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Shim Fixed the Mower’s Metal-to-Metal Problem
8/15/2012

Here's how the shim fixed the metal-to-metal problem.
Here's how the shim fixed the metal-to-metal problem.

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KCB
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Re: They don't want a better design...
KCB   8/15/2012 12:44:45 PM
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kfq2d...

I think they call that "designed obsolescence."  On your

other comment regarding "design engineers," I've often

said, especially in regards to automobile engineers, that

they should be required to spend a year working in an

auto repair facility before they're allowed to work in a

designing capacity.  Nothing like a little hands-on, grease-

under-your-fingernails experience to let you know how the

real world works.

KCB
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Re: Not sure
KCB   8/15/2012 12:35:29 PM
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naperlou...

It hasn't been very long that the clip's been in there.  I will be checking it

regularly however.  I would imagine that it will rust also.  I recently put

this same problem on a "Tractor" website and one responder said he's

been using the mulch cover without the clips to hold it in place.  He says

the metal deflector does a fine job of holding it in place.  I'm going to try

that and see what happens, because I can see that the same issue you

brought up will start to occur with the front clip as well.

kf2qd
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They don't want a better design...
kf2qd   8/15/2012 11:59:46 AM
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Many of these products really seem to be designed so they will fail. And then you won't be able to get some part because they design was changed. They see it as a way to generate sales!

I have a couple of small machine tools at home and ther have been a number of time where I have made some simple part because the manufactirers part is either unavailable or way too expensive. If I can make it in 15 minutes why does it have to cost half te cost of the whole machine new? But then, most folks haven't the basic skills to open something up and repair it. Perhaps that is what we ought to be teaching in school nowadays. Then we might get better engineers and factory workers making better products.

Sorry to rip on the engineers, but they are involved in many of these "Made by Monkeys" complaints. How many of the engineers would be lost if handed a mechanics toolbox or a set of micrometers?

naperlou
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Not sure
naperlou   8/15/2012 9:00:01 AM
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Ken, I have a similar mower (the auto trans version) and the same mulching cover, which we use.  I will have to check (I'm not home now), but I have not noticed any rusting or other problem.  If I do, I will comment later. 

Have you noticed rusting in the hole through whcih the clip goes?  This would be another area of contact?

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