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Does a Hover mower with roller or a cylinder mower with roller better fit with my requirements?

I have a new large back garden with about 1/5 acre of grass. At the moment, the neighbor comes in and cuts for us on her ride-on. I've had electricity points put in all up the garden and would like ...
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What is the best mowing direction on a hill?

I use a riding mower to cut my grass. My yard has a short but somewhat steep slope on one side. The instructions for my lawn tractor say to only cut up or down a hill, not across it, but doesn't ...
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Should I repair 2005 John Deere or purchase a new mower?

I have a 2005 John Deere 115 19 HP automatic riding mower. After leaving it in the garage all winter, I started the mower, drove it about 50 yards, engaged the blade. After about 20 feet it made a ...
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Can a string trimmer be used for a whole yard or thick grass?

I'm building a house right know and there is some thick grass that I need to cut down. Since I'm going to need to maintain about 100 m2 (about 1000 sq ft) after the house is completed, I thought about ...
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How can someone minimize negative health effects from using a lawnmower?

So lawnmowers pollute significantly more than cars. Thus, using a lawnmower is basically the equivalent of breathing in auto exhaust (if not worse). So I'm wondering - is there a way to minimize the ...
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Toro lawnmower won't start

I have a Toro push lawnmower with a "Ready Start" engine (similar to this one); I just pull the cord and it starts. I was halfway through mowing the lawn when suddenly a ton of white smoke came ...
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Are there benefits to changing the direction you mow a lawn?

This is one of those ancient bits of "wisdom" I vaguely recall from my childhood; and now that I have a lawn which seems quite happily established, I'm looking into keeping it that way. So, I want to ...
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What is the optimal cutting height for a reel mower?

What I think I know I understand that the recommendations for lawn cutting height are based on rotary mowers, and because of a combination of their design and the way they hack & tear at the ...
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Does a painted lawnmower blade need any care before installing?

I just bought a new blade for my Murray 30" riding mower and I noticed that the new blade I bought (not an OEM one) was painted. Will the paint be a problem? The blade seems pretty sharp as it's ...
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Lawnmower cord won't pull

I just tried starting my lawnmower (Lawnboy EasyMulch) after it had been sitting in my garage all winter. I pulled it out, cleaned it off (a lot of oil had spilled out), and gave it a basic ...
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Is this normal for a push reel mower?

I have this mower. It worked great last year, but this year it's left my lawn looking like the photos in this album. Believe it or not, I mowed that grass yesterday (not even 24 hours ago). It is ...
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Lawn Mower thinks blades are always on?

I've got a used John Deere LA145. After using it perfectly a few times, it started developing some issues that I am 99% sure has to do with the mower "thinking" the blades are engaged when they ...
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Can I replace my lawn mower's blade with any brand blade?

I have a Murray lawn mower (Model 20223X12A). The Tecumseh engine model number is TVS 90 4354K. I measured the blade diagonally and it is about 19.5 inches long. It is just a regular blade. I wanted ...
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What's the best way to sharpen the blades of a reel mower?

I have a Scotts 20" Classic Reel Mower. The blades are starting to dull a bit. What's the best way to sharpen the blades on the reel?
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Identify a doughnut-shaped free-spinning mower part

I serviced my mower this morning and gave it a clean with a hose with a moderate level of water pressure. It appears that I have blown a part off the lawn mower though I am not sure how. I can't ...
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How do you mark lawn sprinkler heads?

How do you mark lawn sprinkler heads so that you don't hit them and break them with your mower when you're mowing?
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What best practices should I follow when using a manual reel lawn mower?

I have a small lawn and no outside storage, so I have recently acquired a manual reel lawn mower. I suspect that this mower is more sensitive to poor mowing practices that a typical gas mower but I ...
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What to look for in a robotic lawnmower?

The idea of a robotic lawn mower is appealing, but it seems that most of the robotic lawn mowers currently on sale are overpromising their delivery somewhat. Amazon reviews are in many cases a mixed ...
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I need to mow a lawn filled with Rocks galore

I need a lawn mower that can handle rocks and tall thistle bushes. I go through a lawn mower a year it seems. 90% of our ground is granite with a shallow ground covering. Any suggestions?
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Is it OK to use a trimmer when my reel mower does not work?

I recently bought a house and have this 250 sqft backyard with really tall grass (about 7 inches). I found an 18" push reel mower and an electric trimmer (weedeater) thing in the garage. The reel ...
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What Should I Look For In An Electric Lawnmower?

I searched through all the posts on lawnmowers and didn't find anything on electric mowers. We have a very small front yard and only a slightly bigger backyard. Our elderly neighbor had mowed our ...
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Mower with oily fouled spark plug

My mower would not start. On inspection of the spark plug there was wet oil present on both the spark plug and on the thread on the mower. What maintenance and parts should i inspect/replace in order ...
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How long should a garden tractor battery last?

It seems like every year I'm needing to buy a new battery for my lawn tractor. A battery that worked perfectly well never seems to make it through the off-season in-tact. Is this normal? Is there ...
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A mower that's also capable of pushing snow

This is a follow up to my question purely about lawn mowers. We are short of space so having a lawn mower in addition to a snowblower is going to be a chore. Is there a two-in-one device that has ...
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What is the best way to sharpen a lawn mower blade?

One of those "I really must get around to..." questions, but what is the best way to sharpen a lawn mower? My own lawn mower is a fan blade (i.e. flat blade on a vertical axis), but for maximum ...
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How can I mow a moist lawn?

My lawn is wet at the moment (well, a bit dewey, not soaking as in just rained), and it clogs my mower, causing it to work harder and fail to collect anything in the basket. Is there a solution ...
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How do I evaluate the condition of a used lawn mower?

I'm looking at buying a gas-powered lawn mower from a friend, but I'm concerned because the mower was purchased new almost 13 years ago. How can I evaluate its condition and know if it will last me ...
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What maintenance does a lawnmower need?

What basic maintenance should be performed on a lawnmower regularly to ensure it stays in good repair?
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What kind of mower should I get for a ¾-acre lawn?

I need to mow a 3/4 acre lawn and some minor landscape on a weekly basis (getting someone else to do it is going to be a major cost) Having never done this, I have started to do some research on ...
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What is the proper way to winterize a lawnmower?

I've heard a lot of anecdotes and shortcuts, but I am still unclear at to how to properly winterize a power push lawnmower. What steps or maintenance tasks should I take in order to keep it in good ...