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Old 09-27-2013, 11:16 AM   #16
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are you just saying that because they hunt me?
Well, I just figured you could give us a detailed description of what the underside of a mower deck looks like.
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:23 AM   #17
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Well, I just figured you could give us a detailed description of what the underside of a mower deck looks like.
its not pleasant. neither was the underside of the car I was forcibly persuaded to inspect
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:10 PM   #18
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its not pleasant. neither was the underside of the car I was forcibly persuaded to inspect
OUCH! Sorry for dragging up THAT.

Back to the original thread then. Apologies to the OP.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:50 PM   #19
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If you have earthworms where you live, a healthy population will control the thatch. Please do not import if you do not have them already. How do you get a healthy population. No weedkillers. Limit fertilizers. Control soil PH

other than that, a gas powered mulching mower with catcher attachment..

Check your areas zoning or homeowners covenants. Drought tolerance is important.

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Old 09-27-2013, 04:02 PM   #20
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OUCH! Sorry for dragging up THAT. .
it wasnt all that bad. I didnt get run over but you could have used a ruler to measure how close it was.
The two year court battle was the painful part, but that's another story all together
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:40 PM   #21
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We got a 36volt black & decker battery power lawnmower and so far we are really happy (well I'm really happy because I'm the one that cuts the grass) in any case we used to have a Honda 216 that keep requiring the carburetor to get clean and even rebuild thanks to the ethanol, the electric does not have the charge to do all the lawn, so I need to do it in two sessions that that is fine with me since I prefer it that way anyway..
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:33 PM   #22
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I have a Honda 215, I think that's 5 hp and 21" cut, self propelled that I bought in 1990. Change the oil once a year, a couple plugs over the years, and a drive wheel. Carbs never been off. For the last 7 years its been at my place in NC, I only use it 4-5 times a year. In the winter I drain the tank and run the carb dry. Have always used non ethanol fuel. Keep Seafoam or Marvel in it otherwise. It smokes a bit when I first start it but runs like a champ.
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:10 AM   #23
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with a yard that small, get whatever is cheapest, imho.

that said, i've got a honda self propelled mulching mower - it does a nice job and cuts the grass up to small thatch.

but i mow around 2 acres with it. if i had a yard that size, i'd probably go with a small electric mower.
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Old 09-28-2013, 11:27 AM   #24
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I've got maybe 75% more yard than you, in a climate that I'm guessing requires more frequent mowing. I got a B&D corded electric when we moved to this place 11 years ago. 20 minutes or so to do the whole yard, no gas storage, no winter storage issues, no tuneups, no 'will it start' moments, no battery charging; just plug it in, mow, rewind the cord and put it away. Repeat. Cheaper than a cordless and not much more than a POS store brand pusher that you'll throw away in 3 years.

You'll need a 14 ga. outdoor cord long enough to give you turnaround room at the end of the yard. I use a 100-footer. Someone will be along in a minute to tell you a 12 or 10 ga. is required, just because this is the internet; but that won't be true.
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Old 09-28-2013, 11:57 AM   #25
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You'll need a 14 ga. outdoor cord long enough to give you turnaround room at the end of the yard. I use a 100-footer. Someone will be along in a minute to tell you a 12 or 10 ga. is required, just because this is the internet; but that won't be true.
That's fine, I only burned 3 of them electric mowers running them with 14ga/100ft. But I have a big bumpy weedy mossy lawn.....! Switched to gas mowers then later got 12ga cords, they were cheap and that's what the manuals recommend for my 15A cutting tools. Of course on a GFCI outlet.

You should be fine if the mower has a 12A motor with "14ga at 100ft".
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Old 09-28-2013, 12:15 PM   #26
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Didn't take long.

Edit - I'm sure the Canadian voltage exchange rate had something to do with it.

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Old 09-28-2013, 08:10 PM   #27
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Regarding reel mowers, only do that if you're going to be religious about mowing your lawn. I hate mowing the lawn (and lawn in general, which is probably ironic given I love to golf) and consequently it gets ignored for extended periods. Trying to force a reel mower through thatch sucks eggs.
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Old 09-28-2013, 08:47 PM   #28
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Try a Neutron or Neutron cordless electric. Its lightweight and perfect for that small lawn.
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:07 AM   #29
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I watched a neighbor unbox and try to use an electric mower. Poor guy. The cord was always in the wrong place so he was constantly stopping to move it. Except when he ran over it and cut it. That mower went back to the store within an hour.

Get a decent (Toro) or good (Honda) mulching push mower. Bagging is a pain in the ass and unnecessary with a good mulching deck and blade. You won't build up thatch with a proper mulcher.

My grandfather always used a reel mower and it was perfect for his tiny yard. But he know how to sharpen it - I wouldn't want to use one with a dull blade. He also mowed frequently so he never had to contend with tall grass. Pushing a reel mower through high grass would be quite a workout.
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:58 AM   #30
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When I was younger, I would mow the grass at my grandfathers house. He had an electric corded mower. in some respects I hated that thing... not much power, cord was constantly in the way unless you mowed exactly a certain way, and the dang thing would come unplugged. My grandfather had probably run over 4-5 cords while mowing before I started taking over. The bonuses were no gas, no gas, no oil, and oh yeah no gas to deal with.
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