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#1 mrimpacto OFFLINE  

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Posted February 25, 2017 - 01:36 PM

I found the picture of this brochure as I've been searching for the lawn mower I used as a kid. Ours was a 4HP Briggs with the floating deck, it also had a differential lock and didn't turn worth beans when it was locked. We also had a tow behind sweeper, and I'd pull the deck off and use it as a really slow go cart. I mowed with that from about 6 years old until I was 12 and when we moved we left it behind. Fond memories from long ago. Thank you Sergeant.

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Posted February 25, 2017 - 01:43 PM

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You were very lucky. I would have loved to have had something like that to mow with. I have never seen one of those before. 


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Posted February 25, 2017 - 01:58 PM

That would be fun today!



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Posted February 25, 2017 - 02:08 PM

It was fun and one of the happier memories of my formative years.


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Posted February 25, 2017 - 02:47 PM

Thats cool.

 

Me at 10 on dads National....kinda kick started my obsession with engines and stuff.

 

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Posted February 25, 2017 - 03:32 PM

My first rider was a Huffy 3 h.p. Briggs and about 22" cut, chain drive forward and reverse, it came with a house we bought. Got me hooked, the next summer when I was 12 I used my lawn mowing money to buy a Huffy 4 h.p. Still chain drive F&R, but had a 30" deck and a deck clutch. My next step was more of a jump, to a Sears SS 12 with 3 pt hitch.

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Posted February 25, 2017 - 04:37 PM

lucky lucky fella lol

 

I had to use an old Huffy Park Lane reel mower with the bagger. Bagger was about useless but grandpa insisted I rake and/or bag the grass and put it on the mulch pile.

 

After mowing about 1 1/2 acres with it grandma would reward me with a whole pitcher home made lemonade and a bunch home made chocolate chip,raisin and oatmeal cookies.Which I was more than happy to pig out on lol.

 

I hated that thing.Hard to start and you could not go very fast with it.They seem like a cool looking mower but any cheap rotary push mower from the past 50 years is much much much easier to use.Found a video of one on youtube.Grandpas was the Same exact model mower.


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Posted February 25, 2017 - 05:34 PM

An old reel style push mower would be my earliest recollection of a lawn mower back in the early 60's - used it for a year or two and then we progressed to a used Lawn Boy that you mixed gas with the oil - used a glass gallon jug for a gas can, starting rope was tied to the handle when not in use (wrapped around the engine pulley to pull start it - nor recoil starter) and carried a screwdriver in the pocket to shut the mower off with by shorting out the spark plug wire (health and safety back then was common sense).  Started working at a John Deere lawn and garden dealership just out of high school and my mother bought a brand new 18" push mower - first new lawn mower we had.  Used it until about the late 1980's (up until then it was fun to cut the grass with a walk behind and get some exercise)  and then I picked up an old Yardman rider at an auto wreckers and fixed it up enough to work for several years. After that I discovered it was even more fun to ride when I cut the grass - guess I finally got smart.    


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Posted February 25, 2017 - 05:39 PM

The first rider Dad bought was a Dynamark 7hp.  I thought it was simply awesome!  Before that it was just a push mower with a briggs wind up crank handle system.


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Posted February 25, 2017 - 05:44 PM

All I had were push mowers. That's where I learned to pull the flywheel cover on a B&S and sand the rust off the flywheel every Spring to get it running.


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Posted February 25, 2017 - 06:10 PM

Ours was a cast iron push mower from Eaton's. Mom and I would spell each other off pushing the darn thing around... it weighed about 50 pounds and the blade was ground driven and never very sharp. One day we finally figured out that if we did a poor job of it my father would get mad and "show' us how it was done properly, set an example for us mere females. The next day there was a gas power push mower in the garage, lol. Mere females my foot!!!
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Posted February 25, 2017 - 09:14 PM

I was king of the yard on dad's Ariens.
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Posted February 25, 2017 - 09:50 PM

My first rider I used as a kid was a Swisher three wheeler.  It had a 6 hp Tecumseh motor, with a crank wind starter.  You would crank the handle back and forth to wind the coil spring in the starter, then push the release lever to spin the starter.  I miss that old mower!


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Posted February 26, 2017 - 07:37 AM

I found the picture of this brochure as I've been searching for the lawn mower I used as a kid. Ours was a 4HP Briggs with the floating deck, it also had a differential lock and didn't turn worth beans when it was locked. We also had a tow behind sweeper, and I'd pull the deck off and use it as a really slow go cart. I mowed with that from about 6 years old until I was 12 and when we moved we left it behind. Fond memories from long ago. Thank you Sergeant.

 

I found an old manual and brochure for this at my folks' place a couple years back.  I asked Dad about it, and he said this was the first mower he bought, but with the front reel.  I've seen seen several since...they seem fairly common.  Neat rigs!



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Posted February 26, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Cool thread,a REO reel on grandads farm was my first mowing chore (8N with a sickle bar was my second),always ran perfect,never broke, I'd feed it branch's till it choked,I'd never give a 10yr. Old today such a viscous toy

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