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Post by 75X11 on Fri May 29, 2015 8:58 pm

I bought my current mower on Amazon in 2001 and since it has a little age on it I thought I would look and see what was available in my price range.  I thought it might be nice to get a unit that had the flip over handle to see if that would make managing the cord easier.  Well, they don't make those now.  Last year Amazon had 3.  I'd like to get a relatively small and lightweight unit.  They're somewhat light, but are the size of a soapbox derby car on a stick.  It also looks like they are trying to make more cordless models.  My current mower weighs around 35-40 pounds.  These cordless units start at 96 pounds for their lowest priced units.  It looks like the best of both worlds is a rock and a hard place.  My old unit has acquired new value.
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Post by tuberadiogeek on Fri May 29, 2015 9:41 pm

Why electric? I only owned 1 electric mower and that was because it was a curb find. I didn't mind using it but was always afraid I would run over the cord while mowing. I used it until it quit working, which was the same season. The entire time I used it I wished I had a gas mower instead, but didn't. IMO a cordless unit just means more costs in anywhere from a year to likely 3 years because that battery will likely fail in that time frame. Depending on battery voltage and AH rating they could cost close to half as much you paid for the mower. I seen some advertised on TV with some pretty odd voltages. I would just much rather spend around 200.00 and get a nice gas mower and use it 5-7 years and then upgrade. Plus a gas mower, even with a large 5 HP engine weighs much less than 96 pounds. That is just my outlook..
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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by 75X11 on Fri May 29, 2015 10:02 pm

When I was growing up, one of my chores was to mow the lawn. I remember wearing blisters on my fingers pulling the starter rope in the effort to get the ____ things started. I promised myself when I got a mower I would use something else. I don't like the mess of oil and gas for them either. It's not that much trouble to keep from running over the cord either. Electrics are what I'm used to, as I'm sure gas mowers are for you. My current mower is a 3 1/2 hp 18 inch cut, I can hang it on a wall hook and it has performed for 14 years now with no blisters yet. Just looking ahead in the event a new one will be needed sometime.
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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by Wildcat445 on Sat May 30, 2015 12:34 am

I have always used gas mowers. I have a 1989 Snapper with a 6 horsepower Briggs on it that will still start on the first pull. I have never used an electric mower, but my brother does and loves his. I'd say to use whatever you are comfortable with. That is why they make both kinds. As long as you stay safe when you mow, mission accomplished. Very Happy

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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by Bill Cahill on Sat May 30, 2015 9:36 am

I have a Briggs and Statton I bough over 20 years ago at Wal Wart.
It's gas powered. This year I replaced the pull cord, spark plug, blades, and, filter. Still works like a charm, and, starts on one pull.

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Post by N7ZAL on Sat May 30, 2015 10:36 am

As a kid I mowed a lawn using an electric mower the owner had. Kind of liked it and it was quiet and I never ran over the cord.

When I got older I always used a gas mower because an electric one didn't have a long enough cord to cover the large lawns.
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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by 75X11 on Sat May 30, 2015 12:45 pm

I'm still trying to find another 14/2 75' cord for mine. It was unfortunately just small enough in diameter to fit in the cutters of my hedge trimmer. No thunderclaps nor lightning bolts, the end of the cord just dropped to the ground. No damage to the cutter, either.
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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by 75X11 on Sat May 30, 2015 5:22 pm

Mowed my lawn today and as I finished the scrap folks came by and asked if I had any. It was their last stop of the day. I set 'em up!
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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by 75X11 on Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:24 pm

Found a mower on craigslist a few years newer with the flip handle. $50.
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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by willy3486 on Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:50 am

If I didn't have so much to mow I would use one of these. Then keep a small gas mower just in case the grass got to high. I actually have one of these old types I want to do some work on it and use for trim. They work great if you don't let the grass get high.

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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by 75X11 on Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:26 am

I bought an old Craftsman reel mower at a flea market to use for my mobile homes yard. It didn't work quite right until I had it all trued up at a mower shop. That thing was all business after that.
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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by 75X11 on Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:37 pm

One other thing about getting this mower. It was the first time I've used the navigation feature on my smart phone. You have the phone identify it's position, then enter the address of the place you want to go. turn the volume up and lay the phone on the dashboard. it gives you the directions as you go. If you overshoot or miss a turn, it starts with alternate instructions without skipping a beat. To me that is right up there with sliced bread, bottled beer and wrapped cheese slices!
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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by 75X11 on Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:37 pm

I opened up the mower to clean it out yesterday before going in for my sleep testing. The thing had a lot of debris left in there for a long time but it all brushed poked and blew out. The motor looks like it was just made, even though the blade was loaded with nicks. I put one of my other blades on it and it looks and runs like new. The original owner put the purchase date on the instructions. May '04.



Not too bad looking for 10 years old!
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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:15 pm

You will save money on maintenance.  Synthetic oil is almost 6 bucks a quart, a spark plug is almost 5 bucks at Walmart and air filters are almost $12 with the pre-cleaner.  I can see the advantages that you enjoy. 

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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by simplex1040 on Wed Jun 10, 2015 12:02 pm



Just got this mower this week, co-worker said "come get it I bought a new one"

$11 and some oil later I mowed the yard.
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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by 75X11 on Wed Jun 10, 2015 12:26 pm

Nice price! What make is it?
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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by Wildcat445 on Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:34 pm

It looks to me like a Tecumseh-powered Snapper Comet. I mowed cemetaries 40 years ago with a Briggs powered one. Fantastic, maneuverable mowers.

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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by simplex1040 on Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:27 pm

It is a snapper M281021 with a 10HP briggs.  from around 2000. with electric start. I got the rear bagger and attachment with it.

I rebuilt the carb (new saet and needle) as it filled the crankcase with gas. I emptied about a gallon of gas out of the crank case.

flushed crankcase and refilled with oil and mowed the yard.

I have a 1977 comet with a 10hp briggs I got for $40 a few years back. I am keeping it as well.
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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by willy3486 on Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:07 am

Here you go. You may not be interested but well worth the read for a laugh.


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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by 75X11 on Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:44 am

Very Happy
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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:50 am

I would buy it for the description alone.  I would take that man at his word!  Very Happy

I stand corrected. The upper blower housing and the top for the dipstick looked really Tecumseh-ish to me. Ten horses would make it a hot rod Comet. Smile

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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by 75X11 on Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:15 pm

Mowed today. It's 92 and my back is hurting so bad the skin over the painful area is painful. It didn't take any remembering to just flip the handle at the end of the row. The victrola bugs have not taken up residence at their old place this year. At least I don't have them to contend with.
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Post by 75X11 on Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:20 pm

Also, speaking of comets, I saw one that looked exactly like this one yesterday on the way to to the restaurant ...
http://buffyscars.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/1964-mercury-comet-2.jpg
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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:13 pm

You don't see many of those anymore.

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Re: Playing The Field (Or Yard)

Post by 75X11 on Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:15 pm

No. And the guy driving it looked like he could've bought it new. Very Happy
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