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Smoking can be caused by an overly rich fuel mixture or the presence of oil in the combustion chamber. On the more serious side, your engine may be seizing because it doesn`t have enough oil.
Smoke coming from the strimmer is usually caused by one of three things: an old spark plug, a clogged air filter, or a worn-out carburettor. An old spark plug is one of the most common causes of smoking strimmers.
If that is where the smoke originates from you could have bad/worn brushes or a short on the armature windings. Remove the brushes and check their length. A short length causes the springs to not put enough pressure on the brushes to make good contact with commutator. If so, repalce the brushes.
Re: 2-stroke strimmer question

Assuming the machine is running properly, it should be blueish smoke you see.. Have you checked it isn`t leaking gearbox oil? One other thing you could try, if it seems rich you could try a 45:1 mix.

In the majority of cases, a lawnmower engine suddenly bellows out blue or white smoke because oil has spilled onto the engine. The spillage can happen if you added or changed oil and slopped some or overfilled.
White or blue smoke may indicate an oil spill on the engine.

The smoke may look disconcerting, but it`s completely harmless. Solve the problem by restarting the mower and allowing the spilled oil to burn off.

As previously mentioned, 2 strokes naturally produce at least some amount of smoke. 2 stroke dirt bikes smoke because of the oil that`s mixed in with the gas. This oil lubricates the cylinder, but it comes out as smoke when it`s not fully burned from the engine combustion.
A fuel-rich mixture can cause the engine to smoke. Clean the air filter and perform preventive maintenance on the leaf blower to help prevent engine smoking. Clogged jets inside the carburetor also cause excessive smoking because the carburetor can`t mix the right amount of air with fuel.
Blue or white smoke coming from your engine usually indicates burning oil, which can be caused by: Overfilling the crankcase with oil. Incorrect oil grades. Operating engine at greater than a 15 degree angle.
Since the engine is burning pre-mix oil we have to be careful here, because blueish-white smoke is a normal occurrence of two-stroke engine operation. However, excessive smoke after warm up can be an indicator of a couple problems.
Thick white exhaust smoke usually indicates a coolant leak, which could cause overheating and put your engine at a serious risk of damage. If this is the case, call our auto repair shop for an inspection immediately.
White smoke usually means coolant is getting into the combustion chambers of your vehicle. This generally happens because of a cracked or leaking head gasket, which allows coolant to seep into your cylinders. In extreme cases, you will need to replace your head gasket.
Blue or white smoke coming from your engine usually indicates burning oil, which can be caused by: Overfilling the crankcase with oil. Incorrect oil grades. Operating engine at greater than a 15 degree angle.
Smoke After Warm Up

Oil can enter the combustion chamber past the valve stem seals or pistons rings, so if this symptom persists then one of these components may be compromised. White smoke exiting the exhaust pipe after the engine has warmed is a sign that coolant is burning in the combustion chamber.

The fuel mixture on a Stihl weed trimmer is 50:1 gas to oil. If you`ve measured this mixture wrong, your fuel may be causing your engine to smoke. If it`s smoking, it means you`ve added to much oil to the mixture, causing it to be too rich for the engine.
Smoke After Warm Up

Oil can enter the combustion chamber past the valve stem seals or pistons rings, so if this symptom persists then one of these components may be compromised. White smoke exiting the exhaust pipe after the engine has warmed is a sign that coolant is burning in the combustion chamber.

The fuel mixture on a Stihl weed trimmer is 50:1 gas to oil. If you`ve measured this mixture wrong, your fuel may be causing your engine to smoke. If it`s smoking, it means you`ve added to much oil to the mixture, causing it to be too rich for the engine.
Blue or white smoke coming from your engine usually indicates burning oil, which can be caused by: Overfilling the crankcase with oil. Incorrect oil grades. Operating engine at greater than a 15 degree angle.
The fuel mixture on a Stihl weed trimmer is 50:1 gas to oil. If you`ve measured this mixture wrong, your fuel may be causing your engine to smoke. If it`s smoking, it means you`ve added to much oil to the mixture, causing it to be too rich for the engine.
In the event that your wood chipper engine is producing smoke, please follow this checklist: Check the oil level and adjust as needed. Check the air filter and clean or replace if needed. You may be using the wrong oil – too light for the temperature.
Smoke After Warm Up

Oil can enter the combustion chamber past the valve stem seals or pistons rings, so if this symptom persists then one of these components may be compromised. White smoke exiting the exhaust pipe after the engine has warmed is a sign that coolant is burning in the combustion chamber.

In the event that your wood chipper engine is producing smoke, please follow this checklist: Check the oil level and adjust as needed. Check the air filter and clean or replace if needed. You may be using the wrong oil – too light for the temperature.
The fuel mixture on a Stihl weed trimmer is 50:1 gas to oil. If you`ve measured this mixture wrong, your fuel may be causing your engine to smoke. If it`s smoking, it means you`ve added to much oil to the mixture, causing it to be too rich for the engine.
In the event that your wood chipper engine is producing smoke, please follow this checklist: Check the oil level and adjust as needed. Check the air filter and clean or replace if needed. You may be using the wrong oil – too light for the temperature.

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How do i store a whipper snipper laying down or hanging up
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Husqvana keeps blowing fuse & when i disconnect a wire from the fuel managment system it doesnt blow
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Craftsman lt1000 starts up and blows white smoke it stays started for only a short time
ANSWER : Hi, replace the fuel as it may be contaminated, also change the oil as it may be diluted with fuel (you can smell it on the dipstick if this is the case). Regards Phil

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