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Old 05-06-2017, 01:17 PM
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Default Lawnmower Epic Fail

About half way through mowing the back yard and this happens. Ten year old Craftsman, garage kept, only used on the weekends, should of got more life out of it.

Hammered the pieces flat and hammered them together and broke out the welder.

Welds aren't the best, almost out of gas, windy and I'm rusty, mostly I'm rusty.

I pulled the other side apart and it needed welding too.

Cleaned it up and sprayed some new red paint on it and I'm back in business. Hopefully get another ten years out of it.

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Old 05-06-2017, 05:53 PM
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Do you wash the underside after every mowing? I sprayed mine with automotive undercoating. Helps protect the steel from rusting.

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Old 05-06-2017, 05:58 PM
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Good repair I have done the same.
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Old 05-06-2017, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by milomilo View Post
Do you wash the underside after every mowing? I sprayed mine with automotive undercoating. Helps protect the steel from rusting.
That is what happens when you mow wet grass and don't clean and dry the machine. Now in NM (and probably in WY) it's never that wet to cause a problem. :-) Back in PA it was like that. :-)
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Old 05-06-2017, 07:10 PM
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They sure don't make them like they used to. Good fix, but next year you will have to do the back wheels.
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Old 05-06-2017, 07:30 PM
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I've done the same repair on my old pusher....except I welded a 4"x4" piece of plate over it after the patch was welded, re-drilled the holes. I think I did all four wheels at the same time.
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Old 05-06-2017, 07:52 PM
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Here on the sand spit, we very seldom keep a deck long enough to see that kind of failure. The sand we have to grow grass in just sand blasts the metal out of the volute, until the engine just falls off.

On my longest running rider, I picked it up used, re built it and had the deck Rino Liner coated, top and bottom. (A buddy bought a franchise) It's an old Massy-Furgeson, going on it's 11th season on that old deck I weld repaired and coated. 2 engines, jackshaft replacement and a tranny rebuild later, the deck is still kickin. Now THATS undercoating.

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Old 05-08-2017, 08:42 AM
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I broke down and bought a little 42" zero turn John Deere last year for the farm. As overkill as it will be, it's going west with us. One place we've looked at online out there I figure it'll be about 5-10 minutes to cut the lawn.
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Old 05-08-2017, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Silverback View Post
10 years?

Around here it doesn't matter how you take care of it a modern mower doesn't last that long without repairs (though I know of 30y/o "cheap" at the time mowers that look better than my 5y/o craftsman).
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For the last 10 years or so, I've been maintaining kind of a rotating pool of cheap mowers. I pick 'em up on the roadside, trash day, dead. Bring back to life, the ones I can, and sell 'em for $50.00 exchange warranty.

I wonder if there are still any of the old Snapper mowers with the "magnesium" decks hiding somewhere out there.
I have one that's about 30 years old lurking in my garage. I know that I've had it for 25 years and it was used and retired when I found it in Dr. Lunceford's pool storage building. It had a 4hp Briggs when it was born & I replaced that 2 or 3 years later, after it spit a chunk through the case. I found a new sleeved 5hp "industrial" engine for it.

I rebuilt the drive wheel to the rear axle in '99 and parked it shortly afterwards.

The thing about these old mowers was that deck is tough. You wouldn't be able to slap it back together with a mig but it will not rust out. I really liked the drive system, better than any I ever used.
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Old 05-09-2017, 05:44 AM
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Cutter I had a Harry and after that some italian version. very similar design but made from really crappy ali that got eaten by the grass and went brittle.

I remember at home years ago we had an ali flymo. No drive to the wheels but the ali deck was perfect and was probably 20 years old at the stage it got retired because we had a quarter acre of grass and walk behinds were affordable.
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