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Old 08-02-2020, 07:52 AM
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Need to change the title to "Just blew my Lawnmower Engine"!
Old 08-02-2020, 07:58 AM
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Some sick puppies on this board!
Old 08-02-2020, 02:11 PM
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Not that you have experienced a Murray, go buy a tractor.
Old 08-03-2020, 06:06 AM
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Its a murray so it's not worth doing anything more than a Harbor Freight motor. I want to hate those motors because they are so cheap, but damn if they dont just work. I have one on a garden sprayer and I've had friends with them as well. You could probably buy another tractor just like yours used for 200 bucks too.
Old 08-03-2020, 06:27 AM
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You got 23 years out of a relatively cheap riding mower, that’s pretty good service. Put a new cheap motor on it and get another 20 years. If you really want to splurge, go up a few hp and see how fast it will run.
Old 08-04-2020, 10:18 PM
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Thx everyone for the input. Decided to just go for a new mower, 17hp motor more then it's worth $ wise 300$ and up and don't want to buy a used one and only get 1 year out of it. Going to get a new one most likely the Husqvarna YTH18542. Want to keep it under 2k and need something that will do the job.

Has anyone had experience with the Husqvarna YTH18542 or any other recommendations for ride on's? Zero turn are out of my budget right now with everything going on.

42 vs 46 inch cutting deck? Thinking 42 because I can get In tighter spaces. For a non zero turn it has a Tight 16 in. turning radius ​​​​​​, got to test in the store
Old 08-04-2020, 10:32 PM
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I've had a Husqvarna Z254 zero turn for almost a year now. No issues so far.
Old 08-05-2020, 06:21 AM
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Before ordering a new engine make sure it has an oil pump instead of a splash oil system. Splash are fine for flat property, but do not lubricate properly with grade changes.

Many of the low priced engines are splash oil systems.

I learned the hard way, 2 splash engines went poof. My 18 year old John Deere with oil pump runs like new.
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It's a damn shame when you can't count on a Briggs and Stratton to run for a quarter of a century. Get a Honda next time.
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42 or 46"? What size was the Murray? Were you happy with that size? Have you measured the narrow areas on your property? Any gate to go through? What cheap boxer said about splash lube systems. I had a John Deere 317 that I bought about 38 years ago, splash oiler. One stretch about 25' in the yard was on a moderate slope. !7 years of that one spot resulted in the engine blowing oil everywhere. I had about 900 hours on the unit, dealer said that was the most hours he had ever seen on that engine (Kohler). If the engine has an oil filter, it's got an oil pump.
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I have a Craftsman LT2000 with a 42” deck and 17 hp Kohler. I guess it has an oil pump since it has a wix filter? It’s so flat here you can see the earth curve so that has never been an issue for me. The machine is ~17 years old and runs like a top. I did replace the carb and all the deck components recently but it sees pretty severe use for a residential riding mower. Change the oil once a year.

I went with the 42” deck so it would fit in between the fender wells of my truck bed.
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Originally Posted by Sharpest View Post
I have a Craftsman LT2000 with a 42” deck and 17 hp Kohler. I guess it has an oil pump since it has a wix filter? It’s so flat here you can see the earth curve so that has never been an issue for me. The machine is ~17 years old and runs like a top. I did replace the carb and all the deck components recently but it sees pretty severe use for a residential riding mower. Change the oil once a year.

I went with the 42” deck so it would fit in between the fender wells of my truck bed.
why did you get off the machine in the middle of mowing to take that pic
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Originally Posted by Sharpest View Post
I have a Craftsman LT2000 with a 42” deck and 17 hp Kohler. I guess it has an oil pump since it has a wix filter? It’s so flat here you can see the earth curve so that has never been an issue for me. The machine is ~17 years old and runs like a top. I did replace the carb and all the deck components recently but it sees pretty severe use for a residential riding mower. Change the oil once a year.

I went with the 42” deck so it would fit in between the fender wells of my truck bed.
You need a real tractor with a bush hog behind it for that!
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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
why did you get off the machine in the middle of mowing to take that pic
Because this is America and I like to party.

Originally Posted by king_me View Post
You need a real tractor with a bush hog behind it for that!
I normally don’t let it get that bad lol

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