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Small Gas Engine Repair Paperback – April 17, 2008

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About the Author

Paul Dempsey is a master mechanic and the author of more than 20 technical books, including How to Repair Briggs & Stratton Engines and Troubleshooting and Repairing Diesel Engines, both in their Fourth Editions and both published by McGraw-Hill.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 3 edition (May 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007149667X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071496674
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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111 of 123 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is, for me, was and is an extremely difficult book to review and to judge. When you read this review please keep in mind that it is being written by a person who has absolutely no mechanical aptitude, cannot tell the difference between a sparkplug and a fuel pump (okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but not much of one), and has never "fix" or worked on a gasoline engine in his life. Well I currently have a yard tractor, three regular mowers, a large garden tiller, three weed eaters, a leaf blower, a smaller tiller and a chain saw. I can start them and I can use them. My problem comes in when they refuse to start or refuse to do the job I paid them to do. In addition to the list here, I have a barn brimming with mowers and such that have all given up the ghost. I spend a fortune each year keeping this machinery going.

My wife decided that I needed another hobby and stongly suggested I learn to fix things that are driven by gasoline engines. So with her encouragement, my quest has begun. I have made some progress, I will admit to that, but I can still be classified as clueless. I will also state right here that I have not yet given up!

Enter this book. I admit right here that I checked it out of the library and did not buy it and thank goodness I did not! Remember, I am a mechanical idiot. To be quite frank this book was way, way over my head right from page one. Chapter one is entitled "Basics." The first few sentences under the first subject "Four-cycle engines," reads "Figure 1-1 illustrates the internal components that make up a four-cycle engine. The example shown has a horizontal crankshaft, side valves, and splash lubrication.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By DualDrive 36 on June 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
A couple of months ago I spent over $50 having my Homelite blower serviced. Since I'm fairly mechanical I decided to find a book that fully explained small gas engines as they were a mystery to me even though I've rebuilt auto engines and carbs. This book looked like the most complete I could find on Amazon so I decided to try it.

It cleared up all the mystery and was well worth the price. I had 2 string trimmers/edgers not running at all and my 10 yr old lawnmower was running poorly to say the least. With this reference and the cost of a few carb rebuild kits I found on EBAY for $5 ea (with free shipping) a few new spark plugs and a can of carb cleaner I was able to get each of these pieces of equipment running at least as good as new. Next I'll do my Stihl chain saw since its 30 yrs old and has never been serviced!

Aside from the cost of this book I spent appx $30 dollars in parts and probably saved myself at least $100-150 this season. I'll never have to have another small engine professionally serviced again and I can even help some of my friends as I live in Florida and it seems all we do around here is yard work.

I highly recommend the book and would say anyone with a few very basic tools (screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches and a work bench) will probably never have to worry if the mower, chainsaw, weed whacker, etc will start and run consistently ever again.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Bell on June 5, 2008
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This is the best book for troubleshooting that I have seen. There are nice flow charts that really help you to decide where to look. The text is well written and the drawings are clear. You don't even have to read between the lines to understand that an experienced mechanic has written this one. It doesn't just say "remove the flywheel", it tells you how to remove the flywheel. Recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Spangle Mike on March 20, 2011
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Being dissatisfied with books on small engines that I had access to I checked out the Amazon reviews and found two that had particularly good ratings--this one and Jay Webster's Repairing Your Outdoor Power Equipment. I wasn't dissapointed in either book. It seemed to me that Dempsey's book emphasized trouble shooting/diagnosis a little more and seemed to be more of a "from the trenches" kind of appoach to small engine repair. My advice -- get both books -- they complement one another.

When you get the Dempsy book, read the Preface. It is not your usual small engine repair person that quotes from Voltaire's Candide to make a case for keeping your small engines out of the landfill in in good working condition so you can use them to garden.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JoWo on May 8, 2010
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I purchased this book based on Amazon review samples and it looked like I would get a bounty of useful information. I wasn't at all disappointed by the expert writing, the author is entertaining as well as informative. But the quality of some of the illustrations is very poor. It shows diagrams that have been badly reproduced and details are filling in, some are too small to be useful and many others are way too technical parts break-downs that only a draftsman could appreciate and of no interest to a homeowner trying to repair his lawnmower engine. I am keeping the book because it does have much useful instruction for the backyard repair enthusiast. But considering the lackluster job the with publisher did with the illustrations, the book is limited in value. I sense that the author would agree.
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