I haven't had to mow a yard since I was in high school. We'll have a yard again eventually.
That's what I was thinking. The house/yard I grew up with had a lot of similarities to what we're in now. My parents did a great job with the space, so I'm really looking forward to making this new place our own. The previous owner of our house bungled quite a few of the rhododendron we have, among others, so we have a great opportunity to rebuild as we see fit.
It's been all clean up so far this season, but we're almost ready to start planting some things. But yeah, the tool buying has been fun - "Trust me honey, we needed all of this..."
Lawn and garden is what gets me out of the winter funk. Been mowing with the Simplicity for about three weeks now, and just disc'd gramp's garden with his 8N. If he doesn't will that thing to me I'm going to kill him.
Just serviced mine!
2005 vintage Honda with OHC engine, starts on the first pull after sitting outside all winter:
New racing air filter = 25 horsepower
Improving the signal-to-noise ratio
We have a Honda Harmony self-prop in the shed that doesn't run. The self-prop drive was already dead when I obtained it (free) and it was a heavy mother to shove around our thick-ass lawn.
I could de-gunk the carb and probably get $50 for it, but I wish I could get the transmission to work again. From what I've seen online though, it's a tedious fix.
Anywho, I just gave my HRX217 an oil change and cleaned the air filter yesterday for the first 'official' cut of the season. I actually 'cut' it three weeks ago, but that was more to clean up resiudal leaves and pick up some thatch that I raked up.
Sometimes I wish I had just caved in and bought the commercial - but they go for over a grand, and I got a pretty decent deal last year on mine, and it has a six year warranty.
I think the belt for the snow blower is 17 or 18 feet long.
This is one of the first mowers I can remember, my dad sold in to someone who worked for him in the late '80s and it traded hands a few times after.
Two summers back the little SOB came full circle and fell into my hands for a bottle of Jack Daniels. It works great for my current yard, but in the next year or two we will be moving to an acreage, so I'm not too sure the little champ will be able to make the cut. None the less, it will become a winter restoration project in the years to come.
I bought a new lawn mower two weeks ago when our old one died mid-mow.
Going home tonight to get my mow on. Love the smell of fresh cut grass. (Hate the weekly mowing, though.)
Speaking of equipment, I have mower that's 12 years old. An edger that is 25 years old. A WEEDEATER that is 15 years old, but I can't get a ****ing blower to last more that 2 years. WTF?
It go down in the DM
I loved to mow the 2 acres that I used to live on with a riding mower but now with less than a half acre and a walk behind mower I absolutely hate mowing! I don't know if I hate it these days because I have less time to enjoy it but when I mow now at least its with a top of the line Honda mower!
Today was the first mow of the year and I had to de-poop, clean up toys, detailed weed wacking and it took 2 hours and 45 minutes. I'm already dreading next time I have to mow it. I would of done the front grass today but the whole yard waste can is full.
A couple of my neighbors have a service mow their law a couple times a week and the rest of my neighbors are renters with knee high weeds.
I really wish everyone would update their location in their profile!
Someone buy my car already!!
Always looking for free firewood to feed my hungry wood stove!
And mulch the clippings in - who has time to bag all that stuff? In the past I did bag it up and start a compost heap in the back corner (never sent it off to the dump) -- that was kind of fun because it would get too hot to touch when I worked some fresh stuff in.
Improving the signal-to-noise ratio
my setup for 20ish acres. when run offset of the belly mower I have a roughly 10' of cutting swath.