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#1 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted September 13, 2012 - 08:21 PM

Who's tried it?
How'd it turn out.
Did the neighbours lights come on?

I gave it a shot last night. Was kind fun. I only missed a couple dozen spots.

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Posted September 13, 2012 - 08:26 PM

Mowing in the dark? Yeah, I've done that a few times late fall, but it wasn't even 8:30 yet.

Now mowing in the dark with a "Tune" on... there's a few more than a couple dozen spots missed that way. :)

Before I had a GT with Headlights, I mowed at dusk/dark one time. Holding a flashlight in your mouth for that long makes your lips go numb...
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Posted September 13, 2012 - 08:28 PM

I always tried to have the edges and around the trees done before dark. And yes the neighbors lights did come on, was he trying to give me some light or being nosy I didn't bother asking. I want to get the deck on the other tractor so I have better lights, and no muffler. Bet that won't take long for the lights and a string of boys hanging on the fence to watch.

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Posted September 13, 2012 - 08:29 PM

I've tried it and decided that the headlights that come on many garden tractors leave a lot to be desired. On top of that, the bugs rule the night so they can have it.

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Posted September 13, 2012 - 09:08 PM

If I ever get the E20 back together I will give it a whirl, but I fear I will hear destruction in the night. We have a mowing obstacle course right now! LOL

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Posted September 13, 2012 - 09:23 PM

With 2-1/2 acres to cut, I do all the edging first (2 hours with a weed wacker) then push mow around the house for 2 strips, and around and under all the bushes and trees (another 2 hours) then it is clear sailing on the rider. I have had to mow into the night several times, and it it almost preffered cause of the heat. When Night mowing happens I select RED (1990 Craftsman) which has the brightest lights, and it looks good the next day. I have to admit, once all the trimming is done it is almost a completly unobstructed mow. Neighbors? Left side mows always at night, Right side tuned a dragster at night.

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Posted September 13, 2012 - 09:24 PM

I can barely follow the lines when the sun is high in the sky, let alone in the dark! My youngest son would also have far fewer toys if I did it in the dark...hey wait, that might not be a bad thing!
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Posted September 13, 2012 - 09:44 PM

I wouldn't have to worry about the neighbors. My wife would shoot me.

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Posted September 13, 2012 - 10:18 PM

I used to mow in the dark often back when I pretty much lived on the road. I was only home one or two days per week and ya gotta do what ya gotta do. My closest neighbor is almost 1/2 mile so there never was a problem with that. The Farmall Super C had a straight pipe on it then and it would glow red if the grass got tall enough to open the governor for a long period of time. I have CRP fields on all four sides of me and they make darn fine neighbors!!!

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Posted September 14, 2012 - 03:11 AM

In summer we mowe up to 9:00 pm, except of saturday when bbq starts. Later in the year, the grass is to wet in the evening.

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Posted September 14, 2012 - 08:36 AM

I wouldn't mind giving it a go, but the head light option on my little 116's must have been VERY expensive at the time, as only one (116H) "had" it and now only the switch remains. :( I have looked and it appears that I can still get the entire set up but the price is still too high to invest in a mower that I have only used 2-3 times and I want to make sure she is a keeper, before dropping a couple hundred more bucks in lights, that may only be there for looks... just not sure how bright they would be and with a whole 5 amps of power, unless LEDs were used, it may be an exercise in futility. :rolleyes:

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Posted September 14, 2012 - 10:06 AM

Before I had a GT with Headlights, I mowed at dusk/dark one time. Holding a flashlight in your mouth for that long makes your lips go numb...


:bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bigrofl:


If I ever get the E20 back together I will give it a whirl, but I fear I will hear destruction in the night. We have a mowing obstacle course right now! LOL


Funny you say that Casey. One of the commercials or ads for the GE's was how quiet they are and you could mow at night without disturbing neighbors.

I tested it at night, but had a headlight out. I didn't mow very much.

Edited by daytime dave, September 14, 2012 - 10:06 AM.

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Posted September 14, 2012 - 02:45 PM

Done it before. I added extra powerful lights to the GT225 and that was much easier. I thought about duct-taping two flash-lights to each side of the deck so I could see the lines better on the 445.

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Posted September 14, 2012 - 06:22 PM

The couple times I did it the grass was so moist from dew it didn't look very well the next day & even with headlights I mowed down three small trees I set out.

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Posted September 14, 2012 - 06:52 PM

The couple times I did it the grass was so moist from dew it didn't look very well the next day & even with headlights I mowed down three small trees I set out.

Ouch!




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