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Old 09-19-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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Default POS mower broken again. Mini-rant

Fourth time this year . Fortunately I can fix this myself after I get the part in. Note the shaft on the left. That one has just been replaced entirely to the tune of $1500. Now the right side shaft separated for wont of a $5 (+$10 shipping, natch!) pin that sheared. BTW, things always break on the weekend, right after 1PM Saturdays, when every tractor dealer on planet Earth closes.

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Most people use lawn mowers and not monster tractors!
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I worked for Hempfield Twp during the summers in HS mowing the ballfields and parks, those things were always breaking down, there just too much to go wrong with those things, too many moving parts and with all the dirt.

Used to run over a lot of rabbits with those things.
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Yeah, and I made the mistake of getting the 1000 rpm model. I think I may trade it for a 540 over the Winter when the dealers are drooling for sales.
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Wow ! That's a friggen gang mower !

When I did lawns professionally, I swore by Scag. I had one of those Zero - Turn jobs and it did a fantastic job. Although for something the size of your property, you'll need something even bigger than a professional mower (the cut decks vary from 36", 48", 52", 60", and 72"). The bigger riders also cost as much as a brand new gold GMTII-C lol
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Naw, here's the one I want Mike.

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Naw, here's the one I want Mike.

You got a permit for that thing, do ya?

How about getting a John instead?
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Nope, Toro is the name in commercial wide-area finish mowers. JD doesn't make anything that wide: 16'
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Nope, Toro is the name in commercial wide-area finish mowers. JD doesn't make anything that wide: 16'
Using said machinery how long does it take you to mow the lawn? How much fuel do you consume in said process?
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WOW !! That is one HUGE machine ! Gang mowers are SUPER expensive, but hey, if you need one you need one.
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Update. Fixed the shaft yesterday after receiving the part. Got the last as-yet-unmowed section finished. Now will wait 3-4 weeks and do the whole field area at once to even out the lengths. Here's a quickie cell pic'. The newly cut area is to the top right. Closer to the center foreground was done last week before the shaft separated. This is maybe 20% of the total.




Art should feel all nostalgic right about now.
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Geez, sounds like too much work to mee! You should just put pavers in!
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Update. Fixed the shaft yesterday after receiving the part. Got the last as-yet-unmowed section finished. Now will wait 3-4 weeks and do the whole field area at once to even out the lengths. Here's a quickie cell pic'. The newly cut area is to the top right. Closer to the center foreground was done last week before the shaft separated. This is maybe 20% of the total.




Art should feel all nostalgic right about now.
I do, it's beautiful. I was thinking of all the groundhogs that I could shot. I miss shooting those things. I would like to see a snow pic.
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Wait ! I got one...give me a few minutes.
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I knew I had the same view with snow. Sadly, held the camera vertically.

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I knew I had the same view with snow. Sadly, held the camera vertically.

Love it. Is that a crabapple tree? I remember seeing deer up on their back legs reaching crabapples.
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I knew I had the same view with snow. Sadly, held the camera vertically.

Daaayum Doc! That is a beautiful shot. Have you ever had a pick nick up on that prairie?
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No, but I did indulge one of the things on my bucket list.
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No, but I did indulge one of the things on my bucket list.

LoL - Hey those aren't Watch Tryst sanctioned smilies!
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We didn't have one that represented the particular bucket list line item that I was referring to.
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I was only kidding with you Doc!
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We didn't have one that represented the particular bucket list line item that I was referring to.

Speaking of bucket list's.. What's on your bucket list?
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Frankie ... I think Doc might have been looking for a '...smile' that has feathers of the turkey variety...? Of course no diss on your bucket-list pal.
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Frankie ... I think Doc might have been looking for a '...smile' that has feathers of the turkey variety...? Of course no diss on your bucket-list pal.
I think you've been soaking up too much of that Florida sunshine because I have no eye-dear what you're saying.
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I agree.....far too much time spent in Florida, definitely to her detriment, IMO.
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Doc, when do you fire up the tractor again?
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