Why is my lawn aerator engine cutting out?

I have a Honda GX120 4hp locomotive on my lawn aerator that I use. I can get the engine running, but for some reason, whenever I deploy the tines and pull the trigger to make the machine go, it cuts out after four or five seconds. This is on a neck surface. I changed the oil for the first time the day before and I wonder if maybe it is related to it cutting out. There is full gasoline as well. Any thoughts would be accommodating!


Mechanism is trying to run too lean, ( it is not getting enough gas). Could be contamination/water in the carb bowl. cut apart the fastener on the bottom of the bowl and remove it. Watch for water/dirt when lowering the bowl.

If the unit has been sitting for some at all times- goo can accumulate in the small carb or-fices especially if you use ethanol gas.


Evidently the load of turning the aerator is too much for the engine
to handle under normal load. Problem the motor is not developing
enough horsepower to whack the tines because of the bleed off of
compression in the cylinders, Your rings might be bad or the oil
pump is not pumping enough oil to seal cylinder surfaces
airtight so compression is leaking out through the valves or
the oil crankcase.


Appliance is trying to run too lean, ( it is not getting enough gas). Could be contamination/water in the carb bowl. unbuckle the fastener on the bottom of the bowl and remove it. Watch for water/dirt when lowering the bowl.

If the unit has been sitting for some values bright and early- goo can accumulate in the small carb or-fices especially if you use ethanol gas.

Now's the time to core aerate your lawn

Dennis Patton says: A healthy root system is a must for an attractive lawn. Oxygen in the soil is vital for a strong root system. Our heavy clay and compacted soils commonly found in the Kansas City area often inhibits roots. Core aeration improves rooting and problem soils without destroying the turf. Now is the time to perform this important task.

Core aeration improves the soil and grass by providing several benefits. It helps break up compaction of the soil caused by construction or traffic such as walking or kids playing. This miracle process also reduces the buildup of thatch, improves water and nutrient infiltration and adds oxygen while releasing carbon dioxide, all encouraging roots to push deeper in the soil.

Machines can be rented from many nurseries, hardware stores or rental agencies for a nominal fee. They are slightly larger than a lawn mower. Commercial grounds maintenance firms also provide this service. Running a machine would be comparable to using a roto-tiller.

Aeration on bluegrass and tall fescue lawns is best done in the fall, September through October. Spring is also acceptable. For heavily compacted lawns, fall and spring aeration may be required. For the average lawn once a year is all that is needed. Be sure the soil is moist in order to get the maximum benefit. A dry soil will inhibit the penetration of the hollow tines into the soil.

Maximum benefit of core aeration is seen if the process is done on a yearly basis. The holes that are made in the soil should be about 3 inches apart and 3 inches deep. The diameter of the holes made by the tines is about three-quarters of an inch. Several passes in different directions will be necessary to achieve the correct spacing. One of the most common problems seen with core aeration is the lack of multiple passes.

A common question associated with aeration is what to do with the plugs of soil removed from the soil scattered around the lawn. Just leave them in place to naturally break down. As the soil plugs decompose the soil naturally settles helping to breakdown the thatch, renewing the lawn.

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Use a core aerator that punches holes in the ground and removes small, fingerlike cores, or plugs, of grass and soil. Or hire a ... In general, tines on core aerators make 2- to 3-inch-deep holes that are 2 to 4 inches apart. Some aerators have ...
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According to a statement from Billy Goat, reciprocating aerators have advantages over traditional drum aerators that allow for unique features such as in-ground turning that reduces contractor fatigue; fewer tines for easier service; variable aeration

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Lisa Heyer: Fall lawn care: four ways to winterize A hand-aerating tool ($20), which looks like a pitchfork with hollow tines, is labor-intensive and meant for unplugging small sections of grass. Gas-powered aerating machines (rental, $20/hour) are about the size of a big lawn mower, and are good for

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This aeration will promote a stronger root system and reduce thatch problems. Kalb suggests using self-propelled core aerators and making two to four passes. He avoids drum rollers and solid tines. These may actually compact the soil. Kalb believes