I've got a 21" Toro self propelled rotary mower with a 3.75 hp Briggs
engine on it.
Whe I used it today for the first time this season I had a feeling the
engine might be running a little slower than it had in the past, as I
seemed to be walking "less fast" to keep up with it.
I measured the RPMs with my non-contact tach and the engines's "full
speed" with no load was 3,000 RPMs, and it didn't sound like it dropped
off significantly under load.
My memory is telling me governed full speed for that kind of setup
should be more like 3,500 RPM. Can someone confirm that?
The governor seems to be doing it's job, but I've got a feeling it's
spring has stretched a bit over the years. The engine speed will
increase fine if I "assist" the spring with my fingertips, so I can
probably tweak the speed up by rebending the throttle lever end of the
spring to make it a bit shorter, (or by buying a new spring). The other
end of the spring is as far away from the throttle lever as the speed
control lever can go.
(W1BSV + Brass Rat \'57 EE)
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