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Tell me what I've got - Craftsman Eager-1, pull-lite

Is this an antique? Nothing comes up for parts when I search on the model number:

917.383280

Perhaps I'm not looking in the right places.

Not much rust underneath. Air cleaner was missing so I replaced it with a newer oblong one that fit easily. Original was round. Water was in gas, but I cleared all that. Starts first pull.

Spark plug faces you, throttle is red lever on the side. 3.5HP Briggs, 20 inch cut. Vibrates some, but blade is balanced. Vibration stops when I put my foot on the engine cover. Check all bolts. Pops once in a while when there's no load on it, but don't think that's a problem.

Oil drain bolt is busted off, so I tipped it on it's side to drain the oil. Slow, but no problem. Briggs serial number shown below. Couldn't find that either.

This is slated to be given away on FreeCycle.com unless it's a worthy antique. Neat old push mower actually. Even have the bag for catching grass. Mower is a mulcher. No side discharge.

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What's behind the 'pull-lite starter'? Is the recoil spring a lighter weight? Also noticed the pull cord is in the middle of the handle, not off to the side.
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That might go back to the 1980's. My neighbor had the side discharge version that I used to mow his yard as a teenager. His though had the pull straight up rope and the recoil on the side. It's a Tecumseh engine.


Looks like it does have the flywheel brake.
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Owners manual is copyright 1991. I was close. LOL


It has the engine parts listing diagram in it.

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Ah yes. How'd I miss that? And thanks for the parts link.
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FWIW, I would've said early 90s given the back flap bag arrangement. Probably made by Murray. Beats me if it is all that rare.

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Thanks guys. Out it goes to FreeCycle.com for my home town.
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Oil level has risen significantly. Oh, oh. Must be a leaky carb. Not done yet.
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