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Old Today, 12:38 AM
 
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Why would a basic Briggs & Stratton steel MTD deck mower die after 3 years?
Might have something to do with him boasting about not bothering with any silly maintenance like oil changes or filter changes, because apparently global warming is a fraud or... I dunno... something like that.

Guess he has us all outsmarted, eh?
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Old Today, 07:50 AM
 
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That is interesting about the Honda GCV engine. Thats their consumer engine. I thought it was odd they used it on friends $800 Honda. But if one you picked out of trash has lasted eleven years, and they use them on high end mower, then maybe better engine than I thought. They are an odd OHC engine with a timing BELT internal. When belt goes, engine goes. Its not really a rebuildable engine. And being internal, guessing nobody replaces the belt as part of maintenance. Dont even know if you can buy just belt as a spare??? But hey I have never tried one so couldnt say if it can be coaxed to go 20 years. I do know the genuine Honda GXV can go twenty years, maybe longer. Its an OHV engine.
I didn't even know there was an internal timing belt. That's news to me, but then again I haven't don't much to this mower other than keep it spotless and make sure there is oil in there. I did check the serial number on the engine though, and it is a GCV with the tell-tale split case.

It's been a great engine for me and now this thread has made me slightly guilty so I will go perform some basic maintenance like change the oil and put a new air filter in it and maybe even change out that belt (or not). It's probably due a blade as well. I do know my way around an engine, but given that I spent $0 initially for this mower, I really didn't pay much thought to it. Now i'll go pay a little more attention to it.

I tried to find this particular mower but it's been discontinued. Best I can estimate it that it was a $350ish mower. Not cheap, but not particularly high end.

Every spring, I see lawnmowers put out on the curb. Once in a while I do grab one and 9 times out of 10 find the carb is just gummed up (don't store a mower with ethanol fuel in it). I have an ultrasonic bath so a quick disassemble and dip and it's running again. I've usually given them to relatives, or sold a few on FB marketplace, or just took the engine for a go kart build for the kids. In my area, I guess people are chucking lawnmowers over poor winter storage.

My weedwhacker is also a curbside restoration. I run 4-5 year old mixed, dirty gas in that thing and it runs great.

My snowblower I bought new and treat better than my personal car. That machine makes my life so much better in the winter and is worth every penny of the $1900 I paid for it.

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Old Today, 10:14 AM
 
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Can I just say that I absolutely love this mower? I love that I don't smell gasoline and that I can rinse the bottom off. I have a smaller grass area- about 25 by 125 ft, but this has worked so well. You can purchase an additional battery if you have a larger area. I have had it two years.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-16...-207150002-_-N

I just reread your post and saw the note about the rugged terrain and large area. I'm not sure this mower would be best, but I have kind of pushed it to the limit cutting pretty tall grass and it held it's own.

Yea small wheel mowers really dont work well here, however they are powered. Before I got my ancient Yazoo with 20 inch rear wheels, it was like I had to drag dang mower around. I liked that Yazoo, why I keep it going, but friend had an old Kee mower and it was lighter weight (aluminum deck) but same belt drive design with engine back between rear wheels. This design is lot better balanced. I have looked and looked for one of those, they were the penultimate of push mowers. Yes they look kinda strange, but first time you use one, you forget all that.









Of course like most Americans, he abused it and treated it like a throw away. Yea he was stupid, that was absolutely by far best push mower ever IMHO.



There are areas small battery mower would work at my place, but not as only mower... These are great for small postage stamp size lawn. I like tinkering with engines but sometimes they really arent the greatest tool to use. Heck back when I went to college and dinosaurs roamed the countryside, I lived in a trailer court. Landlord required we mow our tiny lawns. if we didnt he would with his power mower and charge extra. He provided choice of several push type real mowers all armstrong powered that we could use for free. They really were ok for small lawn. I wouldnt want to try and mow a suburban size lot with one. Smallest twig can lock them up. they are picky about height and quality of grass.


Oh I watched some long youtube comparing various battery mowers. Some could do over an acre on single charge. Thats best of the best. Thats impressive. I am sure they are not cheap. They didnt give prices. Cheapest electric mower is kind you plug in. Its just royal pain to deal with LONG extension cord. Mom had one back in 70s cause she didnt want to deal with gas engine. It mowed just like regular gas push mower, but you had to really watch so you didnt run over the cord. If it was relatively small lawn, I would have no problem with one like it. Funny Mom got that mower then only used it few times after I moved out of the area. Some guy in neighborhood that would mow lawn cheap, so she just hired him.
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The best mower I had was a Lawn Boy 2-cycle. The only weakness was the plastic gas tank.
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I have a Craftsman 6.5 horse, self propelled, that is about 20 yrs old. Engine is still good, but it's been sitting the past 2 years because I overhauled the carb and messed it up. Was running great - still didn't burn oil. The working mower is maybe 10 years newer, another Craftsman, self-propelled. Runs great. If I fix the float bowl on the old one, it should be good to go again. Of course, for $20, I could buy a replacement carb.

I read a study some decades back about small engine devices. They looked at engine life compared to oil change interval. When you got down to changing the oil every hour of operation - lifetime was practically infinite. I compromise and change every 4-8 operating hours. That may be an aggressive schedule, but the proof is in the pudding. I know a neighbor who buys a new mower every year rather than bother changing the oil. He doesn't believe changing the oil would make a difference.

Well, o-kay then!
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I have a Craftsman 6.5 horse, self propelled, that is about 20 yrs old. Engine is still good, but it's been sitting the past 2 years because I overhauled the carb and messed it up. Was running great - still didn't burn oil. The working mower is maybe 10 years newer, another Craftsman, self-propelled. Runs great. If I fix the float bowl on the old one, it should be good to go again. Of course, for $20, I could buy a replacement carb.

I read a study some decades back about small engine devices. They looked at engine life compared to oil change interval. When you got down to changing the oil every hour of operation - lifetime was practically infinite. I compromise and change every 4-8 operating hours. That may be an aggressive schedule, but the proof is in the pudding. I know a neighbor who buys a new mower every year rather than bother changing the oil. He doesn't believe changing the oil would make a difference.

Well, o-kay then!

Say it outright, if you can get any engine to last 20 years with regular use, you are far ahead of game. Dont happen to know what brand/model of engine that was? Craftsman brand mowers used variety of engines over the years. I keep forgetting 20 years is still too new to be in my realm of experience. That Honda GXV plus some chinese clones of it are all I really have much experience with last 30 years. I guess I used a Briggs flathead 5hp for few years, but it was old design and though they called it commercial duty, it wasnt. It had most annoying auto choke float bowl carburetor, finally had to disable the choke. Think before it gave up ghost I finally put non-original carb on it. I much preferred the old regular Briggs 5hp with the diaphram carb that bolted to gas tank. Here like this:


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