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 06-27-2008, 17:13 Post: 154892
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Can ether be safely used in small gas engines? I'm really getting tired of pulling the starter for 20 minutes on my Honda engines until they start.






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 06-27-2008, 17:31 Post: 154893
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Ken I use it all the time. My old Techumsea always likes a sniff.






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 06-27-2008, 17:43 Post: 154894
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Thanks, Harvey. I've been having visions of the wife coming home and finding me dead next to the pressure washer. I'll give it a try.






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 06-27-2008, 20:02 Post: 154896
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Kwschumm,

A little squirt of ether in the air cleaner will do ya wonders. We use it all the time when powering up walk-behind snowblowers when it's 30 degrees below zero.

I've never used it during the summer months, but I don't foresee any problems. It doesn't take much....about a 1 second burst.

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 06-27-2008, 21:04 Post: 154898
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KW; No your Mrs. won't find you dead by the power washer, the paramedics will peel you off the ceiling with a putty knife. Seriously I've did it too in a last dtich situation and gotten away with it in small doses. I once witnessed an old Ford, (carbureted) flooded to the hilt and 20 below. I was jumppering it and the guy with the Ford was as a last ditch deal DUMPING either down the carb as she cranked, KABAM!!!!, no carburetor, nobody hit with shrapnel, good lesson. Frank.






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 06-27-2008, 21:20 Post: 154900
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Frank, I was thinking that pulling the starter rope for 20 minutes would give me a heart attack Smile I'll be sure to stand back and use only small amounts.






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 06-28-2008, 07:28 Post: 154910
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Frank I was thinking "Tim the tool man Taylor" as I read that. You are correct some common sense is always needed.






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 06-29-2008, 07:13 Post: 154926
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While using ether isn't a bad thing, to me, it's an indication that there is a problem that could be easily fixed such as a loose carb. connection/seal/gasket to the engine, clogged carb jet or bad needle, bad float, or even something simple like a fouled plug.

I bought a used concrete saw with a 13hp Honda that was always hard to start and ran kinda crappy until it really warmed up. For about three years it got harder and harder to start to the point where it wouldn't start at all. DOH! A bad plug. Now it starts right up.






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I've got two GX270 Honda engines and they both have always been hard to start. New carbs, drained fuel, new plugs, new ignition modules, bypassed low oil shutdown, nothing helps. These things just don't start easy like my Briggs, Kohlers, Echos, Stihls and Huskies.






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Kwschumm,

I own a Jiffy brand Ice Auger. (It's used for drilling holes in the ice, so that a fella can go fishing during the winter months.)

It's been a few years since I last started the thing up. While cleaning out the basement the other day, I decided that it might be time to give that ice auger a little exercise.

My little water pump also has a two-stroke engine, and it just so happens that the fuel-to-oil ratio is the same for both motors (24:1). So, I dumped in about a cup of fresh fuel, primed it with the primer bulb, turned on the switch, pulled the cord......and she purrs like a kitten.

We let it run for about 10 minutes, dumped out the fuel, then let the engine run until it died. I removed the spark plug, poured a bit of two-stroke oil into the cylinder, ran the piston to top-dead-center, and then put the spark plug back in. I'm guessing it's good for another few years.

I have no idea what make motor is on that JIffy ice auger, but I do like it. By the way, that ice auger was purchased in 1987. It's 21 years old now. I've never had the motor apart, nor the carburetor.

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