How to Prime & Choke a Leaf Blower

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Learn how to prime and choke a leaf blower in this free educational video series. View Video Transcript

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Matthew Christian

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Hi! My name is Matthew Christian from Tampa, Florida and on behalf of Expert Village, today I would like to talk to you about the proper use and maintenance of a leaf blower. Okay, we've fueled up our leaf blower, now let's talk about how to start the leaf blower. There are a few steps required in starting your two cycled leaf blower. As with most two cycled engines from time to time, it may be difficult to start. They may be a little temperamental from time to time. Here are the steps that we take. The next step is to prime the carburetor and there is a rubber primer bulb here. If you haven't used the leaf blower in quit some time, that primer bulb will most likely be dry inside. There won't be any gas inside so it may take a few more pumps. But for all practical purposes, about 6 full depressions of the primer bulb should get the gas primed into the carburetor and on my 6th pump there, I felt the primer bulb was full of gas and it pumped some into the carburetor. The third step in getting your gas powered leaf blower to start is to turn on the choke or close the choke. What this is doing is restricting the airflow that is going to the carburetor and making a more rich mixture to help the machine start. So third step, turn on the choke or close the choke.