Dangerlawn journal

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Dangerlawn
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Re: Dangerlawn journal

Post by Dangerlawn » Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:03 am

mowww wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:38 am

The paint looks pretty good to me. How are you liking your Earthwise 7-blade reel? Looks smooth from your photos, do you have to double cut? Any sharpening since you bought it?
I love the earthwise when I cut at 1 inch, but it leaves really bad washboarding marks if I cut any lower.

Like this:

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Also it’s a pain to adjust the cutting height because you have to take off the wheels. I’m just leaving at an inch and not touching it.

I do not have to double cut and I haven’t sharpened it yet. After a full season it still cuts paper across the entire bed knife and does a better job than my toro rotary at leaving a smooth surface.

If it broke tomorrow I would buy the same one again.

I maintain it by blowing it off with an air compressor after every use and then putting some WD-40 all over the metal parts. I used it daily for a long time
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Re: Dangerlawn journal

Post by mowww » Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:57 pm

@Dangerlawn thank you for the thorough reply! For my next project I’d like to utilize this mower. I appreciate the information.

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Re: Dangerlawn journal

Post by Dangerlawn » Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:50 am

The pre emergents are working fantastic.

Last year without pre em I was covered in poa:

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This year, zero.

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Re: Dangerlawn journal

Post by Dangerlawn » Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:19 am

Found a couple weeds in the yard today, mostly in the alley. Sprayed them all with some ready to spray stuff I had laying around, so I will see how well this works.. didn’t feel like mixing up anything since it’s just a few plants

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Common mallow:

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Poa:

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Not sure what the rest are

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Re: Dangerlawn journal

Post by Dangerlawn » Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:41 pm

Zero difference on any of the weeds I sprayed. It being an amine during weather seems to be the issue. I’ll just pull them by hand if they don’t die in a couple weeks, or I might respray a few times and see what happens.
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Post by Dangerlawn » Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:03 pm

Decided to remove the little fence in the backyard. Bought a farm jack, some chain and a few half inch bolts to remove the posts.

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Will be buying a John Deere 260SL very soon and wanted to get the yard ready for reel mowing. Less obstacles to mow and edge around. We really don’t need the fence because the dog just jumps over it anyway and it’s secured with a gate.

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Re: Dangerlawn journal

Post by Dangerlawn » Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:25 pm

Fence posts are gone and I put out a yard of top soil to fill the holes. This will get sanded in Spring before I start reel mowing it.


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Re: Dangerlawn journal

Post by Dangerlawn » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:41 am

I found my reel mower! It’s a Toro Greensmaster 1000 that I picked up for $750. We woke up at 5am to drive out to McKinney Texas and pick it up. We didn’t get home until around 6pm.

Despite the long drive, I’m very happy with it. It wasn’t cutting paper at first but I was able to adjust that and get it cutting paper across the whole bed knife.

Cut the yard today at around 3/4 inch. It looks like crap but it’s not the mowers fault. It’s from the lawn paint job and my lack of experience.

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Next step is to clean it up real nice and learn how to do the grease fittings, change oil/filter/spark plug etc.

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Re: Dangerlawn journal

Post by Redtwin » Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:42 am

You're going to LOVE that mower! It took me a bit to learn to control it but it cuts great. I nicknamed mine the "Spooked Mule". It'll pop wheelies until you learn to work the drive lever smoothly.

Sounds like you got a great deal!!!

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Re: Dangerlawn journal

Post by jabopy » Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:10 am

Great mower :thumbup: now you have a better run with the tree gone and now the fence out of the way. Love the geen :mrgreen:

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Post by Dangerlawn » Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:36 am

I do love this mower! I just put down some stripes in the dormant Bermuda.

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I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of using it. I popped a ton of wheelies in the process, but I found a good throttle speed I like. I might take off the transport connections to get in closer with the mower against obstacles. Otherwise I’m pretty happy with everything so far.

Had an issue with the throttle cable. It fell out of position inside the control panel and made me think the cable died. I popped it back and now I’m good to go. I went ahead and ordered all new cables for the controls, but I really didn’t need to. This is just for piece of mind and to have a small project replacing them. I paid about $150 for the three OEM cables. The cable housings are all busted open and worn so if nothing else they’ll look better.
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Re: Dangerlawn journal

Post by Dangerlawn » Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:14 am

Put out the last of my air 8 bottle today in the backyard. It was probably only around 16 oz or so. I applied it with the simple lawn solutions sprayer across around 4,000 square foot. It’s supposed to rain today to help it get into the soil.

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Re: Dangerlawn journal

Post by Mopar69 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:42 pm

Just looked over your journal. Wow, lots of work in half a year. I’ve had drip irrigation in my beds for years...have never really used it, I have 5 children (I’m a milk man - insert joke) that I keep busy hand watering. Seems really cool to have in a yard.

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Re: Dangerlawn journal

Post by Dangerlawn » Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:19 pm

Mopar69 wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:42 pm
Just looked over your journal. Wow, lots of work in half a year. I’ve had drip irrigation in my beds for years...have never really used it, I have 5 children (I’m a milk man - insert joke) that I keep busy hand watering. Seems really cool to have in a yard.
Thanks, I like to stay busy. I really enjoy the hand watering as well. The drip should come in handy for vacation and droughts.

1/25/2020

Today I mowed the back yard at 0.5 inch

Still playing with the new mower and learning how it works. So far I've greased all the fittings with Lucas Marine grease and replaced the throttle and clutch cables. I still need to replace spark plug, change the oil, and clean fuel filter.

It's so nice seeing stripes in my dormant grass. I still need to work on making them straight. Lot of leveling to do as well.

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