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Congratulations to vortec7622 for making MLF's Winter 2015 Member of the Quarter!!




We're excited to announce our Winter 2015 Member of the Quarter!

Bryce joined us in the spring of 2014 and has since developed a following of offering valuable mechanical advice to those in need. Thanks to his current pursuit in power equipment education, he is able to bring his skills from the classroom to MLF.

We also have Bryce to thank for creating one of the MLF's biggest hit threads, "What Did You Do Today" where many go to wrap-up a hard day's work.

Whether you're in need of advice on how to adjust the valves on your Briggs & Stratton engine or discussing an automotive YouTube video, you can be rest assured you're speaking with a well informed friend.

Let's take a few minutes and learn a little bit more vortec7622 and what makes his motor fire.




1. What can you tell us about yourself?
I am a 16 year old high school student at a vocational high school. I'm 5'11'' and 180 pounds. I originally went to the school dead set on Automotive, but I went into Power Equipment and have never looked back. I've always been a mechanically inclined person, and I've learned a lot from my grandfather. I plow snow when I can, and basically if it has an engine, I'll use it, work on it, and have fun with it.

2. Can you describe your property?
I guess it counts as rural, a typical 3 bedroom 2 story home. Nothing too special.

3. What consists of your fleet?
I have two tractors, one self-propelled Craftsman walk behind, a Homelite trimmer, and my ATV. Nothing fancy, and one of the tractors doesn't even have an engine yet. One tractor is the lawn cutter, it has a 21 HP Briggs V-Twin. 2002 Craftsman LT1000. My other tractor is a 2003 LT1000 that I got for free with a blown 18 HP Intek Plus Briggs on it.

4. What do you do for a 9-5 job?
Nothing yet, I'm looking into student internships at a diesel shop nearby.

5. What are your first memories of lawn mowers, or what got you started?
Riding around on the lawn tractor with my dad when I was little, or mowing my grandpa's lawn with a little Wal-Mart Weed Eater with a 3.5 Classic Briggs. I basically taught myself everything I know about repairing them through the Internet and I'm still learning at school purely through experience.

6. What was your first lawnmower and do you still have it?
The first lawnmower that I can actually call mine is my 2003 LT1000 but it doesn't really count since its engineless, deckless, and sometimes hopeless. Yeah, still got it. Trying to decide whether I buy an engine for it or wait and buy a truck in the Spring.

7. Reel or rotary type mower and why?
Rotary all the way. Simply for ease of maintenance, and if you've got a good one they can do a very good job. They're generally more affordable as well.

8. In a world where money is no object, describe your "perfect" lawnmower.
Hands down, my perfect mower would be an old Sears FF/20. They're just massive. I'd have the electronic dash, electric height adjust, and 54" fabricated deck off a Simplicity Conquest. Hydrostatic shaft drive with locking diffs, and a full hydraulic system and a 3 point hitch at the back. Probably would have been repowered with a 35 HP Briggs Vanguard or maybe a 22-25 HP Kohler Command twin if I could find one.

9. What brought you to MLF and what do you like about it most?
Google, actually. I was researching problems I had with my 2002 LT1000 and I really enjoyed the website. I like helping people out with their problems, because I know how confusing some issues can be with lawn mowers. Its always nice when members who had a problem return happy because you put forward some idea of the issue and it fixed it.

10. What are your other hobbies?
I ride my 2004 Polaris Sportsman 400...usually have to fix it too. I play football, yeah I'm a little small for a defensive tackle but I really enjoy it. I enjoy working on projects at school and getting old engines running. I also really enjoy rebuilding engines, there's nothing more satisfying than an engine firing up on the first pull after a rebuild.
 

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My congratulations, man! You are certainly very well deserving of this. Your expertise about how to fix things and get them working is very valuable to the forum, and you have helped many people with your advice. Again, congrats, and great job! :) :party
 

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Congrates my friend! Well deserved!
 
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Congratulations. Nice to see a younger member who is really interested in keeping equipment going.:ThumbUp:
 

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Congrats Bryce, well deserved. As others have said, I enjoy and appreciate your posts. Thanks for sharing, it's nice to get to know you better :2th:
 

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Congrats!!!!!
 
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