I have a self propeled mower with a broken drive shaft, it's a rod that
connects the engin to the blade mechanism. It cracked in half one day while
I was mowing the yard. I've called a few repair shops and they all want to
"take a look" for a fee first.
The mower was about $300. Is this worth trying to fix? are there places
that sell this part?
Depends on what it is worth to you. Usually when the crank breaks there is a
lot more damage than just the crank shaft. Depending on the size of the
engine you probably looking at an complete rebuild of the engine. No sense
in doing it half assed.
Your probably going to spend at lot more than the $300. A rider for that
price is unheard of. Might be time to check the want ads
It's not clear to me what exactly is broken. If it's the crankshaft
of the engine, it's likely time for a new mower. If it's some other
shaft, that is accessable, then you can find parts online with a
simple web search.
That's because many people don't want the fix after they see the estimate.
The repair guy is paying a lot for replacement parts compared to what the
engine maker is paying by the tens of thousands. If it is an older mower,
you can get a new one for little more than a rebuild would cost.
Yes, but other parts may have bed damaged. As long as you have the engine
apart, you probably want to replace other stuff as the labor cost is the
Thanks to everyone who's responded so far. I did find one place that will
give me a quote over the phone if I give them the model number. So, i'll
have to grab that and give them a call back.
I bought a riding mower a while back so I really don't need this mower.
but, I just hate throwing out something of value.
If the drive shaft broke (where the blade hooks on, if it's a walk behind
mower) it's not worth the repair. Might be able to get another motor off a
machine with a rotted out deck.
The drive shaft is a MAJOR part, and would require total rebuild.
I'm guessing you can get the part, but if you want to put it in yourself
figure at least 10 hours or so of work.
On Wed, 18 Aug 2004 18:06:04 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
TEN (10) Hours?????????????????
You are only replacing the crankshaft, NOT making it from iron ore.
I could do the job in an hour at most.
Just curious. Do you change your own oil? How many hours does it
take to drain and refill the oil?
(Just the oil, not including changing the air in your tires).
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