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Self Propelled Lawn Mowers

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Self Propelled Lawn MowersMy lawn mower recently broke down and I guess I will have to fix it. It is an old model, in fact it is over 30 years old but still worked fine up until today. Anyway I borrowed by neighbors new lawn mower which just happens to be a self propelled model. This is the first time I have used a self propelled lawn mower. I thought I would write about it. Turns out that I really liked using his lawn mower. Now I want one of my own that is self propelled.

Self Propelled Lawn Mowers – Borrow a Lawn Mower

It is not always a good idea to borrow other peoples tools. If you break them you have to replace them with a brand new model. Even if they lend you something that is close to the end of it’s life.  This was not my situation, I just do not like to borrow other peoples tools.

Anyway his lawn mower was a self propelled mower and I found that I quite liked it. There are rear self propelled models and front propelled models. This was a front self propelled  model so I really cannot compare to these other models. There are two levers on the handle. One is the normal safety lever which causes the engine to stop if you let it go. The other lever engages the power wheels to drive the lawn mower.

Self Propelled Lawn Mowers – How to Use

I found that you could really not push the lawn mower easily. Sometimes you want to go slowly especially if the grass is thick. Or if you are navigating around a plant for example. You can push the lawn mower, it is just a little more difficult than a normal non self propelled lawn mower. I guess the wheels or the transmission provides some resistance.

Along a straight cut, using the self propelled feature is easy and very helpful. Basically all you need to do is steer the lawn mower and it moves along at a reasonable speed for walking. If you need to go more slowly or want to turn, just lean on the handle to raise the front wheels slightly and your forward momentum decreases or stops altogether. The wheels continue to turn, however they are not touching the ground and will not pull the mower forward as long as they are raised.

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I was also cutting the grass when it was wet from a heavy morning dew. I know I really should not have been cutting it at this time. Most people wait until the grass has dried. However we had a party later in the day. I really needed to have the lawn cut and looking good. This lawn mower really got a work out with the wet grass and also my lawn had not been cut in a while.

I had to make frequent stops to clear the grass chute. Wet grass does not blow very far and so it would stop at the entrance to the bag. As a result I could only go about 50 feet before the grass would plug the entrance to the bag and I would have to stop and clear the bag.

Self Propelled

Aside from the issues I have mentioned, I was very satisfied with my neighbors lawn mower and would probably purchase a self propelled lawn mower if  I cannot fix my own. With a large lawn and being able to just follow along, steering the lawn mower, you really cannot get any better than that unless you are sitting on a riding lawn mower.

My own lawn mower is not running well due to what I think is old gas that has clogged my gas tank and / or my carburetor on the lawn mower. I really cannot complain since I have not tuned this thing up for over 20 years. Nor have I replaced the spark plug, nor have I cleaned the carburetor. I guess it is about time I did these things and will have to fix it within the next week or buy a new one.

I will keep you posted on my attempts to fix my lawn mower and if you have any comments about self propelled lawn mowers or fixing lawn mowers feel free to leave comments on my blog. For more information about buying a new lawn mower, click here.


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One Response to “Self Propelled Lawn Mowers”

  1. Melania Cadigan Says:

    Thanks for the nice read, even though it took quite a large time to understand. (English is not my first language) Can I ask where you got your information from? Thanks!

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