My 14 year old Snapper riding mower seemed to be running rich and then last week the cylinder filled with gasoline so I pulled the carburetor and found an O-ring deteriorated at the inlet to the needle/seat housing. After a frustrating effort to find the correct part on line I went to the dealer who sold me the mower and found that he no longer carries Snappers but did carry parts. The carburetor kit would cost $55 and would take a week to get it. I tried 2 other local sources and got similar answers. Briggs and Stratton has become the holding company of several low end product lines and they have farmed out several components to Chinese suppliers. It’s nuts out there and my old mower was at the leading end of the nightmare. The identification numbers for this machine are more complicated than the VIN on a late model car. And while the Snapper brand is still advertised it’s just a label pasted on whatever product is being sold. If a local hardware store sells the Snapper brand his competition can sell the identical product with any of several MTD brands on it and swear it’s a better product I’m sure.
So much for keeping something well maintained.