Wow. You are correct about companies changing hands and the thing about buying from a local person is that they know it too. My mower is at the Wick's Western Auto in Weimar. I saw it. It even has cruise control which I found rather hilarious.
I really hope it lasts a very long time. Like 20 years at least....., I can dream right? Crimany, I'll be 70 in 20 years, I'll just hire someone to mow the lawn.
The old gray tank is on the fritz. It threw a belt yesterday evening as I was leaving to go feed the calves. I spent most of the morning tracking down parts. If you happen to be in the auto parts business I have a request. If you get a woman calling about a pulley on a diesel pickup, please don't tell her that a certain pulley is stationary. That causes all kinds of problems. Some guy told me that the pulley I was talking about was stationary. So I ponder this and say oh, ok, then it's fine because it's not moving. This really bothered me because if it didn't move and the belt was being drug across it going a zillion miles an hour, it would wear and break, not to mention the smell. So I'm on the phone with a real mechanic who knows me well
and says it should move and Wallah, it did, only it didn't sound very healthy plus it had remnants of rubber from the belt on it. I had been trying to turn it the wrong way.
Then he told me to check the other pulley just like it and it was ok because hubby had changed that one. On to the Tensioner pulley, hmmm, sounds like the bearings could use some grease.
I looked for a belt, a idler pulley and the Tensioner pulley (that's what they called it). Got the belt, no problem (hope it fits) Got the idler pulley (that's a funny story too but I don't want to bore you) Mind you, I had to travel over two counties in Texas to find all this stuff. The last part, was a doozy to find and if I would have went to the Chevy place the first time I was in Lavaca County, truck capital of Texas, I wouldn't have had to travel back to Colorado county. All in all it took about 4 hours to find the parts going from part house to part house and taking time out to have lunch with my son who was on his way back to college. And then it was too late for my nephew to help me fix the pickup.
What may you ask has this to do with the lawn mower? I need my truck to go get it, duhhh.