Not quite in the workshop... #9: Took the day off of woodworking, to replace stuff that takes up shop space...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 05-14-2010 07:01 PM 1244 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It will be 4 weeks ago Sunday that I managed to find a root / stump under a clump of tall grass that I didn’t know was there until the blade of my 2001 vintage Craftsman 6HP high wheel 3 in 1 push mower ran into it at full speed and managed to give the mower a MEAN vibration… Now not having the hook up on small engine repairs, I hauled my mower, and my younger brother in laws mower over to my older brother in laws shop. Unfortunately since this is work for the family, it took pretty low priority, and took a while to get info back on it… Well Tuesday night older BIL calls to let us know, that my mower is toast… (no shock, the main shaft was bent pretty good). So I did some research, and came up with a mower that had the features I wanted (Biggest engine I could get, mulching deck, Large rear wheels for easier turning, Briggs engine, reasonable price etc… And came away with, after reading the reviews, a MTD High Wheel 2 in 1 mulcher / rear bagger with high wheel from Home Depot on the cheap…

I brought the mower home, followed the assembly instructions to the letter, and only had the problem of setting the pull start cord to the retainer (I didn’t want to pull the cord without SOME oil in the case) So I added the oil one step early… Big deal… Anyway, so the mower was set up. Now to dig out the gas can…

Mind you, this is all happening about 8:30 at night, and it is DARK already…

So I filled the new mower with gas, double and triple checked the setup, and the oil, looked for the primer bulb, and found none. Reread the instruction sheet. No primer bulb, none needed. Suuuuureeee that will work… Give the cord a half hearted yank not knowing yet quite how much force it needs… The mower sprang to life, somewhat unexpectedly, and more notably, quietly. VERY quietly… I heard the whooshing of the blade spinning under the deck FAR more than I heard the engine running…

So with my wife using a Q-beam out of the truck to light my path, I literally mowed my front yard, that has been waiting almost a month, in the dark… I bet my neighbors loved it! Who knows, as quiet as this thing was, and it was early enough (nobody with small children within 5 or so houses of me, mostly teens, and young adult couples in their first houses…). But what stunned me most, is how good the lawn looked when I got up and went to work this morning… I need to finish off the edging and weed eating, but no more 32” tall grass blades! (April / May is the fastest growth time for my grass here…)

The only thing that bothered me about the entire experience is when I completed the mowing, I had to roll the mower into my shop…

Still need to build a garden shed to get this stuff out of my shop!

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#1 posted 05-15-2010 06:55 PM

We finally hired a lawn care service a couple of years ago, so not much mower trouble hear. I have an older Honda though, that always worked perfectly. We just don’t use it any more.

Bummer about hitting the stump. I have taken some chunks out of lawn mower blades through the years, but never bent a shaft.

My favorite mower was the three bladed attachment for my Gravely lawn tractor that I owned for about 8 years. Sold it when I moved here, too big for the yard. That Gravely was used to mow about 1.5 acres of grass in Fairbanks, as well as till the gardern, blow snow, etc. When mowing grass the thing sounded like a jet plane, direct drive to the mower attachment, the attachment used belts to deliver power to the three blades. You could take care of 1.5 acres of grass in no time…..........but the 15 HP motor was not silent. When using the snow blower (all direct drive) it threw the snow over 30 feet. A real brute. I opened up the internal workings of the tiller attachment once, had to fix something, I can’t remember what, and found beautiful big machined gears. and a worm drive. Of course, every one of those attachments cost over $500. Commercial duty machine.

Miss the great machinery, don’t miss snow blowing and mowing the lawn….........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 05-16-2010 12:38 AM

Yeah, this was a first by me… Had just sharpened the blade. I was mowing back in the Bayou, well above waterline, trying to keep from letting rats, and nutria have any place to hide on the other side of my fence line… Now I know why the city doesn’t mow back there very often… If it wasn’t likely to violate a dozen or so laws, I would roundup the grass within 10 feet of my fence line… But I don’t want that stuff getting into the water and such…

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#3 posted 05-16-2010 05:38 AM

......Sherie just told me today that the ‘lawn locusts’, the lawn service…......(-; won’t come until the grass is ready to mow. Usually they come and rake up the leaves etc that is there from over the winter. She is going to haul out the Honda and mulch it all. Organic lawn…......hmmmmm…......(-:

No critters, no laws, just do it. Small lawn…...we have taken most of the lawn over with buildings and gardens…........

......notice…......Sherie is doing it….......not me…...(-:

Totally useless day for me… OCD said I should be doing things…..........but my psyche said I am still am on vacation… I adjudicated and decided…........spent the day just goofin’ around…........

You might do that for a change also….............I think I am getting a little insight into your brain, you are too much like me… a younger age…..............(-:

Sherie is cookin’ some new soup (lemon flavored chicken noodle stuff), making bread sticks from scratch, and her left over totally fabulous minty Greek salad from last night…........

...........just a loafin’’ a livin’............


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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