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~I surrender    Posted 05-19-2004 at 08:28:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am surrenereing!!
My one year old murray mower with the 2 year "waranty" quit working again. It tries to start, does, then in 3 seconds dies.
It did this when it was only 8 months old, too. The people who do the waranty service for Wal Mart charged me $65 to fix that $99 eight month old mower!! I refuse to take it to them again.

So... this morning I went to Sears and bought a 4.5 Craftsman 22" push mower for $139 and got a three year unconditional waranty for $39. I figure I am $25 ahead already and can get it repaired if needed for free for three years.

It really ticks me off about how it is almost cheaper to replace things than repair them. I think I may take the Murray apart myself and see if I can learn mower repair. If successful I guess I could start a little sideline business. LOL

I'll take it...    Posted 05-19-2004 at 12:49:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I love tinkering with old mowers...About as simple as an engine can get...


buck    Posted 05-19-2004 at 12:38:59       [Reply]  [No Email]

I sorta like it that way as most every thing I have is someone else cast-a-ways. Always keepin a lazy eye out for things it fix and make other uses for. In a way it does seem a pity that the repair cost is more than the original purchase price. Now there are limits to this approach, A weedeater that is acting up on a hot day is a very good object to to skin the bark off a tree with.

~so excited    Posted 05-19-2004 at 12:36:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sweet surrender!!

Well my son Hog Hunter went by Sears and picked up and delivered my new Craftsman mower.
I just mowed my front yard and I love it. It did a great job and I am a happy camper now.

A few folks like Clod and Herb and Maggie and Vic know how important my mower is to me! If my mower is not working I am miserable!

I still plan to study that "old" new mower from Wal mart and see if I can figure what it needs to get it working again. I have never fixed anything mechanical before but I am going to try this in my "spare" time.

~Lenore ... the happy mower

Mike(Wi)    Posted 05-19-2004 at 12:22:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Quit buying the new ones. You can buy used lawn boys or some other such thing at garage sales for around $50 or less. Tune them up and run them a few years---then go get another when they are shot--not simply broke, but really worn out.

That is a much cheaper way to get your lawn done.

I'm even cheaper...    Posted 05-19-2004 at 12:47:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bought the Wife a 22 inch Marray back on our first aniversary...Still running, and in fact starts first pull every spring...

We have gone through about 5 others in that time...I take all 'free' broken mowers I find and make them run...I am still trying to kill a 20 inch Murray that I got 3 summers ago in a free pile at a lawn sale...

Dump the gas and then run out what is in the carb in the fall...Fill with fresh gas in the spring and good to go...

LH    Posted 05-19-2004 at 09:08:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
So far this season I have repaired 3 lawn mowers and 2 weedwackers for friends. 9 times out of 10 the problem with small engines is the spark plug needs to be replaced, the rest of the time its usually stale gas that doesnt want to burn right so I replace the old gas with new. Used to be the small engine carburetors would varnish up when you left gas sittin in em over the winter, but most of the newer carbs on Briggs and Tecumseh engines are plastic so they are maintenance free. Also it doesnt hurt to replace or clean the air filter if you live someplace dusty.

deadcarp    Posted 05-19-2004 at 09:01:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
The problem starts with us - we're a materialistic society and routinely buy the $12 chinese version instead of coughing up $140 for the american-made version. Christmastime, anytime, all we care about is price. (How many complaints do you hear about gas QUALITY?) So retailers ask manufacturers if they can make a $200 pressure washer? or a cheap weedwacker, mower, anything? Manufacturers HAVE TO build to a price if they want the order. They do, we buy it, it's junk. Aww, it was cheap anyway. :)

Stormie    Posted 05-19-2004 at 11:02:11       [Reply]  [No Email]

Clipper....Yo DC!    Posted 05-19-2004 at 09:12:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got tired of pulling and overhauling the updraft carbs on my Farmalls....bout 5 years ago I started putting a gas stabilizer called Sta-Bil in all the gas I use for the tractors an lawn mower. Have not pulled a carb off since then. I get the stuff at a Auto Parts store....not expensive at all....sumbody tole me even WallyWorld is selling it now. :^)

Or...    Posted 05-19-2004 at 12:44:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get in the habit of just turning off the gas and let the engine run it out of the carb...

Same result as there is nothing left in the carb to gum-up...I never clean my updraft...Don't have to...

I figure I have saved about $500 over the years on Sta-Bil...


YYaaaaaaaaaaabut    Posted 05-19-2004 at 16:50:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
you are polluting the environment that way with all the gas fumes and contamminating the ground also. Bet you have deliberately thrown away at least a gallon of gas all these years. If you keep that up, you will be in the same class as the coal burning industry. Watch it

Hmmm...    Posted 05-19-2004 at 18:01:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
You jess migh'be rat...Whut wuzzz'ah thankin?...Sure woodna wanna throw eny fuool onn'aa fahr, neow, wood'ii?

(The Preceeding Message Was Provided Free Of Charge As A Public Service...Just Remember Kids...Don't Learn To Like Alcohol...You Will End Up Spending All Your Money On Women And Bourbon...Learn To Save Some Money To Spend On Foolish Things Also)

Salmoneye, The Insane

Clipper    Posted 05-19-2004 at 08:55:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have an old guy here in our town that started a mower repair/service biz in his old barn.He now has 6 employees working for him full-time and can't keep up! These yuppies are too lazy to even change the oil and blades on their own mowers!! The old guy is doing pick-up and delivery of the mowers-pops em $100 for round trip service on top of the service and maintenance charges.

deadcarp    Posted 05-19-2004 at 09:06:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
My dad always said "Never shy away from the undesirable job, the one that involves sweat and dirt, simply cuz most people would and that means your price can go up." Hey, it worked for the 40 years i did! :)

DD    Posted 05-19-2004 at 08:32:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
That don't sound like a BAD idea ; )

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