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Re: Hole in engine :( [Re: Matagonka] #5120941 05/31/19 05:36 AM
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I have fixed busted mower engine blocks, FAR worse than that. Make a metal patch and epoxy it on.

Buy a new connecting rod on Amazon for $30, and you are back in business.


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Re: Hole in engine :( [Re: bullwinkle] #5120949 05/31/19 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by bullwinkle
...........-and the B&S engine was "Made in China" too!


They are merely riding on the coat-tails of their "name" until they go out of business forever.

Chinese air-cooled OHV engines are here to stay. Period.


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(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Hole in engine :( [Re: GumbyJarvis] #5120966 05/31/19 06:08 AM
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Originally Posted by GumbyJarvis
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so why are you mad? run it out of oil? no air filter? broken governor?

if it just randomly blew up.. thank it for its service by craiglisting its carcass.. doubt its worth repowering.


Or find a similar model on CL with the same engine that is still in good shape and swap it to this one, theres plenty of mowers out there for sale that the engine still runs but the deck etc is rusted out.

If you are getting rid of it, is there a high school around that has a small engines shop class? Agriculture class? Can always donate it!





People are constantly putting good mowers out for yard sales and Craig’s Listing them. They are literally everywhere thanks to Ethanol . Find one that’s nice and has compression that won’t run or runs badly or surges. The majority only need the carb pulled and a fine wire shoved through the jet to knock out the varnish plug.
I see a local guy near here is fixing and reselling used mowers. I think that’s exactly how he finds most of his. Pulling carbs or changing them for the $15 EBay swap out has gotten to be a ritual since they created that corngas.

Re: Hole in engine :( [Re: JeffKeryk] #5120975 05/31/19 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by JeffKeryk
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Maxlife. It has seal swellers.

And some ST HM 10w30...

I was thinking some Lucas too. Might be too late for Slick 50 though.


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Re: Hole in engine :( [Re: Matagonka] #5120993 05/31/19 06:37 AM
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If that has the single cylinder 18HP Intek engine they are a dime a dozen. I sold my old 2000 model riding mower this Spring, it has the intek 14HP single and I never had one single like of trouble out of that engine, surprised to see that rod thrown like that. Any idea of the hours on it?

Re: Hole in engine :( [Re: madRiver] #5121022 05/31/19 06:56 AM
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Originally Posted by madRiver
Life's best lessons are the most expensive ones.


Yes , and the ones that bite you in the back pocket , are the lessons you tend to remember .


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Re: Hole in engine :( [Re: WyrTwister] #5121088 05/31/19 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by WyrTwister
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Life's best lessons are the most expensive ones.


Yes , and the ones that bite you in the back pocket , are the lessons you tend to remember .


Agreed with both of you. The thing is, I work on my own cars. I knew better! This was me being stupid for a day.


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Re: Hole in engine :( [Re: thastinger] #5121089 05/31/19 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by thastinger
If that has the single cylinder 18HP Intek engine they are a dime a dozen. I sold my old 2000 model riding mower this Spring, it has the intek 14HP single and I never had one single like of trouble out of that engine, surprised to see that rod thrown like that. Any idea of the hours on it?


No idea on hours. Recently gave it a tune up. New battery, plug, hoses, filters, carb, spindles, and Kenda Scorpion tires.


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Re: Hole in engine :( [Re: Driz] #5121188 05/31/19 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Driz
Originally Posted by GumbyJarvis
Originally Posted by Rand
so why are you mad? run it out of oil? no air filter? broken governor?

if it just randomly blew up.. thank it for its service by craiglisting its carcass.. doubt its worth repowering.


Or find a similar model on CL with the same engine that is still in good shape and swap it to this one, theres plenty of mowers out there for sale that the engine still runs but the deck etc is rusted out.

If you are getting rid of it, is there a high school around that has a small engines shop class? Agriculture class? Can always donate it!





People are constantly putting good mowers out for yard sales and Craig’s Listing them. They are literally everywhere thanks to Ethanol . Find one that’s nice and has compression that won’t run or runs badly or surges. The majority only need the carb pulled and a fine wire shoved through the jet to knock out the varnish plug.
I see a local guy near here is fixing and reselling used mowers. I think that’s exactly how he finds most of his. Pulling carbs or changing them for the $15 EBay swap out has gotten to be a ritual since they created that corngas.


That corngas gumming up mower carbs has made me a fair amount of money doing the same thing as your local guy! People around here just curb em, i usually have to do a blade sharpen, carb clean, and I clean the unit up. Sell them for cheap, and just like that I made $20-$30 off of someones garbage! Gotta love having more time than money.

Re: Hole in engine :( [Re: Ponchinizo] #5121196 05/31/19 10:20 AM
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I always see these posts about the evils of E10 in OPE and just don't get it. I have a 27 year old mower, a 20 year old lawn tractor, snow thrower and string trimmer and a 15 year old chainsaw all running on E10, in fact that is all we can get here in the EPA non-attainment area in Southeastern Wisconsin. I am not always careful to drain the fuel after each season yet all are still running and none have melted hoses nor any other catastrophic problem.

Why is that?


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Re: Hole in engine :( [Re: kschachn] #5121221 05/31/19 10:34 AM
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Yamaha marine had some hose problems blamed on E10 … yet Evinrude did not …
Funny part was they called me to come in for a free hose replacement … not a memo to run E0
Probably just a Procurement issue …

Re: Hole in engine :( [Re: Matagonka] #5121224 05/31/19 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Matagonka
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Life's best lessons are the most expensive ones.


Yes , and the ones that bite you in the back pocket , are the lessons you tend to remember .


Agreed with both of you. The thing is, I work on my own cars. I knew better! This was me being stupid for a day.


Sorry OP - These things happen and we make mistakes. It doesn't define who you are.


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Re: Hole in engine :( [Re: bullwinkle] #5121597 05/31/19 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by bullwinkle
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HF has cheap engines if the machine is worth the expense.


A couple of years ago, I got a 22 HP HF Predator engine for a Kohler Courage engine that created a hole in the block on my zero turn. (The Kohler Courage engine is notorious for that. Google it)
Anyway, I managed to find a coupon to get it for $549 and purchased it. Except if you do the paperwork on it, it's not the bargain that it appears to be.
HF stopped printing the coupons for that engine, as far as I know. It is now at a normal $730 that gets the price up to the "American-branded" engines.
First, the HF engine has only a 90 day warranty, where most B&S engines have at least a year. If you add the extended warranty to the HF engine, the price can be a big turnoff, especially if you listen to the horror stories of getting replacement parts for the HF engine. I no longer consider a Harbor Freight engine cheap, nor a bargain.
B&S still has USA built engines? When I repowered my log splitter & replaced the ancient flathead Briggs that was on it, the local B&S shop wanted DOUBLE the price of the 13 HP Predator I ended up putting on it-and the B&S engine was "Made in China" too!


Nowhere in my post did I say it was American-made, I said it was American-branded. I'm well aware of the COO of a lot of B&S motors. Last I checked, B&S is still based in America. Chinese-made or not, they still have a better warranty than HF.

Re: Hole in engine :( [Re: Matagonka] #5122151 06/01/19 09:45 AM
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20W-50 is so thick, it won't flow out the hole. Maybe add some Lucas.

….isn't that the thinking here?


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Re: Hole in engine :( [Re: Matagonka] #5122394 06/01/19 02:24 PM
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No....you are all over 0w20 or 5w20 range over the pond :P


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