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Small engine education recommendations?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mr.Ziffel, Mar 2, 2001.

  1. Mr.Ziffel

    Mr.Ziffel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    I do OK with the basics and am actually usually able to avoid a trip to the shop if I fool around with it enough and the problem isn't too severe, but I could sure use a good reference book. Do any of you have the title of a book or something that covers the basics and beyond without being too brand specific?

    I've got Stihl, Honda, Kawasaki, Briggs, Innotek and probably assorted others so something I could refer to when minor problems arise might give me some greater confidence when I'm trying to troubleshoot a problem. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks, Will
  2. plow kid

    plow kid Banned
    Messages: 516

    A good book for a shade tree/new small engine mechanic.
    I have all my parts diagrams and lists and stuff on microfiche.
  3. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    I believe you are not a pro if I remember right.
    In your position Id take any courses I could find
    at community colleges.I made the decision
    to take care of anything outside the internal
    engine.I let those who look at this stuff everyday do that if its necessary.They also have the tools
    Correction memory tells me you are not a lco
    You mabe pro at something.
  4. SMB

    SMB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

  5. Mowman

    Mowman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    A few years back I took a small engine class at a vocational school. I took both the basic and advanced coarse, it cost me $140.00 for both. I rebuilt many Briggs and help a classmate rebuild a 20HP Kolher. It was well worth it, only if you are going to take care of your own equipment. I tried it as a side business for a couple years then gave it up when people would tell me for what I wanted to fix it they would just throw it out and go to Wally-World and buy a new mower for $99 bucks. Which is true. But I am still glad I took the coarse cause now I can fix my equipment myself. The things I can not fix I still take to my dealer. Books, Clinton has some very good books on small engine repair, OH not BILL CLINTON either.
    Hey, I hope this helps you out.
  6. Chopper Lover

    Chopper Lover LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 288


    Great info on the small engine course. I would probably like something like that myself.

    When you were in the repair business did you ever consider purchsing for $5-10 the broken mowers (or offering free disposal), fixing them, and selling them as used? From your experience do you think that would be a profitable thing for someone else to try?

    Just curious...
  7. GLM

    GLM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    I took four classes one winter at a local tech. school. The class's were during the off season at night and were great. Two of the class's were on engines, beginer and advanced and two were on welding. The cost of those courses was tiny compared to what I save on repairs. Add in a couple of manuals and you will find that you will rearly need to take your stuff to the dealer.

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