For the dozen or so of you* that guessed the McMower was going to be Martini livery, you guessed correct. My mower is Martini livery.
Here was the aftermath when I pulled the case apart on my Briggs and Stratton 11.5HP engine, lots of metal bits.
When we bought our house in 2001, it hadn’t seen more than a cursory lawn mowing in years. So, in addition to a mower (small Briggs and Stratton powered push mower), I bought a Poulan Pro 220 42cc 16" chainsaw. It has served me well ever since, starting reliably and working very well. Together, we’ve cleaned up a lot…
6.5 HP Briggs and Stratton powered mower. It ate the plastic bit between the pull cord and the flywheel on the top so I replaced it. Pulled the plug and spun the blade and it felt a bit chunky. Put the plug back in and gave it some pulls. Still a little chunky and then I think it broke the plastic again. I wonder if I…
Bored and painted the tiller engine shroud dark green :D
So after my riding craftsman starting working (before it died again yesterday), I mentioned to my neighbor (who’s been helping me) that getting it to work was a bit fun. So he gave me his almost working push mower for free. He says it just needs a rebuilt carb. I believe the guy cause he’s awesome. So free mower!
Yep, my mower is finally working, well, running. There’s still a few gremlins I need to sort out with it. But here’s the break down of my costs so far. Estimations of course.
So two Saturday’s ago my neighbor and I discovered the safety switches and/or the ignition was bad. So I decided I should go hunting with a shotgun and just buy them all new so I can get it working.
So, I just did my first oil change, ever. Period. Not on my car, but for the Craftsman tractor in the pic, the one that apparently had too much oil in it. Why I am so proud and you should be too? Let me tell you then.
I figured I should update with my progress so far. My awesome [experienced] neighbor came over again yesterday, and we looked at why it didn’t start up after the new solennoid.
Day X, and this guy still won’t start. This is what I’ve done so far.
So to recap, I got the engine unseized, and on a whim I had the battery tested, it was bad. So I got a new one. Also got some stuff for my trimmer to get that working (another story). Come home, put in battery, nothing. Commence table flipping,
Ok, the other day I put some special oil in it, and I got the engine unseized! So I put in the key, turned it and....nothing. Not a sound.
Ok, I finally got around to re-looking at the lawn mower. I put a trickle charger on it, it says it’s charged. Then I figured I should see if it’s seized, then I realized I’m not really sure how to check that.
Last fall, I scored most of a free moped off Craigslist. I tinkered with it enough last fall to get it running, and then left it alone all winter.
The truth is, this guy won't start, I'm trying to figure out why. Yesterday I reconnected the battery (new bolts and nuts, lost the originals), and when I pressed the clutch in and turned the key, it didn't turn over. It's a Craftsman LT1000.
I don't think those chains are helping all that much.
This doesn't seem like a good idea.
Does anybody out there have any experience repairing electric dryers? I replaced the heating element in mine a little more than two years ago, but the dryer is not heating again. I'm not convinced it's the element.