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I have debacled my mower

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by dixiehack, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    After three summers of faithful service, my push mower has spit the bit. Went out to mow the grass earlier, and could not start it. I don't mean the motor wouldn't turn over, I mean the pull cord wouldn't budge. Tried unleashing it from the little hook on the side and the cord just retreated further into its shell like BYH's member at the 0:00:09 mark. I turned the mower over and cleaned out lots and lots of accumulated grass, but could not find anything on the outside to show where the cord was tangled.

    Any advice for the mechanically declined?
  2. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    Call the mechanic. Doesn't sound like an easy fix.
  3. MartinEnigmatica

    MartinEnigmatica Active Member

    Yes, call a mechanic/lawn mower specialist. Be prepared for a list of random crap that you can't possibly think is broken. I hit a tree stump with the blade last summer and needed not just a new blade, but a driveshaft and numerous other assorted parts. It was only slightly cheaper than buying a new mower.
    Of course, every situation is different, so I hope yours is a quick fix and just needs a replacement bolt somewhere inside.
  4. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    And here I was wondering what Emmitt Smith was doing with dixiehack's mower ...
  5. Rockbottom

    Rockbottom Active Member

    I had to check this thread, thinking I had started it two weeks ago when I shredded BOTH my blade belt and PTO belt on back-to-back mows.

  6. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Get an electric. Smoother operation, greener than gas, better for the neighbors.
  7. MartinEnigmatica

    MartinEnigmatica Active Member

    I know someone who still uses...


    qt, I imagine an electric mower could be just as powerful as a gas-powered, given that it uses a handful of horsepower (walk-behind, at least). How long do those charges last?
  8. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Reason No. 23,697 why I love to rent.
  9. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    I had a rechargeable mower. Unfortunately, and possibly because it was from the value line at Home Depot, it was of poor quality. The thin sheet metal the motor was mounted to shredded once, was welded back together, and then the metal around the welds shredded.
  10. Del_B_Vista

    Del_B_Vista Active Member

    I'm seriously considering buying one of those for our next mower. Damn tired of getting all Richard Petty behind a lawnmower.
  11. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    I might too. Mowers are the most sensitive mechanical objects I've ever possessed.
  12. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    You ran over sticks that pinched between the belt and the pulley...
    When you fix it, come fix mine. The same thing has happened to me...
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