A Hard Lesson Learned

Engines like oil.  A lot.

Somehow, in the busyness of life, I forgot that little tidbit, until the riding mower started sounding rough.  It turns out, adding oil after the damage is done, doesn’t undo it.  A piston through the engine casing is an expensive reminder to regularly check the oil in ALL vehicles that require it for smooth operation.  Oops.

The cost of a new engine?  $1600 installed.  Yes, I could get a whole new mower for around $3000 but the body on this mower is sound and with a new engine – especially with oil added occasionally – should last a long, long time.  So we decided not to treat the mower as disposable, and to repair the damage done.

Time to Mow

Although we’ve had precious little rain this spring (think scary little – DROUGHT), the grass is programmed to grow this time of year and is slowly greening and growing.  A few days ago I realized it is almost tall enough to mow.  So I turned the mowers out on it.

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They had a great day working their way around and around the grassy areas.  They even fertilized as they went.  Does YOUR mower throw in free fertilizer?