Bought a used mower, neighbors complaining

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by DrGreenThumb, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. DrGreenThumb

    DrGreenThumb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    So, I bought a 36 inch Bunton mower it have a 12.5 Kawi, I had it running for a few today to see how it was doing and I had a neighbor of my mothers complain that the mower smelt like toxic fumes. I dont want to get anyone sick but what the hell. I mean this guy is not one of my accounts and I really could not tell if he was joking with me or not. I mean I know the mower and motor both are old, is this somthing that I should worry about?? I can't smell it at all.
  2. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    Mabye they are one one of those people who thinks all emmisions smell toxic. If you can't smell anything, and the mower weems to be running O.K., I think you are fine.

    If, however, you get amother complaint from a different person, then I would look into it.
  3. DrGreenThumb

    DrGreenThumb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    I have one customers who is a pain in the butt if anyone would complain she would be one of them. Oh yeah and i just went in the garage and yeah it smells like a freaking mower!!! I know as a fact that the larger mowers do have a bit more of a "gassy" smell if you will.
  4. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,510

    A 12.5hp Kawi not only smells good, but it is music to the ears, a fine sounding motor.
  5. corbster

    corbster LawnSite Fanatic
    from OHIO
    Messages: 29,505

    He might be on medication that inhances his sense of smell. Or Pregnant:walking:
  6. Turfrific

    Turfrific LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    move away.
  7. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    better yet, tell them to move away. LOL
  8. DrGreenThumb

    DrGreenThumb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    My parents have lived at this house for almost 20 years this a$$, just moved in last year... Im thinking that it may be some degreaser that I sprayed, The mower was resently painted so it may have smelt a little bit more then normal.

    It looks like from what im reading these engines do smell a little bit.
  9. TPnTX

    TPnTX LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,775

    mow his yard and see if the smell goes away.
  10. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    wait until you get another complaint then worry

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