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  • #16
    So apparently your neighbors mower did not look like mine did last spring after it suddently stopped..

    http://neme-s.org/Fire/a_hot_time_in...town_tonig.htm

    Now using a new to me, pre-owned, MTD rider that works great so far. $250 vs. the $1000 to $2000 for a new one.
    Errol Groff

    New England Model Engineering Society
    http://neme-s.org/

    YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/GroffErrol?feature=mhee

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Errol Groff
      So apparently your neighbors mower did not look like mine did last spring after it suddently stopped..

      http://neme-s.org/Fire/a_hot_time_in...town_tonig.htm

      Now using a new to me, pre-owned, MTD rider that works great so far. $250 vs. the $1000 to $2000 for a new one.
      Yeah. I saw all the smoke and assumed that's what I was going to encounter in the back yards.

      You'd think they'd design these pumps so they don't suck an entire tank of gas into the crankcase upon failure... or is that intentional?
      ...Slow leak slowly poisons the oil and causes the bearings to seize suddenly.

      Wouldn't put it past them.
      This product has been determined by the state of California to cause permanent irreversible death. This statement may or may not be recognized as valid by all states.
      Heirs of an old war/that's what we've become Inheriting troubles I'm mentally numb
      Plastic Operators Dot Com

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      • #18
        Living life to the full.

        John,

        you live dangerously but can still charm the birds both out of the trees - and their knickers - but the boom will be lowered sooner or later!!!

        Live a short life but a merry one - while the good times last!!

        I must say that post as a good example an alternative colourful language. I am tempted to give it a go but being of Irish (Mick and Prod) extraction, I may only see things in shades of green and orange as opposed to some who only see in black and white with no recourse to shades of grey - at all.

        I wonder how LZ would go with that stunt of yours with his wife being a machinist??

        If he did, I'd guess we'd be passing the hat around for two widows instead of one.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Liger Zero
          Neighbor is out mowing his lawn, once in awhile he runs his tractor through my yard and mows my lawn... in exchange I run my snowblower across his driveway to break up the plow-bank during the winter.
          Last time the neighbor did that to me, I borowed my friends backhoe,
          promptly dropped (2) 4,000 "mafia blocks" on the property line
          to keep him out. Had a delivery of fire wood, used my driveway,
          and drove over my field (to get to his place) he told the driver
          it was o.k. to do (85,000 lb oshkosh) never did fill the ruts.

          Has a tractor mounted snowblower, and never once offered anything,
          even after doing a portable weld job, and other work for him for
          gratis.

          There are friends, and there are neighbors.....

          Your set-up sounds like a better situation.

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          • #20
            The arrangement came from me having a "just" a snow-blower and him having "just" a lawn-mower for awhile.

            Works out quite well, I love blasting those huge plow-drifts apart with the 'blower. My kind of winter-sport.
            This product has been determined by the state of California to cause permanent irreversible death. This statement may or may not be recognized as valid by all states.
            Heirs of an old war/that's what we've become Inheriting troubles I'm mentally numb
            Plastic Operators Dot Com

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            • #21
              Plastic is actually the better choice....

              So many of these small engine units sit idle for long periods and condensation forms in the fuel tanks causing most of the carb problems. While that aluminum piece you made may look nice and even work well there is a strong possibility that down the road it may well be the cause a of poor running condition due to corrosion. Some manufacturers have even gone to plastic carb bodies!

              jmho
              al
              I spent most of my money on women and booze, the rest I just wasted.

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              • #22
                Interesting.

                It's a tradeoff situation and here is how:

                Plastic materials fail when exposed to petrol, sunlight, temp changes and vibration. Even a petrol "resistant" polymer will degrade over time, especially when the other factors are present.


                Aluminum does not degrade in sunlight, will not fail from this range of temp changes and the vibration is a non issue.

                Long term the corrosion could be an issue but my thinking is given the amount of "plastic-fantastic" in the rest of the engine something else will cause a permanent failure long before this block of aluminum does.
                This product has been determined by the state of California to cause permanent irreversible death. This statement may or may not be recognized as valid by all states.
                Heirs of an old war/that's what we've become Inheriting troubles I'm mentally numb
                Plastic Operators Dot Com

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                • #23
                  From my manufacturing days - I remember engineers telling me that all plastics shrink. Depending on construction, they will eventually fail in some capacity, crack, split, embrittle, etc. Fuel or no fuel, in the sun or in the dark.
                  Chris
                  Merkel, Tx
                  http://raceabilene.com/kelly/hotrod

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Falcon67
                    From my manufacturing days - I remember engineers telling me that all plastics shrink. Depending on construction, they will eventually fail in some capacity, crack, split, embrittle, etc. Fuel or no fuel, in the sun or in the dark.
                    The amazing thing is I sat in class after class at Umass to learn this.

                    One of the reasons you can't just up and change a material on the fly, each mold has to be built for the material. Nylon is going to behave differently than Krayton.
                    This product has been determined by the state of California to cause permanent irreversible death. This statement may or may not be recognized as valid by all states.
                    Heirs of an old war/that's what we've become Inheriting troubles I'm mentally numb
                    Plastic Operators Dot Com

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