Do lawn mowers still have points/condensor inside them?

  • rnch

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    Feb 08, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
    I got talked into trying to get my FWB's lawn mower running this weekend; he tried & tried to get it started earlier today.... FAIL!

    It's a 3 year old briggs & straton engine model from the homo depot, ran once or twice in the last 4 months...prolly no maintainence done since brought home from the store.

    I'm thinking the gas tank is full of old gas and new orelans humidity, from sitting in his semi-sealed shed, that fresh gasoline, a new spark plug and some carburator spray into the intake should get it running?

    Would a 3 year old mower have points & condensor to be changed? or have they been eliminated by 2008?

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    Feb 08, 2012 12:11 AM GMT
    Why not take it apart and find out? icon_idea.gif
  • rnch

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    Feb 08, 2012 12:12 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidWhy not take it apart and find out? icon_idea.gif



    the more time I spend on the lawn mower's engine the less time spent on my...engine!


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    Feb 08, 2012 12:34 AM GMT
    Well so far you've wasted almost 30 minutes on getting a knowledgeable reply; and that time coulda been used for taking the engine apart...which only takes ~30 minutes. icon_wink.gif
  • neosyllogy

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    Feb 08, 2012 1:13 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidWell so far you've wasted almost 30 minutes on getting a knowledgeable reply; and that time coulda been used for taking the engine apart...which only takes ~30 minutes. icon_wink.gif


    =)

    (But seriously, don't take it apart if you're not sure what you're doing (or willing to ditch the engine). Given that you're not even sure what kind of parts it should have in it I'd shy away from this approach.)
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    Feb 08, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
    How about finding one of those uber handy and knowledgeable people at Lowe's or Home Depot and ask them some question; or better still have it sitting in the bed of your truck, so they can take a look once you get to talking to someone about it?
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    Feb 08, 2012 1:20 AM GMT
    never use the "help-along" spray because the engine can actually become dependent on it (MECHANICAL ADDICTION SAY WHAAA?). But everything else is a good plan. New gas, new oil, wash out the air filter and check the spark plug. If you know how to tune the carburetor that may be necessary too once you get it running to smooth out the idle. I could slap my parents for throwing away their 4-stroke lawn edger the first time it gave them trouble. They replaced it with one of those idiotic over-the-shoulder ones that can be either a weedeater or an edger but that's WAY too heavy.
  • rnch

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    Feb 08, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    So far nobody that has replied on this thead appears to know anymore about lawn mower engines than I do!


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    Feb 08, 2012 2:01 AM GMT
    You can usually take the engine model number to the interweb and get an exploded parts diagram toot sweet.

    Also, it takes about 1 second to dredge up:

    "While Briggs & Stratton engines built since 1982 are equipped with a solid-state ignition system, older models utilize a points and condenser to generate spark for the spark plug"

    We've got three of those from HD. Two have always run great. One was apparently a lemon with some sort of carburetor problem (which may have been caused by my Dad) and is currently used for parts.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Feb 08, 2012 2:07 AM GMT
    Well this will make you all feel superior. There were these two surgeon neighbors in the USA who were having a few beers and tackling the saturday chores at home. They decided that, instead of using the hedge trimmers, they'd use the lawnmower to top off the hedge between their houses. The thing was running. They thought they could pick it up from either side and trim the top of the hedge. True Story. Did I mention that they were surgeons who needed those lost fingers to make a living.