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My free Snapper-something's missing....

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A while back I picked up an old Snapper from a guy who was throwing it out. I just got around to looking at it today and seeing if it will start. As you can see from the pictures, it's pretty old (pre-compliance) and pretty rough.

He said the engine was replaced which is pretty obvious. Looks like the date code on the Briggs is 1985. It's got an aluminum deck but everything else seems to have rusted.

The first thing I checked was the fuel tank--it was clean and dry! The oil was at the proper level and looked new. The air filter was fairly clean, and the blade while rusty looked OK. So I put a little gas in the tank and sprinkled a little into the carb. Started pulling the rope and on about the 3rd pull it fired and then CLANG!! The blade had fallen off! I uploaded a picture of the cone washer that disintegrated. After going through my junk box, I found a couple of flat washers and used them to re-mount the blade. Would you believe it started on the very next pull? It seemed to run pretty good with a little smoke, and the throttle worked well, but I didn't let it run for long.

It came with the bag and what looks like a discharge deflector. I'm not sure I have the bag on properly, it seems like a bracket or something is missing. Anyone know for sure? Also, do I need that special washer to hold the blade, or will the flat washers work?

Anyway, the thing looks a lot uglier in person. This horse was ridden hard and left out wet. In fact when I first saw it I felt like telling the guy "never mind", but I had driven 35 miles and didn't want to insult him. Plus, it was free.

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I had a Snapper way back when that had a similar bag. Let's see, if I remember right, the opening of the bag is a big square when open, and there was a plastic stiffener sewn in to the edge of the opening. Push in on the center of the opening on each side, and that brings the outside edges in, and the top and bottom together. It folds up, sort of accordion style. Then that black plastic thing slides over where the folds come together, trapping that plastic stiffener, to hold it shut while mowing. There should be a curved rod/handle/hook that loops itself over the mower handle to hold the back end of the whole thing up while you mow. I think there was a length of rope that went through a hole in the end of that black plastic clip at one end and tied to the rod/handle/hook at the other so you didn't misplace the black plastic thing. Made it get in the way when dumping the clippings more than anything.

Hope that helps. I can picture it in my head, but don't know if I explained it very well. Like you said, pictures would help more.
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