The Murray lawnmower originated in Cleveland, Ohio. Founded by J.W. Murray, the Murray Ohio Manufacturing Company produced mowers for residential and commercial use. They included widebody models with a width-cutting capacity designed to require fewer passes to cut lawns. According to thelawnmower.info, the company’s well-priced riding mowers were a major product line and grew in popularity. The Murray Ohio Manufacturing Company had financial difficulties in the early 21st century. Ownership changed in 2004.
The company’s new owner was Briggs and Stratton, manufacturer of the Briggs and Stratton engine that powered the Murray mower. Riding lawn mowers for very large lawns and the lawn tractor for commercial use were among Murray's widebody models designed to meet consumer needs. Murray standard for beginners and select and performance mowers for the next levels of lawn care were other models produced. The Murray Product Support website, murray.com is a resource for parts, manuals, dealers and service. Other Internet websites cover questions and answers and complaints about stalled Murray widebody and other mowers. For example, according to thelawnmower.info, Murray replacement wheels are easy to find and are not exorbitantly priced. Among Murray mower problems are leaking fuel tanks and broken belts. Websites like eReplacementParts.com offer a range of Murray mower parts.
Owners of Murray widebody machines have their own website, Murray Owners World, which is a resource for information about Murray Ohio lawn and garden tractors. Registration and logging in are requirements to use the site. General discussion, maintenance guides, FAQs, manuals and schematics, history, reference materials, rebuilds and modifications as wellas a photo library are among the areas of information covered.
Repairing and rebuilding the Murray widebody and other Murray machines are the subject of websites such as tractorforum.com, where owners confer and seek opinions and advice. Among the Murray models featured on the website was a 1999 model, 18hp Briggs Twin, 42-inch mulching deck. The owner described the work put into refurbishing the machine before selling it. That included de-rusting the deck and replacing the 14.5 Briggs with an older, 18hp Briggs engine. The mytractorforum.com website is another resource for information about Murray machines, in this case, a Murray widebody 14hp B&S carb model which no longer started after running for a while. The owner sought and received advice as to where the problem might lie, including insight into a sticking float and a defective fuel bowl.
No-reserve Internet auction firms like Kansas-based Purple Wave are potential sources of Murray widebody machines. For example, a Murray widebody riding lawn mower sold at auction in 2009. According to the description, this particular model featured a 17.5hp overhead valve, Tecumseh motor, 42-inch cut and six-speed. It needed a starter. The auction price was $220.
Questions and Answers
A question asked on the Ask An Owner website concerned the Murray widebody II 40-inch mower. It related to deck leveling. The owner was unable to get the deck to level out, or to get the mower to cut. It was a 13hp OHV three-way cutting deck. The advice given on the website was to check the owners’ manual for the correct procedure to level the deck, and to take a straight edge across the mower blades to find out if there were bent blades.