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Old 06-18-2013, 08:22 AM   #16
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If you run the engine for a few minutes before you drain the oil, it will heat it up and the oil will flow much more quickly. May not be necessary but it might make the process even quicker.

The air filter is even easier to check/change by the way.

An automotive parts supply place has lots of stuff to make this easy, like an oil pan and funnels. I have different funnels for different purposes, one for waste oil into containers I can take to have recycled, one for new oil into engines, one for gas into engines, etc.
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your making this harder then it has to be. Go buy a cat liter box. Put it on the floor. Take dip stick out. Tilt mower until all oil goes in cat liter box. Now dump somewhere and wipeout. This is what i do. My mower doesn't have under plug.
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Funnel? I looked at where I pour the new oil and though, ok, I'm going to slosh it all over and dribble it down the side. Another thing I didn't think of. Will buy a funnel.

747, certain phrases just sound bad..........like 'root canal' or 'changing oil'.

I don't know the life span of push mowers but now realize my neighbors mostly have riding mowers. That's what I'll get next time but I think that might be a whole new way of maintenance. Riding mowers worry me a bit.

Down in the country, in Ohio, an elderly couple had a tragic mistake. She was on the mower and he said, "don't start it yet", as he reached underneath. All she heard was, "start it" so she did and he lost fingers, got an infection and died in the hospital.
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if you can handle a push mower oil change forget the rider one...and when mowing or stating up ....one person ...one mower it isn't brain surgery or takes two as they found out as you see.
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Just bought my oil and think next time I'll buy oil first so I can fill it right away. What if my daughter came to visit when I wasn't home, didn't know there was no oil in the mower, and tried to surprised me by mowing? like that would ever happen.

There were so many brands of oil I wonder how they all stay in business?

EDIT: A girlfriend told her hubby that I'm looking at grinders and he said not to use one because they will throw the balance of the blade off. Is this true? Last yr a neighbor man took my mower home and used a grinder on it. How would I know if the blade is not balanced?

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get a grinder and one of these http://www.homedepot.com/p/Power-Car...7#.UcR_2Uoo7cs

Unless your grinding one side way down and not the other it will be ok. do the same amount of passes 2 both sides.
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thanks. That little thing will sharpen my blade? Seems too easy but I'll be happy to try it.
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IT will balance the blade, but buy a cheap grinder, it works a lot better.
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