Anything More Depressing Than A Mower That Refuses To Start?

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  1. Poodlesrule

    Poodlesrule Well-Known Member

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    This f^cker is going to make me go get a Honda.

    Why Honda?
    Well, I had a beaten-up Honda-powered Craftsman, a freebie on CL, and this thing would just run, period.
    And it had nice touches, like a real DRAIN PLUG on the carb bowl - essential, IMO on these.

    The small-engine guy on the other side of town kills the fun, way to pricey for my taste.

    Adorama should have mower specials... on rechargeables!
     
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    A car that won't start....
     
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    Poodlesrule Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, but a car is made of many complex systems.
    Not (most) mowers.
     

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    A snowblower that won't start right after a snowfall. And while you are trying to get it to start - the pull card snaps off.

    (ask me how I know this is depressing)
     
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    All you need is air, fuel, spark..
    That simple....


    But anyhow....I religiously drain as much gas as I can and run some Stabil every November.
    Have not had problem.
     
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    Yes. Innumerable things.
     
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    Indeed, so simple!

    I thought I did, but I may have used the mower to grind some leaves late Winter, and gas sat. The start wasn't very "clean' then, already.
    And that was one thing I loved about the Honda motor mentioned above, draining was a snap, as there was a provision to do that.
     
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    old gas so often the culprit
     
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    Yes, at my age a mower that starts is worse!

    Besides, I thought there was a law on Cape Cod that you had to have some non-English speaking guy do it for you? :)
     
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    ^^^ THIS. Most small engine problems come from poor winterization or lack there of. I shouldn't speak so highly, however, as I didn't get to "winterizing" my snowthrower until 4th of July weekend last year. Didn't make my job easier in November when I got the thing back up. Thankfully, I have electric start on it, so I just choked the thing like crazy and kept running it while just priming the engine to burn through the bad gas, adding new gas as I could. I made sure to winterize it a couple weeks ago this year.

    I would agree that having an easy to drain gas tank would be nice...
     
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    You could ditch the engine ... These work well if you don't have TOO large of a lawn

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    I let my carb get clogged with old fuel over the winter and had to have it fixed. Not my first rodeo - ive torn down and fixed carbs lots of times but I’ve never seen a carburetor quite like the one on my Toro. I couldn’t even get the damn thing apart on my own.
     
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    More and more they're made to not be serviceable by the owner/operator. if it has a fuel shut off valve utilize it and run it till it quits. Gas that sits for even a month or two with Stabil in it can still pose problems. I have a Poulan hedge trimmer that I can't get spark to save my life. Replaced the coil several times and the plug, still nothing. I'm about to throw it in the trash.
     
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    Fresh gas + Stabil at winter storage = 1 or 2 pull EVERY spring.
    I mix only a gallon of 2 stroke at a time during the season and the unmixed gas gets burned in the cars after about 2 months if not used up.
     
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    Honda small engines are excellent, but as lots of others have mentioned they all require maintenance - albeit pretty simple maintenance. And all of them break eventually. I have an 18 year old Briggs & Stratton powered craftsman push mower - about as basic as the come. Change the oil once a year, clean the air filter and spark plug ( and replace them too every couple years ) and use good gas and you are good to go. Also - do NOT use any gas that has even 10% ethanol in it.

    I have a small Honda rototiller with a 110cc motor that is a marvel of small enginering - but it requires the same level of maintenance too.
     
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    My 84' Simplicity riding mower is parked next to the old chicken coop, it threw the drive belt end of last year. I now have to push it slightly uphill to the garage so i can jack it up and see what else is bad besides the belt, most likely a idler pulley.

    I have 2 push mowers but miss my Lawnboy 2 stroke, it may have smelt like a motorcross bike and left a blue cloud in the yard, but it cut the grass real nice.
     
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    ...and you're already late for work.
     
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    No non-ethanol gas at the pump here.
    My snowblower guy recommended the Tru Fuel can of old-school gas.

    @JeffBeck, I may have to bite and clean the Toro mower carb myself, Huh
    I know I got park and compression, as I got a smidgen of firing with a starting fluid spraying!
     
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    I could get mine to run like a race horse for a couple of seconds by squirting a little gas in the carb - so I knew what the problem was. But this carb doesn't have a normal nut on the bottom of the bowl - it's recessed and I couldn't figure out how to get it off. The small engine repair guys knew exactly how to do it, though.
     
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    well.....my 60" Exmark blew a main seal today in the middle of my lawn, so, yeah.......

    Yup, I only run non ethanol in all my small engines

    surprisingly, you can buy new replacement carbs for most small engines cheaper than you can get them cleaned from the old gas. repairclinic.com, ect.
     
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