I've been redoing an old Craftsman vertical shaft riding mower with the intent of letting the grand children ride it I'm thinking of removing the blade for safety. Question is how this will affect the engine operation, since its rotating mass acts as a flywheel. Should I replace it with something of equal weight? (such as a small pulley or something fabbed on the lathe) Or would it need to be heavier to compensate for the inertia generated by the end of the spinning blade? (24" blade) Any ideas? Rick
Edited by CRFarnsworth, December 05, 2013 - 09:52 PM.