My last Sears Craftsman mower lasted 10 years. The Craftsman before that lasted 22 years. Both with Briggs & Stratton engines. This one, bought brand new in June 2015, lasted three seasons before deciding not to start at the beginning of this mowing season. The culprit? A tiny carburetor passage that brings the gas into the engine, so small that even a thin straight pin wouldn’t fit into it. I had to work it in and twist it with pliers to open it up enough so the gas would flow. So you’ll have to excuse the rant about what happened to quality and sensible engineering at both those companies.
I guess I’ll have to start putting in gas stabilizer every time I fill up the tank (which I NEVER had to do before with a mower), and hope that keeps the carb from clogging.
And don’t get me started on the process for changing the oil.