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A while back I acquired a bunch of Stihl leaf blowers to repair (formerly used in a city maintenance fleet), at the time I had no idea if any would run, all were in non-running condition. I managed to get one running about a month ago and sold it for a decent profit. Today I started to really go through them. I picked out one that checked out good, it had spark and good compression (around 100 psi). So that along with another identical one in hand (eventually it led up to 3 for parts, 2 were locked up from running straight gasoline which I poured out of their fuel tanks) I started to plug away at it. First off I started to give it a good cleaning, and i'm not just talking a rinse with the hose, when I plan to keep things for myself I go a bit overboard; I take it almost completely apart and in this case I used carburetor cleaner, paint thinner, and a pressure washer to get it as clean as I could. I cleaned the carburetor, flushed the fuel tank, blew out the fuel lines, picked up a new spark plug, and got out some green paint to freshen up the cover plastic which had been painted white quite some time ago and looked a bit rough. I put it all back together and made my first attempt at starting it. Of course, it wouldn't start and after several frustrating minutes I walked away from it and went to the internet to see if anyone else had ever had this problem when it has spark and good compression yet won't start. Sure enough there were numerous threads about the Stihl BR420 flooding very easily. I read that you only want to use choke for one pull (2 max) then start it without choke @ wide open throttle. Sure enough, it worked! So I learned a few things today, 1: there is a special way to start a BR420 and 2: Stihl leaf blowers look great in John Deere green. :thumbup1gif: Didn't get any before/during pictures but the after pic's sure look good. :thumbup1gif:
 

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Yes, they do look good in John Deere green!
 

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Nice job Jake, I have a BR420 as well, and that is almost the exact way I start mine (I don't do the full throttle part).
 

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Cool Johndeere3720. I think all Stihl equipment start like you said. Most people find them hard to start but once ya know, they always seem to start.
 

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Nice job Jake, I have a BR420 as well, and that is almost the exact way I start mine (I don't do the full throttle part).
I also have the same blower. The original owner instructed me to start the way Jake described. As soon as it starts, I bring the throttle back down. It seems to work well for me. I like the JD green look. :good2:
 

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Thanks guys! Since I have several more Stihl's to work on I have a feeling I will paint another one green since I still have a couple more of them that have the poorly done white paint job along with a BR400 that has a badly faded cover. Knowing me I have a feeling they will get cleaned just like my own, I spent a good half hour just on the fuel tank alone.
 

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Worked on a few more leaf blowers today. In the cleaning end, I thoroughly cleaned 4 leaf blowers along with numerous parts for them. I also finished up a BR420C and when I went to buy some parts my little cousin suggested I paint one blue. Being a green kinda guy I was skeptical but I bought a can of blue paint and I have to admit it looks really sharp! I also got a few before and after pictures, I should have another green Stihl done in the next day or two. So far the 3 units I have completely gone through and thoroughly cleaned have came out great and I am very pleased with how they are coming out. Now I know this is a Deere forum but what do you think looks better on a Stihl, green or blue?

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Now I know this is a Deere forum but what do you think looks better on a Stihl, green or blue?
Yes!
 
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Honestly, I like both! I think it is whatever is your preference.
 

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Managed to get a couple more Stihl's up and going yesterday. I only have 1 recoil assembly left so I get to use that to start the rest of them until the new recoil assemblies come in. Still have two more I plan to work on, I know one runs but the other is up in the air as I think it only had 80 PSI on the compression test. I guess time will tell. Already sold the blue one from two days ago, they seem to go pretty fast. :thumbup1gif:
 

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