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I went to look at a Craftsman (Rider) parts mower yesterday. When I bought the rider the guy ask me if I needed any push mowers. He took me over to look at 9 push mowers. I saw 2 with Quantum engines and ask him what he wanted for those 2. He said I could have them if I would take them all.
The two not on the trailer are going straight to my brothers scrap pile.
The guy said he used the Craftsman With flashing over the rust hole last year to mow his dog lot, but didn't know anything about the rest of them. I hope it amuses y'all that anyone would haul all this home, my wife doesn't see any humor in it.
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Nice Haul! I would save that Weedeater deck, and put the Quantum off of the rusted Craftsman on there. Should bolt right up.
 

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Nice Haul! I would save that Weedeater deck, and put the Quantum off of the rusted Craftsman on there. Should bolt right up.
The Weedeater frame has one torn up mounting hole but it could probably be fixed. The 22 inch Craftsman in the second post, second picture has a solid frame. It may get one of the good engines. When I pulled the flashing off that Craftsman I couldn't believe anybody was brave/foolish enough to mow with it.

Lawnboy 77; Don't give me to much credit yet, it doesn't take much energy to haul them home.
 

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How much abuse can one man give to his mowers? It would take me a lifetime to get through half that number.
This guys place looked like "Sanford & Son", I doubt he bought any of these mowers new.
I decided not to fix the Weedeater frame, I hauled it and the Toro to my brothers scrap pile yesterday.
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Good score Cannon! Hey any mower you can make work was worth the haul in re sale if you wish!
 

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This guys place looked like "Sanford & Son", I doubt he bought any of these mowers new.
I decided not to fix the Weedeater frame, I hauled it and the Toro to my brothers scrap pile yesterday.
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There is an old lady who has a detached garden just over the road from us. She doesn't have a lawn mower. It is a rock breaker, or that's what it sounds like. She just doesn't take any care whatsoever.

I'll ask her to let you know when she's finished with it. :tango_face_wink:
 

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Yesterday I got the two 20 inch Murrays on the tailgate of the truck to check them out. The one with the complete engine didn't have a blade so I took the one off the other and set it on the ground to try it. I checked the oil, removed the very nasty air filter, poured the old gas and water out of the tank, sprayed some carb cleaner in it and pulled the rope. Then I pulled the rope some more and never got a pop. I got my inline spark tester and it showed spark so I took the plug out to see if it had water in the cylinder. When I removed the plug I saw that it was gummed up so it couldn't fire. I cleaned the plug, installed it and pulled a while longer using carb cleaner. At that point I was sick of it and went in the house for the night. This morning I remembered that a few times in the past the inline spark tester had made me think the plug was firing when it wasn't. I put a new plug in it and it fired right up. I put some fresh gas in the tank but it still wouldn't start without some starting fluid. I nursed it along with the fluid for a minute or so til it picked up the gas. I let it run about 15 minutes then mowed a small section of grass with it. I cleaned and installed the air filter and topped it of with gas. I cranked it several more time to be sure it would run without starting fluid then loaded it up, took it to the local hardware and gave it away. Most people would have tried a new plug to start with but I like to do stuff the hard way.
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I was in the hardware store after I got the mowers and he said if I got any of them running he could sell them for me. He said a lady had called him earlier this week asking him about a used one because she couldn't afford a new one. I told him just to give it to her.
You know the Christian Conservative Republican motto. "Love thy Neighbor as Thyself":tango_face_angel:
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While I was at it I got the rusted out Honda on the tailgate and pulled the motor off it. The blade bolts were the tightest I ever saw on a walk behind mower. One of them striped the shoulders off and I ended up grinding it off. I haven't tried to get the blade adapter off yet, bet that will be fun. I guess the rest will be scraped.
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It amazes me stores sell ANY new push mowers now--they are getting almost $200 for a no frills,push mower with no self propulsion or electric start,etc,like you used to get for that price..same mowers most stores used to sell for $59.95 on sale,only now they are made of more plastic and die cast junk instead of steel..

I currently have at least 5 push mowers in my shed--I rarely ever use even ONE of them,people keep giving them to me,and I get them to run decent,some I sold,some I just gave to friends in need,and I still have nearly a half dozen left to trip over!..
Ones I see being sold at yard sales or flea markets usually go for under $20,and still look new,I guess people throw them in the dump the first time they fail to start?..
 

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Up until about a year ago I had a neighbor here that would go through three to four push mowers every year.
He bought top end models, all were self propelled rear baggers His yard had a septic tank vent that stuck up about 4" in the back yard, about half of them met their demise on that vent, the rest either got caught up under the car in the garage or hit the corner of the curb along his driveway. One actually got dragged down the street behind his car after it got caught under the back bumper of his car. About half would be fixable, the rest were mangled too bad to fix. I even fixed a few and offered them back to him but he had always already bought a new one. A few he tossed were brand new, they were either miss-assembled or didn't run right out of the box for some reason. He put a few together so poorly they never cut grass.
He no longer lives there so the supply of mowers stopped but I've still got a dozen or so of his old mowers in the shed out back.
Most that wouldn't run either had a sheard key or bent blade, with the occasional broken or bent crankshaft. A few had the gas tanks broken off, a few had broken spark plugs, a few had bent handles and broken wheels from getting run over in the garage or stepped on. One of the last one's I got from him had the crankcase full of gas and the fuel tank full of motor oil.
I'm always picking up old mowers, most are put out for the trash when they won't start, regardless of how old they are. I picked up on the other day that's likely not more than a few months old, it had no fuel cap and a tank full of rain water.
I drained the tank fill it with fresh gas and it fired right up after a half dozen or so pulls. I bought a new cap and will likely use it for the rest of the season myself.
 

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Counting these last ones I have about 15 push mowers that people have given me. I don't use them much but hate to throw something away that can be fixed. I don't keep any older stuff or stuff that needs a lot of parts unless it's a Snapper, Toro or Lawnboy. 40 years ago a friend of mine gave me a 22 inch self propelled mower that wouldn't run. A guy I worked with showed me how to change the flywheel key on it and I've used free mowers ever since. With all the repair videos on Youtube I don't understand why people can't fix things.
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There is a guy on YouTube who fixes up free and yard sale stuff. I think he's in New Hampshire and I find his channel by searching YouTube for "Mustie". I find his "will it start" videos very interesting. You might too.
 

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There is a guy on YouTube who fixes up free and yard sale stuff. I think he's in New Hampshire and I find his channel by searching YouTube for "Mustie". I find his "will it start" videos very interesting. You might too.
Mustie1 I believe it is. I like watching his videos.
 

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Earlier today I got the rusted out Craftsman on the tailgate to see about the engine. I removed the flywheel cover and cleaned the trash out of it, checked the spark, removed the nasty air filter and with a shot of carb cleaner got to run for a few seconds on the tailgate. I put all the covers back on and put some gas in it to try the primer. The primer didn't work, I backed the bowl nut off a little to be sure there was gas in the bowl and there was. The biggest problem I had with these engines is getting the primer to work after the housing has been removed. I put a new gasket on the housing, still didn't work, put a thin coat of Permatex 2 on the gasket and it worked but not great. I got it down off the truck, checked the oil and it cranked right up. I let it run for about 5 minutes and cut it off. I checked the oil again and it had become milky, must have a little water in it. I'm draining the oil now, I run it some more with some oil I saved out of my truck and change it again. Shame the deck is so rusty, the self propel and all the cables work good.
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