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Posted by on June 30, 2010    |    Leave a reply   

Because of their reputations as emergency-response machines, one of the most popular uses for gas-powered generators is often overlooked.

Generator sizes and designs go well beyond the large, stationary kinds used as backups. Far from being near-permanent home fixtures, portable generator designs offer gas-to-electric power for applications outside of the home, and not all of those applications are necessarily work-related.

Kawasaki Logo

The Kawasaki brand of small engines and power products offers great examples of generator models that are made to accommodate that time-honored summer activity–RVing.

When it comes to recreating in style and comfort, nothing quite beats having a well-suited portable generator to recharge those RV batteries, to power extra appliances, or even to light up your camping area at night.

The Kawasaki GE2900A is exactly the kind of power vacation tool we’re talking about. The GE2900 is portable, can deliver up to eleven hours of continuous operation, 2400 watts of continuous power, and weighs just over one hundred pounds.

Kawsaki Generator

If this kind of power equipment application sounds like it’s up your alley, then allow us to offer any RVers out there some quick generator advice that will ensure that your high-octane holiday goes off without a hitch. 

Even though a good road trip depends on the principle of thorough planning, it’s really easy to forget about all the parts that a generator might need to keep running smoothly while you’re out on the open trail.

Since a well-used generator might call for repairs or maintenance at any time–as any machine can–we recommend that vacationers pack a few spare generator parts along for the ride.

An RV

Here are a few generator parts that might save your vacation from coming to halt:

* a spark plug

* air filters

* oil filters

* a new start cord

* a backup power cord

These common generator replacement parts can be installed pretty much anywhere. Just make sure to bring along some hand tools to help you work on the generator’s engine.

We offer our signature parts ordering and shipping services for Kawasaki powered products, including Kawasaki Generator Parts.

A home power outage with a busted generator and no parts to fix it would be more than inconvenient. Not being able power your RV’s mini fridge at the campsite might be a tragedy.

Posted by on June 23, 2010    |    1 Comment   

Getting that professionally-cut look with your Murry mower might be easier than you think.

Whether or not a lawn is cut correctly affects both the way the lawn looks and the health of your grass. Good mowing certainly depends on the operator using proper technique, but a well-mowed lawn begins long before the mower is even out of the garage.

Mowed GrassOf course, we’re talking about mower maintenance and repair. Grass cutting problems like scalping, streaking, and uneven rows can often be prevented with a few equipment checks and service.

Below, we explain which Murray mower parts are most responsible for giving your grass a clean, even shave, and how to check and maintain them.

 

The Mower Blade-

Murray Lawn Mower

The blade on your Murray mower is obviously the part of the machine most directly-responsible for getting the job done, but the reasons why a mower blade might not cut properly might not always be so obvious.

* Check mower blade sharpness.

* Check mower blade wear level.

* Check mower blade installation.

* Check mower blade for damage.

Dull mower blades can cause streaking and uneven rows. Sharpening or replacing the blades will solve the problem.

If your Murray mower blade has dulled to the point of heavy wear, then it should be replaced with a new one.

Damaged and/or improperly installed mower blades can cause even more noticeable mowing problems, like stepped rows and scalping. Reinstall blades that have been installed incorrectly and replace damaged blades.

The Mower Tires-

Because a mower’s tires have to do with its balance and levelness, problems in that area of a mower can also cause cutting pattern problems.

* Check that inflatable tires are inflated correctly.

* Inspect the tires for proper installation.

* Look for tire damage.

Tire problems most commonly cause “stepped” row patterns that slant toward the direction of whichever tire is unduly lower than the other. Proper inflation and installation of both tires solves this problem.

The Mower Deck-

A number of problems can occur with the mower’s deck that affect grass cutting patterns.

* Using a scraping tool, unclog and clean under the mower deck.

* Check that the mower deck is level.

A very dirty and/or clogged mower deck can cause several kinds of cutting pattern issues, including uneven rows, streaking, and even patches of uncut grass.

Remember to use a scraping tool to clean under the deck. Never use water to clean under a mower deck.

A mis-adjusted deck will set the mower at a slant and cause stepped rows. Leveling the deck will quickly take care of the issue. Cutting pattern issues are occasionally caused by damage mower decks which must be replaced.

Plenty of these cutting pattern issues are solved with a little TLC or a quick adjustment, but the more serious causes require repairs.

Murray Logo

For your Murray mower repairs, using official O.E.M. Murray parts the next time you need a new deck or mower blade can give you the confidence of knowing that your parts replacement includes the highest quality parts available on the market.

Get your O.E.M. Murray parts right here at eReplacementParts.com, where you can find all the parts and information you need to get professional performance out of your outdoor equipment.

Posted by on June 14, 2010    |    Leave a reply   

A name like Honda hardly needs an introduction, but the availability of Honda Parts and Honda Small Engine Parts here at eReplacementParts.com is certainly some new worth reporting.

Honda Engines Logo

Like other small engine manufacturers, Honda small engines can be found in use in dozens of tool and machine types, not to mention models. Honda small engines see use lawn tractors, pressure washers, tillers, log splitters, lawn mowers, gas trimmers, fun bikes, edgers, and more.

So, by carrying Honda small engine parts for a given engine model, we’re equipped to offer fast and dependable parts replacement for all the outdoor products that use it.

Honda engines have a sterling reputation for long-lasting, intelligent engine designs.

Honda’s GX series of commercial use small engines are one of their more prominent product lines. Models like this GX120 pictured below see use in pumps, edgers, lawn mowers, and rammers. 

Honda GX120 Small Engine

* Honda Overhead Valves

* Horizontal shaft

* Automatic decompression

* Oil alert

 

Honda small engines in their GVC line are also well-received by residential consumers and continue to be a popular part of their premium residential engine lines.

Models like the GVC160 pictured below power outdoor equipment like log splitters, hover mowers, chips, and pressure washers.

Hone GCV160 Small Engine

* Honda Overhead Valves

* Honda Overhead Cam

* 1.10 Qt. per hour fuel consumption

*160cc displacement

 

 

Honda GX35 Small Engine

The Honda GS35 Engine pictured above represents the the kind of Honda engines used in their lightweight outdoor equipment, like trimmers and edgers.

On interesting thing about the Honda Engines company, is that they exclusively produce 4-stroke engines for their outdoor equipment and other products.

This means that Honda engine users don’t have to worry about mixing fuel and oil, and they also benefit from the quieter properties of 4-stroke engines.

Some of the GS35′s features include:

* OHC, reducing weight, oil consumption, and noise.

* Maintenance-free internal timing belt.

* Easy starting. 

* No mixing oil.

* Fuel efficient design.

Get parts for this GX35 or other Honda GX Series Engine Parts here at eReplacementParts.com!

Posted by on June 8, 2010    |    Leave a reply   

If you’ve been vacuum shopping recently, it’s likely that you ran into a vacuum model or two being advertised as having a “HEPA filter,” or High Efficiency Particulate Air filter.

By overlapping breathable materials with randomly-arranged fibers, HEPA filters capture much smaller particles than conventional air filters. A filter must be able to catch particles of 0.3 micrometers or smaller to be considered a HEPA filter in the industry, effectively immobilizing 99.97% of all airborne particles.

HEPA Filter (square)HEPA Filter (round)

The great benefit to HEPA filters is that they are able to trap many of the microorganisms that spread disease, like bacteria and viruses. Interestingly, they were invented to filter irradiated particles during The Manhattan Project. Since then, they’ve seen wide use on commercial airliners, in hospitals, and now, in vacuums.

Although first developed in the 1940′s, they have only grown in popularity in recent decades as awareness about household cleanliness and disease prevention have risen. HEPA vacuum filters are also recommended for trapping extra fine dust and pollens that contribute to allergies and asthma. 

Okay, and now for the industry insider tips on HEPA filters: First, a HEPA filter can only be as good as the vacuum filtration system of which it is a part. For a HEPA vacuum filter to truly work, all the air leaving the vacuum must pass through the filter. That means that the seal around the HEPA filter must be air tight. Learn as much about a vacuums HEPA filter system before purchase if health issues are a primary purchasing concern.

Also, not all HEPA filters are alike. Some filters have even better collection ratings for medical applications. Spend a little extra time finding out the details to get the best HEPA filter available for your vacuum model.

James Murray Spangler Spangler's First Hoover

HEPA filters might be the new big thing when it comes to vacuum cleaners and air filtration, but the history of the vacuum cleaner is actually rooted in addressing health concerns.

The man pictured above is James Murray Spangler–inventor of the first upright vacuum cleaner–and the prototype which he originally adapted from a soap box, a broom handle, and an old pillow case. Spangler suspected a carpet sweeper as the cause of his asthma woes and set out to find a suction-oriented solution. The iconic design of the upright household vacuum became the result of his efforts, a design he later sold to the Hoover vacuum company.

Speaking of the Hoover vacuum company . . . the eReplacementParts.com warehouse is now fully stocked with Hoover vacuum parts and Hoover vacuum accessories! Now customers can order the O.E.M. Hoover parts they need along with their tool and other equipment parts orders.

Hoover LogoOur stock of vacuum parts for homeowner and commercial vacuums continues to grow, now including Hoover canister vaccum parts, Hoover carpet cleaner parts, Hoover central vacuum parts, Hoover hard surface cleaner parts, and Hoover stick vacuum parts.

In addition, we have also added the Royal vacuum brand to our list of supported manufacturers. Royal vacuum parts are now available on our website for order, with all of the eReplacementParts.com information tools to assist your parts search! Use parts pages and breakdown pages to find the Royal backpack vacuum parts, Royal sweeper parts, and other Royal vacuum parts you need.

To make one last vacuum blog topic connection, our readers might find it interesting to know that Hoover and the Royal vacuum brand are related companies under the TTI Floor Care of North America company.The Royal MRY8100 Upright Vacuum

And while the Hoover name might sound a little more familiar to the ear than “Royal vacuums,” we think it’s a safe bet that the Royal vacuum upright vacuum design pictured to the left looks just as familiar as the Hoover name sounds. Royal vacuums have an unbreakable reputation for making extremely long-lasting vacuums and vacuum motors. 

Posted by on June 4, 2010    |    Leave a reply   

The Tanaka brand of power tools and outdoor equipment has built a solid reputation for itself over the years with their products’ performance and durability. Most notably, Tanaka tool owners have come to respect the brand for its cool-running, efficient gas engines.

Tanaka Logo

Tanaka engines power all kinds of Tanaka outdoor power equipment, like hedgetrimmers, grass trimmers, chainsaws, blowers, and pole saws, but they’re also used in scooters, gas-powered drills, outboard motors, pumps, and bicycles. Their overall design helps them run clean and powerfully, but the quality of many individual Tanaka parts stands out as well.

Tanaka tool and engine parts boast the following features:

  • forged steel connecting rods (instead of stamped steel)
  • chrome plated cylinders (instead of non-chrome plated)
  • large, fiber lined clutch shoes (for efficient power transfer)

Forged Connecting Rod              Fiber Lined Clutch Shoe 

Tanaka Gas Drill parts and design have reputations all their own.Tanaka Gas Drill Not only are they very heavy duty drills, but each includes a number of user/repair-friendly parts and design features.

Like other Tanaka gas-powered tools, their drills’ motors are lightly shrouded. This intentionally simple design both allows the engines to breathe better and offers tool owners easy access to them when it’s time for repairs or service.

Tanaka Drills also have what they call “easy access zirk fittings,” small holes on the side of the drills that allow them to be internally lubricated without any dismantling!

Tanaka Gears

Their gears are also cut from solid steel, another trademark quality of Tanaka parts and their tools. Solid steel gears tend to last much longer than sintered or pressed steel gears.

 

Tanaka trimmer parts have also received some recognition for their ergonomics and carefully considered design. The trimmer pictured below, the Tanaka TBC-240PFCS Grass Trimmer, is part of their new line of “Inspire” tool models.

Tanaka TBC-240PFCS Grass TrimmerTools in the Tanaka Inspire series benefit from Tanaka parts like Non-slip elastomer grips and honeycomb-shaped engine shrouds that reduce engine noise. Tanaka also boasts some of the cleanest running 2-cycle engines on the market.

Get the quality O.E.M. Tanaka parts and Tanaka accessories you need right here at eReplacementParts.com. Saving time and money by repairing and maintaining power tools and equipment is always rewarding, but it’s even better when a company like Tanaka builds easier tool repair right into their equipment designs.