National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Blower – Mist, Leaf Blower

NFES Number: 
Small Engine Equipment
Storage and Shelf Life Checks: 
Storage and Shelf Life Procedure: 
Date Last Tested (DLT) not to exceed 12 months.

Initial Inspection/Disposal Criteria

  1. Visually inspect for evidence of use (dust, oil, starter seal broken), damage or missing parts.
  2. Return to stock if there are no signs of use or damage and date last tested (DLT) does not exceed 12 months.
  3. Refurbish as necessary if the unit has been used or fueled, damaged, or shelf life is exceeded.
  4. Dispose of the unit if it is not economically repairable.

Refurbishment procedures

A. Cleaning

  1. Remove dirt and oil using compressed air or detergent and shop towels as necessary.
  2. Use pressure washer and degreaser to remove heavy deposits of oil and grease.
  3. Equipment should be repaired and tested as quickly as possible after pressure washing to minimize rust formation on metal parts.

B. Repair

  • This equipment is primarily serviced at a “factory authorized” repair facility. Ensure that the servicing repair facility has a copy of this refurbishment standard.

C. Test for Performance

  1. Refer to the owner’s manual for operations and specifications information specific to blower model.
  2. Check condition of fuel mix; ensure fuel is fresh and the correct mix oil ratio is used prior to starting the engine. Use a fuel stabilizer in fuel during testing to help ensure proper operation of engine at post storage start up.
  3. Ensure recoil starter functions properly. Check for damage or fraying of pull cord; repair or replace as necessary.
  4. Engine should: Start easily, run smoothly, be free of fuel leaks, and provide sufficient power to the blower attachment.
  5. Ensure all engine operational controls are functioning properly; stop switch, throttle and choke.
  6. Ensure fuel geyser danger sticker is present and legible. Reference cache memo 17-2 below.
  7. Test for blower performance (see owner’s manual for specific performance data).
  8. Should any function fail a test, refer to the manufacturer’s repair manual and troubleshooting guide to correct the problem.
  9. Remove all gasoline from fuel tank and run engine until carburetor is completely empty of fuel.

D. Repackaging

  1. Use a nylon “zip-tie” to tie off (seal) starter rope to the handle grip.
  2. Attach a certification tag that indicates date last tested (DLT), property #, and name of inspector certifying the performance.
  3. Ensure that all identification (property #, serial #, owner ID) is affixed and legible.


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