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slidebite
Nov 6, 2005

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How often are you changing oil/filters/plugs in your lawnmowers?

I have an old walmart special more I bought back in 1999 when we bought our first house. Powered by a B&S Classic 3.5HP and I literally cannot kill it.

I don't drain the gas in the winter, park it outside (sheltered under deck), changed the oil literally 2x in 20 years, blow out the filter in the spring and that's it. Starts first pull every spring, 2 pulls at most. Original plug.

I would really like to have a new Honda but god drat, this old thing is tough as nails. If it were automotive it would be a 300 L6 ford or something.

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slidebite
Nov 6, 2005

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What's the story on Lifan motors? Supposedly decent Honda clones?

slidebite
Nov 6, 2005

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^^ Can't comment on the current B&S motors, but my 22+ year old 3.5HP B&S Classic is unbelievable. Last year, I did the oil change because I literally couldn't remember the last time I did it. And maybe a tablespoon of sludge came out. So it was basically dry for lord knows how long.This year, went to pull it out of storage (which is under my deck so it still gets Canadian winter temps and snow drifts) and saw I still had half a tank of 6 month old ethanol laden gas in it. Shrugged. Primed it twice. Pulled. Fired up immediately. First pull. It was so easy you would think it was a warm start. Horrible dirty air filter and all.

Just unbelievable how tough this little bastard is.

slidebite
Nov 6, 2005

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That's a good question, but I doubt it. I'm far from an expert on those sensors though.

Those things pretty much only use dino oil anyhow and I can't see how it would make a difference especially since it is a spec for winter duty.

Good troubleshooting job though. Personally, I'd probably just bypass the sensor since you have an easily accessible dipstick.

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