So, out of all of the projects that could be worked on at BangShift Mid-West, there are two that are not being worked on right now. One is Angry Grandpa, and it’s not being messed with for the time being because it doesn’t need anything right now outside of a very good detailing for the time being. Until this whole shelter-in-place thing is over with, it won’t be getting much of anything either. The other is a Craftsman lawn mower that has run exactly one time since I took ownership of it about two years ago. The engine ate itself up…from what little I’ve seen so far, the internals of the Briggs and Stratton engine are filled with shiny, glittery paste that means things are super-dead, and when it does run, it runs like absolute crap. One of these days I’ll buckle down and either repair it properly or I’ll just Craigslist-source another lawn mower. Apparently, in Kentucky, the state of your lawn defines you as a person around here. People get edgy about their grass.
Now, would you take on a free lawn mower? I’ve done this in the past with push-mowers, because getting them repaired is cheap enough. But a riding tractor might be a step too far. The drive could be dead, the electrical system chewed up, or the fuel system filled with varnish and who knows what else from being improperly stored for months or years at a time. There could be a lot wrong with it. Or, you could get lucky and spend a day or two cleaning, sorting, checking and making tiny repairs and walk away with a mower that’s good as new. YouTuber Mustie1 is one of those gifted types that turns trash into treasure. Check out the work he puts into this throwaway tractor here!