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Bought a used 4ft bush hog to try with my 8N this week. Hooked it up, turned on the pto, blades were spinning (had a little bit of vibration, figured this was normal?), revved it up to about 3/4 throttle, then the engine died. Now it won't crank at all, checked fire and fuel. Both good. What happened?

I noticed that while I'm trying to crank it, my oil pressure never gets above 5 lbs, it used to go up to around 30 while cranking until it fired up. I also noticed smoke coming out the oil breather/filler cap when I'm trying to crank. I'm not sure if that is new or not. Could I have killed my oil pump while running the mower? Or does this sound like something more dire?
 

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could the oil pump have spontaniously died? sure.. do i think it did? probably not.

5 psi cranking is about normal. 30 psi cranking is ABNORMAL.

are you cranking her with pto out of gear and clutch pressed?

have you pulled spark plugs and put fingers over the holes to see if each lung is making pressure?

smoke out the breather is blowby.. or a holed piston.

do a quickie compression test.. post back.

in any case.. the mower is not an issue...
 

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Checked all 4 cyl, all had good pressure. Still wouldn't crank. Pushed tractor over to the shed to get it out of the way and tried cranking it just to see. It fired up and immediately died. Checked my fire again..good. Checked fuel flow out of carb....bad. I was out of fuel the whole time....can't believe it. Put gas in, fired it up, and bush hogged the old corn and tomatoes. Worked like a charm.
 

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Been there, done that, probably do it again. Glad it was nothing big.
 
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Seems like I've read that story at home once before :lol: :lol: Not sure how many can hosestly say they haven't had that happen. Like Ernie says, glad it wasn't anything serious. Happy Mowing Sir ;)
 

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I was at the tractor pull at the county fair last week and pulled with my 950. I pulled 186 ft. A MinnieMo was pulling against me and was coming on strong but at 183 ft it just died. Well guess what happen??? You guessed it. He got off the tractor and after a quick look, turn on the gas and drove off the track.
What a ribbing he got from some of the guys.
I'll be pulling against him next week. I'll bet he checks twice to make sure the gas is on.
Look at it this way at least you didn't have an audience.

Kirk
 

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bikerdave said:
The handle is calibrated and only one end fits in the tank, it's the gas gauge. That's what we always used.
it's actually a plow wrench.. the measurements on it are for setting up the plow.

however.. anything that will fit in the tank WILL work as a fuel gauge.
 

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If this makes ya feel any better was playing with the N and she died had to go to the reserve. went to tell the wife I was going to drive it to the local SS to get some gas and she died started to put some in from the can and checked and found that I had forgotten to turn the gas back on :oops: :oops: :oops: :eek: :eek: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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If this makes ya feel any better was playing with the N and she died had to go to the reserve. went to tell the wife I was going to drive it to the local SS to get some gas and she died started to put some in from the can and checked and found that I had forgotten to turn the gas back on :oops: :oops: :oops: :eek: :eek: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Not tractor related, but it is a "running out of gas" story:

MrsMassey was verrrrry close to 9 months pregnant with our first little garden tractor and we are on the way to the doctors to investigate these little pains. Back then we had a '74 Lincoln Mercury Capri, little v-6 4-speed with a NON WORKING GAS GUAGE. Running about 70 mph on the interstate and going up this slight incline it started sputtering....topped the hill with the motor running rough, still at 70, I kicked in the clutch and shut off the key as within a half mile I knew a station sat immediately to the right of the exit ramp.

We coasted down the ramp, as the good Lord above provided just the opening in the traffic I needed to slip on around to the right and we just floated on the additional 300 or 400 yards up the road, into the station parking lot and to the very first pump on the corner. A slight tap of the brakes brought two verrry nervous young people and one little bun in the oven to a stop. We made it to the doctors office an hour later no worse for the wear. I wish I could top the story with her delivering an hour or two later, but it still took a couple more weeks. WHEW !!! Believe me, THAT NEVER happened AGAIN !!!! :lol:
 

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Have the same problem with motorcycles. You only either run out with it on reserve or shut off once before you learn to check before starting. It is embaresing at best. :oops:
 
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