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Get a Laugh From My Lawnmower

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    This is a side-view of my front lawn from the corner of the nearest cross-street. Probably only about a 5º slope, but on a hot summer day, it feels like 50º.



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    Last year I tried starring at the bottom and going back and forth, working up towards the house, but having to make the sharp turns required put a strain on my left hip. Had to have a cortisone shot, better now, but it still twinges from time to time. This year I went back to mowing in a large rectangle, progressively smaller to the center of the lot.

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    When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.

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    I solved all those problems in 1987 when I bought a condo townhouse and gave away the mower. Haven't missed it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manatee View Post
    I solved all those problems in 1987 when I bought a condo townhouse and gave away the mower. Haven't missed it yet.
    Me too! For years I spent my entire weekend, mowing, edging and blowing the driveway clean. I enjoyed working in the yard then but I was in better health. Now I enjoy seeing the yard guys here each Tuesday keeping everything nice and clean.

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    I never give up on trying to fix anything and throwing it away is not in my vocabulary.

    First of all. The bolt that holds that wheel on might be a left hand thread to keep it from coming off when you are pushing it.

    The only way to find out is to see what is on the other end of that bolt and try to take that off first. It could be a nut. Or it could be threaded into the frame.

    And the only way to release a stuck bolt is with penetrating oil, not WD-40 which is just a lubricant. You have to let it sit for awhile maybe even overnight.

    That gear thing has to come off also. What it does is to allow the wheel only to go in one direction so if you are cutting a hill it won't slide back on you.

    But first have a look on what is on the end of that bolt. If there is a nut, work on that. Something has to be holding that bolt.

    You might not be able to find a replacement wheel exactly the same but you should be able to replace the wheel and still have the mower work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robusta View Post
    The bolt only has three hatch marks on it, making it a grade 5. I would put the wrench on it and stand on it, or whack it with a hammer. You already have a broken mower,more broken don't make a difference. I don't understand the ratcheting mechanism, possibly a safety device to prevent rolling backwards.
    I'm thinking it's a safety feature to keep you from pulling the mower backwards which is not recommended. There doesn't seem to be a safety guard on it like the modern mowers.

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    My maternal grandmother, who made do with just about anything, probably would just saw off the wheel with a hacsksaw and make another wheel out of two large jar lids glued together.
    When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debodun View Post
    Thanks for the advice, Don.

    My front yard is on a knoll. Every year it seems to get steeper. By the time I finish, I feel like the guy in this photo. That's why I prefer a self-propelled, mulcher.

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    That is a horrible accident on its way to happen.

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