Some 20 minutes later, having added some gasoline and primped that thing numerous times, and it STILL wouldn't start. Oh sure it would sometimes "fake start" for maybe 1 second, only to then cut right off.
It had been running just fine barely 5 minutes before all of this, but once it ran out of gas--forget it.
I became so enraged, I took a large wood-log and smashed the lawn mower into a million pieces.
OK, so that was childish, at least it was a $35 yard sale lawn mower (but it was self-propelled, making it something of a bargain). But man, 20 some minutes and it STILL wouldn't start, even with more gasoline added, even with it having ran just fine minutes previous?
I am not just writing to vent and rant/rave, and hear people reply "wow, that temper of yours, how silly of you" (not that I blame anyone for saying that, I understand). I am writing for a reason, namely--are lawn mowers as a group this picky? Is there someway, without it requiring multiple servicing efforts at a repair shop, to make lawn mowers less picky? Are Tecumseh engines as a group worse than Briggs/Stratton engines? Any method of storage (outdoors, we don't have a garage) that helps with this? Any tricks that can "kick start" a stubborn-as-a-mule lawn mower into starting?
Also, I do recall when I used to cut grass as a teenager some 20 years ago or so, it was common we'd run the lawn mower until it ran out of gas, then just add more and it would fire right back up and we'd carry on. It seems like now lawn mowers are much pickier--if you dare run out of gas, there's hell to pay. Is this true, and if so, why?
Thanks for the tips.