And that is what a lot of folks do...
You must be going about it the hard way...it's 5 minutes. I change it when I change the oil in the transporter (truck).
I have been buying push mowers since 1982 and have NEVER seen one with a bottom drain plug...what is so hard about changing oil anyhow? I do our three cars, my truck, my motorhome, my tractor, our two ATV's, all my push mowers, have been doing my own oil changes for forty years !!!The easiest way is to remove the dipstick, tilt the mower, and let the oil drain out of the filler tube. That's how the owner's manual says to do it on most modern mowers. In fact, Briggs & Stratton has started phasing out the bottom drain plug on their engines.
Every paper manual I have for my pushers say to tip it over and empty the oil out of the fill tube...makes sense to me, otherwise you would have to set the mower deck on sawhorses or another type of stand to get access to the drain plug.How strange is that? I've never seen without a drain plug. It never occured to me to tip the mower over and spill the oil out the fill hole:ashamed:
Manual? I guess I should have read the manual......Every paper manual I have for my pushers say to tip it over and empty the oil out of the fill tube...makes sense to me, otherwise you would have to set the mower deck on sawhorses or another type of stand to get access to the drain plug.
Most push mowers now have a 3/8" square head drain plug on the bottom, and just drain that into a pan. Riding mowers often have drain plug bolts on the side or bottom of the block or a quick drain on the side of the block in place of a drain plug.
Two 5 gallon buckets make a good "lift" for a push mower. Put on your safety glasses, unplug the spark plug. Push the handle bar down to raise the front of the mower, catch the bottom edge of the deck on the first bucket, then lift the handle bar to raise the rear of the mower and use a foot to slide the other bucket under the bottom edge of the rear of the deck.Every paper manual I have for my pushers say to tip it over and empty the oil out of the fill tube...makes sense to me, otherwise you would have to set the mower deck on sawhorses or another type of stand to get access to the drain plug.
You're a good man.My vintage MTD Briggs Flathead powered 22" mower has a 3/8" square in the drain plug. I just put two 1 gal paint cans on my work bench, lift the mower to sit on the cans, then I can easily access the drain plug, & remove the blade, sharpen & balance, cap the drain. Put it back on the ground & add my fav oil & service the rest..
It's not rocket science. Neighbor tipped his push mower over to the wrong side & thought his motor locked up. I told him to remove the spark plug & start pulling the rope till the oil stops squirting out the spark plug hole.. He had filled the combustion chamber with oil, thus preventing the piston from being able to come up on the stroke..
He was gonna throw that mower away...............I could have had it for FREE. But nice to be nice..
Yep, there is a whole raft of sump pumps from a plain syringe for push mowers through mechanical vacuum pumps right up to battery/mains powered ones.Last fall I tried a product called the LiquiVac oil changer. It is so cool. You just pump it up and stick the hose down the dipstick tube and it sucks the oil right out. It really works ... no joke. It was so easy... and I didnt spill oil all over the place too... I bought it @ Home Depot for $34 bucks. oh yeah I also used it on my 4 cycle outboard engine too. :thumbsup: