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Old 06-10-2005, 01:48 PM
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Do you love your riding mower as much as I love mine?

I finally replaced my crapbox John Deere rider (one of the RX series rear-engine jobs they built for the likes of Lowe's and Home Depot -- JUNK) with an old Cub Cadet 1450. That is one sweet tractor. Nice mower deck too...

Anyway, sometimes I'll just get it out and ride around the yard beacuse it's so damned cool. Anyone else do this? I'd like to restore it with paint, decals, and all that jazz, but I still use it to mow... kinda impractical. I have to stop while I'm out in the garage getting oil, gas for the trimmer, tools, etc... and just admire it for a moment.

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Old 06-10-2005, 01:57 PM
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I finally replaced my crapbox John Deere rider (one of the RX series rear-engine jobs they built for the likes of Lowe's and Home Depot -- JUNK) with an old Cub Cadet 1450. That is one sweet tractor. Nice mower deck too...

Anyway, sometimes I'll just get it out and ride around the yard beacuse it's so damned cool. Anyone else do this? I'd like to restore it with paint, decals, and all that jazz, but I still use it to mow... kinda impractical. I have to stop while I'm out in the garage getting oil, gas for the trimmer, tools, etc... and just admire it for a moment.
I want a riding mower..but haven't gotten one yet....Tired of spending 3 hours almost every weekend with the push mower and trimmer.
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Old 06-10-2005, 01:58 PM
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I could use a riding vacuum cleaner.....
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Old 06-10-2005, 01:58 PM
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I could use a riding vacuum cleaner.....
I was waiting for you to say grass, whats grass....
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Old 06-10-2005, 02:04 PM
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No, I've seen grass -- that's that stuff on the golf courses, right?
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Old 06-10-2005, 02:28 PM
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No, I've seen grass -- that's that stuff on the golf courses, right?
Yep thats the stuff.....
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Old 06-10-2005, 02:34 PM
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I have my Grandpa's ol yardman, he's gone but the yardman keeps on running. For respectful reasons I have to drive it till the wheels fall off. Its loud backfires and stalls when I'm on anything but level ground, but I must say it cuts pretty good.

My next lawn tractor is going to be a Honda push mower with rear teenager attachment.


Off topic but, has anyone seen or used the 4 stroke Honda weed whackers?
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Old 06-10-2005, 03:15 PM
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I have a 4 stroke Ryobi WW--POS, though it's definitely preferable to any 2 stroke machine out there.
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Old 06-10-2005, 03:18 PM
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THat takes the prize for the strangest looking lawnmower I ever saw.
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Old 06-10-2005, 03:52 PM
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I've got an old 1965 Gravely L8 ( 8 forward speeds) with a 10-pound brush blade to go along with all my other old crap. Has wind-up (non-recoil) pull strap. Usually starts on the first pull. It's a Beast with a capital B and supposedly only 5.6 HP with the low compression head. These are amazing machines. In the pre-OSHA days they sold a 30" circular saw to go on the front end

Like everything else I have, I can say "they don't make 'em like that anymore"
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Old 06-10-2005, 04:06 PM
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I've got an old 1965 Gravely L8 ( 8 forward speeds) with a 10-pound brush blade to go along with all my other old crap. Has wind-up (non-recoil) pull strap. Usually starts on the first pull. It's a Beast with a capital B and supposedly only 5.6 HP with the low compression head. These are amazing machines. In the pre-OSHA days they sold a 30" circular saw to go on the front end

Like everything else I have, I can say "they don't make 'em like that anymore"
Nice! I would like to find some implements and attachments for my Cub Cadet. Not that I need any, of course... a tiller might be useful if I can rid the yard of the stray cats that like to crap in what once passed as a garden.

A 30" curcular saw... sweet!
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Old 06-10-2005, 04:08 PM
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We have 2 Craftsman riding mowers. The one I use in the stix is a hoot and a half. It gets to climb and descend hills that are sometimes more than slightly beyond it’s design abilities, and also gets up on 3 wheels and articulates the frame countless times during a session. It takes about 4 hours to mow the lawn. Early on I broke a few mandrels (at about $250 a pop) due to rocks and sudden changes of contours. Sears fixed the first one free. I've almost rolled it a few times before learning the terrain. As a result I've come to call the mowing sessions ‘mogging sessions. When transporting firewood down the hill I use chains as the wood outweighs me and the mower and tends to push a bit. Without the chains, yeee-haww, it gets pretty exciting.
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Old 06-10-2005, 06:21 PM
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I favor the older rider mowers that are built out of iron and steel instead of tin. I have a 1974 Sears garden tractor with a 16HP Onan engine (twin cylinder) with a 48" cutting deck and a snow blade.

I don't use the snow blade because pushing wet snow doesn't work too well. I use my 20+ year old Ariens 8HP snow blower which has a locking differential. Th e older snow blowers are much better built then the junk yardmans.

I find that the newer mowers with the gear shift on the fender tend to catch your shorts when getting off the mower.
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Old 06-10-2005, 08:07 PM
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THat takes the prize for the strangest looking lawnmower I ever saw.
You can blame my father for that,awfully slow.

Personally I prefer my 1925 Fuller & Johnson Coldwell hit and miss,plus the ever reliable Jacobsen 2 stroke {probably made circa 1920} that lubricates the cylinder with a sight feed oiler.

This is what comes from inheriting one's forefather's property and equipment.

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