Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/lawnmower


hi, i recently learned that the childrens trackless trains are powered by lawnmowers.  we rode on one and it smelled horribly so we got off after a minute, my question is, what were we breathing?  (was it gasoline, carbon monoxide, or what)?  thanks for your time, gia

My guess is the engine was propane powered, not gas or coal.  Propane burning engines are used inside facilities, fork trucks, floor cleaners, zambonis, as they do not produce any harmful toxins, they just smell weird.

More and more vehicles, cars and trucks, starting to burn propane or natural gas as the fuel burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel.

Did the train or facility smell weird?


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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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