Funny pics/vids/stories small engine repair

mweba

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Its mowing season again and among others that do small engine repair, I have some good ones to tell and show. Everything from maggots under mower decks to insanely under maintained equipment. Lets see some pics and tell some stories:bananatype:

I've posted this one before. A vid of a customers deck and spindles. I had replaced the blades and bearing the spring earlier.

[video=youtube_share;v_EhqfCoEA8]http://youtu.be/v_EhqfCoEA8[/video]

Everyone has seen the briggs air filters. Can that be cleaned he asks:derplol:

 
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I've unintentionally became the "small engine" guy at work. Seems everything they bring me has been "maintenance free" for the last 5 years. :/

The last one I did though, was a 272xp a friend bought when he was 13. Yep, 13. Full wrap western saw from out west he found and bought on his dads eBay account. He actually paid for his first truck with firewood he cut with it. Cuts wood all year long, 25-50 cords a year and logged his dads woods to build his dads house. Every single piece of wood in the house, save for the stair railing and treated deck, came from their woods and milled on a woodmizer mill. This saw has more hours on it than most of us will put on a saw in our lifetime.

He's 24 now, so that's 11 years of serious, hard use.

Would u believe he has never pulled the spark plug. Never pulled the air filter, just blew it off. I wish I had took pics, but it was one of the filthiest saw I've ever seen. Every fin plugged, every crack Absolutley full. All he ever did was fuel mix, bar oil and kept the chain sharp.

And another kicker, the piston had apparently been scored before he bought it, and showed evidence of being sanded down, but the ring evidently had been replaced.

If that's not impressive, I dunno what is...

A new slug, gaskets, seals, fuel line and carb kit, and hopefully he's good for another 11 years.
 
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A customer brings in his tractor for service.

Won't start
Needs a complete going through, all belts replaced, blades, bearings, bushings, filters... you get the idea.
Deck isn't level
Two flat tires

There are mowers/tractors galore outside waiting to be worked on.








He asks me if we have chairs or if he should wait in the truck.
 
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mweba

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A customer brings in his tractor for service.

Won't start
Needs a complete going through, all belts replaced, blades, bearings, bushings, filters... you get the idea.
Deck isn't level
Two flat tires

There are mowers/tractors galore outside waiting to be worked on.








He asks me if we have chairs or if he should wait in the truck.
Lol. I've got that one too. The work order was no where near that lengthy though. It's always the customers that say "I'm in no hurry for it" that call two days later asking if its done.
 

mweba

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At least a couple times per season, someone asks why I can't just straighten the crank shaft with a sledge hammer......:eek:
 
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Cust "I brought this in to you for a tuneup and you're telling me it needs a new engine?"

Me "Tuneups are for equipment that currently run and function properly, but need their regular maintenance. This machine did not run when you brought it in."

Cust "But it ran great until it stopped."

Me "......."

Cust "So that's the problem?"
 
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Bets thing I've ever heard from any mechanic is just about repeating what the customer said to them - "Yeah they always run their best right before they die." LOL
 

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At least a couple times per season, someone asks why I can't just straighten the crank shaft with a sledge hammer......:eek:
Haaaa, you laugh but it's been done many-a-time before.... lol !

I once bashed a rock with my 1970 20 hp Johnson. Insurance paid for the parts (prop, seals, oil, water pump), except the output shaft -- NLA. I brought home from work my dial gauge, vise grips, a small piece of steel plate (to hold the dial gauge), and straightened the shaft by pounding on it with my axe, with a piece of hard rubber hose slipped over the shaft. Before straightening, about .125" runout. After straightening, about .001" runout. And the bonus -- I didn't have to pay the $100 deductible because I did the work myself !!!!!
 
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mweba

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Haaaa, you laugh but it's been done many-a-time before.... lol !

I once bashed a rock with my 1970 20 hp Johnson. Insurance paid for the parts (prop, seals, oil, water pump), except the output shaft -- NLA. I brought home from work my dial gauge, vise grips, a small piece of steel plate (to hold the dial gauge), and straightened the shaft by pounding on it with my axe, with a piece of hard rubber hose slipped over the shaft. Before straightening, about .125" runout. After straightening, about .001" runout. And the bonus -- I didn't have to pay the $100 deductible because I did the work myself !!!!!
Oh I've done it, although not with a sledge hammer. Just not for a customer:upsidedownbanana:
 
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MTD makes the best blades, those will go a couple more seasons:grim:
Thos are AYP/Husky blades.... :kermit:




On another note I had this frikkin tard stop in today. He only talked about wine and some website I could only imagine involved pigs and the fact he looked at them. Guy was a damn basketcase if you asked me. Had a wicked thick NY accent too. :screwy:
 
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