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Any luck with lawnmowers? We are going nuts here.
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Mike D.    Posted 10-01-2002 at 18:21:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello again-
Here is a kick in the seat of my pants. We got the worst luck with keeping up with mowing. The yard around the house and the areas around the barns are mowed down and nice like. This past weekend our 22" push mower gave up a connecting rod. Good oil in it too. Just worn out. This was our last working mower. Last summer our riding mower lost the transmission just after I put new spindles in the mowing deck. The summer before that our other push mower tangled with the ground rod to the house and got a bent crank. I could go on. My wife won't stand for goats, although I'm still working on her. In the meantime, do any of you mow with those commercial type 'walk behind' jobs? I see that the landscaper types use them with some sort of dolly that they ride on. I don't want a 3 point finish mower. Our tractors are too heavy for any yard work, and we get enough time on the things anyway.
I've been excited about those hydostatic front end mowers but they come high in my book, besides,
we'll need to buy used and I've been told that nobody sells them until they are junk.
Sure would like to hear a success story about lawn mowers. Most of our neighbors buy a mower every third year or so.
I'd like to get a 48" cutting deck on some thing as we mow about 2 acres or so and I'd rather be doing something else.

tomatolord    Posted 10-02-2002 at 06:53:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have an 8 year old toro still going strong..

I also have an 33 year old wheelhorse that is also going strong - just basic maintenance...

I would look for an older deere or wheelhorse, pre 1980's - mine has the kohler cast iron engine.

You can find these around - here and there for 500-800 - check out local papers and ebay auctions.

Now is a good time to get one as the mowing season is coming to a close and people will either be getting rid of theirs.

Also FIND the guy that takes the tractor stores trade ins. There is a guy I know here in NC that takes all of the trade ins from the dealers. That way the dealers only have new models sitting around. He always has some good deals and will part out machines as well, motors and attachements

The older off brand equipment generally had the lower quality engines - not cast iron, splash oil vs pressure, stamped metal parts instead of cast iron.


LH    Posted 10-02-2002 at 06:34:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have an older Simplicity rider that I bought used, and it does a great job. I tend to beat a mower to death hitting all the sticks and rocks the kids and the weather drag into the yard. I've also used a lot of the bargain MTD made mowers and they're OK, but the decks are real thin and don't hold up well.

Ludwig    Posted 10-02-2002 at 05:53:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm with Mike C. the commercial mowers I see are usually beat to snot.
My folks have a Husquevarna (sp) thats a danged good mower. Theirs is smaller than you want, 12hp 38" deck but its got good balance and will mow along nice in fairly heavy grass in 3rd gear.
I find most mowers with 42" decks are underbuilt by about 3/4s. My friend has a "Lawn Chief" 11hp can't mow high grass in anything but first and the deck is old beer cans pounded together, real cheap junk.

The best way to make your mowers last longer is to clean them good after every use, change the oil alot (its only like a quart anyway) and make sure you aren't mowing alot of rocks and stuff. After I broke a spindle once when I was in junior high Dad got a truckload of loam delivered and we pulled rocks out of the yard for a week and filled the holes with loam. Any rocks we couldn't pull got banked all around with loam and a note to back again the next year, and the next. It was alot of work but now 10 years later they've got a 5 year old mower thats still in good shape.

Of course it needed a new deck this year, but it was left outside for 3 summers and the deck rusted, it wasn't pounded out.

It SOUNDS like you hate mowing so much that you just pound through it as fast as possible... The answer then is that NOTHING will survive it. If you're tangling with wires so bad you bend a crank you're going to fast and not paying enough attention. My advice would be to slow down and do it right and/or cut less grass so you can slow down.

Jeez Ludewig-    Posted 10-02-2002 at 11:50:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
He didn't say he hit a wire he said they hit a ground rod. I don't know a single farmer that will honestly say he likes taking the time to mow grass when there is so much else to do on the farm. Especially if he has a job away from home.
You farm any there Ludewig? How much free time have you got on yer hands, huh? Lighten up some.
I jest see it as a fella that has had some mower trouble, most of us have had a time or two. Sheep might still be his best hope. :^)

Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-02-2002 at 16:41:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sheep are definatly the best way to go, they will kill off a lot of weeds too.
Later Bob

MikeC    Posted 10-02-2002 at 05:34:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't know where you are located but in Central Iowa the John Deere dealers have their demos and factory program garden tractors available at significant discounts over new. I purchased my 345 about 5 years ago with a 60" deck and a snowblower for about 60% of new price (it was a year old when I bought it and you could not tell it was ridden around the factory). Never had any problems and I'm very pleased. I used to do a lot of commercial mowing with it plus a few acres at home. I would be careful of used commercial mowers-they have usually been pretty well worn out.

farmer wantabe    Posted 10-02-2002 at 04:58:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
We bought a Honda SP push mower 20 years ago, still going strong and starts on 1-2 pulls. Lota money? Yep but cheaper than a $150 one every 3-4 years. If I couldn't afford a new Honda I would buy a used Honda.

Lets see...    Posted 10-02-2002 at 04:01:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My Dad still has his 1969 Simplicity and has only had one engine overhaul in it...plows snow, blows snow, mows, cultivates, etc...

Three summers ago I found an 80's vintage 14 horse AgWay (made by MTD), at a lawn sale for $25...delivered...still running...

We got an MTD 24 (maybe a 26) inch 6 years ago for our first anniversary...still running...

I snagged my Sisters' old Craftsman self propelled that she left outside for the winter and then said would not start...that took all of an hour and a new needle and seat...still running...

Saturday I picked up a no-name 22 inch push with a B&S engine in a free pile at a lawn sale...that took all of putting gas in it to get it running...

Tom A    Posted 10-02-2002 at 02:31:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I thought it was just me!

Went through several mowers after we moved to our place. Got a cheapo lawn tractor, and it did ok but had trouble mowing in realy heavy stuff and I figured we'd burn it out too. So we shopped for a 'really good' one. Eventually bought a 23 horse Cub Cadet. Piece of junk! I've spent two years fixing it, modifying it and finally think I've got it fairly reliable--but I'd never buy another and wouldn't recommend one to anybody. Talking to local dealer, he says lots of troubles with the new ones.

All the while, my old green cheapo keeps chugging along, no maintenance, no problems. Picked it up on sale at Lowe's for $900, it was called a "Lawn General" and keeps kickin' no matter what I (or the wife or kids) do to it.

I think sheep and goats are good mine!
Tom A

M.R.    Posted 10-01-2002 at 22:07:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well now if the Mrs won't stand for some goats, how about Sheep? Had a neighbor up the lane aways where I was raised that would turn the sheep out into his yard. It always looked freshly mowed except for a few clumps that he would take a push mower to.

ON another note had an Old timer tell me one time that if I ever even thought about Sheep, that the best thing to do was to just lay down & take a nap until the feeling pasted.

Mark W    Posted 10-01-2002 at 21:46:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've killed a number of machines, here, probably cause I mow a lot of rocks. I now have a Toro/Wheelhorse. It has lasted 8 years, so far without anything but belts, oil, air filters and mower blades. It's had lots of abuse from me and my nephews. For hand mowing, I use the cheapest Murry or clone I can find. There's about 2 acres here that we try to keep open.

ol Henry    Posted 10-01-2002 at 21:16:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a gravley 8160 riding mower with a 50in. deck that I bought new in 1978 , I mow about two acre with it, I used to mow some for one of the neighbors with it too, had the engine overhauled one time and had the deck rebuilt once, kinda high priced but they make a good machine, if this one ever wears out I will probably get another gravley.

Ray    Posted 10-01-2002 at 19:49:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've got a cub farmall with a 5 ft belly mower
I'm going to sell,It will still out last a new
rider mower 10 times over.In ohio

Nathan(GA)    Posted 10-01-2002 at 19:03:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got a John Deere 140 and a Cub Cadet 127. Both are tough. I've had the 140 for about 5 years now with good success. I just bought the 127.

Alot of people cuss Murray's. But my Mother had one that lasted 12 years of abuse. Left out in the rain many times. Borrowed by the daughter and SIL. They could tear up a railroad iron with a rubber hammer. The deck is still good on it, but the engines burns so much oil, it fouls the plug.

There's a mower like you describe in the photo ads over at YT for a decent price. I think it is a Yazoo.

Whatever you get, clean the area to be mowed first.

DeadCarp    Posted 10-01-2002 at 19:00:53       [Reply]  [No Email]

I inherited a 42-inch Murray and outside of the word Tecumseh, the thing's slick and quick! Does 4 acres around trees in about an hour. Well-enough built too. I even use it to plow sidewalks. :)

d    Posted 01-30-2009 at 11:56:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have the same tractor and plow. i do not have the link to make the blade raise and lower. how did u do it. help please!!

GusandEdie    Posted 10-02-2002 at 05:56:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
4 acres in an hour? Are you serious? Must be only on 2 wheels around some of those trees!!!!!!!!!!!

Big Daddy    Posted 11-14-2002 at 20:59:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hmmm lets see if Murray, lets say made a 46" mower, they probably would put a 42" sticker on the side of it. Yeh right, 4 acres in an hour, not even with all the trees, being all but two and all in the very middle of the four. LOL LOL

Burrhead    Posted 10-01-2002 at 19:55:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Plowing side walks??What do ye have planted in a sidewalk?????.

bob ny    Posted 10-02-2002 at 15:40:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
keep it up burr we get snow but have no sidewalks
we plow the driveway and walk there

DeadCarp - plowing sidewalks?    Posted 10-02-2002 at 08:02:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
To explain - when the local weather gets on the cooler side (like around 30 below) Mother Nature provides us with the most wonderful distractions. She turns perfectly good rain into huge drifts of white stuff, thus effectively convincing lesser men like myself to clear a path before attempting a dash to the nearest fish-house. At such times, i see the boot-shaped thing (the blade pivot) under my mower, which reminds me that black thing in front is capable of pushing white stuff aside.
If all goes according to plan, i can combine such sophisticated stimuli, answer any silly questions posted on boards like this, bundle up, ride around awhile and still be fishing by dark.

CAUTION: Stay warm and don't nibble raw sidewalk bits while reading this! It's hard to tell when they're ripe! :)

Burrhead    Posted 10-02-2002 at 16:56:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dangit now it is confusing. How many bushel of sidewalk do ye make an acre???

It aint snowed here since around 87 or 85 or so.

The cows water troughs freeze about once ever winter and that's it. I put out rye for a winter forage but it only has to last for Jan and Feb

LH    Posted 10-02-2002 at 06:30:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
He means plowin snow off'n the sidewalks ya dang southerner. I realize you texans rarely see any of the white stuff, and probably never enough to plow.

Burrhead    Posted 10-02-2002 at 06:43:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh I get it. He's only scraping a sidewalk.

I thought he musta been breaking new ground even tho I never seen a scarifier on a lawnmower.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-02-2002 at 06:30:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Come on Burr, stop picking on people that have winter.:<)
Later Bob

ger    Posted 10-01-2002 at 21:44:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
thats what i was wondering too bur

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