The almost 30 year old Sears gas mower with the huge 3.5 hp Tecumseh (sp?)
is again in need of a rebuild. Needs a new deck as rust has just aout
current (second) deck. Also needs a repair to the dead man cable.
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
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
, 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
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.