TRV: Yesterday, I spent gathering parts and rebuilding my brush cutter engine…

Left very early to the Big Village and gathered parts for the brush cutter. I finally wore it out. I have mowed for years and years with this gas powered cutter. It has been a workhorse and I felt this year was its last year?

Once I got a gasket kit, new piston, rings, plastic engine case, carburetor rebuild kit and a new centrifugal clutch I spent the morning rebuilding the engine of the poor old thing. Finally after lots of swearing and Jimmy Rigging, I had it back together and after rechecking and rechecking again, filled it with fuel/oil mix and it fired right up. The hardest part was getting the fuel and air mix correct to run properly…

It was a yellow color and now it has become blue with the new case. The case for the engine was cracked and twisted, so I decided to make her look nice again. Another big issue was the centrifugal clutch had plain worn out and had started to squeal badly. Everything has a life span and this Russian made cutter was better than most. I literally mow everyday when the weather is acceptable. I have huge areas that I keep clear…

All the old issues are gone. It is interesting how you get use to working around issues and when they are gone, it is like a new unit now. It even hardly smokes at all now. I also went to a slightly heaver on oil and went to a synthetic oil to mix with the gas. I decided to run 25 to 1 mix instead of the 40 to 1 mix that factory called for. Well, it is definitely not factory now and I figured that more oil is probably better at its advanced age. So I adjusted the carburetor for the different mix and Wallah Wallah Bing Bang it all seems fine…

So what did I do?

I mowed two tanks of fuel through it and decided that I would leave it alone and start mowing like crazy again. Only issue I figured out was that I could almost have bought a new one for what I ended up paying for all the parts. That is an issue these days, and that seems to be where companies make the most money, in selling of single item parts to their products…

Okay, that said, if I can get the rest of the summer mowing out of it, then at least I can feel good about what I did and worry about a new one later. Winter always has items like brush cutters go on a deep sale, due to no one buying them. Maybe, we can look at AliExpress and see what the units are running and have one brought in. Or try to find the same brand I am using now, in Moscow and see what the price is?

For now, I will keep mowing until I kill it again….that is life in the Tiny Russian Village…

WtR

A survivor of six heart attacks and a brain tumor, a grumpy bear of a man, whom has declared Russia as his new and wonderful home. His wife is a true Russian Sweet Pea of a girl and she puts up with this bear of a guy and keeps him in line. Thank God for my Sweet Pea and Russia.