My neighbors both mowed their yard on the same day. In fact they have mowed twice. Meanwhile my yard hasn't been mowed once. It looked it too. Feeling ashamed I thought I best get on it.
First things first. It's been bothering me that my lawn tractor barely made it up the incline into my garage last year. I pondered, what is causing that!
Looking the tractor over I realized it was covered with dust, thick dust. Seems my yard was more of a dustbowl last year than a lawn. When they built the houses around here I was told by my neighbors they had scraped all the top soil off and sold it. The yards need a bunch of love around here.
It didn't take but a second to come to the conclusion that the air filter was clogged. Did a search for a new air filter and none in town. It's a Briggs and Stratton engine. You'd think that would be a fairly common engine. I had to order one from Amazon. Now Amazon is shipping slow these days. What happened to the 2 day delivery included with prime!? It will be here May 3rd. Plan B was to blow out the old filter and make do. That's what I did.
Grabbed a can of compressed air at Dollar General this morning. It was on the way. About a week earlier I stopped at Walmart and picked up some oil and an oil filter. It actually takes a little cannister. It's a 24 horse power motor. So it's good size.
Nothing ever goes like clockwork it seems. That little oil filter was tough to get to. It makes you wonder what are these manufacturers thinking. There's a shroud around the engine. It may come off but it didn't look easy. I'll test that theory on the next oil change. Eventually I got the oil filter off. Getting the new filter on was another task for sure. It took an LED light and some contortion to get it on.
Then there was a delay. I spent an hour looking for a funnel. I had at least 3 of them at the old house. Couldn't find a one. In the meantime, while looking for the filter I was picking up crap from the garage floor. Also I didn't want to have to park the car in the driveway to get the mower out. So the power washer, garden trailer, tool chest, and snow blower were rearranged. Then it was time to sweep. Quite a bit of debris on the floor from all the boxes I used to move and from the what the car dragged in.
Then there is gas. I reasoned I could kill two birds with one stone. Went to a Casey's for gas and thought just maybe they would have a funnel. Sure enough they did. It was paper and free! No complaints about that.
I have to go into more detail about the oil change. The tractor has a 48 inch deck. In order to drain it into a pan you have to take the deck off. I'm not doing it. I had purchased a hand pump to avoid that mess. That takes a little trial and error. For instance, which hose goes into the engine and which goes into the Jug (I used a milk jug). Worked that out. The whole point was not to make a big oily mess. That didn't quite happen. When I took the oil filter off a large puddle of oil developed under the tractor. Oil on my new garage floor. Sigh!
At that point it's time to grab the dish soap and liberally soak the oil spot. Tomorrow I'm power washing the garage floor and the tractor.
Replaced the oil and filled the gas tank and I am ready to roll.
My neighbors had used little electric lawn mowers to mow their yards. Nice little things if like spending 45 minutes mowing a small lot.
I felt some grandeur swelling in my ego as I rolled out my 24 horse power, 48 inch deck tractor. That baby ran just fine too. Blowing out the air filter paid off. The tractor made it up the incline with no issues. And the yard was mowed in about 15 minutes.