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Rollover is, indeed, the major concern. And it's one that kills a number of people each year, all of whom were probably just as sure as you are that it wouldn't happen to them... Don't be a statistic. If the maker of your mower recommends mowing up and down the slope, it's for a reason.


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I suspect the guidance came from a time of reel mowers, which do actually push the blades of grass over in the same direction. (I use a reel mower to maintain our acre and a half.) As you've pointed out, with a rotary mower there is a lot more randomness involved. That said, if you mowed your lawn with the exact same path every time, you would probably ...


12

I have an acre and a half, about half of which is lawn, and have used nothing but reel mowers on it for a decade or so. My tips: don't try to mow when it's wet, and don't let it get too long - both long grass and wet grass (or heaven forbid, long wet grass) will be a real struggle. These rules fight each other when it rains every day, causing the grass to ...


11

Theory says that changing up the mowing pattern will keep the grass from always bending in the same direction. Another reason I've heard stated is that it keeps wheel ruts from forming. I might buy the latter but the former's probably not a real problem. Grass tends to want to grow where it wants to grow, generally upward towards the sun. Maybe running ...


10

If grass is too long when you take a reel mower to it, it just folds over. This is made even worse when it is thick. After making sure the blades are sharp, you will probably just need to take multiple passes at it. We own two reel mowers and the way we know we need to sharpen one is when the same grass responds like that on one mower and normally on ...


8

Adjust the cutter bar Often times bad cutting results are caused by a mower in need of adjustment, not a mower in need of sharpening. The first thing you'll want to try, is to adjust the cutter bar to ensure you have proper contact with the reel. This is often done using a few adjustment screws, and a tape measure or spacing tool (that may have come with ...


8

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 keep the grass down, use a regular blades lawn mower. It will do a neater job. A flail is for knocking down tall stuff and shrubbery but not for "lawn mowing". ...


7

In principle, sure - as long as it will fit. Most blades are made to similar strength standards. Check very carefully that the hole spacings are correct - and that you can tighten the bolt/bolts fully, as you really don't want a blade flying off at speed.


7

@Kate Gregory has a good point about reel mowers, but a rotational mower won't have the same problems. I don't buy the "direction of cut" argument, and here's why: The blades aren't moving the same direction you are. If you compare the mower blade to a helicopter, the blade is retreating faster than you're moving forward. Depending on the location under ...


7

In theory, yes, but the usual problem encountered is slipping and skidding on the grass as you push it along, often causing muddy slicks to appear. At worst, pushing it along might make grooves in wet soil, but if the grass isn't that long, it shouldn't be a problem. That's assuming that what you guys call a reel mower is what we in the UK call a push along ...


7

Working in Landscape Maintenance in the Northwest US with lots and lots of rain, well, rain and wet couldn't come between my crews and their routes. We used hydro static gas mowers for traction more than anything. Mowers that aren't hydro static will spin their wheels and dig up/ruin the grass. A reel mower would be less intrusive to the environment being ...


6

Could be the battery, especially if you have to jump-start it: a dead or dying battery can cause all sorts of peculiar electrical problems. Small batteries such as in motorcycles or (I'm assuming) small tractors often die prematurely due to cold storage and infrequent use in the winter. The battery may be working well enough to keep the engine running but ...


6

I prefer to mark the heads by first trimming an area around them with a string trimmer or something similar. You may be already using this method to mark the heads that are on the edges of your lawn (spraying inward). Other alternatives? If you want something at least as fail-safe, there are some chalk-like (temporary) grass-safe paints. (I know that ...


6

If you look at this manual (I'm not sure if this is your exact mower), there's an exploded parts view on page 86. I suspect it's the bearing labeled "26" in the diagram. There are several of them, so check each location on your mower.


6

String trimmers tend to leave the cut edges of grass rough and ragged, which is unsightly as well as not good for the grass plants. The strings on the trimmer are also generally not good for more than just a few yards of heavy cutting before they become weak and start to break off, requiring more string be let out of the reel to continue working. This can ...


6

The reason is potential for roll-over like Fiasco and Ecnerwal say. Perhaps you should invest in a used smaller hydraulic walk-behind mower. That is what professionals do. Match the mower to the job. You can find them almost free. Slopes are tricky to mow properly, have you considered making the sloped area into a planting bed? Lawns should be mowed ...


6

Looks like it should be the carburetor bowl (where fuel is metered in by a float valve to be available to get sucked into the carburetor jets - either of which can get clogged if you did't drain the fuel before storage or run a fuel stabilizer before storage - and sometimes even if you did.)


6

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 to match the new OHV engine styles. In doing so they knowingly created a nightmare for owners of same equipment. These tanks have a domed-like top, & ...


6

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 after rain). Mowed wet grass is sticky and will probably pile up inside you mower. Also, the hottest time of day is not good time because your grass it trying to ...


5

When I had a reel mower, I found it best to pick up twigs that had fallen from the trees before I started, otherwise it was frustrating to have to keep stopping when they jammed in the reel. It was still much more pleasant than using a gas mower for a small yard, though - hope you enjoy yours!


5

Depends on the mower you're using - if its just an ordinary electric hover mower with a rotary blade, or a non hover with a rotor blade, you just buy a new blade when its blunt or damaged, unless you want to put it in for a service every year, when they might do it if it needs it. If you can find someone to sharpen it, or you can do it yourself, fine, but in ...


5

It depends on a lot of factors but for rotary mowers, every 20 to 25 hours is a good interval to sharpen your blades. For some people that means once a year, for others twice a year. For commercial landscapers it's once or more a week. You can also just look at the blades of grass the next day or so after mowing. If the tips have a large (1/4" or so) ragged ...


5

Yes, you should clean it after mowing. You really need a lawnmower cleaning brush, a narrow one that gets between the blades to take off anything lurking there, and for a general scrub down of dirty parts. You could hose it down if you wanted, but you'd need to dry it off before oiling and storing it, so its not something I'd do. Check the area where the ...


5

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 old prop planes were started by turning the prop. On lawnmowers I've used and seen there spark plug has always been either on the front or back but tipping it ...


5

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 - my mower that needs a rebuild is an absolute bear to get started when cold.) If you happened to have, or to know someone who has a compression tester that will ...


5

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, then drop them uniformly. Traditional mowers are designed to direct all clippings out the chute. It's often not a simple thing to make the former from the ...


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Your lawn is more than 1500 m²? Opt for a riding mower and save a lot of time in the maintenance of your lawn, and all this at less effort! This machine allows you to cover large surfaces quickly and efficiently, and reduce your working time to increase that of your toes fan out your lawn Yes but now, how to choose a riding mower? Follow the guide, I reveal ...


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Have you tried replacing the spark plug? Also make sure to double check your manual to make sure your air filter is not meant to be soaked in oil.


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This is probably a better question for the folks on the stack motor vehicle maintenance site. But, if you're mowing along and suddenly a ton of white smoke comes out, it seems like something inside broke and let oil into the combustion chamber. I'd pull out the spark plug and see if there is evidence of oil burning. If so, maybe it ran too hot and broke a ...


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Get one of those spiral push manual mowers. Bonus - Burn some calories instead of gas!


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