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Cheap Way To Replace Expensive Air Filters On Riding Mowers
Emil E. Smith, Franklin, Wis.: "I came up with a cheap way to replace expensive air filters on riding mowers. I bend 1/4-in. hardware mesh to the form of the old filter, then cut a piece of cloth and wrap it around the outside of the mesh and trim any loose strings. The suction coming out of the carburetor will keep the cloth tight against the mesh and away from the carburetor's throat. When the cloth gets dirty, I just throw it away and put on a new one.
  "I've used this idea for two years on a Yard Man 14 hp riding mower, an MTD 10 hp riding mower, and on a Troy Bilt rototiller. I think the same idea would work on any kind of small engine that has a paper air filter. Not only do you save the cost of a new filter, but the engine seems to breathe a lot easier, probably because air flows through the cloth better."

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3