Recent Topics
What is Viscosity Index?
by BlakeB. 10/19/18 03:49 PM
Brake Fluid Difference
by Y_K. 10/19/18 02:54 PM
weber auto youtube talking about ATF
by bionictony. 10/19/18 02:30 PM
Acura MDX Key Problem- Urgent request please!
by methusaleh. 10/19/18 02:11 PM
Beef failures,,,yep
by CourierDriver. 10/19/18 01:07 PM
Rear brakes wearing faster than fronts?
by Ddub. 10/19/18 12:52 PM
Change filter each time?
by BTLew81. 10/19/18 12:18 PM
Tire Pressure
by tojo7089. 10/19/18 11:01 AM
Long line at the air pump
by mclasser. 10/19/18 10:09 AM
Small engine - oil additive?
by Errtt. 10/19/18 08:48 AM
Can't align text
by Spetz. 10/19/18 08:48 AM
Difference between GL4 and GL4+ ??
by FordCapriDriver. 10/19/18 07:29 AM
Something Funny Going On w/ New Electric Meter
by LoneRanger. 10/19/18 07:22 AM
TGMO 0W-20, 10,300 mi, 282,000 on 2012 Elantra
by schuylkill. 10/19/18 05:14 AM
Lowest W grade oil
by OilUzer. 10/19/18 04:50 AM
ST Conventional SN Plus
by motorguy222. 10/19/18 02:42 AM
schaefferoil or Amsoil
by s2krunner. 10/19/18 02:29 AM
Newest Members
Werdage, Frank_C, Whyssosseriouss, TNflash, The74impala
66246 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
91 registered members (Ablebody, AandPDan, andyd, 2003f7, 14Accent, 9 invisible), 1,808 guests, and 34 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Forums67
Topics292,182
Posts4,875,657
Members66,246
Most Online2,494
Oct 17th, 2018
Donate to BITOG
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Hop To
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Bought my 1st Riding Mower #4752667
05/10/18 07:45 AM
05/10/18 07:45 AM
Joined: Sep 2017
Posts: 252
One Step Beyond
MasterSolenoid Offline OP
MasterSolenoid  Offline OP
Joined: Sep 2017
Posts: 252
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.
Stock photo off Internet.


2002 Ford Ranger
2 Wheel Drive
3.0 Liter Engine
- - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Four basic premises of writing:
Clarity, Brevity, Simplicity, and Humanity.
Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid] #4752686
05/10/18 08:01 AM
05/10/18 08:01 AM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,920
Texas
WyrTwister Offline
WyrTwister  Offline
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,920
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 . :-)


Wyr
God bless
Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid] #4752704
05/10/18 08:22 AM
05/10/18 08:22 AM
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 873
N. Georgia Mtns
Sierra048 Offline
Sierra048  Offline
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 873
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?


2014 Nissan Frontier
2014 GMC Sierra 1500
Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid] #4752734
05/10/18 08:50 AM
05/10/18 08:50 AM
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 9,843
Florida, Cape Coral
Eddie Offline
Eddie  Offline
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 9,843
Florida, Cape Coral
Nice looking mower. Read and reread the manual for proper oil changes, lubrication and general maintenance. Enjoy your new ride. Ed


CX5 Touring 2.5L :-)
Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid] #4752753
05/10/18 09:03 AM
05/10/18 09:03 AM
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 9,216
Ontario, Canada
IndyIan Offline
IndyIan  Offline
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 9,216
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.


07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 218km M1 5W30
18 Outback 2.5 CVT 15km 0W20
Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: Sierra048] #4752755
05/10/18 09:04 AM
05/10/18 09:04 AM
Joined: Dec 2017
Posts: 2,503
SE British Columbia, Canada
Snagglefoot Offline
Snagglefoot  Offline
Joined: Dec 2017
Posts: 2,503
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.

Last edited by Snagglefoot; 05/10/18 09:07 AM.

If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid] #4752774
05/10/18 09:27 AM
05/10/18 09:27 AM
Joined: May 2018
Posts: 1,114
Tri State Conservative
Zee09 Offline
Zee09  Offline
Joined: May 2018
Posts: 1,114
Tri State Conservative
They stripe very well too- congrats


"If I walked on water, they'd say I couldn't swim."
Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: Sierra048] #4752793
05/10/18 09:48 AM
05/10/18 09:48 AM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,920
Texas
WyrTwister Offline
WyrTwister  Offline
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,920
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 .


Wyr
God bless
Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid] #4752795
05/10/18 09:48 AM
05/10/18 09:48 AM
Joined: Apr 2018
Posts: 420
Somewhere in time
Imp4 Offline
Imp4  Offline
Joined: Apr 2018
Posts: 420
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!!!


2001 Mitsubishi Galant 2.4 - 157k+
Grandma's creampuff...
Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: Sierra048] #4752811
05/10/18 10:01 AM
05/10/18 10:01 AM
Joined: Sep 2017
Posts: 252
One Step Beyond
MasterSolenoid Offline OP
MasterSolenoid  Offline OP
Joined: Sep 2017
Posts: 252
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.


2002 Ford Ranger
2 Wheel Drive
3.0 Liter Engine
- - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Four basic premises of writing:
Clarity, Brevity, Simplicity, and Humanity.
Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid] #4752827
05/10/18 10:11 AM
05/10/18 10:11 AM
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 2,232
Outer Banks, NC
NormanBuntz Offline
NormanBuntz  Offline
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 2,232
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.


2017 Honda Odyssey SE, 16K
2013 Honda Accord LX, 58K
2007 Honda Ridgeline RTS, 88K
2007 Infiniti M35, 107K
Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid] #4752845
05/10/18 10:24 AM
05/10/18 10:24 AM
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 6,725
Hudson, NH
LeakySeals Offline
LeakySeals  Offline
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 6,725
Hudson, NH
Thats nice. You need a gym membership to make up for that cardio. Otherwise you get the riding mower belly.


06 Escalade 6.0L LQ9 AWD 165k M1 5w30
03 Maxima 3.5L POS 152k ST HM 10w30
Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid] #4752877
05/10/18 10:45 AM
05/10/18 10:45 AM
Joined: Jun 2013
Posts: 1,720
Virginia
mattwithcats Offline
mattwithcats  Offline
Joined: Jun 2013
Posts: 1,720
Virginia


2009 Smart Pure
Pennzoil Platinum Euro 0W-40, Purolator Synthetic PSL 14610, 45 mpg...
185/55R15 General HP tires, "H" speed rated, 44 psi (300 kpa)
Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid] #4752880
05/10/18 10:48 AM
05/10/18 10:48 AM
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 12,567
The Motor City
Kestas Offline
Kestas  Offline
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 12,567
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.

Re: Bought my 1st Riding Mower [Re: MasterSolenoid] #4752895
05/10/18 11:06 AM
05/10/18 11:06 AM
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 7,372
Oklahoma
Schmoe Offline
Schmoe  Offline
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 7,372
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...


01 Supercrew Lariat 4X4
06 Accord EX-L V6
14 CRV EX-L (RIP) 2018 CRV EX-L
Page 1 of 2 1 2

BOB IS THE OIL GUY® Powered by UBB.threads™