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jhawkr
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Wichita, KS USA

Retired April 26, 2019
Sep 17th, 2019 08:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Got the yearly oil change done on the Troy-Built mower. Fresh Mobil 1 5W-30 full synthetic probably could easily go 2 years but it’s only about $6 so no big deal. Checked the air filter but could still see copious amounts of daylight so put it back in after gently blowing it out. I’ ll buy. A new one next time at Lowe’s and install later when I remove and sharpen the blade. Everything else looks good to go for the 4th season next year. Got to do the Snapper walk behind but that one is quick easy work. Getting this stuff done early is a side effect of retirement!


Peegoo
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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Sep 17th, 2019 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

[High five] Synthetic oil doesn't break down like conventional oil does. My gauge for oil changes on small engines is how dirty the oil is. Machines that run in relatively clean conditions (no dust cloud, such as a snow thrower or generator) can go three to five years and sometimes longer between synthetic changes with no damage to the engine.

I am right there with you. Staying ahead of the curve is really easy when you don't have to go to work five days a week.

The bad news is I am running out of jobs/projects since I quit working back in Oct 17. I am almost all caught up.

I'm 58 and I still have some fire in my guts to get back into the job market.

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Sep 17th, 2019 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

You're doing better than I am. I always wait until Spring to do that. You know, when you should do it in advance like you are.

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Sep 17th, 2019 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice. I had a wheel nearly fall off the Craftsman riding mower last week, It threw a retaining ring while cutting the front yard. Found the thrown parts, drove to town for a new assembly including the bearing, had it all back together and finished in about an hour or so. I ordered another set which arrived yesterday, figured if one was so badly worn the other needs a rebuild too.

This mower gets a lot of use and the lawn is bahiagrass. It’s tough stuff, known as field grass, it’s also planted for winter feed. I have 4 sets of blades for the Craftsman. I sharpen them all at once, usually during winter. I get maybe 4 or 5 cuts before they need to be changed. Same with the 72” finish mower that attaches to the tractor, I have two sets for it.

Chain saws (2), weed eater (1), 27 ton log splitter, backup generator, the tractor, mower mentioned above, I have a bunch of small engines that need to be maintained. Though the two stroke stuff is less maintenance as far as parts goes.

Brad, my next door neighbor is a small engine, powered lawn tools and tractor mechanic. I use his bench mounted mower blade sharpening tool, it’s set up specifically and does the job in a few quick passes. He recently did a full serviced on the Massey Ferguson. Like all my neighbors a great guy.

jhawkr
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Sep 17th, 2019 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

At the end of my 3rd season on the 30” Troy-Built rider the blade shows very little wear. Pretty surprised there as I haven’t touched it yet since new! I’ll get it sharp and balanced using my Makita angle grinder and nail on the wall. ;o)


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Sep 17th, 2019 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I need to find time to wax my Toyota Highlander before it gets too cold. It's an all-day job the way I do it.

I did get the oil changed in my Ariens snowblower a few weeks ago, so that's ready to go.

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Sep 17th, 2019 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm gonna wait until it cools off a bit. I don't like doing anything outside when the temp is close to 100.

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Sep 17th, 2019 01:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I went ahead and replaced the bearings on the Craftsman 54”, it’s hot even with the BIG fan on. It’s done, Pulled the right rear tire and filled it with the Green Slime and replaced the the tire valve.

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The older the violin

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Sep 17th, 2019 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

You guys probably don't wanna hear that the high today was 70 degrees here in the High Rockies with a nice breeze. Dry, too.

Perfect day.

wborys
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Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Sep 17th, 2019 07:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

not so great. Craftsman 48 inch lawn tractor, should have been simple oil change.

the plastic drain hose pulled loose, now I have
a big oil stain on my blacktop driveway. ugh.


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