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After much mulling by a master mind, I settled on the following:https://www.scag.com/product/walk-behind-mowers/sfc30/Looks to fit all of my needs and the "designed by a farmer in his barn" simplicity really touched my soul.Everything I looked at on it said "Wow! That can't be done any simpler! That is a robust design. That's how I would have done it if I were building it myself with limited tooling available."Plus my journey allowed me to see a mower, that, if my name was Charlie, I would have had to buy.When I asked if they had any used commercial mowers available, a local shop said "We have one on consignment for one of our customers. It's over there by the door."It was a walk behind mower made by Toro. Maybe a 21" cut. The deck looked to be 1/4"-3/8" thick. I'm assuming aluminum or magnesium. It was a powered by a Suzuki two stroke engine. Brought me back to my youth of pushing similar Lawn Boy mowers. You could back over them with a dump truck and not damage them.Hopefully times aren't so tough that Charlie is selling off the good stuff........
Still have Lawn-Boys, including a '64 that was owned by my late Aunt Bess. It goes nicely with my '59 Snow-Boy and '59 Edger. My friend Joseph gave me one of those Toro mowers. Glad I never bought one. I've spent more on that free mower than I did on every single Lawn-Boy I've owned combined! Great mower when it's working properly. Next time it breaks, it's going on FB Marketplace and will be replaced by a Lawn-Boy.
I gave my dad a hard time for buying an *expensive* magnesium deck Lawn boy and a formed steel gas can back in the late 50s/early 60s. Don't remember. I still have both..
Still NGC, yesterday I went "Semi-Charlie" and bought a 1984 Power King 1217 riding lawn mower. If the mower was 20 years older and it was free, it would have been "Full-Charlie" transaction. Hydrostatic, two speed transaxle, twin cylinder Kohler 17 hp.Used it today to mow... in the rain.Runs like a charm, cuts great, hydrostatic is super handy. Amazingly smooth running, both the engine and the mower deck. No cracks in any of the fiberglass body work. Little bit of sun fade, but otherwise looks only a few years old.Amazing how well good designs hold up..........
I'm saving for a Gravely walk behind. My grandfather had one that lasted forever. Had a brush hog, 48" mowe deck, snow blower and chainsaw attachment. It was a beast. I just want a mower deck and snow blower.
I'm looking for a small tractor with front end loader and several of the Economy/Power King tractors have popped semi-local. This '77 would be about perfect. Kohler K321, dual transmissions (no power-robbing hydrostat for me) and metal bodywork. Grand-dad Roberts had several of them. I don't agree that "if speed and productivity is what you seek the newer, specialized equipment is the way to go". An old Gravely can do more work in a shorter time (depends on the operator) than many modern machines. An old Mdl. L may only be 6.6 hp (or 7.6 later) but they're big horses and none is lost to running pumps, belts, etc. "Specialized equipment" means one machine for one task - a Gravely can do many different jobs just by switching attachments. Changing those attachments is much easier on later tractors with the "quick hitch", but isn't hard on the oldies either.
Still have Lawn-Boys, including a '64 that was owned by my late Aunt Bess. It goes nicely with my '59 Snow-Boy and '59 Edger.
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