COMMUNITY FORUM

yankgirl

10:31PM | 05/13/07
Member Since: 05/13/07
1 lifetime posts
Bvlawn
I borrowed a friend's mower to tackle a huge weed/grass problem in my backyard. It's been raining much more than normal, so after about 3 days of no rain, I gave it a shot. As I checked the catch bag with my toe, it never seemed to get any heavier (fuller). After it quit, I checked the gas and filled it up and tried again. The grass was well over 2' tall.

After adding gas, the mower started briefly but kept dying. I tipped the mower back and cleaned out the grass underneath. I made sure that the discharge chute (right word?) was clear, and hosed out underneath the mower to remove what was left.

I let the mower sit for a couple of hours, but when I went to start it, it started (reluctantly) and only stayed running for about 5 seconds before dying.

Can anyone give me suggestions? It's a Craftsman Eager 1 4.5 HP mower. I don't know anything about it or how old it is or if it's been serviced. I don't want to have to buy my friends a new mower!! Yikes. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!!

fool4jesus

09:06AM | 06/21/07
Member Since: 06/20/05
53 lifetime posts
I am wondering if there is grass wrapped around the shaft that the blade is attached to. I know that happens on string trimmers sometimes, so it could happen on a mower too. If you turn the mower over (be very careful, it can kill you! keep children, dogs, fingers and other body parts out of the path of the blade as much as possible!) and look, you should be able to see the shaft coming down from the engine. Obviously the mower should not be running when you do this, and I would recommend pulling the cable off the spark plug first, just in case.

If you can't find anything, take it to a small engine repair place. These places specialize in fixing mowers, trimmers, chainsaws, etc. I am sure you have one nearby. They should be able to clean out whatever's jammed or clogged up for a lot less than buying a new mower.

Have them do a clean and overhaul the mower while it's in there - your neighbor will appreciate it. :-)
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Oversize windows let the outside in, even in a cozy cottage bathroom like this one. A roller screen and wraparound shower ... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... Few projects are more fun than upcycling a vintage piece in a surprising way. Outfitted with a sink and a delicately tiled... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp1