I wonder how many did that accidentally, then sold the machine because it didn't work right anymore thinking it was something else wrong?
I bet someone somewhere has done that and just bought another blower.
Something to keep in mind if your looking at used blowers the advertise they don't really blow the snow anymore huh?
Some don't know much about machines period, even the simple stuff.
I was going around to different lawnmower shops looking for an old Jacobson's lawnmower drive belt years ago. No one seemed to have one.
I walked into one shop and a big Harley type of guy was explaining to a Clark Kent type of guy how to change the oil in the new lawnmower he had just bought. He told him just warm it up and unscrew the plug and the oil will come out. Then just add a quart (or whatever it was) and it is done.
The guy said he didn't trust his mechanical ability to do it and would prefer to set up an appointment for him to do. As much as the guy tried to explain how easy it was the guy wanted to set up appointments to have him do it.
The guy told him that it was a minimum $45 bucks labor rate just to add the oil and he would be better off doing it himself. But the guy insisted for him to set up an appointment.
After he left he rolled his eyes and said do you believe that?
He said that 75% of his sales are to buyers like that.
I told him heck it keeps you in business right?
He smiled and said yep but I feel like I am stealing their money.
I told him not to worry about it as I saw that he tried over and over (too long as I was waiting) and his customer was happy.
Heck, I would change oil all day at $45 bucks a pop!
Quit my job and do it out of my garage, charge them a pickup and delivery charge too. Have a special with the oil change? Only $25 bucks labor to install a new plug with every oil change?
You have to watch what you buy used today, it may have been a Clark Kent type of guy that had tried to do something himself then just decided it was best to get rid of it. Sometimes you could get a deal that way other times you might end up getting burnt.
I knew a guy who handled the repairing and assembly part of Sears machines at Sears. He told me you wouldn't believe the number of buyers who forgot to add oil to the new machine and blew them up.
Back then Sears would take them back and he would fix and sell them half price, I don't know about now.
I think the new machines come with oil in them now, because so many buyers have started them up without the oil?