Gas-Powered Concrete Saws are an important tool that sees heavy usage every day in the construction industry. Like most machinery, these saws require regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance and longevity. A crucial aspect of maintenance that is often overlooked is ensuring the quality of your air filter.
Importance of your Air Filter
The air filter in a concrete saw serves an important purpose in the performance of the saw. The air filter prevents dust, debris and other concrete particles from entering the engine and damaging the internal components of the saw. Without a clean, quality air filter, the dust can clog the engine leading to reduced power, increased fuel consumption, and potential long-term damage to the saw. Ensuring a quality air filter can ensure your saw cuts further, faster and stays off the repair bench.
Signs it's Time to Change Your Filter
Knowing when you need to replace your air filter can save you unnecessary downtime and money on repairing or replacing your saw. The following are signs it may be time to change your air filter
- Decreased Saw Performance. If you notice a decrease in the saw's cutting performance such as slower cutting speed or reduced engine power it maybe be due to a clogged air filter.
- Difficulty Starting the Saw. A saw with a clogged air filter can make starting process more challenging as it restricts the airflow that is necessary for combustion.
- Higher Fuel Consumption. A clogged air filter can run through fuel at a higher rate as the engine needs to work harder.
Damaged pistons from a Husqvarna K 760, caused by early air filter replacement and blowing the filter out to avoid replacement.
How to Change Your Air Filter
- Ensure the Saw is turned off and the spark plug wire is disconnected.
- Use a Screwdriver to remove the Air Filter Cover - typically located at the back of the saw.
- Remove the old air filter and check for damage or debris - replace it if necessary.
- Caution: Do not clean the air filter or blow compressed air on it. This will damage the air filter.
- Reinsert the air filter and cover.
- Use a screwdriver to tightly secure the air filter cover back on the saw.
The air filter on your concrete saws plays an important role in the productivity and longevity of your saw. Regularly ensuring proper air filter quality will ensure you get the power and efficiency you require from your saw. Incorporating regular maintenance checks throughout your work day can ensure a long lifespan and can save you from significant repair costs in the future.
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