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#1 speedyx OFFLINE  

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Posted November 08, 2012 - 07:09 PM

I remember when I was a kid mowing the lawn ,by the way this would be the early 60's my dad had this lawn tractor and it was white had this funky wire mesh seat and gear shift was between my knees always getting stuck on hills spinning. I always wondered what it was.The other mower my dad had was a two stroke rope start and the blade under the mower was a huge disk with little blades attached all around the outside edge, strange

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Posted November 08, 2012 - 07:20 PM

the first one may have been a craftsman. the other one, not a clue!

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Posted November 08, 2012 - 07:33 PM

I think that old 2 stroke push mower might be collectable, I remember mixing 30# oil in the gas and it was a bear to start, the old rider I was always afraid the wire seat would break and pinch my butt. ha

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Posted November 08, 2012 - 08:08 PM

I believe the second one would have been a Jacobsen. Was it orange by chance?

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Posted November 08, 2012 - 08:31 PM

Welcome aboard GTT. I remember some mowers with the big disc and bolted on triangle shaped cutters. Jacobsen or Lawnboy come to mind. They were a pain to balance.
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Posted November 08, 2012 - 09:06 PM

I have one of the 4 blade Jakes. Dangest grass eating machine you ever saw. The engine is just a little 2.5 hp 2-stroke, but it will cut grass 4' tall. If you can get grass/weeds under the deck, it WILL cut it.

Jake had to stop using that blade system due to a ferderal regulation limiting the time that it took for the blades to stop when the mower was shutdown, That big disk had such a huge flywheel effect that the blade will spin for close to 10 seconds before it finally stops.

Here's a couple of pics of mine. I think it was one of the later ones.

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Posted November 08, 2012 - 11:25 PM

I would love to see the blade/ flyheel section of that Jake pictured above OldBuzzard...

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Posted November 09, 2012 - 12:39 AM

My Dad had a Jake older than the red/white one above, back when they were completely orange. I believe that the cutters were sickle bar blades. The one he had also had two "lift wings" bolted 180º apart on the cutter bolts. When you sharpened the blade you sharpened both sides so you had to sharpen only half as often by just flipping them over..

It was a cuttin' fool but the deck was cast "something metal" and it finally "cracked up". (Pop's place was very bumpy!) In the Fall when young Hydro fitted a steel car license plate across the discharge opening Ol' Jake did a fine job of making hickory leaves disappear. That "mod" is probably punishable by having your mowing license revoked and banisment to a desert land today. :D

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Posted November 09, 2012 - 02:44 AM

The blades weren't sickle bar sections but were similar.

Here's a link to a pic of the underside.

http://s924.beta.pho...385553794784901
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Posted November 09, 2012 - 06:59 AM

The blades weren't sickle bar sections but were similar.

Here's a link to a pic of the underside.

http://s924.beta.pho...385553794784901


OB, for some reason, when I click on that link, it wants me to check for capitalization? Says it can't find the picture.

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Posted November 09, 2012 - 07:10 AM

OB, for some reason, when I click on that link, it wants me to check for capitalization? Says it can't find the picture.

I have looked at it twice with no problems, Alan!
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Posted November 09, 2012 - 07:14 AM

I went in and tried it on the PC, worked fine. Must've been something on my end with the iPad. Sorry for the false alarm.

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Posted November 09, 2012 - 07:22 AM

I had the same problem myself, but its working now.

I had considered doing something like for my Cub 129 deck.

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Posted November 09, 2012 - 09:02 AM

If I remember correctly of course John Kennedy had been just elected, it was green and it had many blades on that disc and they swivled and it was a mean green machine once you got it started and smoke killed mosquitoes ha 2 stroke rope start

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Posted November 09, 2012 - 09:44 AM

... I had considered doing something like for my Cub 129 deck.


I forget their name now, but there is someone making replacement 'blades' similar to that. The difference being that the cutting edges are rectangular, and free to swing.




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