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Old 05-20-2017, 12:11 AM   #16
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I would avoid anything you can buy at Lowes or Walmart. They're all made by MTD and they're all junk. I bought a Troy-Built (MTD) from Lowes a few years back and it spent more time in the mower shop than it did mowing grass. The owner said he works on those all the time and that my experience was not at all unusual.

This is a shop I've dealt with for all my small engine work for over 20 years and I completely trust his word.

I ended up giving it away and buying an Ex-Mark and I haven't had a bit of trouble since.

At the age of the OP, mowing with even a walk-behind power mower for 3/4 of an acre can be a chore. I'd go to a lawn mower shop and buy a small commercial mower like I did. Ex-Mark makes a stamped deck version smaller than mine but I went with the smallest welded deck version. I'd recommend that all around. Brand probably doesn't matter much at that level. Ex-Mark is made by Toro - a good name in mowers.
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The on line description for this mower says:
"... and never change the oil with the Briggs & Stratton 7.25-ft lbs gross torque engine..."

My 25 year old classic 3.5 HP B&S mower has that feature too. .
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To help keep the mower running trouble free, I suggest you run ethanol free fuel.

If it is not available or to costly best option is to use only 90+ octane fuel along with Sta-Bil 360 Performance. A 10oz bottle ($7.98 at Lowe's) will treat 50 gallons of fuel.

You may also want to consider investing in a fuel filter funnel such as the Mr. Funnel AF3CB Fuel Filter ($18.79 on Amazon). It separates any water (and possible debris) from the fuel as you fill the tank on the mower.

I have an 20+ year old MTD riding mower with twin cylinder B&G engine that is still going strong. In addition to the high octane fuel and Sta-Bil, I also keep it out of the weather. I have never understood why people leave lawn equipment outside. Few things will quicker ruin it than mother nature.
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To help keep the mower running trouble free, I suggest you run ethanol free fuel...
If I could find that locally I would. In fact, I have found that my Jeep runs better on it as well. There is a website which tracks where you can find it, but the only station in reasonable driving distance has stopped carrying it.

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If it is not available or to costly best option is to use only 90+ octane fuel along with Sta-Bil 360 Performance...
I have been doing exactly that - thanks for confirming that I am not wasting my money.

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...You may also want to consider investing in a fuel filter funnel such as the Mr. Funnel AF3CB Fuel Filter ($18.79 on Amazon)...
Didn't know there was such a thing, but I will definitely check this out.

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...I have never understood why people leave lawn equipment outside. Few things will quicker ruin it than mother nature.
Mine is garage-kept at the moment. I have a wooden shed in good shape. Think it would be alright in there for the winter? I have been debating moving the mower out there after the snow starts falling. (I am just outside of Cleveland, so that could be as early as October.)

Thanks for all of the helpful advice!
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The wooden shed should be fine as long as it remains fairly dry. I keep my equipment in one year round.

In the winter I bring the snowblower into the garage at the first prediction of snow. It would be to hard get out of the shed after the snow has fallen. At the end of the season I service it and put it back in the shed.
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