Are You Doing Your Repairs Now? or Waiting To Be Caught With Your Pants Down?
Boy, it's a rush now and I'm being squeezed between house projects, outdoor activities, my mowers, customer mowers, getting mowers ready for sale, and getting my snowblower ready for next year with the repairs and improvements I want to make.
I still remember some of the times I have been caught with my pants down because of my procrastination! working outside with no shed, no garage, in 10 degree cold, or snow falling! and 24" expected!!! while I'm making repairs, fixing an float inlet valve leak, replacing a carburetor, replacing an unusable belt, replacing a broken cable, wondering why a snowblower doesn't start?
I hate it!
So I do my best to do my repairs now, this time of year, and I've been pretty good doing that. At least I get most of my snowblowers working, (I think, maybe).
Right now I'm working replacing the rectangular exit chute on my Murray Craftsman 10/29", My primary snowblower. I love it because it starts on the 1st pull without using the electric starter. I need to wire brush, oil prime and oil paint it, install an impeller kit. I have 2 frozen wheels on the axle which I have to install my home made wheel puller and heat with my torch. I had run out of gas last year and both my tanks had to be tested before being refilled. And I have to heat and bang out a stuck 1/4" wheel axle pin at the end, tough to get too.
I also have frozen wheels on a 5/24" Murray Noma that I couldn't pull off with my puller and need to heat with my torch. I have to put the carburetor I rebuilt back on, hasn't been on since the Fall when I was getting it ready for the winter! and never put it back on again after the rebuild. Another procrastination project I have to admit to. Leaves came down, work, other snowblowers needed work done.
I have a 1986 Ariens ST522 that needs the drive cable replaced, the carburetor, and an impeller kit, I'm going to keep this as I've had it for 15 years and it's gotten me through some 24" snows! A nice machine, one of my personal oldest machines I bought used 15 years ago for $75 from a neighbor across the street who bought it used or got it for free and used it for a year or two.
I have a 1983 real John Deere 10/32" (manufacturered by Ariens for John Deere using John Deere's design) I bought for $50 from a neighbor across the street, who got it for free! that I'm getting ready to do a complete tuneup on, lube,, install the impeller kit, order and replace the auger belt, and drill and install 4 zerk (grease) fittings (It has none! Why?). I want to replace the 80w gearbox oil but in order to do this, the easiest way is to remove the auger housing from the tractor, remove the filler plug, and turn the auger housing upside down. There is no drain plug! I could remove the 5 bolts that hold the side plate to the gear box housing but then I'm taking a chance on developing a gasket leak as it's been on there probably since the machine was built.
I have a Murray Dynamax 8/26" that both adjustment bolts for the auger and drive cables which are located inside a spring are frozen and there is too much tension on the handles causing your hands to be tired. They are not levers that you hold down with your palms, they are L shaped handles that grip around a top cross bar. Nice idea but tiring to hold down. I use a clamp to hold them down. But it's a nice throwing machine and always starts. I use it as a backup.
I have a very nice and little used, beautiful Murray Noma 9/27" that the drive belt broke this winter while using, burned up, I think it came off and got caught and burned. When I replaced it, it keeps coming off the large bottom drive pulley as if something is not lined up, Why I don't know. I've looked at it and keep getting frustrated. I can see it coming off when I pull the starter cord. The idler pulley bearing is good, no wobble, looks like things are lined up. I don't know why.
Wife is bothering me to replace the sheetrock den's ceiling, paneling on the walls, then lay down laminate flooring. I have to fix an electrical short for the refrigerator and stove's exhaust fan, and I have to finish moving gas, water, and sewer pipes around in the laundry room. Procrastinate? I'm not trying to! Then there's the garage to clean up, getting 20 mowers ready for sale. I need to go out of the used mower blower business. Not enough money in it, I put too much work in on these machines getting them absolutely ready, too hard to sell in my area, takes too much of my time and the yard is a mess. No time to go road biking or MTB with friends!!!
1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
A 1983 Real John Deere 10hp, 32" w. 12" impeller, 16" auger, 20" high front, cast iron gear box, chains
Noma 9hp, 27" w. 12" impeller
Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
Dynamark 8hp, 26", 12" impeller, for sale
Several other 5hp, 8hp, several 2 cycle, all for sale