Lawn mower of destruction
This one is not at all about woodworking, but I found mowing through tall grass just so much fun - way more fun than driving the ATV. So I made a video about it. It took less than an hour to film, but it had a lot of fun filming it too.
The lawn mower chewing through the tall grass, with a jet of grass and debris shooting out the side, very satisfying. Of course, for grass this tall, what you really need is a brush hog. The lawn mower doesn't get all of it, so I need to take many passes over some of it.
The problem is, for safety reasons, the front edge of the mower is lower than the blades. This is very good at keeping the blades from hitting solid objects or accidentally digging into the ground. Normal grass will just stand up after the front lip of the deck has passed and get cut anyway. But really tall grass is long enough that the front edge will prevent it from standing up under the mower. This is especially true for the stiff stems of tall thistles and burdock.
Or maybe I should get myself a real tractor, and a brush hog! Oh, that would be so much fun!
Seems odd to have inadvertently started something. But then again, all those "harlem shake" videos never made any sense either.
Lawn tractor vs. treeI have been mowing around the edges of the fields with the mower to try to keep the bush from encroaching on them too much. Some of the tall grass there has saplings in it. I tried just mowing straight over these, and, surprisingly with a few passes, it works! It is very satisfying in a way. So I made a quick video about it.
Surprisingly, I haven't wrecked any bearings of the deck with it just yet, though I was half expecting to. When I bought this mower second hand two years earlier, I had to replace half the bearings for the blade spindles. But this sort of abuse, as far as I can tell, hasn't wrecked any yet (last time, I could tell the bearings were shot just by the sound and by wiggling the blades back and forth).
While mowing, one time, I saw a big rock, bout the size of two fists together, kicked out from under the deck. I figured that had done some damage for sure, but couldn't see any signs of damage. So I have become bolder about what to try with the mower.
Unlike a typical 3 hp push mower, the spindles are only coupled to a pulley, which is to say, there isn't much of a "flywheel" type effect on the other end of the spindle, so if the blade hits something, it just comes to a stop without bending the crank shaft like it would on a 3 hp mower.
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