Re: Ailing lawn mower
Sounds to me it's like others mentioned --- fuel delivery or carb issue.
By chance did you drain the fuel from last fall -- or are you using that half tank of old fuel left over from then ?
My mower was purchased in 1990 and still works flawless -- only money on parts was a blade.
In the fall before putting it away for the winter -- the remaining fuel is drained.
Spring --- oil drained -- plug removed to clean and gap -- blade is sharpened ( checked for balance ) -- filter cleaned and re-oiled ---- before putting fresh fuel in and started for the first time.
Sounds like a little maintenance is all it needs but if you follow some of those who advise dumping it and buying a new one --- well -- it's your nickel.
Folks like me don't mind folks like that who throw out perfectly good equipment -- a little maintenance and you have a perfectly good piece of equipment for next to nothing.
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