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  1. sgkent

    SH270 Simpson Pressure washer

    usually when I buy something I read the manual and try to figure where everything is before using it. This Simpson MS61124 with a Kohler SH270 bogs my mind. Some places say it has a throttle control. Some say it has a fuel shutoff, Some say a choke. So far I found a lever marked choke, and...
  2. sgkent

    Oil Change

    Thinking of a new pressure washer. Simpson with Kohler SH270. It is one of these lifetime no oil change engines. Does anyone know if these can have oil changed easily? Someone asked Simpson how to change the oil on the SH270 and their response was you don't have to so they were no help. Just...
  3. sgkent

    20018 twitch

    friend's son has a Toro 20018 that has a twitch in it. As one is mowing the mower will twitch to the right a little about every 10' - 15'. I assume that this means the wheel on the left side is not driving at that moment. A while back I went thru both sides and replaced worn parts, everything...
  4. sgkent

    Getting ready to restore Bluebird Dethatcher / Power Rake

    Have a BLUEBIRD power rake / Dethatcher I bought off someone for $30. All the parts are there but the flails are worn out and it needs paint. The 8hp Briggs engine runs great. Never had one of these apart. Thought I would pull the motor first, then the handle, then figure out how the flails...
  5. sgkent

    key substitute

    Toro 20018 s/n 220346266 Went to Toro dealer for half moon key # 612066 used in axle drive gear. They substituted rectangular key 39-9680. It seems to work fine. Anyone know if this is an industry acceptable substitute? 612066 39-9680
  6. sgkent

    Finished: Rebuilt rear axle Toro 22" Personal Pace for a friend.

    Toro 22" Recycler 20018 S/N 220346266 20 years old first service. Neighbor was thinking of EV and decided to have his Toro serviced. I told him I would be happy to do it for him, we've been neighbors for over 30 years. Same age, same backgrounds, he is as much a buddy as a neighbor. I have a...
  7. sgkent


    Had some rust and manganese sulfate stains on concrete and stucco I needed to get rid of. Hydrogen Peroxide worked on some of them including clothes washed with the teeshirt I was wearing. However by combining 5% vinegar and 3% Hydrogen peroxide in a sprayer 1-1 makes an acid you don't want on...
  8. sgkent

    Anyone know these hoses and filter?

    This is a Ryobi Hedge trimmer. The filter has rotted off and fallen in the tank. I don't know which hose it was on. If no one knows for sure which hose is the carb inlet, then maybe I can test it by putting two new hoses in some fuel, pumping the primer and see which hose draws and which one...
  9. sgkent

    Lawn Sprinkler Guard

    Have about 30 sprinkler heads, 4" popup. The grass is cut at 2 1/2 to 3" but every year I have to get down on hands and knees, and clean grass out of the sprinklers, unplug the fouled nozzles etc. Has anyone tried the rings that go around the heads to keep grass away from them?
  10. sgkent

    Resolved - drive clutch repair Toro 20055 21" Transmission serial range 260000001 - 260999999

    Update 4/12/2023 - problem solved, parts replaced. Weak side had a broken inner E-clip lying in pieces inside the clutch mechanism. PDF showing photos and details of repair. Kudos to Rivets for helping out. PDF showing photos and details of repair
  11. sgkent

    Valve Lash B/S 125K02-0189-E1 21" Super Recycler 20055

    Have an older (2006) Toro Super Recycler with Briggs 125K02-0189-E1 engine. Runs really well but 2006 to 2023 is like 17 years @ 30 minutes to 1 hour a week x 52 = 600 - 850 hours on it. Figure it is probably time to check the valves while I am servicing it. I did that late last summer on an old...
  12. sgkent

    Sten's Belts

    Are Sten's belts any good for a Toro mower? 99-1597. Plan to do service on the Toro walk behind this week and the genuine belt is a full week out but I can have a Sten's belt tomorrow.
  13. sgkent

    Fuel Line

    Had to replace the fuel line on a 2-stroke Ryobi hedge cutter the other day. Used some silicone line that had lying around for small model aircraft. Can anyone who works on these a lot tell me where they buy their fuel line and what kind? This is the small clear stuff that either is pushed thru...
  14. sgkent

    Ryobi hedge cutter Ruixing

    have a Ryobi hedge cutter that is not well made. Think it is the same as Homelite. About 10 years old. The muffler broke thru and had to be replaced, also the carb (Ruixing) has been replaced once. I ordered some parts from Jacks the web site said were in stock but it has been six weeks now...
  15. sgkent

    To Replace or Not

    Have a 2006 Toro 20055 Super Recycler Personal Pace rear wheel drive mower, aluminum deck, that is smoking more and more on start up. Doesn't burn oil after the initial cloud, and oil level seems constant and no smell of fuel in it. Runs fine but it is now 16 years old with about 2 +/- hours use...
  16. sgkent

    Bent Pushrod

    Lately when I read posts here, I see thread after thread with bent pushrods. Having been around pushrod engines all my life, it is startling to see so many threads with the same problems. Can anyone explain to me why so many of these engines suffer bent pushrods? Are the valve springs too weak...
  17. sgkent

    WTB new or used 338070MA or 740039MA Edger Quill

    looking for new or used Murray / MTD / Craftsman edger quill in working condition. These typically break the weld and get replaced, but the part is NLA and not available. If in reasonable condition the part can be welded. Or maybe someone has an edger that is dead and not worth repairing but the...
  18. sgkent

    Quill Rod

    Have a Craftsman 536.797430 lawn edger. Quill has broken again. This will be the 2nd time it has been welded. Hate to get rid of it because it works perfect otherwise. The quill is the part that holds the blade, It has a shaft thru two bearings and some nuts and bolts. The original part number...
  19. sgkent

    Toro Weedwacker 60V

    Bought a Toro 60V weedwacker a year ago. The head came apart due to string grabbing things. HD replaced it. Got another. Neither feeds with a bump. I end up every minute to two having to stop and manual feed the line. About once every 3 or 4 times on that I end up taking the spool off and...
  20. sgkent


    Got soil test back today. Iron in a part of the lawn that is thin the last few years is about 430 ppm or 863 lbs per acre. The pH is right at 6.8 so there is no desire to raise pH to lower iron availability, and the phosphate level is medium / optimal. I am going to add some Yara 21-7-14 turf...
  21. sgkent

    popped his head up

    had a mole that came in to the garden the last rain. Made mess of things. Been after him 2 days. Knocked all his runs down, pounded all over the garden with a tamper to make huge noise, and then flooded the area I thought he might be in. He was, popped his head up to take a breath, no more mole.
  22. sgkent

    Toro warranty

    Have an electric Toro string trimmer 51831 purchased last summer from Home Depot, 3 year warranty. While trimming the winter cover in the garden a large mature mustard green grabbed the string and sent parts flying. To me the head looks damaged due to how the parts exited. Really pisses me off...
  23. sgkent

    Ideas on carb replacement failure

    Have a pressure washer, 20 years old. Briggs 4 hp quattro engine. At the base of the carb are two gaskets/diaphrams where it sits on the fuel tank. The engine is very hard starting. Once it gets going it is fine. The primer bulb will fill will fuel in two or three pumps. In late October 2021 I...
  24. sgkent

    where else to look carb leak

    I have a craftsman edger 536.797430 probably made by MTD for them with a Tecumseh engine 143.963515 about 1996 - 1998 or so, . Starting about a year ago the tank was empty each time I go to use it. Usually it showed signs it came out the carb. I've rebuilt the carb 4 times using new factory...
  25. sgkent

    Ideal RPM (s)

    Did a search but did not see a thread so thought I would ask. On the smaller 5 hp +/- 160cc "/- engines what are optimal RPM's at idle and full RPM? 20 - 22" blade Mower pressure washer edger dethatcher snow blower wood chipper roto-tiller etc What are proper RPM (s) at idle and full speed...
  26. sgkent

    rough cost for small rebuild kit and machine work

    Have a 4 HP Craftsman pressure washer about 20 years old - made by Generac I think. I've replaced the pump a few times. I noticed the last few times it has been running it is starting to smoke. Haven't changed the oil yet and that may help but I suspect that 20 years of washing cars and other...
  27. sgkent

    primer bulb

    have a mid 90's Craftsman edger that has a 3.8 hp Tecumseh engine. The primer bulb is a 36045 primer bulb. I think in maybe 15 years I have replaced it twice - the last one came from maybe Jacks or Tulsa Engine - just a red bulb held in by a ring. This engine has been really hard to prime and...
  28. sgkent

    Smoky Toro

    Hi - have a 22' Toro mower (vertical with blade under deck) made about 2006. It has always smoked a little on starting for the first 3 or 4 seconds even when new. There is a slight puff then it is normally gone. The other day I worked on its blade to sharpen it, and laid it on its side. When...
  29. sgkent

    is it worth it

    Small engine rebuilders - Have a 15 year old pressure washer, small generac that is relabeled Craftsman. 3.5 - 4 hp or so. Does the job of washing cars, occasional drive way etc. Lots of hours on it. Runs well, pump has been replaced a couple times. Carb rebuilt etc. Noticed today it is...
  30. sgkent

    fuel pump blues

    Without a making a short story long - does anyone know of or have a new old stock, or non-cracked rebuildable core 692026 fuel pump they are interested in selling - or know someone who does have one? I don't fabricate things well, and the 8hp Briggs and Stratton engine on a Bluebird lawn comber...