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Old 08-17-2020, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Time for a new mower.

When they do this.

Lawn mower engines don't throw codes they throw rods.
I didn't hit anything and it was at the full mark for oil.
I have a mower that hasn't ran in 7 or 8 years that I fired up with the carb and fuel tank off the blown mower.
The newer mower burned less oil and started easier so I went with the newer one, but with the carb and fuel tank assembly off the newer mower it starts about the same.
I think I will put the old mower engine on the blown mowers deck, it has larger rear wheels and the mower push handle is made for someone my height.

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Old 08-17-2020, 03:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 08-17-2020, 08:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I had electric lawn mowers from 2006 to 2017 and wore out 2 of them.
I might get a second electric one for around the house, a 120v plug in mower.
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I’d be inclined towards battery electric unless acreage is more than about 2. Then again NM is hot and I have no idea what the battery expectancy is there.
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Old 08-18-2020, 12:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The heat cooks air cooled batteries here.
Last electric mower I had lasted from 2011 to 2017 I don't think a battery would last that long.
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Old 08-18-2020, 12:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a mower I bought in 1990 that still runs great. I think I have changed the oil in it once. It sat outside uncovered in Montana at my daughters house for the last 4 years, she got a new one so I brought it back home, it hadn't been started in over a year. Put gas in it, pushed the priver 5 times, pulled the cord and it coughed to life on the first pull. It's a Murray with a Tecumseh engine. I only use it now for some tight spots as I have a Craftsman rider now that never starts without a jump and shorting the starter solenoid.

I will stick with gas mowers, maybe 5 gallons a year and 30 years going strong for $200.

I did buy a 60v chainsaw and love that thing. I do infrequent cutting, like firewood while camping or some tree trimming and it's great. I love to make a cut, put it down, move wood around, and not just leave it idling. Better for transporting in the camper with no gas. A gas chainsaw is very loud too, much more than a mower.
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When they do this.

Lawn mower engines don't throw codes they throw rods.
I didn't hit anything and it was at the full mark for oil.
I have a mower that hasn't ran in 7 or 8 years that I fired up with the carb and fuel tank off the blown mower.
The newer mower burned less oil and started easier so I went with the newer one, but with the carb and fuel tank assembly off the newer mower it starts about the same.
I think I will put the old mower engine on the blown mowers deck, it has larger rear wheels and the mower push handle is made for someone my height.
Check the crankshaft length before you start. May need to use a different blade adaptor.
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Old 08-19-2020, 01:04 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I'll see if I can pick up 120v plug in for around the house when they go on clearance, any day now.
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I didn't even watch it, the pic was just too funny.

last summer I gave my beat up 16 year old riding mower to one of the guys at work and bought a new one. It was sad- it had so many issues that it wasn't worth paying to fix, but it was in such good shape otherwise that if you fix cars for a living and this drops into your lap, you can fix it in your spare time and have a great mower.

It came up in conversation today, and I asked him how it was. He said he spent $85 on parts and put in half a day and it's his main mower now. I was thrilled to hear it- the work to do it was beyond my abilities and available time, and the rest of the mower was just too good to scrap. It's living on and running strong.

I feel like I gave up a dog to go live on a farm somewhere, and it's actually living on that farm, not just a line in a story you tell your kids.

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