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#111359 21/03/21 02:15 AM
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Guy dropped off a friends mower and line trimmer he lent him - friend filled both tanks with fuel before loaning them ready for him to use

But neither will start

Turns out he didn't know his new 1 week old Homelite trimmer was a 2 stroke and straight fueled it. Both of us shook our heads

Low compression - tipped some oil in with the fuel and some down the plug hole.

Minor miracle that it ran - its not healthy and I had to richen up the mixture significantly but it runs.

Mower was a Victa vantage Flat head 148cc briggs.

Throttle lever broken (so throttle stayed in off position), air filter clogged solid, NO OIL on the dipstick, blades nearly gone, muffler falling off

Finally begrudgingly got the go ahead for air filter and oil (didn't want to pay for mates repairs)

Started first pull and revved to 4500rpm. Throttle butterfly was jammed wide open.


Bloody hopeless

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Tyler #111361 21/03/21 08:12 AM
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Yes a fellow borrowed a friends mower, low oil, so he topped up with cooking oil.
Probably work as cooking oil is made for heat....
Mower maintenance is a real mystery to average new age people.......
speedy


........................Keep your blades sharp......................
Tyler #111363 21/03/21 09:15 AM
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Hi speedy,
the advantage of using cooking oil is that it smells better
Hi Tyler,
it is just the way of the world now, if he didn't want to pay to fix it I would have told him to either take it away or just leave it here and you would get rid of it for him. That way at least you get some parts for your trouble

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Tyler #111381 21/03/21 10:13 PM
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Hi guys

Probably wasn't quite clear in my explanation

I should have said owner of machine filled them up ready for the guy who brought them to me to use

As the owner said they are 'all ready to use', we were both shaking our head at the situation

Man who brought it over was quite happy to pay for an oil change and new air filter and 15 minutes for my time, but didn't want to do a new throttle cable blades or muffler (fair enough since its not his mower). It is now at least safe to slash down his grass for an impending rental inspection.

Tyler #111382 22/03/21 12:26 AM
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Ok Tyler, just to be clear, this guy who brought the mower and whipper snipper was borrowing them to cut a rental property which you live near and he wheeled/ carried them to you to help get them going for him? Can't work out the full picture.

Owner, whoever he is, sounds like a dumdum.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
Tyler #111384 22/03/21 01:14 AM
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Got it in 1 MF

As you can see, I wrote the initial post at 11:15pm and wasn't fully awake haha

And yes... the owner sounds like a dumdum

Tyler #111408 23/03/21 03:24 PM
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Yikes. Hard to believe folks that are that silly are able to get by in today's world.

Whats that old expression about the 3 things you never lend to friends to use......chainsaws, sleeping bags and your missus.

Tyler #111409 23/03/21 06:50 PM
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N1KK0,
you better not read the recent Homelite 25 trimmer head topic, unless you have a morbid fascination with dumdumbery.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!

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