Re: My latest LB acquisitions
After a couple weeks with these mowers, it has not been smooth sailing. My first day using the 10312, the bolt disappears from the front of the plastic shroud. Looking in, I find thereís no threads to be found in the sheet metal housing, just a big hole. I figured, no big deal, Iíll use if with two bolts for now until I have time to address it. Second day using it, about a week later thanks to being off for gum surgery, I notice another rattle developing, look underneath and the muffler has rattled loose and one bolt is hitting the blade. Of course I forgot to bring tools that day, fortunately the lady I was mowing was kind enough to lend me a couple crescent wrenches and saved my leg. Just a couple days ago, mowing a very nice yard, Iím going down a hill and the left front wheel rolls away. I didnít lose it, but all of this, combined with the nasty fuel leak this thing has (I need to add a shut off valve pronto) is a bit of a letdown. Iím fortunate I didnít buy this mower early in the season when the grass was really growing.
Even worse is the story of the 10301. I pulled it out last week for my buddy to use mowing with me. I knew the front muffler bolt was loose, went to tighten it, and found no threads in the hole. Pulled the muffler, figuring I needed to helicoil the hole, and discovered somebody already had, and the helicoil had pulled out! One of the other holes has a helicoil in it and the other (barely) has some original threads left. I need to thread the front hole bigger, make up some lock tabs, and maybe Iíll finally be able to use this thing.
I really love these mowers, the weight and power is excellent, but I can see why they have the reputation they do. They are fortunate they have a home with a mechanic or they wouldíve been down the road already.
1997 10314 (x2)
2006 Echo GT200R
2005 Echo GT251
2016 Echo SRM225
2019 Echo SRM266