NO OIL CHANGES? Servicing A Broken Yard Sale Lawn Mower,

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  • Published: 09 July 2019
  • I picked up this Husqvarna lawn mower at a yard sale for $30 and the owner said it was not cutting well. lets put it up on the bench for a good service and find out what was causing it?
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  • Mark Eddy
    Mark Eddy  21 hours back

    Nice to see that working traffic signal in your new shop. I collect and restore them.

    • YooTooobJeff
      YooTooobJeff  2 days back

      Write oil capacity on the dipstick with a sharpie... no guesswork

      • YooTooobJeff
        YooTooobJeff  2 days back

        Use the used synthetic oil from a car or motorcycle for lawn mowers... won't break down or burn...

        • YooTooobJeff
          YooTooobJeff  2 days back

          Orange cleaner spray, light scrub, rinse, blow dry with leaf blower... a quick coat of wax, you're good to go!

          Only have to rinse with water and blow dry with leaf blower after that, looks new forever

          • Adan Pesado
            Adan Pesado  2 days back

            I opened another youtube account just so you can have another subscriber 😉🙌😎😎😎

            • Bill Amore
              Bill Amore  3 days back

              Todd Farm is only 5 minutes from my shop ... stop by any time your in the area ... might have stuff you need ... BTW ... plastic carbs? ... I'm getting old!

              • Nerf Elites
                Nerf Elites  3 days back

                I am 16 and I work on small engines and I got a Briggs and Stratton push mower that wouldnt start so I checked the carbureator, main jet, spark plug, tested magnet contacts on the flywheel with the ignition coil

                • Kristian Jonsson
                  Kristian Jonsson  5 days back

                  The last time I did buy a lawnmower was about 50 years ago. After that I got non-runners for free. Today I have 2. The regular and the back-up. B&S s/v engines. Yesterday I got a modern one! Homelite with a ohv engine. Oil is coming out from gasket close to thelower part of the engine. We vill see!

                  • wb6162
                    wb6162  6 days back

                    Last owner is going around telling everyone who wants to listen that Husky mowers are total shit LOL.

                    • John Ronan
                      John Ronan  7 days back

                      Great vids!! Too funny about Todd's. I grew up in NBPT and my Dad would take me to Todd's as kid soon after it started. Glad to see it's still hoppin'.

                      • MIKE KOSTECKY
                        MIKE KOSTECKY  7 days back

                        They tell you you don’t have to change the oil so they can sell you a new mower every 2 years when the old one blows up!!!
                        Must have been a shade tree mechanic that put the blade on,
                        too many brewskies!!!

                        • Vic Krue
                          Vic Krue  1 weeks back

                          Thanks Mustie1.
                          Even though I have been doing this for a while myself, I still enjoy seeing someone else doing the same thing.

                          Blade on backwards, dirty carb, or my favorite... IT WAS OUT OF GAS 😁

                          One man's junk is another man's treasure.

                          • Albert Cyphers
                            Albert Cyphers  1 weeks back

                            Do you have a website? I have a question for you not pertaining to this video

                            • Gary Barnfather
                              Gary Barnfather  1 weeks back

                              Had a old mower with a Briggs and Stratton engine on it for 20 years in that time i replaced the head gasket twice and the carby 3 times was a trusty old beast and one day it did finally die but she did well the old girl

                              • Richard Kelley
                                Richard Kelley  1 weeks back

                                Enjoyed your vodeo. Id love to see one on your VW bus (Camper?)
                                in the back.

                                • Kalani Scott
                                  Kalani Scott  2 weeks back

                                  I can see why you have a lot of hits. Your presentation, voice, etc cannot be copied. Your a natural ! Enjoy your videos.

                                  • Charles Murphy
                                    Charles Murphy  2 weeks back

                                    In the military we no longer do oil changes in our vehicles. An oil sample is taken and sent in for analysis and we are either told to change the oil or replace the engine if the oil is contaminated with metal.

                                    • Mark Hull
                                      Mark Hull  2 weeks back

                                      Briggs EXi (no oil change) engines claim to have mirror polished cylinder eliminating ring break in metal contamination and very little blow by. Also claim much increased cooling increasing oil life. Yeah Right! They also happen to know over 50% owners don't change the oil anyway and only keep their mowers 2-3 years before it's curbed. Add in ethanol gas and Mustie1 has more free mowers!

                                      • Timothy Krupnick
                                        Timothy Krupnick  2 weeks back

                                        My dad had that exact set of SK sockets. Cool

                                        • Robert Knight
                                          Robert Knight  2 weeks back

                                          I've came across a few mowers with damage blades. Those had a buildup of grass on the deck to the point a good blade couldn't turn.

                                          • James Exploring Online
                                            James Exploring Online  2 weeks back

                                            You didnt lose that footage,, you were feeding the mice lol

                                            This would almost be a yearly service for some.

                                            • James Exploring Online
                                              James Exploring Online  2 weeks back

                                              Also the small print reads, NEVER ADD FUEL or GAS as you guys call it.
                                              Great find and content.

                                              • Joona Byman
                                                Joona Byman  2 weeks back

                                                Talking about no oil changes, my dad had an old Honda push mower. Which he had used every year for 16 years without changing the oil. Eventually when he decides to change the oil, but after he changed it, he couldn't get the mower to start.

                                                • Omar Lebron Customz76
                                                  Omar Lebron Customz76  2 weeks back

                                                  I found so many this year ...so many easy fixes ...I resold them....and made good money ...for a little hobby even had one blown motor ...found rod apart...found one in the street different design same motor same manufacturer did a swap...works awesome

                                                  • Mark Prairie
                                                    Mark Prairie  2 weeks back

                                                    Reminds me of the guy who brought in a new chainsaw and explained “I don’t get it, it’s brand new and I only managed to cut down two trees today and I am exhausted”.
                                                    I picked it up, pulled the rope and it started.
                                                    The guy looked shocked and said “What the hell is that noise “?

                                                    • Vin-R
                                                      Vin-R  2 weeks back

                                                      Where are you Mustie?

                                                      • Rick M
                                                        Rick M  2 weeks back

                                                        Just subscribed, and i enjoyed your laid back presentation. Also LOVE the van

                                                        • Jersey One
                                                          Jersey One  2 weeks back

                                                          I laugh at good stuff people throw away .

                                                          • Central Scrutinizer
                                                            Central Scrutinizer  2 weeks back

                                                            .....Resurrection Table rising......brrrrrrrrrrrrr. I would enjoy cleaning that mower. My friend has a Husqvarna robot mower. If you don't enjoy cutting grass....it's the cat's ass.

                                                            • Joe Walsh
                                                              Joe Walsh  2 weeks back

                                                              My mower has one of those plastic carbs and I was cleaning it outside when the choke spring suddenly rocketed off. I now know not to remove carbs outside and also, the spring set from harbor freight with 200 springs has a spring you can use as a choke spring on this carb. Much better than paying $11 for 1 spring

                                                              • sailorbychoice1
                                                                sailorbychoice1  3 weeks back

                                                                My brother lives in Hollis, NH~ from your vids, I would guess not very far from The Mustie1 shop. He bought his house in '87. Hollis is one of the many NH towns that has no home trash pick-up so _everyone_ goes to the dump; excuse me, the Town Transfer Station (the cleanest dump I have ever seen), but Hollis has many many people who work in white collar professions vs blue collar. In general white collar people can't or won't fix a damn thing. My brother usually picks up two or three lawn mowers, harrows, snow blowers, per year, usually they need a little work but a half hour or forty five minutes will get better than half of his finds up and running again. He isn't a mechanic, but our father had a small lawn service when he was a teen (I'm a decade younger) and dad taught the five things to check before sending a machine to be fixed... He hasn't bought a lawn mower in 32 years or longer, and usually has one knocking around if a friend or co-worker needs one too.

                                                                • Völundr Frey
                                                                  Völundr Frey  3 weeks back

                                                                  No oil change 2 strokes usually means that they will burn up the engine oil before you need to replace it under normal operation.

                                                                  • Earl A.
                                                                    Earl A.  3 weeks back

                                                                    I saved 3 mowers from the landfill/scrapyard all because of ignorant owners that installed the blade backwards!

                                                                    I didn't have to clean out the carb or spark plug... just fixed the orientation of the blade, sharpen it if needed, and changed the oil

                                                                    • johnnyf99 Music
                                                                      johnnyf99 Music  3 weeks back

                                                                      I remember in high school (many moons ago) my friend had a 67 chevy something or other. The car burned a little oil, as well as had a small leak.. He had to add about 1 quart of oil per week. He would never change the oil because he would chuckle and say that it was "self changing" .. Maybe this manufacture is building in the notion of oil mitigation (consumption) on a minute level and figures that adding it may be enough to keep a fresh dose of lubrication going... at least till (what the manufacturer believes) is the natural obsolescence of the machine.

                                                                      • freespace2dotcom
                                                                        freespace2dotcom  3 weeks back

                                                                        You can get away with not changing your oil in a case like that for a while, but every so often you should still change it. Just because the oil burns away doesn't mean the filth and grime in the engine burn away also. Clogged filters can and do happen in those scenarios.

                                                                    • ab ab
                                                                      ab ab  3 weeks back

                                                                      What an awesome video. Love the peacefulness and straight forwardness on what to check and how to do it!

                                                                      • logan carrey
                                                                        logan carrey  3 weeks back

                                                                        All those Briggs 550ex style engines lack a drain plug. Overall I'm not a fan of that engine or the rest of the stuff attached to it. The plastic carb is a notorious issue because it's jetted so small to maintain California compliance. Sadly it seems Briggs doesn't build em to last and they are hardly worth repairing anymore. Ended up buying an older Briggs off Craigslist for $40 with the metal tank that runs like a champ.

                                                                        • Bruce Borden
                                                                          Bruce Borden  3 weeks back

                                                                          If u ever have a wet spark plug pull the rope a few times without the spark plug being n so most of the moisture will blow out the spark plug hole then put the spark plug back n

                                                                          • Joshua Midgette
                                                                            Joshua Midgette  3 weeks back

                                                                            Useful info. Just bought a wheeled string trimmer to get the stuff my mower has issues with and it is my first non electric piece of lawn equipment in a very long time.

                                                                            • Richard Brice
                                                                              Richard Brice  3 weeks back

                                                                              Love the videos, sorted my lawn mower after watching these. I'm from the UK, which state are you in? The end sequence looked like the sort of America we don't see on the the TV, normal people wandering around what we would call a car boot sale. Keep them coming!

                                                                              • Ernie Slone
                                                                                Ernie Slone  3 weeks back

                                                                                That's a classic goof. How long had they been trying to cut the lawn with a mulching blade. Wow.

                                                                                • pat
                                                                                  pat  3 weeks back

                                                                                  saw a guy put a chainsaw chain on backwards and wondered why it wouldn't cut

                                                                                  • Grackle2012
                                                                                    Grackle2012  3 weeks back

                                                                                    That lift is super necessary. LOL.

                                                                                    • Trehan Creek Outdoors
                                                                                      Trehan Creek Outdoors  3 weeks back

                                                                                      I have that same mower. Briggs does address the issue in the owner's manual. They absolutely do recommend never changing the oil. If you want a more detailed explanation of WHY that is their recommendation, visit their website. They will explain that this new engine series has a different super smooth honed cylinder that is designed to need minimal lubrication to start with due to the very little friction created in the cylinder. Plus the engine is designed and built with materials that dissipate heat much better than older engines did, therefore the engine runs much cooler so the oil doesn't break down quickly.

                                                                                      Briggs claims with the proper recommended weight and type of oil, which is important to follow for the temperatures the machine will operate in, there will be very minimal oil usage. In three years of operating my mower, I have found oil usage is indeed minimal plus the oil isn't terrible looking even after three years of no oil changes.

                                                                                      All that said, keep in mind the manufacturer only provides a three year limited warranty. Essentially, they are betting that this no oil change practice shouldn't cause the mower to break down during the 3 years the factory is agreeing to warrant it. Given that the average homeowner using this walk behind mower isn't cutting vast amounts of lawn acreage, usually only cuts the lawn every week or two, and operates the mower seasonally when grass is growing, its pretty easy to see that Briggs probably figures the math this way. People today tend to buy riding mowers when they have much more than a hour mowing job to do so you can consider this walk behind AWD mower to be likely purchased only by low intensity users with limited yard mowing to do.

                                                                                      Say, two hours per week of 8 months time for average use each year, or 60 hours per year operating time on the machine. In the three years of the warranty period therefore, the average residential home owner will put 180 hours of operating time on the mower. I don't even put that many hours on my mower as I can mow my yard in about an hour. So the question becomes one of whether or not this particular cooler running engine built to generate less friction can last 180 hours without an oil change, assuming of course that all other maintenance and operating procedures are carefully followed such as keeping a clean air filter in place.

                                                                                      Personally, I think this mower, or maybe any mower, could operate 180 hours without seizure or mechanical failure if the oil is merely checked regularly and topped off. That really isn't a large amount of operating time and a good oil can likely handle the stress load of that much time without being changed entirely but just topped off.

                                                                                      So is the factory recommendation to not change the oil wrong? Not really, if you only consider the life span to be what it is warranted for of just 3 years. But if you as the owner might like to get more life out of your equipment, changing the oil more frequently might still be the prudent thing to do, perhaps even as often as once per year. I changed mine at the end of the three year period. Since I use good oil, keep it checked and topped off, and change air filters every 25 hours or sooner, I feel that is adequate. I also keep my mower in top condition, using only non-ethanol gas, and even installing a new plastic carb at the end of year 3.

                                                                                      Obviously, if you are going to operate the mower in a much more intensive fashion for longer hours at a time and more times per week, then you are going to rack up a lot more operating hours on the machine and should consider changing oil based on the number of hours of use. Likewise, heavy use in very dusty environments, even with frequent air filter changes, can still let particles get inside the engine that the oil must clean out. Changing oil frequently is probably the wise course if you have those kinds of issues.

                                                                                      Great video. I'd recommend going back to a factory issued blade on that mower however, plus of course mounting it right! I'm not sure an after market blade not made for that mower will be balanced right and that can cause major issues with premature wear on the motor.

                                                                                      • Jim Long
                                                                                        Jim Long  3 weeks back

                                                                                        The new Briggs mower are total shit.

                                                                                        • Stephen Clark
                                                                                          Stephen Clark  3 weeks back

                                                                                          So my dad bought my grandmother a new lawn mower about a year-and-a-half ago and I stopped by and I mow her lawn once a week or at least every other week and I thought you know what Grandma's lawn mower could probably use some service so I brought it to my house I clean out the air filter sprayed some seafoam down the carburetor put some seafoam in the gas tank and then I was just going to change the oil check the spark plug gap it clean it so I go I turn the mower over there's no drain plug I start looking around there's no drain plug there's no drain plug there's no drain plug come to find out it's just add never change the oil what the f*** at that moment I knew that they only want you to use it till it breaks and buy a new one cuz I can't even buy parts for this thing

                                                                                        • Keith Simoneaux
                                                                                          Keith Simoneaux  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Hey Mustie1! Just wanted to give you a quick shout-out for your awesome channel. admittedly, I am kind of late to the game, as I have just recently discovered you in the past couple of months, but I’m so glad that I did! I am not at all mechanically-inclined, but I find your videos incredibly interesting and fun to watch. Please keep up the excellent work(FYI, you inspired me to take on a repair of my personal lawnmower and I’m happy to report that I successfully replaced a broken pull cord on my 15-year-old Troybuilt- A HUGE accomplishment for a clueless sap like me.😊

                                                                                          • lexwaldez
                                                                                            lexwaldez  3 weeks back

                                                                                            Thumbs up for the socks and the truck

                                                                                            • TheNimaH
                                                                                              TheNimaH  3 weeks back

                                                                                              I work as a repair-man at a Husqvarna dealer... These machines are not around much any more.. By that I mean the "no oil-change required" machines. B&S seems to have come to their senses, realising the huge amount of unnecessary wear on the machine it causes.

                                                                                              And another thing... Tipping a machine on its side like that is NEVER recommended.
                                                                                              Always tip a machine towards the handle so that the cylinder go towards the ceiling, avoiding oil going in to it.
                                                                                              (Even though I agree that when draining oil, it shouldn't be any problem)


                                                                                              Other than that, a very entertaining video!