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Surprised that I never started a thread for this mower. It's a model 917.388650, and I bought it for $50 in November 2017. Has a Briggs engine: 123K02-0258-01-04051858.

This mainly gets used for trimming and bush whacking. It mainly gets used in places I don't want to take the tractor deck.

It has what appears to be a mismatched bagger (but it does connect just fine). This is a 21-inch mower (not 22), and is fully a manual/push mower.

Not long after buying it, the stop/control cable froze. I'd been able to run the mower since then by using a zip tie to hold the stop switch open.

Anyway, finally changed the cable today. I also changed the air filter and oil. I also replaced the fuel line and added a fuel shutoff valve.

Oil seemed pretty thin when I poured it out of the drain pan.

Also, the third pic shows the "clean" (carb) side of the air filter. I added grease to the edge of the new one to make it seal better (a trick I learned from someone here).

Probably needs a spark plug, but I didn't have one on hand.

Added gas, fired up on third pull!

Mike

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Surprised that I never started a thread for this mower. It's a model 917.388650, and I bought it for $50 in November 2017. Has a Briggs engine: 123K02-0258-01-04051858.

This mainly gets used for trimming and bush whacking. It mainly gets used in places I don't want to take the tractor deck.

It has what appears to be a mismatched bagger (but it does connect just fine). This is a 21-inch mower (not 22), and is fully a manual/push mower.

Not long after buying it, the stop/control cable froze. I'd been able to run the mower since then by using a zip tie to hold the stop switch open.

Anyway, finally changed the cable today. I also changed the air filter and oil. I also replaced the fuel line and added a fuel shutoff valve.

Oil seemed pretty thin when I poured it out of the drain pan.

Also, the third pic shows the "clean" (carb) side of the air filter. I added grease to the edge of the new one to make it seal better (a trick I learned from someone here).

Probably needs a spark plug, but I didn't have one on hand.

Added gas, fired up on third pull!

Mike

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Thanks! Funny, it occurs to me that I have no good pics of the whole mower and engine...

I have a 2003 Murray too (was my Dad's), also with a Briggs, but no bagger. I've abused that thing (he was throwing it away), and it never failed me until its cable broke. I replaced that, but it now has a fuel leak that I need to deal with. Separate thread here:


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