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Mowing 2+ acres of pasture

I think you are just suffering from mowing a pasture for the first time. Once you've got it all cut for the first time it will go much faster to keep it cut. However you don't want to use a flail to ...
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Why won't my Craftsman 6-0 Briggs & Stratton lawn mower stay running?

We've been trying to hammer the solution to this issue to our customers since B&S & many other manufacturers, switched to their aerodynamically shaped fuel tanks for esthetic-reasons, mainly ...
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Is there an optimum time to mow the lawn?

I don't have too much experience (none with robot mowers) but I think same 'rules' apply to any type of mower: Avoid mowing when grass is wet - this applies to early morning when there is dew (or ...
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Lawn Mower Losing Power, Cutting Poorly

The motor runs at full power is a good clue here. While I, too, would reach for the low compression as a first guess, that seems less likely if the motor is running fine (and also if it starts fine - ...
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Which way to put lawnmower on side?

Before you start doing anything on your mower disconnect the spark plug wire and make sure it's away from the spark plug so the engine doesn't accidentally start if you turn the blades. Think of how ...
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Best way to turn a riding mower with chute into a mulcher?

Usually you can't, at least not effectively. Mulching mowers have aerodynamically appropriate decks and specially-designed blades that recycle the clippings to pick them up and re-cut them repeatedly, ...
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Is there an optimum time to mow the lawn?

You're in the UK - that means the grass will be wet or damp overnight throughout the year with the exception of the summer months (June to end of July), and only then if its not raining, so this would ...
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Can reel mowers be used to cut wet grass?

Just used my reel mower in the damp grass. Probably would've done a better job if it were dry. My mower wants nothing to do with tall pieces of seed grass. But all the other grass cut fine. Note to ...
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Which way to put lawnmower on side?

Well, I hate to contradict anyone, but we've been attending manufacturers updates schools since the 70's and early eighties and I assure you, you always turn the mower towards the dipstick - always. ...
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Can I reattach a lawnmower pull-cord after it detached?

Don't try to fix it yourself, as @Hari explains, but do take it to your local repair shop. It's by no means the end of the machine. I've had a 1/2 dozen cords bake over the years and my local mower ...
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Can I reattach a lawnmower pull-cord after it detached?

This is actually a very difficult fix, depending on if any cord remained. The inside of a pull start mechanism contains a coil spring and a ratcheting mechanism. When you pull it, the ratchet pawls ...
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Adjust mower blade height in between two height adjustments

Most commercial mowers and many manufacturers, now highly recommend, adjusting the blade so the rear is one adjustment "higher" than the front. With a properly matched blade-to-deck and rpm, this will ...
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Do people powered rotary lawn mowers exist?

I have no clue how large an area this allotment is nor how neat and tidy you want it to be. But rather than grass, why not remove the grass and replace it with an inexpensive and sturdy ground cover ...
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Do people powered rotary lawn mowers exist?

I would consider use a sickle scythe. This is quite a technique to learn, but once you have then you're good. It is a good way to cut high grass. From what I know, it is usable on high grass and ...
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Do people powered rotary lawn mowers exist?

You're a fine use-case for a scythe (well, the poor security would have me taking it home, not leaving it there.) But you might need to make use of a rake depending on your stone situation (the size ...
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How to change oil in a lawnmower without turning the mower on its side, tipping, or tilting?

So long as you're not reusing the oil, the following time tested method will work... Require: Length of (3 feet or 1 metre) clear plastic tubing; Jug of water; Container of adequate size to ...
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Is there a type of garden shredder that can handle leaves, branches and wet materials?

There are multi-purpose shredders available but I'm not sure if specific product recommendations are allowed on this site... even so there are few things to consider. First of all, you should think ...
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Machinery/instruments to clear/trim vegetation on a sloping medium-sized section

I would use a string trimmer. A good one. I think you should go to a shop and ask them. Such trimmers have a lot of different head (string, blades, saw blades, etc.), for most of usage. There are ...
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How can I tell if a lawn mower blade is the wrong size?

Read the owner's manual - online if you've lost yours. If the blade is new enough to return, read the size off it. If not, use a tape measure on it. Does it match the size called for in the manual? ...
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How do I size a riding mower? Is an Elec-Trak viable?

What do you now have to mow this acreage with? It isn't the size of the mower but a pasture allowed to get too tall to mow with a mower will surely stress any mower. Good luck finding a riding lawn ...
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Mowing 2+ acres of pasture

Fill the holes and ruts, it will save you time in the long run. And if it's pasture, see to the fence and put critters in it. The only thing you should be cutting in pasture is the unpalatable weeds. ...
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Are there specific lawnmower spark plugs?

Yes there are different plugs for different engines. Usually you need the engine model on your mower, and take in the old spark plug to the hardware store. Ask for someone to help you find the right ...
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Why is my mulching mower clumping and not mulching?

The biggest reason for clumping grass is mowing when wet and or not mowing frequently enough. If you're not mowing when grass is wet or trying to mow too much grass at once and your blade is sharp and ...
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Why is my mulching mower clumping and not mulching?

I think the 1/3 cutting rule is mainly for the health of the grass, not the proper function of the mower. If you let the grass grow long it may choke up the mower even if you are only cutting 1/3. Try ...
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I need to mow a lawn filled with Rocks galore

I mow 3 acres using a DR walk behind string trimmer. It takes about 2.5 hours. Here is what I tried: A lawn mower at the highest setting: The blades will deteriorate real quick. The mowing deck will ...
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Which way to put lawnmower on side?

IN this case, the direction to tip the mower is back...I.e. Place a cinder block on the handle to hold it down to the ground. As noted in another answer, pull the spark plug wire. Most mowers have an ...
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Do people powered rotary lawn mowers exist?

In my landscaping experience, rotary motors require high RPMs since its just the one blade. It has to create a fan blade type action to raise the grass as it cuts the top off. Manual power just can't ...
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How to best/safely store my lawn mower outdoor without garage or shed?

"Routine" storage, as you clarified, would assume that you're running the machine every few weeks. In that case, the only reason to cover it at all would be because rust-prone metal is exposed on the ...
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Is there an optimum time to mow the lawn?

Since you've got cool season grass mix for a lawn you will want to make sure that that mower cuts no lower than 3". Once a week, twice is better. Bag clippings. Mow in the early afternoon when the ...
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Machinery/instruments to clear/trim vegetation on a sloping medium-sized section

I can't see how big is the area you want to clear and whether you are asking about machinery/equipment for one time job or for regular maintenance. If you are looking for something to clear the area ...
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