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The Giant Cluster That Is Warranty

Posted by [email protected] on 20 July, 2017 at 23:00 Comments comments (1968)

I encounter more and more shops that are refusing to do warranty work. To be a warranty center, you have to meet each manufacturers requirements, and this can be expensive to due. Many also have education requirements, and then warranty does not pay as well as non-warranty work. Then we come to knowing the rules, and that is today's story:


I had a customer that call Cub Cadet (MTD) who referred them to me for a riding owner that would not start. Customer service ...

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Blown Head

Posted by [email protected] on 24 August, 2016 at 20:20 Comments comments (607)

There is a traditional style of blown head gasket where the gasket blows to the outside of the motor, these are the easiest to diagnose as you can usually see evidence of the blow out and it shows up on a leakdown test. But then there are internally blown head gaskets. These are extrememly common on Briggs & St...

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Does oil weight really matter?

Posted by [email protected] on 30 January, 2016 at 18:10 Comments comments (0)

For the most part, if you keep oil in a motor and change it on occasion your going to be fine. I'm not a big believer in brands. Synthetic oil in general is better than regular oil, but you need to be careful as advertising laws have changed, many oils that are advertised as synthetic really are not.

But on the topic of oil weight, there is one time that it does make a big difference. The Kohler Command, one of my favorite engines, asks for 10W30 and there are big consequences for ...

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Kohler Engines

Posted by [email protected] on 26 January, 2016 at 2:15 Comments comments (158)

Kohler has had a few different series of engines, they started with the K series, old cast iron blocks, these weighed a ton but ran forever. Later they went to the Magnum engines, which were their last generation of flat head engines. Then they went to the Command engines, which they are still making. These are some of my favorite engines, the are good running and durable. I have one that is almost 20 years old and still runs great.

Not too many years ago Kohler came out with the...

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Who made who?

Posted by [email protected] on 25 January, 2016 at 1:35 Comments comments (251)

A little while ago a guy brought me a Murray leaf blower, I looked at it and said “That looks like a Weedeater”. I flipped it over. Found the manufacturer sticker and said “Yep, made by Weedeater. The customer looked very unhappy and said that the last blower that he brought me was a Weedeater and I told him that it was cheap and wasn't worth fixing, so he went and bought a “different” brand, which was the exact same blower with different stickers.


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No more oil changes

Posted by [email protected] on 23 January, 2016 at 20:55 Comments comments (2416)

A little while ago I went to a Briggs update class and they talked about their new “just check and add” engine. Now you never have to change your oil again. Before I get to what I think about this, I'll go over why they are doing it. Marketing did some surveys and the number three issue that the people they surveyed brought up was a concern when figuring out what king of mower to buy was whether or not they had to change oil. Corded electric mowers have been around for a long ...

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Troybilt part 2

Posted by [email protected] on 3 January, 2016 at 21:25 Comments comments (827)

Yesterday I talked about Troybilt and how I didn't recommend their mowers or trimmers, but I didn't cover their tillers which they are known for the best.


Troybilt, while they now have cheaper models are still the best tillers for the money. The Horse model still uses the same basic design that it did 30 years ago and it is a very good machine. The only problem that I see with them is that people buy them as they have a big job and want to bust up a lot of sod, but afte...

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Troybilt: The downfall of a good brand

Posted by [email protected] on 2 January, 2016 at 21:15 Comments comments (858)

Troybilt was originally made by a company called Gardenway, the made tillers and after they acquired WW Grinder, they made chipper shredders. They built some very nice machines and their name became known. Years later MTD bought most of Troybilt, they did not buy the chipper shredder division as there were still pending lawsuits due to safety issues. Briggs & Stratton ending up with the chipper shredder portion of the company. Currently the Troybilt name shows up on a number of differ...

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I'm full time now

Posted by [email protected] on 1 January, 2016 at 19:35 Comments comments (447)

Back in August I gave 6 months notice at my job. I've been wanting to make the leap to working for myself for a long time. I have tried to do it part time but could never take care of people like I needed to, or do enough in the time that I had. It never seems like your ready to make that jump so I set a 6 month deadline to force myself.


Currently I am still working for someone else two days a week. Luckily, I have that option, it is letting me ease out on my own a li...

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To skip or not to skip? That is the question.

Posted by [email protected] on 13 December, 2015 at 23:35 Comments comments (1097)

Skip tooth chain seems to be a very misunderstood thing. When I worked at a saw shop that had a large professional customer base I was told to always hand over a skip tooth chain if that was an option, and that is what almost everyone demanded. Currently my number one selling chain is a 20” skip tooth chain, but I have to say that I really don't recommend it.


So first let's go over why skip tooth was made. After the second cutter goes though the wood a chip is made...

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