Sorry for the late reply.
I made a "ditch mower" to run on an outrigger bolted to my tractor
bucket. It was essentially just a mower deck and motor bolted to a long
arm. I used it a couple of summers then hit a big rock. I was able to
straighten everything out and get it to run again but the crank runout
and vibration wallowed out the main seal in pretty short order and all
the oil ran out. That pretty much killed it for good.
I'm going to make another one some day, and use heavy duty nylon
strings or rods instead of a solid blade, like a ho-made DR Mower. I may
even just buy a DR Mower head and work back from there.
On 5/20/2013 6:42 PM, Eric J Russell wrote:
>> Hit a large rock the lawn mower.
> Thanks for the many replies.
> To answer the questions/suggestions raised - the spark plug was out
> when I turned the engine by hand. The resistance I feel might be the
> valve springs. It seems the consensus is to try either a new blade or
> at least a roughly straightened/balanced old blade and see how it
> runs. The key in the blade adapter is (was) integral to the part. It
> is an aluminum part with the 'key' punched in from the side. I might
> try just bolting it together (without a functioning key) to see if it
> runs better with the blade.
> I saw this on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjSZu2hlmsk I
> do have an assortment of hammers...
> Eric Russell
> Mebane, NC _______________________________________________
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