The Curse

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wkshank, May 28, 2001.

  1. wkshank

    wkshank LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Here's the fun I've been having with 2 pieces of equipment.

    Anyone else having (not) this kind of fun with equipment?
    Mower was bought new 5/1999.

    1. Late 2000: Oil sump gasket lets go
    on junk Tecumseh.

    2. 5/10/2001: Oil sump gasket lets go again. Cheaper
    ($322.) to put on Briggs and Stratton then fix

    3. 5/11/2001: Day after I pick up mower with the new
    engine on it the drive system locks up on it. Run it
    down to the shop. Frees up while they look at it and
    can find nothing wrong.

    4.5/15/2001: Use trimmer to knock down a bunch of tall
    grass etc. and it's running fine. Go to do my
    first yard the next day and the trimmer has no power.
    To the shop I go AGAIN!!!!!!

    5. 5/18/2001: Around 8 hrs. on new engine. Mowing a
    yard and the engine dies. Run it down to the shop.
    Says to check on it tommorrow. Intake valve backed off
    so it wouldn't run. Got the trimmer back too. Dirty
    fuel screen.

    6. 5/25/2001: Drive system is binding up on me. Then
    it only binds up on me if engine's not running and the
    speed control is on fast. If on slow it locks up on
    me. With engine running pushes fine.

    7. 5/27/2001: Have four lawns to do today and all
    caught up on my lawns from the rain. Just start the
    second lawn and what do you think happens. Engine dies
    and will not start. Gee I wonder if the intake valve
    is out of adjustment. To the shop I go AGAIN on

  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I haven't had problems like that since I got rid of my homeowner machines back in '95.
  3. Atlantic Lawn

    Atlantic Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Outer Banks NC
    Posts: 939

    Looks like it's time to invest in some new gear, get on the payment plan and make some money for yourself not the repair shop. I had an old junk car once, after puttin gobs of money in it a mechanic said "ya know we give cars like this away just so people bring em back to be fixxed".
  4. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,253

    Just when you thought you had a bad day, think of this guy.

  5. Rooster

    Rooster LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 460


    Would you say Ouch or Fore!
  6. Toroguy

    Toroguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,075

    You seem pretty calm for all the crap that has been happening. I would have been throwing stuff and swearing. I agree with Atlantic, its time for some upgrades.

    Good luck
  7. ronslawncare

    ronslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 541

    that what im saying i once had to bring my trimmer back to my mechanic twice in one day i picked it up and flung it in the road.but it still works to this day probally even better now.but why i did it because broke down twice on the same lawn i was trying to do and i only had it for a little over a day and i thought i got taken there definately will be more of those days for all of us to look forward too .all i can say if you can buy new and commercial...
  8. deason

    deason LawnSite Member
    Posts: 236

    I agree with everyone one else.....


    I know the feeling. I bought my first commercial mower this year. An eXmark metro 48". If you have never owned a good piece of commercial equipment, you dont know what you are missing. Besides making money QUICKER, you will do a better job and your business will benifit from it. Dont let the price scare you. Get financed, spend the money (one time) and have more fun than before!

    Next, establish a mantinance program and stick to it.... relegiously. You have to take care of your equipment as well as it takes care of you. Oil levels, filters (trash screens) won't check and clean themselves. You must do this. No engine has ever failed because someone remembered to check the oil, they forgot.:confused:

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