The points on my Ariens GT18/K361 crapped out while mowing the other day...out of the blue. It stopped dead in it's tracks. I rebuilt the motor 3 years ago, but really didn't use it alot until last year (aquired more property). The points looked good, weren't pitted, but weren't making contact. I cleaned them up with emery cloth, and she fired up. I went ahead and replaced the coil and condenser with a new set I had on the shelf after I got spark. I had been meaning to do that anyway. The coil that was on it was metal and beat up pretty good. It was on it when I got it and hard telling how old it was.
My question is...has anyone had this happen before? This motor has only been ran a decent amount for less than a year. I started mowing with in around October last year. I cut about 1½ acres with it. I would say the condenser could have been bad, but there was no pitting or signs of heavy arcing. Has anyone else had this happen?
Side note...My father has a K161 in a 1969 Cub Cadet that had the points last 30 years. I've only replaced them once. He got it new and it's still running on the original coil/condenser. I grew up mowing with that tractor, and still use it to mow to this day. I re-ringed it about 10 years ago. It even has the original deck bearings. It's amazing how well these old machines hold up when properly maintained.
Thanks in advance for the input.