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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by pogo, Apr 3, 2000.

  1. pogo

    pogo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    I bought a snapper with a B & S engine on it from a Company called Northern. I put the correct amount of oil in and used it for two days. On the third day the engine burnt up. There was no oil in it. No leak under or on the deck. I took it back to Northern, and they would not accept it back. They said I would have to deal with the B&S man. Have any of you ever had something like this happen? Any suggestions?
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,695

    Pogo said:<p>&gt;&gt;Any suggestions?<p>Yeah, next time buy a Honda.
  3. GrassMaster

    GrassMaster Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    Hello Pogo:<p>Best thing to do is call B & S, they will probably point you to the nearest distributor in your state. Then they will help you find a local dealer to take it to.<p>If you still have a problem with local dealer, ask if they will do a disputed warranty?<p>If it was ran out of oil, I doubt it if they will warranty. Because it's left up to the end user to make sure it has the proper amount of oil in it.<p>I know this don't help much but it's all you can do. <p>Also make it company policy to check oil every time you go cut & if you run a tank of gas through it, check the oil again. This is very good insurance on your part.<p>I had a mower 2 weeks old & I didn't check the oil because it was about to rain & I was in a hurry. <p>I had just checked it the job before, It was full of oil. The job I was on it ran out of gas & it was sprinkling rain, I in a hurry filled it up with gas & started back cutting. 10 minutes later rod came through the block. I couldn't figure it out, well after looking at mower, I found a piece of bailing wire wrapped around the crankshaft, it had ripped out the bottom oil seal.<p>Another thing when you buy something, make sure they service what they sell. It will help you out in the long run.<p>----------<br>GrassMaster - Home: www.lawnservicing.com<br>My Start Up Page www.lawnservicing.com/startup/
  4. OP

    pogo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    Yeah maybe so there,....... Dick Martin.
  5. fireball

    fireball LawnSite Member
    from ne Pa
    Messages: 172

    Yep, ever since we wrote the rule on the wall for everyone to see. &quot;Oil is checked everytime you put gas in the machine&quot; we never had an engine burn up in seventeen years. Simply amazing.
  6. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    Our company bought a lot of equipment from Northern,we have had nothing but problems with there pressure washers,engines,jacks,and even a simple loadhandler for P/U beds.On top of that there service is non-existant and it takes forever to get warranty work.We will not deal with them again,just a warning to all of you,buy local its worth the extra if they'll be there.With the briggs,you will eat it,its your job to check oil,especially when new,it uses a lot.Stay away from flathead motors,they are for homeowner use only,go OHV and they wont burn nearly as much oil.<p>----------<br>John D<br>
  7. OP

    pogo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    Thanks for the info. I bought the mower on sale, so I guess I will have to just put another engine on it. I just cant believe the engine would burn up all the oil in two days of running. I've never had a mower do that. I know Im gonna get screwed.

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