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This Troy-Bilt mower is about 10 years old and while mowing the engine actually plopped right off the body. It had a couple other minor issues but as you can see there was more and more as I peeled away the layers. My grandfather was a blacksmith–a serious blacksmith, in Sissonville, West Virginia. People from miles around used to bring him tools to fix or buy hand-made tools from him. When I was a kid I spent hours watching him make tools and other items or sharpen tools, knives, or whatever. When it comes to something like this, I can’t throw it away if I can fix it.
I ended up making brackets for the engine mount, replacing the drive belt, replacing a few other missing bolts, fixed a broken spring, fixed the handle, replaced the air filter and sharpened the blade while it was off the mower.
Hopefully this will help someone else save some money repairing their mower. If memory serves me correctly, I paid $370 for this unit new in 2003 or so. Today I repaired it for less than $20 and a couple hours of my time and it will probably last me 3-5 more years. The only other thing I’ve done to it is replace the carburetor about 4 years ago. If I can get five more years out of this mower, it will have cost me only $2.38/month (plus gas, oil and labor) Buy vinyl and HTV at https://www.651vinyl.com