I've replaced the deck before, and done the cable repairs. Its no big deal, but it kills a day after Sears sends the parts
The engine in this thing runs well, though by current lanwmower standards it is underpowered at 3.5 nominal hp.
Parts are going to run about $120.00 with shipping.
So I'm thinking about replacing it. Its a heavy sucker to yank around the yard, it gets heavier each year, and I'm not getting any younger. It used to have a chain powered drive, but the drive was very unreliable and I took it off. Still have all the parts in a box here somewhere.
Grass area in back is abot 90 feet wide, about 40 ft from the house to the back fence. Out of that theres a 16 foot x 24 foot vegetable garden. Back slopes a little bit in the west corner, maybe 4 foot down from the house to the back fence.
Front is a kidney shaped almost level piece, maybe 60 feet wide and maybe 20 feet fro street to where the flowers start. Again at the far west side that slopes maybe 2 foot down from the street.
There are two side strips. East side is level, about 5 foot wide and maybe 30 foot deep. West side is about 15 feet wide, again about 30 feet deep, and slopes a *lot*, maybe 8 feet over that 30 foot depth.
So, gas or electric? Any specific models you'd recommend or avoid. And no, a hand powered reel mower is not an option. Cut far too many grass patches as a kid 60 years ago with one of those. I don't want to work that hard.
I want to bag clippings. I compost a lot for that veggie garden. I don't want a "mulching" mower.
I do intnd to look, Tuesday when hey reopen, at the local library for the most recent Consumer reports stuff on mowers.
Please give me your thoughts and recommendations.