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I found an old Sears Roebuck push mower, model #131 81180. Where can I find more information?
You may have already posted it on this site (see link below) and got your answer that it is an early 1950s version), as it looks like an exact match to yours...
Below is a neat site that has a lot of Sears/Craftsman history:
So many of their products are still around it is amazing...it is good if you are using them, but bad for value as supply is high and demand, not always high...so as for value...I would just keep an eye on the SOLD auctions on eBay and other online sites matching your exact item to the exact item sold.
You can find sold auctions by clicking the sold button on your screen (completed + sold). I don't see an exact match for yours today, but the market changes hourly, so keep checking back!
NEVER use asking price to determine value, as people can ask the world, value in today's market is only what people will ACTUALLY PAY for an item!
I love the color! Thanks for sharing!
It looks like a 1953 or 54 model because the earlier engines had fill for tank in the center. The 131 of the model number denotes it was built by Rally/Roper, the company which later joined American Yard Products, which is now owned by Husqvarna.
I have an older Sears push mower. The model is 917.380310. I'm trying to determine what engine it actually is. It says "Eager-1" on one of the shrouds, but that seems like a "nickname." I have heard it may belong to the Tecumseh family, but I'm not sure.
I do not think you will find your answer in a parts catalog as your model number will probably not show up.
Your engine is definitely a Tecumseh engine and it seems not everyone is a fan of this engine but like most things - people who like them - really like them.
It seems the biggest complaint is they seem to get 'gummed up' too easily from left over gas. That sounds kind of silly to me as old gas will destroy any kind of lawn mower's carburetor if not cleaned out properly (best if taken care of before storage) and the carburetor is the heart of any mower.
I did find several references to this being a Tecumseh engine but this link has some information so check it out.
Some people complain about Sears but I have always found that if I order something from Sears and it is the wrong 'size' it is the easiest place to return an item and receive immediate credit. How much trouble and how long before you get a refund from most online parts stores??
If you're looking for parts Sears Service Center (your zip) is still one of the best places to ask about parts.