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Questions tagged [lawn-mower]

For questions about lawn mower use in gardening.

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How long would a typical Everstart 12v lawn and garden battery last?

I'm using a 12v Everstart battery to power some speakers, I had wondered how often should I be expected to charge it? Same with my actual mower, my old craftsman doesn't have an alternator to recharge ...
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How does a slasher mower cut?

There appear to be different types of mower cutters. One which I've seen advertised is a "slasher mower" (this is an attachment for a tractor). How does a slasher mower work? (My Google-Fu is ...
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I want to Mow a 50 Acre lawn [closed]

How much it would cost yearly to mow a 50 acre lawn (by yourself or hire someone permanently) and what machinery should be used to cut grass to 2 inches once a week? 10 acres an hour should do the job ...
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Lawn care: bagging vs mulching the grass clippings?

I'm sure this is an age-old question, but should I bag or mulch my acre of hilly odd shaped lawn? I hate the look of clippings on my lawn (and then brown clippings when they dry out). I hate the ...
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what could be the problem if a lawn mower not start completely for Craftsman Lawn Mower Model #247377440

https://youtu.be/uV5H3kOkVfg detail video here! additional detail, I replaced the red power starter key, original one broke in half, and I did accidentally put engine oil in gas tank, and I drained ...
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How do they know if a mower had oil in it when started?

I took my mower into the repair shop because it wouldn't start after running for the first time for just a few seconds. They said they would tear the engine apart to see if oil was in it when started (...
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Starting rider mower

Hi is it safe to start my rider mower inside a shed with the doors wide open in order to drive it out? Rather than push it out to the lawn manually and then start.
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Differences in the capabilities of petrol and battery mowers

I am in the market for a new lawnmower. I have about 500 square metres (a little under 600 square yards) to mow, and am torn between a petrol powered and a battery powered mower. Are there any ...
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Machinery/instruments to clear/trim vegetation on a sloping medium-sized section

I am trying to work out how to effectively keep vegetation under control on a 1.5-acre section, a large part of which is on the photo below. It is covered with high grass (now much higher than on the ...
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Is there a type of garden shredder that can handle leaves, branches and wet materials?

Is there any type of all-purpose and durable shredder that can shred leaves and a few small branches, and some wetter materials like vegetable waste? I'm not looking for a brand name, just to find out ...
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Is there an optimum time to mow the lawn?

I am looking to buy a robot lawn mower for my newly laid lawn. These mowers are designed to make small cuts but to be used often. This I understand to be beneficial. They are capable of being ...
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How to best/safely store my lawn mower outdoor without garage or shed?

Now I just park my lawn mower (gas) outside in the backyard and cover it with heavy duty tarp so it prevents rain reach the unit. I don't have a garage or a shed, I wonder if there is a better way to ...
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Why won't my Craftsman 6-0 Briggs & Stratton lawn mower stay running?

My Craftsman 6-0 Briggs & Stratton push lawn mower will not stay running. If I keep pushing the primer it will stay running, then when I stop pushing the primer it dies. I cleaned the carburettor ...
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Best way to turn a riding mower with chute into a mulcher?

When it comes to using mowers as a mulcher, the only solution I've commonly seen is a mulching plug. It's just a spring-loaded cover that sits flush with your deck, pretty standard I do believe. ...
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How to change oil in a lawnmower without turning the mower on its side, tipping, or tilting?

Is there some way to drain and change the oil in a lawnmower without tilting it up, tipping it, or putting it on its side? (obviously, the mower doesn't have a drain plug-- that would be too easy!!) I ...
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Do people powered rotary lawn mowers exist?

I'm looking for a lawn mower to use on an allotment, where there is poor security and no source of mains power. Additionally, the group is trying to reduce it's carbon footprint so would prefer not to ...
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Adjust mower blade height in between two height adjustments

I have a Troy-Bilt lawn mower, TB360 (PDF manual). It has 6 height adjustments for the height. I measured the height of each one on a flat surface using a shortened wood paint stirrer and notched the ...
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Can lawn grass be cut higher than most people do for the purpose of reducing water consumption?

I wonder if cutting my grass long will compensate for the fact I don't have sprinkler system. Does this really work? Surely different grasses have different max heights. My grass is in South Carolina, ...
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How do I size a riding mower? Is an Elec-Trak viable?

We have 2 acres that needs mowing, and various volunteers do the mowing. We often do the mowing late and are dealing with extra-tall grass as high as 12" in spots. Maybe they're a bit rough on ...
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Lawn Mower Won't Start After Safety Switch Engaged

Briggs & Stratton lawn mower was working fine, but it won't turnover now(batt fully charged). It has a safety feature, or kill-switch, that doesn't allow the mower to go in reverse while the ...
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Can I reattach a lawnmower pull-cord after it detached?

The pull cord on my lawnmower is loose and might have detached from the crankshaft. I am unable to start the lawnmower. I don't have much experience fixing things, but is this easy to fix, or should ...
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Lawn Mower Losing Power, Cutting Poorly

I have an old John Deere 111, circa 1980, that seems to lose power when the blades are under an insignificant load. I'm not cutting very tall or abnormally heavy grass -- just your run of the mill ...
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Mowing 2+ acres of pasture

So I just bought a tiny farm (2+ acres, mostly of pasture land). I rented a flail mower yesterday, but it took a good 7 hours of mowing to get 3/4 of the land done - and the thing bogged down probably ...
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Are there specific lawnmower spark plugs?

My mower needs a new spark plug. It won't start and the plug is covered in crud. It has been cleaned a couple of times before so I think I will just go for new. The spark plug model needed is NGK ...
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Why is my mulching mower clumping and not mulching?

Last year I had this problem. This year I'm having a problem with the mulching mower not mulching. The grass is clumping up and clogging whatever you call the 'chamber' where the blade spins and is ...
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Which way to put lawnmower on side?

When cleaning my lawnmower I have to put it on its side so that I can clean its underside. However, I keep on reading that you can only put it on one side, not the other, otherwise oil and/or ...
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Can reel mowers be used to cut wet grass?

So, I picked up a reel mower, and thinking about cutting wet grass with it. When I think about the reasons why I couldn't cut wet grass with a power mower, none of them seemed to apply (There is no ...
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How should a reel mower be cleaned after mowing?

So I finally said screw it to my old gas mower, and decided I wanted to skip gas altogether (I hate small engines with a passion, my mower was the only gas yard tool I had left), so I picked up a ...
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After replacing belt, LA125 blades are always engaged

The belt that drives the mower blades bit the dust tonight and I replaced it with a spare. It's actually the belt that came with the LA125 when it was purchased. The problem is that there's too much ...
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How often do mower blades need to be sharpened?

An important practice in toxin-free (and other) turf care is to only mow with sharp blades. So how often do I have to sharpen the blades? I'm sure that it will depend on conditions, but is there some ...
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Problem pulling the cord on my Honda GCV160e

I have a GCV160E Honda lawn mower engine. changed the oil and checked the spark plug and filter and sprayed penetrating oil round the linkages and the blade and left if for 48 hrs. I started it on ...
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What is this part between the fuel line and primer bulb on my lawn mower?

My lawn mower engine will not start. After many tries I got it to start twice and it died after a few seconds. The fuel line is clear and full of gas. The primer bulb is brand new. When I push the ...
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How can I stop a walk-behind kubota lawn mower?

I "inherited" a lawn mower when I moved to a new house. It's a kubota walk-behind one. Unfortunately I have no idea how to stop the engine. There's no usual lever for stopping the fuel on the handle. ...
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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 aren'...
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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 ...