Rant: F*ckin Lawnmowers!!

  • torontoguy222...

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    May 24, 2009 4:59 PM GMT
    Yes this is a fairly frivolous topic, unrelated to most things jockish, except perhaps for the fact that us gays tend to like gardening and maintaining our homes. But anyways...

    My family has not one, but TWO lawnmowers that DON'T WORK!! This is immensely frustrating, given that my front lawn is starting to look like a grassy field. Our old mower is a gas-powered one. From the first day we bought it we always had trouble starting it. I was often given the arduous opportunity to try and get that thing started. On almost every occasion it took about 20 minutes to get it running. Stupid gas-powered shit. I'd use the "cold start" button, I'd check the gas, I'd fiddle with the spark plug, I'd fool around with the filters, but all to no avail. After like 20 minutes of pumping the gas it usual starts, but what a bitch!!

    Recently my dad bought a MANUAL push mower, you know, those ones your grandma probably has in her garage from the 20s? He bought it new from Canadian Tire, so it sounds reputable. We went for manual because the annoyance of having to start a gas one, and because of the whole environmental movement. Anyways, with just my luck this manual piece of crap doesn't cut shitttttt! I started pushing it today, and for the most part it cut maybe 40% of the area it passed through, and would continuously just get stuck. Ugh. What's more, I have trees on my front lawn, and so when they sprout little baby trees in the grass, these things are actually fairly dense. There's no way in hell this manual machine is gonna cut through baby trees if it can't handle grass.

    So basically I spent half my morning and afternoon trying to get the manual thing to work and trying to get the gas-powered one to power up. I have failed. I commend my family for managing to own two lawnmowers that don't work.

    What's up with that eh?

    Tony
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    May 24, 2009 5:07 PM GMT
    Is your yard a good size for an electric mower? If you could consider a manual push-type, a rotary electric might be adequate. I can keep a gas mower running easily, have fixed my own and those of friends, so I prefer them over electric, but that might be what you need.
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    May 24, 2009 5:23 PM GMT
    torontoguy2222 saidWhat's up with that eh?

    Tony


    I love you a bit more every time you post.

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    May 24, 2009 7:20 PM GMT
    I sell lawnmowers, if you want an electric mower buy a bosch, it will not go wrong. If you want a petrol powered mower make sure it's a Honda, it will last forever.
  • Webster666

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    May 24, 2009 8:13 PM GMT
    When I was a kid, we had 2 big front yards, separated by a sidewalk. We had a push mower. Then my father bought a used gas powered mower that was almost impossible to start, then it would stall every two minutes. We always ended up using the push mower.

    Why do people torture themselves struggling with a lawn mower (or any appliance) that doesn't work ?

    Mowing the lawn is a weekly chore. Make it as easy as possible by buying a NEW mower.
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    May 24, 2009 8:32 PM GMT
    Buy a goat. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    May 24, 2009 8:36 PM GMT

    We are all thankful you do not own a lawn service. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 24, 2009 8:37 PM GMT
    Or sheep! But you'd still be more cute and tender!

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    May 24, 2009 8:38 PM GMT
    funny pictures
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    May 24, 2009 9:19 PM GMT
    icon_lol.gif stop being a little bitch and either 1: live with a shaggy lawn, 2: get a lawnmower that you have reviewed, 3: kill the lawn and put in a rock garden.

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    May 24, 2009 9:27 PM GMT
    Ramshackle saidicon_lol.gif stop being a little bitch and either 1: live with a shaggy lawn, 2: get a lawnmower that you have reviewed, 3: kill the lawn and put in a rock garden.



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    May 24, 2009 10:20 PM GMT
    kscott6671 saidBuy a goat. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif



    I was gonna say that! They work quickly and fertilize at the same time!
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    May 24, 2009 10:51 PM GMT
    well there all telling you to replace it, I say fix the damned thing *nods*

    engines are incredibly simple machines, there is a weak link somewhere to fix and there are at best ten points between the pull cord and the pistons
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    May 24, 2009 11:01 PM GMT
    The problem with push-reel mowers is you can't let the grass get too long before you mow again. They really suck at cutting long grass.

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  • barriehomeboy

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    May 25, 2009 1:04 AM GMT
    I agree, from having pushed an antique manual mower through tall grass. Gas powered mowers are A; noisy B; a fire hazard if you smoke while refilling them C; a bitch to start unless they are new D; contibuting to global warming. Buy an electric one and let the guys at the local coal-fired power plant feel the guilt for poisoning the planet to provide you power. Can't wait for your next post about the annoyance of running the mower over the extension cord. Given your family's history with mowing, make sure you plug into a ground-fault-interupt outlet!
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    May 25, 2009 1:11 AM GMT
    oh gawd as a kid, it was my job to mow the lawn, we had this stupid thing called a flymow, it was a lawn mower that would hover on a cushion on air and cut the grass so fine it didn't need raking

    However, it was electric, now I was fine with the damned thing and never ran over the industrial extension cord, I went away for a couple of weeks.. came home to find bits of extension cord all over the damned lawn..

    My mother.. in her infinite stupidity had decided the lawn needed mowing and promptly ran over the cord, attempted to fix it, ran over it again, fixed it, ran over it and apparently by the something like 15th fix got sick of it, went next door borrowed there mower and proceed the mow the lawn

    The key detail here is, she hadn't picked up the extension cord, it was just left where it fell...

    Suffice to say, petrol mowers don't stop when they run over an extension cord and the cord makes a nice projectile straight into your shin ;)
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    May 25, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    I say make a contribution to the "family". Instead of complaining do something about it. Fix the one you have correctly or purchase a decent pushmower. Seems that the "family" is providing a lot and at age 20 if you still Iive at home it's only fair to contribute a little. Decent brand new pushmower with a bagger only cost me $100 at Wal Mart.
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    May 25, 2009 1:31 AM GMT
    Funny.. It seems no one mows their own lawns around here. Everyone just hires a gardener to come out instead. icon_lol.gif

    But yeah, get a Honda mower. Or just rip out your lawn and install a rock garden.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 25, 2009 1:35 AM GMT
    Well.. the lawnmowing binge! I'm called "anal" by my bf for the amount of time I mow my lawn....

    3 push lawnmowers in my garage (1 isn't in the best condition).. and 1 Dixon zero turn radius.. which I haven't used in 3 years (in great shape, just haven't needed it).... the reason for all the mowers? They are from my Dad's home (over 2 acres) which I maintained until we sold the house at the end of 2004.

    New push lawnmowers are not that expensive... I bought one of the mowers I have myself when I was mowing my Dad's house... You can get a decent one for $150.00 pretty easy. I would look and buy one if you can.
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    May 25, 2009 2:05 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidI agree, from having pushed an antique manual mower through tall grass. Gas powered mowers are A; noisy B; a fire hazard if you smoke while refilling them C; a bitch to start unless they are new D; contibuting to global warming. Buy an electric one and let the guys at the local coal-fired power plant feel the guilt for poisoning the planet to provide you power. Can't wait for your next post about the annoyance of running the mower over the extension cord. Given your family's history with mowing, make sure you plug into a ground-fault-interupt outlet!

    The link provided in a post above is for a cordless electric mower.
  • torontoguy222...

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    May 25, 2009 2:55 AM GMT
    Love the responses guys, thank you!

    GuyNextDoor: That cordless thing looks sweet! I fear that they're pricey though. I don't have that much grass, so I hesitate to invest $300 bux in a lawnmower, ya know what I mean?

    LostBoy: <3

    To the Electric Suggestions: For valid reasons my mom refuses to get electric. She must have heard a story about someone getting electrocuted by running over the cord, and hence she's perpetually fearful of electric mowers. She's also afraid of me using the Toronto subway system, but that's a rant for another thread lol

    Most Recent Update: I spoke to my dad today who said he cut the grass. I'm all like, what? huh? how? He finally got the thing to power up. He used a trick: Put a bit of gasoline in the filter hole thingy (can you tell I'm not motor-savvy here?). He said the engine doesn't take the gas well at the start, or some shit like that. I also told him to return the shitty push mower, but he's a stubborn Italian like my mom (love them both I swear!!) and he insists it's because the grass is long. Bulllllllllshit. Raaaaaaaaaaaah!

    Tony
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    May 25, 2009 3:09 AM GMT
    Well, I am glad you didnt try to mow the lawn without your hat. . You might have gotten sunstroke. . Wait, you're in Canada. . Ok, you might have gotten freezer burn on your pate then. .




    I didnt know you had to mow tundra. . I thought lichen stayed pretty close to the ground actually.
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    May 25, 2009 3:43 AM GMT
    torontoguy2222 saidMost Recent Update: I spoke to my dad today who said he cut the grass. I'm all like, what? huh? how? He finally got the thing to power up. He used a trick: Put a bit of gasoline in the filter hole thingy (can you tell I'm not motor-savvy here?). He said the engine doesn't take the gas well at the start, or some shit like that. I also told him to return the shitty push mower, but he's a stubborn Italian like my mom (love them both I swear!!) and he insists it's because the grass is long. Bulllllllllshit. Raaaaaaaaaaaah!

    Tony


    You dad is right, many engines don't prime themselves very well. An easy way to get the mower started is to get a can of starting fluid at the auto parts store. Use the priming bulb on the mower if it has one and then spray a bit of starter fluid on the air filter and it should start. If it doesn't keep running repeat the process.

  • May 25, 2009 4:02 AM GMT
    I actually despise yard work for several reasons:

    1. Forced to do it as a child

    2. Only child!

    3. Grew up on a farm and no goats!

    4. Major Allergies Growing Up and Asthema.

    5 It took 3 hours on a riding lawn mower and another hour with a push mower icon_cry.gif We had a very large yard!
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    May 25, 2009 4:14 AM GMT
    I got a yard man mower at walmart. It's got a Honda engine and it's 2 years old; yet it still starts on the first pull. The mower we use at work is a Husqvarna with a briggs and stratton engine. It has the primer button you are supposed to push 3 times. Bull crap!!! You have to press it about 10+ times and finally it starts. I agree with tanker. Get your gas mower fixed or get a new one. Good luck...