Saturday, April 09, 2011

Les tondeuses

Or "A Tale of Two Lawnmowers." Here they are. The new one (on the left) and the old one (on the right). As you can see, they're pretty much the same mower. The old one has a Briggs & Stratton engine and is bigger. The new one has a Honda engine and is a little smaller.

The two mowers, side by side.

The new one has also done its first tour of the yard, cutting pretty much three-fourths of it in two days. It's working great, and the grass catcher is easier to use that the old one. I'll take the grass catcher off for most of the summer now that the first cut is done. Both mowers have a mulching feature, although the old one lost some internal parts a few years back so it doesn't really mulch very well any more. The new one doesn't have those parts to fall off, but it still mulches, so there's been a design improvement.

I don't know what we'll do with the old machine. It still runs ok, but the auto-traction stopped working. The belt's ok and is turning, but the wheels stopped going. It might be reparable, but we decided that, with all of the old mower's other problems, it was best to get a new one.


  1. Mower, mower on the wall,
    Who's the fairest of them all?
    "I'm the old one - oh woe is me
    I fear I'm off to the dechetterie"

  2. Are your mowers dating, or is there too much of an age difference between them?

  3. Thanks for the laughs Jean and Cubby;)

  4. It's so important to have the right tool, in good working condition... makes every job go more smoothly :)) You were wise to get a new one.


  5. How frequently do you have to mow? By the way, those evergreen trees in yesterdays photo are beautiful. They look like 2 different varieties.

  6. jean, hehe... unless I can find a more dignified end.

    cubby, I don't know what 8 is in lawnmower years...

    evelyn, :)

    judy, yup.

    mike, now I've got to figure out what to do about the old one.

    diogenes, I'm glad you asked that! I've kept a spreadsheet since 2003 for grass cutting. The average interval between cuts is 17 days. If it's warm and wet, it's more frequent; hot and dry, less frequent. The average number of cuts per season is 11; the most was 15 in 2004 and the least was 9 in 2009. The first cut of the season is around the beginning of April, and the last cut is usually some time in October. :)

    starman, this is my fourth, but only the second one with an engine.

  7. Hi Walt

    Your old mower could be made into a trolly to move things around your yard. Just take off the moter and make a platform.



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