The old 8HP Wards snowblower is up and running. Tank was empty, so always
the optimist, I just made sure it had oil, poured gas in, choked it and and
pulled the recoil a few times. No attempt to fire so I was starting to take
the cover off the carbuerator intake for starter fluid when I realized this
old bugger has an on/off toggle switch. Flipped the switch but figured I
had fouled the plug by this time so I dug down in my stash and came up with
a brand new J19LM. Put that sucker in and a few pulls later - a puff of
smoke and put-put-put - all systems are go. Well not really "all". Very
stiff shifting so I will pull the cover off the lower end and clean off /
lube the shaft so the drive wheel slides easy. The chute was stiff also but
I doused that with oil and that freed up quickly.
So it looks like I can count on #3 for another year.
Oh no - I do - usually after I get them running once - probably before I run
it again. I buy oil by the case - usually have a case of 30W, a case of
10-30, a case of 10-40 - a little 5-30, some 20-50 & God knows what else.
I have a lot of brush, downed limbs, & old boards to burn so I use some of
the old oil to help start fires. Don't ask me what weight I use in each
machine because different "experts" have told me to use different weights
and my mind changes on a regular basis. As you know, the price of oil has
gone up but I find reasonably good oil for $1.50 per quart yet. The last
bunch I bought was actually from Rite-Aid <chuckle>
Sounds like a plan. I'm just trying to picture you dragging these machines
out of the weeds, dumping some fuel in them, and firing them up. I'm sure
they're not as un-protected and stuck in the muck as you let on, right?
I get a kick out of your recovery tales anyway. Ever get started on that
This one really was in high weeds and briars - our Dalmation couldn't even
follow me in. It had a small half-rotton tarp partially covering it. I
had to drag it about 10' through weeds and then up on a landscape trailer.
Bertha (the big 300) was up in the woods totally unprotected. The property
is basically clay and slopes about 900' up away from the road so a lot of
water comes down off the hill. The garden area was so muddy a few springs
ago that my lady stepped in it and sunk up to her knees - scared the hell
out of her. I keep digging draining ditches.
Finally just got a reasonable offer for insurance so I can proceed now. But
I might start with a 15 by 20 carport to shelter some of this equipment
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