Tuesday, July 1, 2014
I Sure Hope the Repair Costs are Done for this Year
I managed to postpone the massive repair bills almost two months this year. It seems no matter how hard I try Spring is the hardest season on my wallet hands down. The only way I could maybe make the Spring repair cycle more bearable at this point would be to become a mechanic of these gifts from hell myself.
Seriously Small Engines are instruments of the devil I don't care what anyone says.
I only use Ethanol free treated gasoline. I start the things up each month when not being used regularly. I check the air filters and I am pretty good about cleaning the dead grass and such off the decks and filter screens.
Since I started a regular maintenance regime I can honestly say I have seen marked decrease in repairs. I have also noticed that the repairs I still get are different. These days instead of constant carb cleanings and clogged filters I have things like pull cords breaking or cables snapping.
Yet bottom line I still have seasonal small engine repair issue every single stinkin year on almost every single stinkin piece of equipment.
The one and only small engine that defies this rule is my Jonsen Red chainsaw. I serious love that thing.
Anyway, by being a bit more attentive in my routine maintenance I have pushed the nominal failure dates back from early May to late June so I guess I am making progress.
This year's failures began with the stupid safety cable snapping on my push mower. No big deal I loved that particular mower so much I bought a twin just so I would always have one working. Then the pull cord frayed on the twin. Both were easy fixes and in fact the pull cord lasted on the twin until the safety cable was delivered so my two is one theory worked. Then the riding mower began losing oil. It was using as much oil as it was gas. Somehow the oil filter stopped fitting properly or the seal went bad so I had to fix it. Then the gas tank cracked on my huge crew served weed eater.
Two hundred bucks later (and that's actually a cheap repair run luckily all the repairs were minor this year) it was time to start getting the bigger engines fixed. Exhaust leak on the truck, master cylinder on my little beater car and my son's car. Then it's also inspection time for the truck once again and time to lube and oil the tractor and all the implements as well.
The hardest part about maintenance and repairs is they drain your wallet but in the end you have nothing new to show for it.
Thank the Lord the log splitter didn't break down this year because it and the chainsaw are the only two mechanical devices that didn't.
Oh wait....Neither of my tillers broke down this year.... OMG there's a first time for everything. What the Hell am I bitching about I am obviously making a difference if those two items work. Even the little front tine tiller that has an engine the size of pea worked perfectly this year.
Yet I am still broke from all these repairs.
Oh well at least I didn't have to go into debt to keep up with em this year :)
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!