RIP my old friend

I do realize that, but until people in China, India and elsewhere prove it to everyone that they really do care about the the environment and climate change I can live with my choice of gasoline ⛽️ powered lawn mowers.

And by the way, my friend, that mini Weber grill you recently bought? The charcoal you burn isn't at all that eco friendly either, but I do understand that it's hard to resist the taste of charcoal cooked food....isn't it? Microwaved steak, burgers or hot dogs? Never! 😀
I know. I was being facetious. The mowing of a yard a few times a month or even a week I’m sure has an infinitesimally minimal effect on global CO2 accumulation. I’m not anti-EV but don’t see the value in it right now. I do think hybrid is a possible future option and Hydrogen engines if Big Oil will ever let it be developed and marketed. For global energy large scale fusion energy is exciting but there’s a way to go still. That will be big when AI rules a bio humans are obsolete.
 
I gave the mower to a younger guy with a family so he could get the money at the local scrapyard.
I am curious what you have tried to fix it? What exactly is the issue?

My employee/nephew is a mechanic. He has fixed much of my mechanical things for cheap or free. One chainsaw I couldn't start, he made his bitch. haha

He helped with brakes on all of my cars (4) Also worked on my Corvette and a nightmare brake redo for my wife's Ford Escort. That was a complete disaster. Long story. Now 5 weeks later, the car is totaled in a car accident. Never will we see that expense covered. I got underwear and a shitty car wash out of that spreading the family love bullshit... $500 down the drain for a 'homeless' family member I don't have to buy gifts for next Christmas I suppose... lol

Maybe the mower does not need to be buried yet? I have a 32 year old gas trimmer that still works thanks to my buddy. It needed a carb rebuild. It was just gummy shit in the fuel feed holes.
 
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Had to say goodbye to my old Snapper rear engine riding lawn mower that served me well for 15 years.

Looking at the cost of a replacement blows my mind! $3K to $6K on average and higher for a freakin' riding lawn mower?

I did my best to save her, but it wasn't enough. And in the meantime, fucking squirrels also ate up all of my peaches, but forget that I mentioned that.

Other than riding each others asses here daily, what's your best recommendation for a new riding lawn mower? I'll be 75 years old two weeks from now. It isn't exactly important that I buy a mower that will outlive me. 😀
 
My craftsman rider is over 10 years old and a couple years ago it started using more oil. It runs good but it's at the point where I add oil before each cut so I assume that engine won't last a whole lot longer. I went on a search to see what's out there now and I didn't find anything that gets good reviews.
 
I have a 25 year old Honda mower that won't die. The only maintenance I've done is 2 spark plugs, 2 air filters and 2 oil changes in all that time. Starts on the first or 2nd pull every Spring. Honda... that's what you should be looking at.
Honda makes some of the best engines I’ve ever used and they take abuse. In construction we had a Diamond blade masonry wet saw with a Honda gas motor. Let it sit through winter in a non-heated shed and come Spring it would always start with relative ease. We had a Briggs and Stratton on another that didn’t do near as well. Then again I had a Briggs and Stratton on a yard mower for my house that was a reliability beast. But Honda makes awesome motors.
 
I am curious what you have tried to fix it? What exactly is the issue?
@JimmyS1969
Good question and I apologize for not responding as quickly as I should have.

I was wrong. I've been riding that mower for at least 18 years. Not 15 years as I had earlier posted.

The mower is a rear engine Snapper series 23 mower. Awesome machine! Up until 3 years ago. My front yard area is level. There's a 20% uphill grade to the backyard portion of my property that the mower hadn't been able to ride up easily. Slowly, but surely, last year I noticed that the mower couldn't move foward even against a 1% uphill gradient.

Long story short: The friction disc is completely shot. The only way to replace it is to stand the 425 lb machine upright on its ass end or turn the machine on its side to replace a worn out part, to accomplish what? Get another 4 months of operational worth out of it? 4 more years of operational ability is completely our of question.

I'm 75. GF is 65. We don't have a hoist in our garage to help us lift up an old machine to replace just one of the many of its failing parts that will eventually fail and prevent us from moving forward.
 
@JimmyS1969
Good question and I apologize for not responding as quickly as I should have.

I was wrong. I've been riding that mower for at least 18 years. Not 15 years as I had earlier posted.

The mower is a rear engine Snapper series 23 mower. Awesome machine! Up until 3 years ago. My front yard area is level. There's a 20% uphill grade to the backyard portion of my property that the mower hadn't been able to ride up easily. Slowly, but surely, last year I noticed that the mower couldn't move foward even against a 1% uphill gradient.

Long story short: The friction disc is completely shot. The only way to replace it is to stand the 425 lb machine upright on its ass end or turn the machine on its side to replace a worn out part, to accomplish what? Get another 4 months of operational worth out of it? 4 more years of operational ability is completely our of question.

I'm 75. GF is 65. We don't have a hoist in our garage to help us lift up an old machine to replace just one of the many of its failing parts that will eventually fail and prevent us from moving forward.
just get some goats. You’ll never have to mow the lawn again. :LOL:
 
Speaking of goats. In my neighborhood a house was recently up for sale. The house didn't sell until the seller got rid of the 6 goats he was raising. A week after he got rid of the goats...the house sold. I now wonder where all the goats have gone.
 
Speaking of goats. In my neighborhood a house was recently up for sale. The house didn't sell until the seller got rid of the 6 goats he was raising. A week after he got rid of the goats...the house sold. I now wonder where all the goats have gone.
Ah, so you’re thinking of my idea :D
Better find those goats
 
Apparently those goats are pretty good to have. Our local utility gets herds of goats to go along under some of the transmission towers, and one solar farm puts goats inside the area to keep the grass down under the panels where it would be difficult to cut with a mower.

My yard is small enough that I can walk it in about 45 minutes. It takes me a couple of months to go through a gallon of gas. I doubt that's going to melt the polar ice cap. Since I got my first house in '76, I've had two lawn mowers, both 19" walkers. The first was a Lawn Boy that I had for years. Then, about 20 years ago, it died, so I got a "Yard Machine" mower with a Briggs & Stratton engine, and it is still cranking along. It's never been in the shop, I changed the oil twice. One spark plug. I pull the blade and sharpen the edge in the spring. By the time it dies, I'll consider an electric mower, provided the battery can last long enough to cut the entire yard or mulch the leaves in a single charge.
 
Fifteen years is a good run for any mower. It’s definitely a shock to see the prices for new ones these days.
If you're open to going electric, the newer battery-powered models are getting much better. Brands like Ryobi offer electric riding mowers that are easy to maintain and quieter to operate. I can for sure recommend them for any garden.
For gas-powered mowers, there's a range of models that could fit your needs without breaking the bank.
 
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