

Opening

Recessed Hole

Spark Arrestor Hood

Spark Arrestor

Assembly Includes:

Spark Arrestor Plate

Hood

Spark Arrestor Hood

Screws

and Screws

 

 

Fig. 28

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MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS

CARBURETOR ADJUSTMENT

The idle speed of the engine is adjustable through the air filter/muffler cover (Fig. 29).

NOTE: Careless adjustments can seriously damage your unit. An authorized service dealer should make carburetor adjustments.

Check Fuel Mixture

Old and/or improperly mixed fuel is usually the reason for improper unit performance. Drain and refill the tank with fresh, properly-mixed fuel prior to making any adjustments. Refer to Oil and Fuel Information.

Clean Air Filter

The condition of the air filter is important to the operation of the unit. A dirty air filter will restrict air flow and change the air/fuel mixture. This is often mistaken for an out of adjustment carburetor. Check the condition of the air filter before adjusting the idle speed screw. Refer to

Air Filter Maintenance.

Adjust Idle Speed Screw

WARNING: This unit will need to be running during

idle speed adjustment. Wear protective clothing and observe all safety instructions to prevent serious personal injury.

Also, DO NOT set unit on any surface except a clean, hard area while starting or performing any adjustments. Debris such as gravel, sand, dust, grass, etc. could be picked up by the air intake and thrown out by the discharge opening, damaging unit, property, or causing serious injury to bystanders or operator.

If after checking the fuel mixture and cleaning the air filter the engine still will not idle, adjust the idle speed adjuster as follows.

1.Start the engine and let it run at the fast position for a minute to warm up.

2.Set the blower/vacuum mode change-over lever to the up position (Blower Mode). Refer to Operating as a Blower.

NOTE: Setting the lever to the blower mode prevents the vacuum bag from filling up while starting or running the unit.

3.Move the throttle control and let the engine idle. If the engine stops, insert a small phillips screwdriver into the hole in the air filter/muffler cover (Fig. 29). Turn the idle speed adjuster in, clockwise, 1/8 of a turn at a time (as needed) until the engine idles smoothly.

4.If the unit appears to be idling too fast, turn the idle speed adjuster counterclockwise 1/8 of a turn at a time (as needed), to reduce idle speed.

Checking the fuel mixture, cleaning the air filter, and adjusting the idle speed should solve most engine problems.

If not and all of the following are true:

the engine will not idle

the engine hesitates or stalls on acceleration

there is a loss of engine power

Have the carburetor adjusted by an authorized service dealer.

Idle Speed Screw

Fig. 29

REPLACING THE SPARK PLUG

Use a Champion RDJ7Y spark plug, or equivalent. The correct air gap is 0.020 inch (0.5 mm). Remove the plug after every 25 hours of operation and check its condition.

1.Stop the engine and allow it to cool. Grasp the plug wire firmly and pull it from the spark plug.

2.Clean around the spark plug. Remove the spark plug from the cylinder head by turning a 5/8-inch socket counterclockwise.

3.Replace a cracked, fouled or dirty spark plug. Set the air gap at 0.020 in. (0.5 mm) using a feeler gauge (Fig. 30).

WARNING: Do not sand blast, scrape or clean

electrodes. Grit in the engine could damage the cylinder.

4.Install a correctly-gapped spark plug in the cylinder head. Tighten by turning the 5/8-inch socket clockwise until snug.

If using a torque wrench torque to:

110-120 in.•lb. (12.3-13.5 N•m) Do not over tighten.

0.020 in.

(0.5 mm)

Fig. 30

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MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS

CLEANING THE UNIT

WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury,

always turn your unit off and unplug it before you clean or service it.

Use a small brush to clean off the outside of the unit. Do not use strong detergents. Household cleaners that contain aromatic oils such as pine and lemon, and solvents such as kerosene, can damage plastic housing or handle. Wipe off any moisture with a soft cloth.

CLEANING THE VACUUM BAG

1.Empty the bag after each use to avoid deterioration and obstructing air flow, which will reduce the performance of the vacuum.

2.Wearing eye protection and a dust mask, clean the bag as needed. Turn the bag inside out after initial emptying and vigorously shake out dust and debris.

3.Wash the bag once a year or more often if needed:

a.Remove the vacuum bag.

b.Turn bag inside out.

c.Hang it up.

d.Hose it down thoroughly.

e.Hang to dry.

f.Turn bag right-side out and reinstall.

STORAGE

Never store a fueled unit where fumes may reach an open flame or spark.

Allow the engine to cool before storing.

Store the unit locked up to prevent unauthorized use or damage.

Store the unit in a dry, well-ventilated area.

Store the unit out of the reach of children.

LONG TERM STORAGE

If you plan on storing the unit for an extended time, use the following storage procedure:

1.Drain all fuel from the fuel tank into a container with the same 2-cycle fuel mixture. Do not use fuel that has been stored for more than 60 days. Dispose of the old fuel/oil mix in accordance to Federal, State and Local regulations.

2.Start the engine and allow it to run until it stalls. This ensures that all fuel has been drained from the carburetor.

3.Allow the engine to cool. Remove the spark plug and put 1 oz. (30 ml) of any high quality motor oil or 2-cycle oil into the cylinder. Pull the starter rope slowly to distribute the oil. Reinstall the spark plug.

NOTE: Remove the spark plug and drain all of the oil from the cylinder before attempting to start the unit after storage.

4.Thoroughly clean the unit and inspect it for any loose or damaged parts. Repair or replace damaged parts and tighten loose screws, nuts or bolts. The unit is ready for storage.

TRANSPORTING

Allow the engine to cool before transporting.

Drain fuel from unit.

Tighten fuel cap before transporting.

Secure the unit while transporting.

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TROUBLESHOOTING

ENGINE WILL NOT START

C A U S E

Throttle lever is in the incorrect position Empty fuel tank

Primer bulb wasn't pressed enough Engine flooded

Old or improperly mixed fuel

Fouled spark plug

Plugged spark arrestor

A C T I O N

Refer to the Starting/Stopping instructions Fill fuel tank with properly mixed fuel Press primer bulb fully and slowly 10 times

Flip throttle level to FAST and pull starter rope Drain gas tank / Add fresh fuel mixture Replace or clean the spark plug

Clean or replace spark arrestor

ENGINE WILL NOT IDLE

C A U S E

A C T I O N

Air filter is plugged

Replace or clean the air filter

Old or improperly mixed fuel

Drain gas tank / Add fresh fuel mixture

Improper carburetor adjustment

Adjust according to the Carburetor Adjustments section

 

 

ENGINE WILL NOT ACCELERATE

C A U S E

A C T I O N

Old or improperly mixed fuel

Drain gas tank / Add fresh fuel mixture

Improper carburetor adjustment

Take to an authorized service dealer for

 

carburetor adjustment

Dirty air filter

Clean or replace the air filter

Plugged spark arrestor

Clean or replace spark arrestor

 

 

ENGINE LACKS POWER OR STALLS

C A U S E

A C T I O N

Old or improperly mixed fuel

Drain gas tank / Add fresh fuel mixture

Air filter is plugged

Replace or clean the air filter

Improper carburetor adjustment

Take to an authorized service dealer for

 

carburetor adjustment

Fouled spark plug

Replace or clean the spark plug

Plugged spark arrestor

Clean or replace spark arrestor

 

 

UNIT WILL NOT BLOW OR VACUUM

C A U S E

A C T I O N

Bag full

Empty bag, as described in Empty the Vacuum Bag

Blocked tube

Clear the blockage as described in Clearing a Blocked

 

Tube/ Impeller

Blocked impeller

Clear the blockage as described in Clearing a Blocked

 

Tube/ Impeller

Damaged impeller

Take the unit to an authorized service dealer

 

 

If further assistance is required, contact your authorized service dealer.

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SPECIFICATIONS

 

 

 

 

ENGINE*

 

Engine Type..........................................................................................................................................

Air-Cooled, 2-Cycle

Displacement.............................................................................................................................................

31 cc (1.9 cu. in)

Operating RPM..........................................................................................................................................

6,800-9,200 rpm

Idle Speed RPM ........................................................................................................................................

3,200-4,200 rpm

Ignition Type..........................................................................................................................................................

Electronic

On/Off Stop Control.......................................................................................................................................

Rocker Switch

Spark Plug Gap ....................................................................................................................................

0.020 inch (0.5 mm)

Lubrication...................................................................................................................................................

Fuel/Oil Mixture

Fuel/Oil Ratio.................................................................................................................................................................

40:1

Carburetor.......................................................................................................................................

Diaphragm, All-Position

Starter...............................................................................................................................................................

Auto Rewind

Muffler .....................................................................................................................................................

Baffled with Guard

Fuel Tank Capacity.................................................................................................................................

13 ounces (384 ml)

BLOWER / VACUUM*

Throttle Control...........................................................................................................................................

 

Finger-Tip Lever

Blower Velocity .............................................................................................................................

 

up to 180 mph (290 kmh)

Blower Air Output ........................................................................................................................

 

up to 424 cfm (12.1 cmm)

Mulching Ratio......................................................................................................................................................

 

up to 10:1

Vacuum Bag Capacity .................................................................................................................

 

0.75 bushels (26.4 Liters)

Shoulder Harness .................................................................................................

Optional Accessory (Single Quick-Snap)

Approximate Weight (no fuel, with blower/vacuum tube and empty vacuum bag)

...........................................13 lb. (6 kg)

*All specifications are based on the latest product information available at the time of printing. We reserve the right to make changes at any time without notice.

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