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Tried to clean up the front yard - clatter, clatter --- bang!!!


Yep, but not quite a bang yet but would have happened very shortly. I use the small lawn mower to shred leaves then I put them on a blue tarp to drag off to the woods behind the house. I was within 10 or so minutes of finishing the yard when the connecting rod started rattling. I took it to the local Honda service center - and maybe it will be warranted but it will be 2-3 weeks before they can even get to it to check out. I'll be looking at craigslist to see if I can find a decent 25-50 buck used bagger to at least finish the yard. And after talking to the service guy, Honda has a nasty history of denying warranty claims though Husqvarna has pushed them to do a better job.



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Don't know why manufacturers think that Warranty Work is a four lettered word. B'turds

That down time sounds unreasonable for this time of the year. Seems like Y'alls grass shouldn't be growing now so the shops shouldn't be covered up like during the Summer????????? Of course the leaves are another thing, eh?

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Don't know why manufacturers think that Warranty Work is a four lettered word. B'turds

That down time sounds unreasonable for this time of the year. Seems like Y'alls grass shouldn't be growing now so the shops shouldn't be covered up like during the Summer????????? Of course the leaves are another thing, eh?

Good Luck with your endeavors,
Em


 Unfortunately the closest Honda authorized shop (12 miles vs a lot more) has probably a hundred or more small gas powered lawn/yard machines waiting their turn. Then we also have the snow blowers that the idiots left too long and that wont run. They also do regular tractors as well, so --- it will eventually be my turn.

Interesting, but they dislike Honda, not too happy about the new Briggs & Stratton but think Kohler is the best now

Grass has not stopped growing. I cut it about 10 days ago and it was summer length today plus the covering of leaves. I drug the big mower out and finished my front yard by shredding the leaves and cutting the grass then went to the back with the leaf blower to move some of those gazillion 'marbles' that fell out of the oaks. It's bad but not quite so as 3-4 years ago.



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I blow my leaves with the lawn tractor into rows, it mulches a lot of them. I then gather it with one of those lawn sweeper things you tow behind....It works better than I thought it would

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so I guess that the concept of moving North to get out of yard work lacks in credibility eh?

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so I guess that the concept of moving North to get out of yard work lacks in credibility eh?


 Not at all. You just don't want a home under marble trees nor sap and long needle droppers. When I took the mower to the shop I passed some new homes (formerly hay and corn fields last year) that did NOT have a single leaf on their multiple acreages. They also didn't have a single tree either except foundation plantingsdisbelief.

Harry - my current oddly shaped yard nor the Woods 59" mower deck lend themselves to that arrangement. I do shred a bunch of leaves by running the mower deck at 1-1/2 - 2x the rated RPM though, regardless of the warnings and have for the 18 years I've owned it with only one belt failure, the cheap Taiwanese original. It will mulch the maples well but the oaks - not quite as good



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I've always wanted an acre of asphalt with a house and several tin bldgs on it but was not to be I guess?

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Weeeeelllll I went to pick up the mower yesterday. Supposedly all that was wrong with it was a loose blade - except I checked that first. Whatever they did, it runs, doesn't make any clattering and the engine and deck look like they have been polished. Makes me wonder if they changed out the short block under warranty tho the work order doesn't say that. Cost 43 bucks for whatever the shop did, so I guess it was worth that small cost.



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My wife Sue actually likes cutting the grass around the houses. So, last year she went and bought herself a new Cub Cadet push mower (to match our Rider, lol) because it has a Honda engine, heavier deck stamping and ball-bearing hubs instead of plastic wheel on steel bolts like the cheaper models. Starts easy, pushes easier. First time she's out mowing I was elsewhere on the property, I heard it running - then stop suddenly. Uh-oh I thought, not good. A few minutes later Sue is behind me, " can you come look at the mower, somethings not right". Sure enough, when we get there it's sitting at a funny angle. I tip it up and the blade is bent like a pretzel, a perfect "U". I figured the crank would be bent or the rod stretched/bent. Then I noticed the casting keyed to the crank that the blade bolts to. It's split down the keyway. I went to where we bought it, armed with the part numbers I gleaned off the internet. Buddy behind the counter looks surprised and says " didn't you just buy this mower 2 days ago? "Yep", I reply, " and that was all the time it took for my wife to find a half buried pine tree stump". Long story short - it still runs fine. I burned the stump out.


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My wife Sue actually likes cutting the grass around the houses. So, last year she went and bought herself a new Cub Cadet push mower (to match our Rider, lol) because it has a Honda engine, heavier deck stamping and ball-bearing hubs instead of plastic wheel on steel bolts like the cheaper models. Starts easy, pushes easier. First time she's out mowing I was elsewhere on the property, I heard it running - then stop suddenly. Uh-oh I thought, not good. A few minutes later Sue is behind me, " can you come look at the mower, somethings not right". Sure enough, when we get there it's sitting at a funny angle. I tip it up and the blade is bent like a pretzel, a perfect "U". I figured the crank would be bent or the rod stretched/bent. Then I noticed the casting keyed to the crank that the blade bolts to. It's split down the keyway. I went to where we bought it, armed with the part numbers I gleaned off the internet. Buddy behind the counter looks surprised and says " didn't you just buy this mower 2 days ago? "Yep", I reply, " and that was all the time it took for my wife to find a half buried pine tree stump". Long story short - it still runs fine. I burned the stump out.


 I haven't looked at the underside yet, but will soon - probably right after I get done with the leaves and prep it for winter storage. I have a feeling that's what may have been loose. But that immaculate engine block is sure suspicious ............



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Randy, shortly after my wife and I first got together back in '02 we moved to the Hill Country and I bought a small farm house with 7 acres. There was only about an acre that I wanted to keep mowed so after throwing a rod thru the push mower I went to Wally World and bought me a cheap Murray riding mower. The wiffy had been telling me all these tales of growing up in Arkansas and how her daddy had a small cotton farm and how she could drive farm equipment. Well, after watching her make two rounds on the new mower, I decided that if I wanted it to continue working I'd better do all the mowing instead of the Arkansas demolition derby queen. Nuff said

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 Well, after watching her make two rounds on the new mower, I decided that if I wanted it to continue working I'd better do all the mowing instead of the Arkansas demolition derby queen. Nuff said


 In another life I had a 7 acre yard and the reason for my big mower. I mowed 'only about 4.5-5 of those acres as I had a 1 acre pond and a big driveway. My daughter was usually the chief driver when home from college. My son - he was 'too busy'!!!! It amazes me that the Woods 59" deck still works to this day - but do have to say that a couple of $80 sets of blades, a hub bearing and a $75 belt made me wonder if it was all worth the effort. She would plug the ear buds to her Walkman in her ears then go for a ride - at full rpm in 5th gear. Across drainage stone, ditches, small stumps, bury it in the pond drain, run out of fuel at the furthest point from the garage - ah those were the days.

 



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Keeping it on the same thread just because it's a yard tool - those acorns (aka, marbles) got to me today. I spent about 2 hours and 3 tanks of gas and partially cleared a 30'x50' area of my back yard. While it for sure is not in the budget, I'm planning on going out tomorrow and purchasing an early Xmas present to me, from me - a Husqvarna or ECHO back pack blower. I would prefer a Stihl but just can't justify another two hundred bucks. I have a great running ECHO hand held which really works well for just leaves with plenty of air volume and velocity for leaves alone, but add in those marbles, it could do much better and I have better, more fun ways of growing older then watching acorns skitter across the ground for hours.



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My late great friend and small engine mechanic told me that Echo and Stihl were made by the same company but that Echo was the more ?generic? of the two and easier on the pocket book. I actually bought an Echo weed trimmer from him that was a nice machine but the Ex's hubby has it now. LOL

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My late great friend and small engine mechanic told me that Echo and Stihl were made by the same company but that Echo was the more ?generic? of the two and easier on the pocket book. I actually bought an Echo weed trimmer from him that was a nice machine but the Ex's hubby has it now. LOL


 I've just spent a couple hours reading reviews and the ECHO PB-500H comes out very good but the Husqvarna 350-BT is better - more cfm and velocity plus it looks like the ECHO's have a carb problem with that model. The Husq has a 2 year warranty, the ECHO, 5 years. So, what it boils down to is whether I prefer buying from HD or Lowe's and in this case, that gets heaved out the window as I really dislike the local Lowe's but think the Husq will be better for my use in moving tree marbles.confuse



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 I really dislike the local Lowe's but think the Husq will be better for my use in moving tree marbles.confuse

 I also dislike our local Lowe's, however, I may be going back to them if this turns out to be true.

http://joeforamerica.com/2014/05/home-depot-rolls-carpet-sharia-law/

I don't think you can go wrong with Husky or Echo so your personal needs should determine the choice.



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 I really dislike the local Lowe's but think the Husq will be better for my use in moving tree marbles.confuse

 I also dislike our local Lowe's, however, I may be going back to them if this turns out to be true.

http://joeforamerica.com/2014/05/home-depot-rolls-carpet-sharia-law/

I don't think you can go wrong with Husky or Echo so your personal needs should determine the choice.


 Unfortunately that may be a cost of doing business in the Dearborn/Detroit area. It's heavily muslim as well as black and an unfortunate by-product of WW2 when the manufacturing in that area had to rely on that labor. Many black have turned muslim for whatever reason so the immigrants plus the converts have made life as we knew it a thing of the past in that part of my home state.

OK - off to buy a leaf blower. I just ordered a replacement battery for the electric start generator but at least that died by age and a good brand YUASA AGM was only about $15 bucks with shipping. I started the genset yesterday with the rope (1st pull after I figured out it would run better when turned the gas valve onevileye). I was hoping the battery would charge but after an hour running, no joy. Oh well, no big deal. Just another minor handy home owner project.



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Hahahaha, your gas switch reminds me of my kill switch on the Farm Boss - - - wish I had a dollar for every time I've pulled that cord with the switch in the "off" position. Good Luck at the toy store.

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Got my back pack blower - a Husqvarna 150BT - and went out in the yard to play. I do have to say the squirrels in the woods behind our house were running for cover from piles of leaves mostly along with some well launched acorns. While it wont send the acorns along as well as hoped, it does move them a LOT better then the hand held. I cleared an area a little bigger then what took me 2 hours plus and 3 tanks of gas in about 45 minutes. As far as starting - 2nd pull. The only drawback I've found is that the blower tube is too short for my 6'4" height so have just ordered a 1' accessory extension piece. I was concerned that the 22 pounds would be a problem after using it for an hour or so but it rides very well on its 3 point harness (shoulder and waist).

Lowe's description:

50.2cc 2-Cycle Professional Gas Backpack Leaf Blower

  • 251 MPH/710 CFM ---------------------------------->That's the best partbiggrin
  • Commercial backpack blower
  • Convenient trigger throttle with cruise control mounted on the tube
  • Comfortable padded harness with load-reducing hip belt
  • Air purge for very easy starting

http://www.lowes.com/pd_192729-86886-150BT_0__?productId=1054763&cm_mmc=search_google-_-Outdoor-Power-Equipment_rtc-_-Husqvarna_150bt-_-husqvarna%20150bt&k_clickID=51f5845e-9335-48e9-cbad-0000123827fe



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woo hoo cool toy - - - - is it Tecumseh, Briggs, Honda powered ?????

when I bought my 110 leaf blower the wiffy fussed and said I should have bought a gasoline powered, I told her that I didn't want another 2 cycle to have to baby sit but every now and then I'm thinking she might have been right - - - OUCH, hurts to admit that

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woo hoo cool toy - - - - is it Tecumseh, Briggs, Honda powered ?????

when I bought my 110 leaf blower the wiffy fussed and said I should have bought a gasoline powered, I told her that I didn't want another 2 cycle to have to baby sit but every now and then I'm thinking she might have been right - - - OUCH, hurts to admit that


 The engine is a Husqvarna and I believe made in their factory in Sweden. Tecumseh is no more(thankfully), Briggs is as far as I know only 4 cycle and Honda's are mostly 4 cycle.

I agree with your DW - shoulda gone for the gasser. All my newer stuff is 50:1 gas but since the Stihl chain saw is 32:1, mix it that way, 1 gallon at a time for the string trimmer and hand held blower and now the back pack blower. I don't really care that they smoke a wee bit - there is more lube on the internals and I have yet to see any spark plug or reed valve deposits. I also don't give a rat's hiney about a bit larger carbon footprint the eco-nuts are trying to say is helping global warming (recall that I drive an 8300 pound, 406 cid Guzzle 8 diesel pickup!!!!!biggrin)



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My only reason was not having to "yank" on that cord, probably caused from flipping too many calendar pages.

You just reminded me that I need to pour my 2cycle gas out and replenish.

thanks,
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I've flipped a few more pages then you but do understand - but dragging that 100' cord around the yard, and it should be a 14ga, minimum, to allow for voltage drop is, IMHO, just as tiring. Then you have to roll it back up. Trade off time.

As far as yanking a cord, the ECHO hand held seldom needs more then 2-3 pulls. Push the prime bulb 'til its hard, yank with full choke once to get some fuel moving, if it sputters, put the choke to half way and it will usually keep running or start the next pull.

Drain that old gas on the new brush pile and light 'er off. spin.gifspin.gif



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Oh yeah, they'd have me under the jail in less time than it takes a minnow to swim a dipper. They even frown on open "Q" pits around here but I do it anyhow.

No new brush pile by the way - - they cut six trees and hauled off everything but the saw dust and even most of that. Pics Later

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