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I Love My Mower

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by OldGuy, May 26, 2019.

  1. OldGuy

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    I've been mowing yards for more than 60 years, and this is the first time I've ever felt the need to tell the world, "I love my mower."

    https://www.troybilt.com/equipment/troybilt/troy-bilt-walk-behind-11a-a26m011

    No longer available, but if you can find a used one, get it.

    I love the first-pull starting, every time . . . every time.

    I love the extra power (190 CC, 6.75 HP. . . . no longer available).

    I love the mulching.

    I love the bagging.

    Got it at my timeshare disposal site . . . craigslist . . . hundred bucks.
     
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    1966 OMC Lawn Boy
    Magnesium Deck, 2 stroke engine. Mine had the rear discharge chute.
    [​IMG]
     
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  3. OldGuy

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    At our Florida house I've got one of those little Sun Joe's that someone left at the curb, like where we get all our furnishings. :cool:

    [​IMG]

    Wow, that's exactly it, but I don't have the bagger.

    It's hard to quit and tell the boss I ran out of gas.

    Of course, in Florida I only have to mow a couple times all Winter. I've been mowing every three days up north.
     
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    The Lawn Boy was a simple 2-cycle with a reed carb. Smoked like an SOB, but had a HUGE muffler under the deck and was quiet. I could mow 3 lawns before having to refill.

    $5 a lawn, those were the days.
     
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    I don't know if I got that much, but I got the same amount for mowing a yard as I did for shoveling a sidewalk and driveway. 75 cents an hour for pulling weeds, the job I hated most.

    I had regular clients, and if it snowed, I had to at least have their driveways cleared.

    Raised nightcrawlers, collected pop bottles, coat hangers for the dry cleaner, raised cucumbers . . . People probably saw me coming with my little wagon, and pretended they weren't home.

    My first real job was $10/week, on a good week. Coincientally, a pizza cost 75 cents.

    My second job was at $1.15/hour, the price of a pizza then.

    About the same now, I get about the price of a pizza per hour. My pay has been increased using the price of a pizza index.
     
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    I love my Troy-Bilt too. It has all the features yours does, but it's got a Honda engine. I've had it for five years and even after the several sub zero nights this past winter, it fired up first pull in April.
     
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    I suppose you take it with you and mow at Welk???!!!

    The lake's very busy this weekend.
     
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    I have a Black & Decker battery mower.
    ... doesn't need gas, oil or engine repairs.
    It does half of our yard between charges.
    Thus enforcing a necessary rest period.
     
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    Lithium Ion?
     
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    Old nicad, but I plan to upgrade soon.
     
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    Yeah, if they have a LION replacement, go for it.
     
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    Funny, but my mower is a guy named Isaiah that shows up about 9:00 a.m. every Friday. Trims, cuts, blows off the hard surfaces in about 20 minutes, and I don't lift a finger, own a lawnmower or keep one maintained and fueled.

    'Love' may be a bit strong, but I sure appreciate him. It's one of the things that makes travel possible.

    Jim
     
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    Lol! I appreciate your constant sarcasm @OldGuy . But I stopped mowing others yards once I finished high school. Not sure how much use my Troy-Bilt will get once we move to our new home on two acres, all yard.

    Sent from my SM-G892A using Tapatalk
     
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    We have sheep. Move them around the field in portable pens and they mow and fertilize at the same time. Upcycling the grass clippings into lamb and mutton is a good thing....
     
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    I bought an E Go last year, love it. lightweight, no stupid gas cans, no nasty fumes, quiet. I enjoy mowing again!!
     
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    We also have an Ego battery mower and love it. We've since added an Ego string trimmer, and a hedge trimmer too! The batteries (LION) are quick charging and long lasting, and it's pretty great not having to worry about gas, carb cleaning etc.
     
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    Well, dang it, I hit a rock, which is hard not to do where I have to mow.

    No visible damage, but it makes a clanging noise on start-up and shut-down.
     
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    I would guess bent blade. And before you get all sarcastic on me, you posted, which suggests you want help figuring out the problem..... ;)

    Sent from my SM-G892A using Tapatalk
     
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    I'm sorry, I thought you liked sarcasm.

    :(

    The first thing I looked at was the blade. Not bent and not even a ding, but I did go ahead and put an edge on it.

    Shaft is sound, no wobble that I can see.

    Just before it gets up to speed when I pull the cord, it's got a metallic clanking sound, then same again when it stops. It's running strong at speed, with no vibration.
     
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    I do enjoy the sarcasm lol! And I figured you had already checked that but I've got nothing else for you. It's odd that it's making that noise while getting up to speed....
     
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    Sounds kinda kinky. Be careful (in a John Wayne Bobbitt kinda way).
     
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    Sounds like you had a sudden stoppage and that clanging sounds like you're going to throw a rod soon.
     

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