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    It's that time of year,it's misery,unless you have a plan

    Freudian Bass fishing?

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    "Reel" Mower?

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    I just need one more tool,just one!

  • #2
    First rule is to wait for the snow to melt.
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    • #3
      My plan this year actually started late last year when some good ole boy stole my 10 year old Gravely from the barn, unfortunately for the insurance company, my insurance was replacement value, so ended up with a new $9k Ferris IS2000 zero turn 4 wheel independent suspension 54" cut for $2300. Has cut my 12 hour mowing time to about 5 hours, and still able to able to walk afterwords, unlike after using the very good but rough riding Gravely which I could not complete the mowing in a day, hour wise or pain wise.

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      • #4
        Hey Ken, I have been meaning to ask you what to do with that Gravely you had me "pick up" from your barn?
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        • #5
          My lawn is still white.
          Andy

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          • #6
            there is NEVER anything unfortunate for an insurance company. Not the way they tend to screw policy holders.
            gvasale

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            • #7
              I have some 3/4" sq tubing I am building a frame for 3 lawn mower engines. Front wheels will be the 20" front wheels, fork and steering system from a 20" bicycle. Back wheels will be 20" bicycle wheels and tires too. 20" blades on each 3.5 hp engine with 2" of over lap using the center engine off set about 12" to the front of the frame. I built one of these 28 years ago it worked great, pushed easy and cut a spot 56" wide. I could mow my 3/4 acre yard in 20 minutes. One day I was mowing the grass some guy driving by saw the mower and stopped. He loved my mower and insisted on buy it. I said it is not for sale many times but he insisted I give him a price. I priced it very high $500. so he would leave I did not want to sell it. He pull $500 cash out of his pocket and paid me on the spot. Damn it!!! I have been planning to build another mower for 28 years and now I am finally getting around to doing it.

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              • #8
                Why not one motor with a pulley system?
                Andy

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                • #9
                  Since my front lawn was completely wiped out last summer by grubs, I will be pulling up what little is left, killing off any little bugs I find, poisoning the ones I don't, and putting down some sod...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by vpt
                    Why not one motor with a pulley system?
                    3 engines are easier to build and less maintenance. ONE engine would have to be 10 or 12 hp then I would need 2 flange bearing for each shaft, several pullies, several idler pullies, belt take up pully with spring, and a large V belt, the frame would have to be stronger and I have to make shafts in the lathe built and make it all work. All that is expensive and more work and makes a heavy push mower. 3 brand new push mowers are $130 each at Lowe's all I have to do is remove the engines and put them on my frame. Wow it sure does sound nice with 3 engines running.
                    Last edited by gary350; 04-03-2011, 08:41 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Amazing that mass production makes 3 engines (and mower deck, handle, etc) cheaper than 3 shafts and bearings but it's true.

                      Please post up your build Gary.

                      Or, just tell me where you live and I'll start saving $500!

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                      • #12
                        Years ago I saw a picture of a row-house in Baltimore - these particular houses had small two-level grassy front yards with a gentle slope between the levels.


                        The owner of this particular house had surfaced his entire front yard with green-tinted concrete ("seament" as the locals would say) - but on the upper tier was a small concrete pedestal, and on top sat enshrined his push-lawnmower.


                        On the oppressively hot & humid summer days for which that city is famous, I can imagine the homeowner sitting on a glide-chair on the front porch, brew in hand (maybe National Bohemian?), admiring the object-de-arte on the pedestal with a wide smirk on his face.

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                        • #13
                          New mower is on my list. Got a hand me down 19.5hp rider last year, and it needed some tlc....everytime I used it. That got old fast, so this year, I'm looking into getting one of those zero turn types. I don't have much to mow around the house. only about an acre or so, of grass. I do have about 10 acres that will need to be bush hogged about 3-4 times this year. Trying to find a good, cheap bush hog right now. That should be fun

                          I've got the same sort of idea as Gary for a tow behind brush mower. I'd rather have a PTO driven one for the tractor, but there are spot here where a tow behind the ATV would be better. Either way I'm into it for about $5-600, as my junk pile just isn't that big to pick from yet.

                          Couple weeks away though. Still got about 6" of snow on my front yard in spots, with a couple piles about 2' still. Sitting on the front porch looking at it now. 9 degrees and sunny out, non migrating canada geese buzzing the treetops, honking away, flying from one neighbors pond to another. Heard some wild gobblers when I came out an hour ago (can't wait till the end of the month ), and the wild peacocks (yep "wild") are honking and howling away (what an awefull sound they make) along with all the other birds around. Sundays around here are usually when everybody fire the tractors up and cut's their grass. The next month is perfect as it's nice enough to come out of hibernation, and listen to the sounds of nature, without the sound of a david brown or massey in the background.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ken_Shea
                            My plan this year actually started late last year when some good ole boy stole my 10 year old Gravely from the barn, unfortunately for the insurance company, my insurance was replacement value, so ended up with a new $9k Ferris IS2000 zero turn 4 wheel independent suspension 54" cut for $2300. Has cut my 12 hour mowing time to about 5 hours, and still able to able to walk afterwords, unlike after using the very good but rough riding Gravely which I could not complete the mowing in a day, hour wise or pain wise.
                            Ken,

                            Your lawn must be huge.

                            I am cutting over 3 acres and it takes me 1 1/2 to 2 hours, depending on conditions, to cut with a John Deere F935 diesel with a 72" cut.

                            How many acres do you cut?

                            Brian
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                            • #15
                              One of my former neighbors when I lived in NY ties his push mower behind his ATV with a rope and mows at about 20 mph. Granted, that is also the guy with a single wide and a garage bigger than most houses so hes not all that bad. I always found the trick to lawn care is to get it started early and cut it weekly at least. If it gets too tall it just slows down the process. On the farm I used to be the official mower - 10 acres of lawn with either the old 40" Gravely or older Cub Cadet - using high gear. I once tried to use the 8 ft 3 pt hitch finish mower that we use on the pastures and found out very quickly why golf course mowers are small sections hinged together as it looked terrible when done. Luckily I moved a few months ago into a house where the lawn service is contracted out by the homeowner's association.
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