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I mowed today and some of my lawn is already getting brown. Hardly any rain here and sandy soil.  Crazy for April though.  I am trying to add topsoil to improve the soil at least a little at a time.  Would like to redo the whole lawn with better soil but other things way ahead on the to do list.  Soil here by the lake is just poor, same reason I had to make garden boxes and add soil. 

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Passed the torch down to my daughter today. She’ll now be in charge of mowing for allowance $ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro

I don't think bush trimming was a big thing back in her day.  

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47 minutes ago, Steve D said:

I'm going to regret it but I have held off so far. With rain for the next few days it will be ready to bale by next week.:bad:

Lol, yep been there many times.  Hate double cutting.

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You guys are crazy! I had to mow the other day, light misting of roundup out front should hold me over through turkey season! Of of these years I’m going to just plant my entire front lawn with sweet corn and not have to worry about it!


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You guys are crazy! I had to mow the other day, light misting of roundup out front should hold me over through turkey season! Of of these years I’m going to just plant my entire front lawn with sweet corn and not have to worry about it!


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So I ran out of ethanol free gas last night and my neighbor lent me some regular 87. My mower seemed to run better, it had a nice buzz sound to it. It's a 20 year old John Deere. Should I ditch the ethanol free?


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1 minute ago, The_Real_TCIII said:

So I ran out of ethanol free gas last night and my neighbor lent me some regular 87. My mower seemed to run better, it had a nice buzz sound to it. It's a 20 year old John Deere. Should I ditch the ethanol free?


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Just now, The_Real_TCIII said:


So stick with the ethanol free?


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if youve had the mower for 20+ years and its still running your doing something right - I wouldnt change now. IMHO. 

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26 minutes ago, The_Real_TCIII said:

So I ran out of ethanol free gas last night and my neighbor lent me some regular 87. My mower seemed to run better, it had a nice buzz sound to it. It's a 20 year old John Deere. Should I ditch the ethanol free?


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I will be the contrarian to Rob and say " Yes " . Ditch the ethanol free gas . At least for the summer while using it mowing every week . My mower and 4 wheeler did the same thing. Ran way better after I went back to regular gas .At the end of the summer I try to use up most of the tank and then add a maybe a gal of ethanol free gas , let it run thru the system , shut the gas line off and let it run till it burns up the gas in the line and carb. Never had a problem doing this and a better running machine.

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if youve had the mower for 20+ years and its still running your doing something right - I wouldnt change now. IMHO. 

I bought it used last year and changed to ethanol free. If I don't turn the choke down now it belches flames out the exhaust


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I bought it used last year and changed to ethanol free. If I don't turn the choke down now it belches flames out the exhaust


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I'd like to change my answer....

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What is "ethanol free" gas? serious question. i've heard of it, but where do you buy it?

I just fill up my 5 gallon tank with 87 and run snowthrower and lawnmower on it every year without issue. For each machine I run it empty end of season and drain oil. 

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5 minutes ago, Biz-R-OWorld said:

What is "ethanol free" gas? serious question. i've heard of it, but where do you buy it?

I just fill up my 5 gallon tank with 87 and run snowthrower and lawnmower on it every year without issue. For each machine I run it empty end of season and drain oil. 

The short quick version your standard 87 you use is ethanol which has about 10% plant in it (think corn) Ethanol free is 100% oil. 

Ethanol in your vehicle is not a big deal but ethanol in your small mower/snowblower engine can cause issues with the carburetors and fuel lines and it will gum these up over time especially when they sit for months at a time without being used. 

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59 minutes ago, The_Real_TCIII said:


I bought it used last year and changed to ethanol free. If I don't turn the choke down now it belches flames out the exhaust


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Run 87 all summer and before storing it for the winter put some fuel additive in it like seafoam and run it for a while before putting it away. 

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What is "ethanol free" gas? serious question. i've heard of it, but where do you buy it?
I just fill up my 5 gallon tank with 87 and run snowthrower and lawnmower on it every year without issue. For each machine I run it empty end of season and drain oil. 

I get it at my local stations. I was always told to at least run 89 in my small engines


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1 minute ago, Moho81 said:

The short quick version your standard 87 you use is ethanol which has about 10% plant in it (think corn) Ethanol free is 100% oil. 

Ethanol in your vehicle is not a big deal but ethanol in your small mower/snowblower engine can cause issues with the carburetors and fuel lines and it will gum these up over time especially when they sit for months at a time without being used. 

Gotcha, so I guess that's why no issues? I mow weekly and drain before off-season. 

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9 minutes ago, Biz-R-OWorld said:

Gotcha, so I guess that's why no issues? I mow weekly and drain before off-season. 

yes the long term storage is usually the issue but what do I know I'm just an architect just ask @The_Real_TCIII

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yes the long term storage is usually the issue but what do I know I'm just an architect just ask [mention=5278]The_Real_TCIII[/mention]

City planner?


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My grandfather had a small engine repair shop that was a dealer for toro and other brands. Another guy I know owns and operates (does all repair work) for a small engine shop that does hand held stuff like saws. Both say to stick to 91 octane non ethanol gas (I get it from Stewart's shops) and in the hand held stuff run it rich (1:40 vs 1:50 for premix) stuff will run forever. I haven't had anything rebuilt or taken apart and cleaned yet and they run. zero turn runs like the day I got it about a decade ago.

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1 hour ago, The_Real_TCIII said:

So far I've heard from a finance guy, a walleye fisherman who's dog bites me, and an architect. I'm holding out...


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I'm also a Transportation Director and a Safety Specialist when I'm not fishing.  And my best advice as an expert in these fields is to sell the mower before it catches fire. Lol

 

 

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I'm also a Transportation Director and a Safety Specialist when I'm not fishing.  And my best advice as an expert in these fields is to sell the mower before it catches fire. Lol
 
 


Exactly. I like to put mine out with a free sign by the road after year 4 (runs perfect) and get a new one.


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