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#4752667 - 05/10/18 07:45 AM Bought my 1st Riding Mower
MasterSolenoid Offline


Registered: 09/26/17
Posts: 197
Loc: One Step Beyond
Well, after 30 years of pushing a lawn-mower, I finally bought my first Rider.
Using the push-mower, it would take 1.5 hours.
I didn't mind but the lawn was sooo bumpy, it took the enjoyment out of using it.

I ended up buying a Simplicity with a 38 inch cut.
I'm hoping the large tires flatten out the ground somewhat.
It's going to take practice using because I have some low branch trees, boulders, various inside corners that I will have to maneuver around.
But I like it and look forward to using it.

Who ever came up with the idea of putting a seat on a lawn-mower was a Genius.
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#4752686 - 05/10/18 08:01 AM Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid]
WyrTwister Offline


Registered: 01/13/13
Posts: 1692
Loc: Texas
Went to a self propelled push mower several years ago . Our yard is too small to work well with a rider .

Best of luck with it . Hope it serves you well & lasts a very long time . :-)
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#4752704 - 05/10/18 08:22 AM Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid]
Sierra048 Offline


Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 853
Loc: N. Georgia Mtns
OP,

Congrats on your new rider. Not trying to steal your thread here but your topic touched on something I've been pondering about lately and WyrTwister mentioned it.

Living in the mountains, I only have a small portion of our yard that can be mowed and most of that is sloped. Using a rider would not be smart. Mowing with my non self-propelled lawn mower is like competing in a 10 hour marathon. Often wondered if a self-propelled lawn mower would lessen the strain and be worth the extra money. If so, anything specific to look for in one?
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#4752734 - 05/10/18 08:50 AM Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid]
Eddie Offline


Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 9721
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
Nice looking mower. Read and reread the manual for proper oil changes, lubrication and general maintenance. Enjoy your new ride. Ed
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#4752753 - 05/10/18 09:03 AM Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
Your mower won't smooth out the lawn much unless you like to cut in the rain, but you can get a roller to drag behind. I run my tires pretty soft which helps a bit on the bumps, but if you've got side hills it starts to lean and cut uneven.
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#4752755 - 05/10/18 09:04 AM Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: Sierra048]
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Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 2051
Loc: SE British Columbia, Canada
Originally Posted By: Sierra048
OP,

Congrats on your new rider. Not trying to steal your thread here but your topic touched on something I've been pondering about lately and WyrTwister mentioned it.

Living in the mountains, I only have a small portion of our yard that can be mowed and most of that is sloped. Using a rider would not be smart. Mowing with my non self-propelled lawn mower is like competing in a 10 hour marathon. Often wondered if a self-propelled lawn mower would lessen the strain and be worth the extra money. If so, anything specific to look for in one?


I don't wish steal the thread as well, but while you are on the topic, I have about a third of an acre with lots of trees. I went to a self-propelled motor in 2003. I had rear wheel drive and a hand activated grip control. Rear wheel drive is much better that front wheel because if the grass gets too thick you can always tip it back. The hand grip control is OK, but can make your hand get a bit tired. In 2016 I bought a Toro self propelled with the "Personal Pace" push bar and rear wheel drive. The push bar gets rid of the sore hand syndrome. I like the push bar, but it takes a bit of getting used to. The self propelled mower is a good compromise if you don't want to spring for a riding mower. Maybe later, plus you can still convince your wife it's a workout.

Both movers have Honda GCV 160 engines and both have plenty of power. The newer one has an automatic choke that works perfectly. The old one, being 15 years old, still runs perfectly even with 10W30 oil, changed every few years. I keep it so one of my kids can help mow the lawn when they visit. Hope that helps.

Like that riding mower. Would like to hear more about it's engine.


Edited by Snagglefoot (05/10/18 09:07 AM)

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#4752774 - 05/10/18 09:27 AM Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid]
Zee09 Offline


Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 622
Loc: Tri State Conservative
They stripe very well too- congrats
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#4752793 - 05/10/18 09:48 AM Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: Sierra048]
WyrTwister Offline


Registered: 01/13/13
Posts: 1692
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Sierra048
OP,

Congrats on your new rider. Not trying to steal your thread here but your topic touched on something I've been pondering about lately and WyrTwister mentioned it.

Living in the mountains, I only have a small portion of our yard that can be mowed and most of that is sloped. Using a rider would not be smart. Mowing with my non self-propelled lawn mower is like competing in a 10 hour marathon. Often wondered if a self-propelled lawn mower would lessen the strain and be worth the extra money. If so, anything specific to look for in one?


Not wanting to hijack this thread , if you wish to start a thread about self propelled mpush mowers , I will be happy to throw in my two cents .
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#4752795 - 05/10/18 09:48 AM Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid]
Imp4 Offline


Registered: 04/06/18
Posts: 337
Loc: Somewhere in time
Originally Posted By: MasterSolenoid
It's going to take practice using because I have some low branch trees, boulders, various inside corners that I will have to maneuver around.
But I like it and look forward to using it.

Made this transition at my mom's a few years ago.

What I did was cut the grass a few times and identified all those spots (low branches, tight corners, etc) that are inconvenient for the rider.
Then we spent a Sunday trimming trees, cutting wider radii on flower beds and generally cleaning up in the yard. This made mowing with the rider way more productive. It also kept me from getting jabbed in the eye with a low branch.

Well worth the time and effort!!!
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#4752811 - 05/10/18 10:01 AM Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: Sierra048]
MasterSolenoid Offline


Registered: 09/26/17
Posts: 197
Loc: One Step Beyond
Originally Posted By: Sierra048
OP,

Congrats on your new rider. Not trying to steal your thread here but your topic touched on something I've been pondering about lately and WyrTwister mentioned it.

Living in the mountains, I only have a small portion of our yard that can be mowed and most of that is sloped. Using a rider would not be smart. Mowing with my non self-propelled lawn mower is like competing in a 10 hour marathon. Often wondered if a self-propelled lawn mower would lessen the strain and be worth the extra money. If so, anything specific to look for in one?

Sierra048,
How about planting some kind of ground cover.
Once it fills itself in, you won't have to cut it (at least on the most sloped).
Go to a Nursery and see what's available for your area.

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#4752827 - 05/10/18 10:11 AM Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid]
NormanBuntz Offline


Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 2199
Loc: Outer Banks, NC
If today's Simplicity mowers and tractors are the same quality as they were 15 years ago, you made a wise choice. It will serve you for 25 years with routine maintenance. If your Simplicity dealer is close to home, so much the better.

I had a Simplicity tractor cart from 1960 until it finally got too rickety in 2003 and I gave it to a neighbor.
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#4752845 - 05/10/18 10:24 AM Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid]
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Registered: 02/18/11
Posts: 6648
Loc: Hudson, NH
Thats nice. You need a gym membership to make up for that cardio. Otherwise you get the riding mower belly.
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#4752877 - 05/10/18 10:45 AM Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid]
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Registered: 06/13/13
Posts: 1689
Loc: Virginia
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#4752880 - 05/10/18 10:48 AM Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid]
Kestas Offline



Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 12464
Loc: The Motor City
Welcome to the club. I too just got my first riding mower, a John Deere D130 with only 50 hours on it. I bought it for economic reasons. My lawn service cost $500 per year. It's not a manicured lawn, but between a lawn and a field. It really needs cutting only once a month, and takes me around 30 minutes.

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#4752895 - 05/10/18 11:06 AM Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid]
Schmoe Offline


Registered: 05/12/03
Posts: 7293
Loc: Oklahoma
Like the white belts...easy to see if they've been damaged. Getting ready to buy my first self propelled Honda tomorrow and then try it out tomorrow night.....may have to design a beer holder since I won't have to push a mower any more...
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