Why do things go tail up. Just wanted to cut the grass!

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Steve H

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Well. Got the grass cut. Put the JD away. And wheel out the Honda push mower. Engage the blade release. SNAP! The cable breaks. Replace the cable. And man. What a PITA they are. Got it running. Got to the second fence post to trim. BANG! And smoke is rolling out of it. My guess is the piston rings failed. Ok. It is ten years old. And this gave me an excuse to go electric.

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Toro 60 volt. Reviews weren't bad. And this will be for trimming only. Nice and light at only 60 pounds. And it is self propelled. With the sale price and my vet discount. The cost was less than a decent gasser. I'll find out soon enough.
 
I feel your pain Steve, Seems like I say quite often,can I just cut the grass once without belts or something breaking. Good luck with your electric.
 
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Know it all too well! My today is not going how I planned at all.

Ryan
 
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I have always said Steve… if it weren’t for $hit… I’d not have any luck at all!

Hoping your new mower treats ya well!
 
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My cheap Walmart poulan push mower didn't want to run after 10+ years a couple years back. Went and grabbed a ryobi 40 volt push mower and quicklink weedeater. Love the lightweight weedeater absolutely hate the push mower. It cuts great but the wheel base is so long it just don't maneuver right. Only gets used about 30-40 min every two weeks though.
Now my 96 craftsman GT 50" cut pissed me off with belts (again) first of season grass cut. Wife told me to go get a new one! So I did. He He!
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38 hp Kohler 61" cut. Was taking me biggest part of my Saturdays. Gittin done now in two hours. Cuttin lil over 5 acres.
 
Son has a Dewalt 60v SP mower he likes, I just bought a 20v Dewalt weed eater, I'd buy a herd of goats before I would mow 5ac every week :emoji_laughing:
 
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I really wish I could go electric. But the amount of trimming I do every day, I'd need a truck load of batteries.
I do like my Toro chainsaw. Gets those smaller jobs done quickly.
 
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Battery tools have come a long way, but they still got you by the balls when the battery fails. Since I switched to ethanol free gas I've had much less problems with my gas machines. That dont help belts though! Does that electric mower have a belt or is it direct drive straight off the electric motor with a protective coupler?

I love my battery tools. I have a 12" Kobalt chainsaw that is really good. I never thought it would cut so good and the battery last so long, and half the weight of my Stihl 18"...but I cant imagine any battery saw competing with it sawing the 14-16" dia. tree I was working on yesterday.

Same with my battery leaf blower. Love it for a quick touch up or blowing the pollen off the deck daily during spring, but we live in the woods. I'm not getting rid of the two cycle anytime soon, neither the handheld or the backpack.

Got a little 4" battery chainsaw thats pretty cool too, but most impressive is the battery pruner. That thing is a game changer in the right circumstance. But dont get your finger in there. There is no safety feature and it does not care.
 
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Battery tools have come a long way, but they still got you by the balls when the battery fails. Since I switched to ethanol free gas I've had much less problems with my gas machines. That dont help belts though! Does that electric mower have a belt or is it direct drive straight off the electric motor with a protective coupler?

I love my battery tools. I have a 12" Kobalt chainsaw that is really good. I never thought it would cut so good and the battery last so long, and half the weight of my Stihl 18"...but I cant imagine any battery saw competing with it sawing the 14-16" dia. tree I was working on yesterday.

Same with my battery leaf blower. Love it for a quick touch up or blowing the pollen off the deck daily during spring, but we live in the woods. I'm not getting rid of the two cycle anytime soon, neither the handheld or the backpack.

Got a little 4" battery chainsaw thats pretty cool too, but most impressive is the battery pruner. That thing is a game changer in the right circumstance. But dont get your finger in there. There is no safety feature and it does not care.
It is belt driven off a three phase brushless motor.
 
I have...let's see...4 gas chainsaws and several other small engines. In the era of corn gas. It's like having a big litter of disabled kids.

Got my 20" saw working. Even modified it to make it more powerful. Worked flawlessly. Took it out days later and ran it dry right away. Filled it up, and it would not start. Somehow, by running it dry, I gummed up the fuel filter with dregs or something.

Had like 6 fuel filters. All the wrong size. Washed the old one out with brake cleaner, and the saw ran again.

Walked out to the tree I was cutting. Tractor would not start.
 
I have...let's see...4 gas chainsaws and several other small engines. In the era of corn gas. It's like having a big litter of disabled kids.

Got my 20" saw working. Even modified it to make it more powerful. Worked flawlessly. Took it out days later and ran it dry right away. Filled it up, and it would not start. Somehow, by running it dry, I gummed up the fuel filter with dregs or something.

Had like 6 fuel filters. All the wrong size. Washed the old one out with brake cleaner, and the saw ran again.

Walked out to the tree I was cutting. Tractor would not start.
When it rains......
 
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I switched to the Ryobi 40v lawnmower about 4 years ago and love it. I ended up gettin the weed eater and leaf blower and it’s so nice not to have to worry about keeping gas around/ mixing it and all that. We had smaller yards so they work out great. Batteries can be a little bit of a pain but I have 3 and just swap out when they die. Any decent size yards though I wouldn’t recommend
 
I switched to the Ryobi 40v lawnmower about 4 years ago and love it. I ended up gettin the weed eater and leaf blower and it’s so nice not to have to worry about keeping gas around/ mixing it and all that. We had smaller yards so they work out great. Batteries can be a little bit of a pain but I have 3 and just swap out when they die. Any decent size yards though I wouldn’t recommend
This one is rated for up to 1/2 acre. The only thing I have now that runs on gas is the John Deere.
 
I'm not ready for the electric mower quite yet, but I did buy a package deal year 2 years ago. Ego weed whacker and leaf blower for like $160. Cam with one 2.5 AH battery and a charger. Does what I need quite well, and no more mixing 2 cycle. My only beef is the price of an extra battery. I looked a few weeks ago and the damn thing is $120.
 
Steve, that Toro looks pretty nice. I'm sure it will be a great trimming mower. Now all you need is a matching snow blower.
 
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