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joeyboy 09-10-2007 01:43 PM

What do you guys think of my new mower? :) (pics!)
 
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Okay, so there's this family that doesn't really speak english near me, but I know the kids wanted a basketball hoop (they speak decent english, the parents I can't even converse with at all). I happened to find a basketball hoop someone seemed to have abandoned, I found out what their deal was, and sure enough I found a free hoop (that needed work). So I got the hoop, me and one of the kids fixed it up, and were playing ball.

The dad gets home, I'm not really sure what he's saying to me, but through him and his kids I guess he fixed up or got it or something for me.

So I'm pretty psyched I don't need to buy a mower now, this thing starts easily and sounds good. And it doesn't have the wheel drive mechanism which I hate (small lawn, I prefer no wheel assistance).


Soooooo, onto the questions.

I posted pics for reference.


1) This unit is definitely a mulcher, but in the last pic you can see that it has what looks like a bag attachment - is this a universal type thing or am I gonna need to really go hunt one down? (lawn is dense as hell, but a good portion is weed, so I don't want to just use mulcher and spread the weeds like I did last time!)

2) What do you guys think of this unit in general? It seems solid, briggs/stratton 6.0 engine, nice and simple setup, etc.

3) What, if any, things should I do to this mower for maintenance (I'm all about keeping my machines in good order!)? Should I be getting new plugs, new oil, etc? (keep in mind I can't really ask these questions to who gave it to me, as the language barrier destroys any of these q's lol. I just took the mower, smiled and shook hands, and walked it home!)

Any help is greatly appreciated!

MinConst 09-10-2007 09:33 PM

Change the oil, spark plug, tighten all the bolts, and clean it up. Sharpen the blade and mow your face off. :thumbsup:

joeyboy 09-10-2007 09:39 PM

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Originally Posted by MinConst (Post 62332)
Change the oil, spark plug, tighten all the bolts, and clean it up. Sharpen the blade and mow your face off. :thumbsup:

Will do! Do you think it'll be feasible to find a clip catcher bag for that? it seems it accomodates one...

(and about sharpening the blades, what's the procedure for that? I sharpen knives and axes w/o problems, same deal?)

joeyboy 09-12-2007 08:42 PM

Well, I took it all apart today to clean / adjust / maintenance the thing.

It actually had a front wheel drive mechanism, but it wasn't hooked up, so there was just a big axle in the front that did nothing but add weight and increase friction/resistance at the front wheels. So I removed that (real pita!!!), swapped the plug (is there a way to clean the plug's receptacle? Not where I put the plug, but the spark plug wire that connects to it?), and just did a general cleaning / tightening of the whole unit.

Now I just need to swap the oil out (but have no idea what kind I need...) and find a bag for clippings! My lawn is overgrowing and there's too many weeds to mow it with this thing (the mulcher would just infest the lawn worse!). Gonna have to find out if sears (it's a craftsman mower) stocks bags for this thing...

MinConst 09-12-2007 10:05 PM

You can clean the plug wire connector with liquid wrench (yellow can) and a small parts brush. Excellent contact cleaner. Just ask at the auto store what oil to use or at sears. They will know.
I hate those bags. They fill up quick. Once the yard is weed free just mulch it.

joeyboy 09-13-2007 09:51 AM

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Originally Posted by MinConst (Post 62725)
You can clean the plug wire connector with liquid wrench (yellow can) and a small parts brush. Excellent contact cleaner. Just ask at the auto store what oil to use or at sears. They will know.
I hate those bags. They fill up quick. Once the yard is weed free just mulch it.

Good stuff! Thanks for the advice!!

Yeah I'd much prefer to mulch it, and those bags will fill up fast (my lawn is *tall* - been spending too much time determining a mower and ended up getting one handed to me lol!). But the lawn is like 1/3 weeds (there's grass there, the weeds are just growing quicker), and mulching that will prolly make it 2/3 weeds!

I wonder how universal those bags are, I need to mow this lawn asap, I'm gonna try my neighbor's bag for a fit (maybe just borrow his mower for a day since it's got a bag...)

NateHanson 09-13-2007 10:30 AM

Just rake up the clippings the first time, instead of buying an expensive bag you'll use once. Then mulch after that. It's better.

joeyboy 09-13-2007 03:24 PM

too late, got the bag this morning! I called a few of the mower repair/used mower shops in the area, one had a bag for $20 (used), so I just grabbed that! It'll come in handy at other times I'm sure, if I ever have the weed problem again, or if I let the lawn get too tall that it'd be too much mulch (you don't want to mulch if it's too long right?)

curls00 09-17-2007 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by joeyboy (Post 62801)
too late, got the bag this morning! I called a few of the mower repair/used mower shops in the area, one had a bag for $20 (used), so I just grabbed that! It'll come in handy at other times I'm sure, if I ever have the weed problem again, or if I let the lawn get too tall that it'd be too much mulch (you don't want to mulch if it's too long right?)

Correct - don't mulch when TOO long or you can smother the grass, and cause too much thatch to build up.

wbhinton 09-20-2007 08:12 AM

I just rebuilt a 22" murray with a 4hp briggs. I used some 15w40 that I put in my diesel truck. That little mower purrs like a kitten.

I like the diesel oil because it has more detergents and is less likely to burn.

joeyboy 09-20-2007 09:47 AM

is that all i'd need to know about the oil? I'm sure I can figure out how to change it out, but when buying it just get 15w40? What's the difference?

(naturally, I was at home depot, saw there were options, and just figured I'd come ask here what to get lol!)

wbhinton 09-20-2007 09:53 AM

I use a fleet oil from Tractor Supply Co. Got to an autoparts store and get some Rotella T or Delo or some other (store brand) Diesel oil.

It will say for diesel engines on it.

If you don't wanna do that any old 10w30, or 15w30 or 15w40 should work.

I typically like the thicker oil in these little air cooled engines. I think it lasts longer.

WB

joeyboy 09-20-2007 11:07 AM

should oil be changed based on time, usage, or both?

wbhinton 09-20-2007 12:47 PM

Once per season

Change:
oil
airfilter
spark plug
clean carb

To do all of this it should cost about $10

Check:
blade (if the blade is pulling some grass vs cutting it, time to sharpen or change) $10-$20 new
pull cord
wheels

If everything is sound and in working order your ok

You should do all of these since you got this mower with unkown history

joeyboy 09-20-2007 02:00 PM

What's the carb?


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