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Bought a 20 odd year old edger with a late 90s side valve 3.5hp side valve briggs on it. Owner admitted he always washed it down and he was pretty confident he cooked the coil as it lost spark.

I pulled it off the chassis, removed kill switch wire, still no go. swapped for a good known coil, still no good.

Another good coil, new plug connector, new plugs, kill switch wire on or off didn't matter - no spark

Tripped over it in the carport the other evening and was in a bad mood. I realised in 6+ months I had owned it at no point had it ever fired. So I picked it up and tossed it holus bolus in the bin. Landed PTO shaft down on soft rubbish.

About an hour later I remembered it still had a new plug, coil, etc on it so I pulled it back out.

As I was getting the socket set out I was asked why I threw it out (pretty out of character for me to throw anything out apparently although it actually turns out I was concussed at the time haha) and I explained that the damn thing had no spark despite replacing a myriad of parts and you can pull of the rope all day but it wont start.

As I pulled on the rope to demonstrate, the bloody thing fired up with half a pull on 6mth old fuel and ran perfectly once the choke was turned off.

Don't know if I jarred something loose or simply put the fear of god into it but it works perfect now, just had to reconnect the kill plug.

Next time I have this problem I will throw the motor in the bin straight away and see if it helps laugh

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Hi Tyler,
I picked up 24 mowers a few days ago and there is 14 of the Briggs that are not going to start so they are going into the scrap bin, never to be pulled out again. A few of them run but are smokey and others have spark but will not fire. At least I got 10 that run ok

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I found a mower in the next street to where I live yesterday. It was an MTD with Briggs Qantum but was too heavy to put in the boot as it was SP.
I could have wheeled it home but just didn't want to bother at the time. When I came back 40 minutes later it was gone and of course felt regret as I realised I could have used the parts for a Briggs Victa which I forgot at the time.
This also reconfirmed that mowers never stay long on kerbside rubbish. Plenty of tinkerers out there.


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

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