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Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.

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Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.


MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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I enjoy working on small engines because they are smaller, lighter and generally eaiser to repair than automobiles because of their easy access to parts. They also require far less specialized tools and much less room than other types of repair. This means I can always repair or tinker with small engines where ever I live. It is an interesting hobby.

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2016-12-05 B&S engine runs 10 seconds, dies.:

Briggs offered both the pulsa jet and vacu jet carbs based on your engine model and type number.    You will have to take the carburetor apart to determine which one you have, clean and most likely replace

2016-12-04 B&S engine runs 10 seconds, dies.:

This is the typical dirty carburetor symptom.    Can you provide the engine type number as should be a 6 digit number something like 1234-01.    Based on the code number it is a 1979 model year

2016-12-03 Coil for tiller:

The serial number in not one that I recognize.     Can you attach a picture of the engine?      Based on the picture in the parts lists it looked like a Briggs and Stratton engine and the model number

2016-12-03 Coil for tiller:

Based on the picture, which is not very clear, it looks like a Briggs and Stratton 5 hp engine.    Use the URL below to help located the engine model, type and code number.    https://www.briggsandstratton

2016-11-30 Kohler KT-17 ignition coil:

Did you verify the points are working, opening and closing, with an ohm meter?    Did you check the coil resistance with an ohm to make sure it is not open?    Reverse polarity and/or the fall could have


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