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Posted by: Chris TITLE: AGE / VALUE:   Leaking oil? Proof of betrayel
Spring is here and the seasons right for installing a new blade and replacing the spark plug on the riding mower!
Took a good look at the mower engine. It seems there is all this oil covered with dirt all caked up everywhere. It looks like the engine has been leaking oil out of the seals!
I said: "Oh Wow!" Well,I called and then visited and the fellow said "Of course!" I went on about the model numbers and serial numbers and questioned will it fit under the cowling and hood and all that. Length of drive shafts? and all that. He grinned and said I was making a smart move.

Boy am I excited! The old junk engine will soom be gone,the positive proof that the companies days are truely numbered will be cleaned off.
We won~t even have to drill or modify! His eyes narrowed, Oh, No! It drops right in! Were making a switch here and to kick it off right It~ll have just a little more power and it~s quieter too.
It~s a name I~m already familiar with. I did this with the Snapper already! That 5 speed self propelled unit and the snapper drawer catcher powered by a little wonder. Nowe it~s time for larger wonders.
Lift back the cover and look. Because it now says:
HONDA
I can assure you that it will not ever leak oil. It will start every time. It will swish thru tall wet grass and not give me any problem. Finally getting ahold of the books that really instruct one how yto change drive belts was wonderful. I installed them myself and saved a bundle and I was happy to do this myself.It was an empowering experience.
Because of that blown seal,because of that oil everywhere, because of the stupidity after over 100 years experience in this industry.I am delighted and happy to fit a better product and to that I will be loyal.
Posted by Chris
Enough already! Back to the bikes!
I have new, yet undone ideas and I~ve been digging into awesome things.
Posted by Chris
Another Techumseh at the kerb, another new Honda engine in place . Run it up the ramp, go off and make money with it.
No shuddering strupidity in the face of tall wet lawn. Tools are for removal and reinstallation not rebuilding.
Posted by Chris
Take a look at the motors on commercial equipment and especially at the motors on rental equipment. I walked thru the yard and everything was Honda, Honda, Honda.
It started wonderfully on the first pull.
Hot, cold, start and re-start. Every time, on the first pull and I didn~t have to pull that hard on the rope as compared to the Briggs motors either. No awful wrist spraining catching and pull back snapping. Ever pull the rope started on a Briggs mower engine and you~ll understand what I referr to. I was 16 and shook my wrist and cursed it back then. I never was hurt mind you but the Hondas are free of this experience. SMOOTH BABY, SMOOTH! I am seeing Japanese generators in boxes in a shop that historically has shunned motorized equipment that was not Briggs and/or Techumseh. Still, no Honda mowers or motors. Have to field trip across 4 towns over for that stuff where their spirit is very different. I have never seen those generators there before, so even this place is changing with the times. What does bother me quite a bit dispite the attitude you read is. Is that Briggs and Techumseh are a part of the fabric of the country that I love to the death. This is an U.S. company employing our people in our land. The history goes way back and it is facinating to study and read about. For all the joy I take in replacing it/ dumping it when it fails and betrays. For all the simple hapiness there is when the Honda or Mitsubishi works as it should. This is (they are) a product(s) made in a foreign land(s) with profits going out of the country. In time, unless they change and change radically, there will be no Briggs and Techumseh. In the future, it will be only a name on a B grade Honda motor except that Honda does not offer anything B grade. Another huge dynasty with historic roots winding down into the good soil of our land will cease to exist. What grew and flowered turned out to ugly, unreliable, and troublesome and no longer was hardy enough to stand up to and overcome competition in a changed and global marketplace. It did not change, products did not improve and new inovation did not appear and save the companmy from itself. We have been witness to a thing that we could not change and the people that read customers letters did not take the warning signs serriously until it was too late. I remember that feeling in my wrist, the leaking oil, the trouble starting, the expensive repair, the waiting, the letdown and heartbreak of a thing we make here no longer being a source of pride but now is a hassle. Most people only have to learn once and then the next time a product is shopped for the customer recalls this or that and they look for a way to excape that experience from happening again. I asked the Honda fellow:Will it do that? He said: "No."
I believe that one day it will just stop after enough market share is lost, after enough employees are let go, after the whole company moves away and takes the machinery that makes the things with them. The empire will be folded up, factories and offices will be closed, cleaned up and razed. It~ll be a great excuse to finally break the back of a union if there still is one. Ex-employees will be out searching for re-training in a bad economy. Nothing left to do except face the expensive task of cleaning up a likely highly polluted brownfield site. The business of small engine repair will be forever changed and way, simplified. It~ll be almost like a t.v. that does not need to be repaired. Not quite like that as the nature is different but it~ll be changed none the less. Honda power equipment is now part of our country and our experiences in using it. Yet it is not really ours not like Briggs and Techumseh have been. Years ago but not that long ago, there used to be repair shops in every gas station. Two or three bays for repairing and maintaining cars. Then all over it turned different and the equipment was moved and hoists removed and people let go and all of a sudden that space was for selling soda pop, candy, chips, and bottled water. The many oil companies have already stopped selling service. They sell consumables. A gas station is now really a foodmart that also happens to sell gasoline. This concept will be taken further and it~ll change forever another way that we do something else.
The trend in washing machines is towards front loaders,instead of top loader styles. Less parts to break, the clothes come out cleaner, you save water, no tall plastic agitator to twist and ruin clothes and no interlocking plastic/rubber gears to fail on you. Instead a stainless steel drum that just spins. They are getting the message of selling something that will not need servicing. Or at least not as often.
Posted by Chris
I looked up last night at a comercial with a company selling lawn equipment.More tractors. They offered and mentioned and showed customer service. The showed us a stupid little trailer with the logo and name of the maker.
So when it breaks down you call them out and they haul it in for you. Sure lets have the company strong arm this matter for us! Lets pay even more $$ to have it ride in a chariot to the repair shop! The factory authorized repair shop no less? Geez! Is this trailer for hauling it in alone or does it contain all the tools and technicians to fix it there at your driveway for you on the spot? Or does their definition of "service" still mean that I wait three weeks to get it back? No mention of a free loaner either.
This "service" as they say really removes your choice of where and to whom you take it. Don~t be fooled! You~ll pay a lot for their little trailer to visit you. They probably pressure you into signing an expensive contract when you buy it right off in in the beginning. They make and inferior product and let you know they are going to retain control over it. Besides your money can be earning THEM interest instead of YOU in the interm before it breaks down! Hey I understand it all now! All about using a customer for every dime! I thought: "Forget that!" WHO MAKES THE MOTOR AND TRANSMISSION? is the real issue. Colors and logo~s are not important. They are still selling service and making sure you are forced to buy that service. They are not making products that don~t need service or products that are able to be services easily by the owner. It~s the same outdated concept that doomed Philco, R.C.A. Zenith and other big names I have already forgotten ( Zenith is the sole survivor, and in name alone!)
I saw this feature on the loss of the American T.V. industry. While they refused to change and did things the same- old- way and focused on service, the Japaneese made T.V.~s that didn~t need it. J.V.C. Matshusta, Sony.Samsung (Korean) These are the names we know today! Not Philco and the rest. An American company invented the V.C.R.! Did you know that? Akio Morita took a small tape recorder company and made Sony into a modern day powerhouse! How? Quality products you didn~t need some guy in goofy overalls in your living room to constantly fix.
Nobody repairs a T.V. today! Same with lawn mower engines. I see the Honda Marine Ads. It~s comforting, wonderful! That beloved name! Out on the lake with anything else? Shudder! Out on water? Without Honda Marine? When I have a boat, that too will be powered by a HONDA!
Don~t sell service sell something that does not need it. The definition of service should always be. Service: Doing the jo as it ought to be done.
Posted by Chris
Why no whole new machine? They are more expensive than ever. Thousands. Go price commercial mowers. Thousands.
It~s a racket and it~s expected that the customer will pay a premium price because after all, the customer will be making money off of it so the makers want more for it when it is new. That is plain, bold faced greed. They lock you in as best as they can. The companies pay it but they learn how to maintain everything themselves. They have to to have money to expand the business and to survive competition. It gets ugly. Planned obsolescence cuts across many industries and firms but with the same devastating consequences. Unhappy customers searching for a way to leave it or to change it. I told them years ago: "Gentlemen, You~ve lost an entire generation! Mine. But my grandfather loved and was loyal to you. I cannot be.
Posted by Chris
So, I am not doing what they expected me to do. I will not pay to have it repaired, I certainly will not EVER replace it with the same model nor EVER with anything related to that company. I~m not going to tear it apart and replace a seal because the other one is better still. It~s a outdated product made to create income for the shops. The waiting 3 weeks because everybody has theirs in for some problem, the expense, the way the counter folks act,the very fact that this is a loser product alone.Lastly because of the very name on the product itself. I~m able to keep the original throttle control as the two work together well. Why? It~s quaint! I traded in the older 1960~s model that was neat. The transmission was a leaver that you could glide between first and sixth gear oh so gradually. The motor had a pull rope on it if the battery went dead on you. You could tip the whole thing up onto a service bar and change a blade and clean out the deck. The styling. All this company has left is styling and few are gonna stay with it for that alone. I have a mixed sentimental attachment to this company and this tractor. The last model had no rope so you are up a tree, the transmission is re- done and it stupid and awkward and a pain to use. The tipping it up on a service bar had to go because it enabled the user to service blades easier and they wanted you in a shop for that paying transport and charges and yes because somebody may have got hurt and it was a liability perhaps too. My tractor and the company went backwards on me with their products. Not forward to better things that thrill me to own and use. Somebody else has been doing that lately. HONDA. I picked up another of the old style tractors at a garage sale. It~s mint, complete (and for now) with the original motor. The one with the lever transmission, the service bar and the recoil rope on the motor. I grew up watching the men and their truck with that neat thing called a lift gate. The shops, the belts on the wall, the many parts that failed and were replaced. The smells of the shops. We got it back and soon discovered that the belts slipped and soon realized that the good men with their neat truck had charged us good and failed to do the job right. It went back and forth and not until I jumped ship to another shop was it fixed right.Now I do that myself too. I remember a old good friend of mine that removed large hedges. He had a tow truck triver wrap a chain around it. They stood there and pulled the hydralic leaver. He did it himself from there. He grinned at me and said: "The old man is no fool!" I know what he~d say about this leaking oil.
Paint comming off in strips also, as they cheapened/meddled with the rustproofing/painting process. I~ll redo that as I love this original color!

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