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Old 11-24-2022
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The big scissor lift is up and running.
Leaving stuff sitting is never good and when i parked this thing it ran but would not back up.
Everything else worked.

So the starter had gotten full of water and i had a new starter for it,got that on.
Then the ford type solenoid that runs the starter was bad,i looked through my stash and found a couple of used ones,first one was ***.
So on to the 2nd one,it worked.
Then the electric fuel pump (facet) was bad,took it apart and it was all gummed up with nasty diesel fuel,replaced it with a new one i got on ebay.
It didn't work,took it back off and its a 24v pump,i bought it as a 12v pump.
So more digging in my junk and found a used one,put it on and it works.

I replaced the fuel filters and the hydraulic filter (it had not been changed in 10 years).
Put a good used battery in it and it fired right up!
That was all the first day.
The 2nd day i start looking for the reason it would not back up.
Late i the day i found a bad connection inside the joy stick and got it all cleaned up and its now a working machine again.

One more thing off of my list.
This is a wakeup call to you guys,keep your stuff running,run it every month or so,keep it working,i spent a whole day fixing stuff that should have never needed fixing.
I'm horrible about this sort of thing. My stuff never gets put away properly in the winter. There are a million ways to take care of things before storage, but do I do it. NO!!!! I'd rather wait until spring then cuss and fuss wasting a whole day or sometimes more, trying to get it started or keep it running, properly. Some things never get fixed. Like my Kubota tractor. That has an start interlock on the hydrostat pedal. It has to be in just the right position to allow it to start. For two years I have messed started the tractor moving my foot 15 ways from Sunday trying to start it and finally get lucky and find the spot, but it apparently isn't aggravating enough for me yet. It was close to being too aggravating one day, but I got lucky at the last second and found the spot and got over it. ADENDUM: I just found a new switch at my favorite on-line Kubota parts supplier. It will be here next week. Just admitting that I have been so stupid finally got me off my a** and I'll get it done. Thanks Randy!
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Old 11-24-2022
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Carol has 3 push type lawn mowers,all of which are fairly new (for us anyway).
Maybe one will start,all the others need a new carb.
I let them sit all winter and the cheapo gas screws up the carbs.
the newest one is a honda,i think it will start because i put the boat gas in it,no corn gas.

But,i did buy here a battery DR Mower string mower thing.
She does love it!
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I've been doing better with winterizing my Gravely Zero Turn. I shut off the fuel and let it shut off from fuel starvation to empty the carburetor. Then I add stabilizer to the remaining fuel in the tanks.

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Just got my boom manlift out, only use it couple times a year. It decided that the basket tilt cylinder would become a slow dump cylinder for whoever was in basket.
I used to think it was about the most complicated thing I had, until I bought a wanderlodge.
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A fellow who has a wife who cuts grass at the very least needs to keep them running and gassed up. So having three mowers is just good insurance. Up here in Pa I know guys who will spend $75 to $100 on a snow shovel . we think our wife’s deserve the best Think I'm kidding?
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A fellow who has a wife who cuts grass at the very least needs to keep them running and gassed up. So having three mowers is just good insurance. Up here in Pa I know guys who will spend $75 to $100 on a snow shovel . we think our wife’s deserve the best Think I'm kidding?
MY mower has a 33 hp diesel engine and cuts a swath 72'' wide.

If she wants to push mow around the trees its her call.
I do keep em gassed up,but forget to run them out of gas at the end of the season.
I say its bad gas,not my fault!!
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Our mower has a zero turn, leaf blower and mulched. I pay him cash after he completes the task. He can worry about his own gas
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Our mower has a zero turn, leaf blower and mulched. I pay him cash after he completes the task. He can worry about his own gas
Too many expensive windows in my backyard to hire a mower guy.
Or should i say too many rocks?
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We put VP C9 racing gas in everything that's not our daily drivers, including the generators and mowers. It's not cheap, but everything that runs on it starts and runs well, no matter what the starting interval is. Well worth the expense to not having to requild a carburetor every few months. We have 10 gas-powered vehicles in the shop, two generators and two riding mowers. The dailys, even mine (I work from home 100% of the time), get run often enough to not need the corn-free stuff run in them.
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Getting back to the discussion about heater choices: Can we assume you are trying to stay away from propane heat and propane tanks?
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