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The sickle mower, also known as reciprocating lawn mower is capable of making a smooth cut through dense plant life. Because of its efficiency and ability to clear large amounts of hay, it was popular from conception through the 1960s when specialized mowers replaced it. Today the sickle mower is often used to cut tall grass.
The first sickles were powered by horses instead of machines. In 1833, Obed Hussey improved upon an 1831 design by William Manning, creating what would eventually be refined as the sickle bar mower, according to Farm Collector magazine.
A sickle mower has a 6- to 8-feet long bar with guard plates and channels; inside each channel is a reciprocating sickle. The sickle bar is pumped along the channel in a scissor-like motion and is supported by a mechanism called a skid.
The sickle mower cuts grass/plants like a huge pair of hair clippers. It has a spring-loaded guard that separates the cut product from the uncut material.
A sickle bar is usually attached to the side of a tractor or riding lawn mower, but is also found at the front of a hand-pushed mower.
Avoid physical harm by never attempting to remove foliage from the blades while the mower is running. Make sure that there are no children in the area where you plan to use the mower.
Turn off the lawnmower, if it is on, by letting go of the engagement lever on the handlebars. Do not attempt to replace the chute with the mower on and running.
Lift the black spring-loaded cover on the side of the mower deck. The cover has a spring on the top edge, so grip the cover at the bottom of the deck and rotate the cover upward. Hold it in place for the duration of the process.
Slide the tabs on the top edge of the chute under the pins that extend from each end of the pin that holds the cover’s spring in place and then lower the chute against the side of the mower deck. The tabs hold the chute in place.
Lower the spring-loaded cover down and rest it on top of the chute. You do not remove the spring-loaded cover at any point.
Determine the condition of your LTH130 riding mower. This will help determine how much the riding mower is worth. A perfect, mint-condition riding mower with no scratches will be worth more than a riding mower that has some visible surface wear.
Visit a licensed Husqvarna dealer. Ask the sales people there if they know how much an LTH130 would be worth in your mower's condition.
Visit online auctions and classified-ad websites and check your local newspaper's classifieds section. Search for Husqvarna LTH130 riding mowers. Look at the prices at which they are selling. If you cannot find an LTH130, find one with similar specifications and in a similar condition.
Position the riding mower on a flat and level surface. Choose a location in a lawn or on a driveway, for example, that will allow enough space to work.
Straighten the front tires of the riding mower by turning the steering wheel. Position one tire ramp in front of each front tire. Place the lower end of the tire ramp closest to the tire.
Raise the mower deck to the maximum height. Release the parking brake and put the gear selector in the neutral position.
Place one hand on the riding mower steering wheel and the other in another location that will provide a good grip.
Push the front tires of the riding mower up the tire ramps to a point where the under side of the mower deck is accessible. Set the brake on the mower and move the gear selector into gear so the mower will not move.
Chock the back wheels of the mower with wood, rocks, blocks or wheel chocks so the tires will not roll.
Sit in the riding mower's seat.
Push the throttle/choke lever all the way forward to the "choke" position. It is located on the left side of your seat behind the lift lever.
Use your left foot to push the clutch/brake pedal all the way forward.
Put the key into the ignition. Then turn it to the "start" symbol. Once the engine turns over, allow the key to return to the "run" symbol.
Move the throttle forward to the "fast" position.
Look at Craigslist first. Look under the Farm and Garden section and you will find plenty of choices this time of year. Another place to look is a pawn shop. Finally the best place is one that fixes lawn mowers. You can be more sure you'll get a decent mower if you are lucky enough to score one this way.
Determine the type of lawn mower you need based on the size of your yard, how much muscle you want to put into mower, and how green you want to be.
Choices of lawn mowers include push mowers (for the hardy), electric (with cord), rechargeable battery operated, gas, and riding mowers. On the green scale I've listed them in order of most to least. Horsepower will tell you how much oomph the mower has. I bought one with 6.5 horsepower and that was plenty for me. Also for those without the muscle self-propelled is the only way to go.
If you aren't mechanical take a friend with you to check out the lawn mower. Be sure to take a test run to be sure everything it working properly. Make sure nothing is smoking. Ask them how old it is, when the blades were last sharpened, and when it last had any maintenance. For engines Honda and Briggs and Stratton are the best.
Once you have it home change the oil and air filter to ensure a better running engine. If it hasn't has recent maintenance it would be a good idea to take it in to a place that does mower repair.
Put your mower in the lowest position and open the hood.
Lift up the retainer spring that holds the clutch cable to the adjustment bracket. Pull the cable out of the bracket.
Remove the clutch cable spring from the idler bracket. Pry the spring open with a pair of pliers if necessary.
Hook a new clutch cable spring over the idler bracket and squeeze it closed.
Slip the clutch cable under the retainer spring.
Lift the lawn mower's seat. In some cases, the seat will simply lift up (hinged on one side), but in some cases there may be a latch that will need to be released before the seat will swing up.
Locate a small box with two wires leading into it under the seat. Cut both wires at the point where they enter the small box.
Strip approximately 1 inch of insulation off of the end of each of the two wires you just cut.
Twist the two ends of bare wire tightly together and wrap them in electrical tape.
Lower the seat and test the lawnmower by attempting to start it with no one in the seat. Make sure the lawnmower is in "neutral" when you attempt to start it. If the mower fails to start, check the connection you just made.
A key consideration in selecting a gas-engined riding mower is deck width. A deck 30 inches to 40 inches wide will serve on lawns between 1/2 acre and 1 1/2 acres. Consider a 40- to 48-inch deck if your lawn is 1 1/2 acres to 3 acres. Look at a deck of 48 inches to more than 60 inches for a lawn larger than 3 acres. Other factors in selecting a riding mower include engine power, riding comfort, travel speed, maneuverability and whether it will take attachments such as a grass bagger.
Walk-behind mowers are meant for small lawns of up to 1/2 acre. Cutting widths generally don’t exceed 21 inches. For small lawns under 1/4 acre, you can choose a manual reel push mower whose blade cage is driven by its wheels as you push it along. Or choose an electric- or gasoline-powered rotary push mower whose rotating blade is driven by the motor or engine. You still must push the mower forward. For lawns between 1/4 acre and 1/2 acre, choose a self-propelled, gasoline-powered rotary mower where the engine spins the blade and propels the mower forward.
Yard Machines have a safety switch by the clutch brake pedal, which you must completely depress when starting the mower. Other safety switches are located by the lift and shift levers, and under the seat. The lift lever must be in the "stop blades" position when starting or shifting the mower, or when you leave the seat.
Finish cutting your grass. You'll want your grass completely cut before disengaging the mower deck.
Push the brake in fully and shift the lawn mower into park.
Disengage the mower deck by moving the clutch lever to the "disengaged" position. The blades on the mower deck should stop rotating.
Raise the mower deck to the highest setting by turning the height adjustment knob all the way clockwise. Drive your lawn mower to its storage location and park it.
Most push lawn mowers are not equipped with oil drain plugs. Therefore, it is safe to gently turn your mower into an upside down position in order to drain the old oil, and/or old gas. A mower that still has oil in the crankcase, however, should not be left upside down for a prolonged period of time.
The power for electric mowers is measured in watts, volts or amps, while gas mower power is measured in terms of horsepower. To determine equivalent horsepower for an electric mower, multiply the model's volts by amps to find wattage. Then divide wattage by 746 to find horsepower.
Sit in the seat and flip the ignition switch on your right to the "On" position to start the mower.
Find the headlight switch. When you are in the mower's seat, look down and to your right. The switch is next to the battery's charge light.
Turn the headlights on by pushing the headlight switch with your fingers.
Turn the headlights off after you have finished mowing. To do this, push the headlight button again while the mower is running.
MTD lawn mower engines are typically made by Briggs & Stratton, manufacturer of 10 million lawn mower engines each year. Some MTD lawn mower engines are manufactured by Honda, whose engines are recognized as quiet and fuel efficient.
How To Clean Riding Lawn Mower Decks
Remove the deck from the riding lawn mower. Depending on the build of the individual mower, you may need additional tools.
Wear safety goggles in effort to avoid lose debris that could possibly fly into your eyes.
Scrape the dried dirt and grass using a putty knife. A putty knife is an appropriate tool to use because of its wide, flat surface.
Rinse the deck using a spray nozzle connected to the water hose. The spray nozzle allows the water to be more forceful than that of the unaided hose.
Allow the deck to dry completely before replacing it back on the riding lawn mower. Ample drying time will help to prevent rust spots.
Ensure the riding lawn mower meets the government safety standard ANSI B71.1-2003. This safety standard ensures that the mower will stop if the operator is no longer on the mower, the seat back is at least 4.5 inches high, turn and traction performance has been limited to increase stability and that the blades do not operate when the mower is in reverse.
Following safe operating practices ensures your safety while maintaining the lawn with a riding lawnmower. Reading the manual, keeping hands and feet away from moving parts of the machine, clearing the yard of obstacles, operating in daylight, wearing eye protection and keeping bystanders away from the machine will keep your mowing experience a safe one. In addition, mowing up and down slopes instead of across slopes and keeping children away from the mower are also safe practices.
Proper maintenance will also increase the likelihood of a safe riding mower experience. Always handle gasoline properly, keeping cigarettes and other sources of ignition away, using proper containers, fueling when the mower is cool, and properly closing gas caps. Make sure the mower is properly cared for by keeping all hardware tight, making sure safety devices are working, keeping the machine free of debris and turning the machine off before servicing.
Make sure you are holding down the bar on the lawnmower's handle that triggers the propelling mechanism. Releasing this bar will cause the lawnmower to stop moving or stall.
Check the lawnmower's gas reserves if the mower doesn't start or turns off unexpectedly, especially on inclined surfaces. Refill the mower with gas if it's low.
Turn off the mower, and turn the appliance on its side. Inspect the bottom blades if you're experiencing poor mowing results or if the machine stalls. Vegetation may have wound around the blades; clear it away if needed. Dull or bent blades, often caused by heavy use or running over rocks, must be professionally serviced. Contact your lawnmower's manufacturer to find an authorized maintenance center in your area.
Pull out the lawnmower's spark plug, typically found on the mower's central engine block, if you can't get the lawnmower to start. Wipe it down with a rag and inspect it. Black spark plugs are burned out and must be replaced. Your lawnmower's manual will have specific part numbers for the spark plug so you can buy a compatible replacement.