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Old Honda Mower
« on: December 07, 2019, 05:26:12 PM »
Well my 35 year old Honda rider Pooped out on me today.
The shift lever to the trans let go inside and cannot get it out of 4th gear.
the only other problem I ever had was the starter and had it rebuilt 6 years ago.
I guess its time for a new one.
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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2019, 06:05:45 PM »
Sho nuff. Sorry....

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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2019, 06:23:45 PM »
35 years is incredible! 
Iím trying to think if I ever had a mower hit 10.  I donít think so.
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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2019, 08:18:34 PM »
35 years is incredible! 
Iím trying to think if I ever had a mower hit 10.  I donít think so.

Same here! I buy used riding mowers usually off Craigslist since I know that they are going to take a beating around my property. I just keep repairing and rebuilding them until they are beyond any more help. It's still cheaper than doing the same thing with an expensive new mower for my purposes.

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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2019, 11:23:12 PM »
That's a long time.
I had a nib 1995 cub cadet (last year actually built by cub with grease fittings) in 2015 if finally had it. 20 years, and a rough life mowing steep sidehills. The only thing I ever really did to it was put a battery in it and ag tires when it was 12 years old.
My next mower was a kubota. I couldn't find anything I liked that looked like it would last. So I went with a kubota 2920. The 4 x 4 is awesome for these sidehills I got. 29 hp,, now I can safely now up and down the hiss I stead of sitting on the fender and goi g sideways.

Dont know what to tell you to get 308. Most of the new lawn tractors are built by mtd. 
And a good kubota ain't cheap. I got 20 k in mine. But is has all the 3 point attachments , 60 inch deck , with a front end loader.

35 years on  a Honda is awesome. They dont build em like that anymore.
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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2019, 10:23:45 AM »
I have to agree with DCD. You can get a great mower that will last a good number of years, but they are pretty expensive. As DCD mentioned, most consumer grade riding mowers are made by MTD, or AYP. (American Yard Products) in the United States. Pretty much any riding mower under about $2000. Getting above that price point, they tend to be more brand specifically manufactured, and better made.

If possible, look into getting a garden tractor with a mower deck. They look like a larger riding mower, but they are built with much thicker steel in the frame structure, and have much heavier duty transaxles and other mechanicals.


Check out Craigslist and the local classifieds. Sometimes you can find some really good deals on good used ones if you are an informed buyer, and know what you are looking at.

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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2019, 12:58:40 PM »
I have a place down the road from me that sells lawn equipment and does repairs
and I think I will have it looked at before I go and spend a lot for a new one.
The engine on the Honda runs great and I put in new bearings on the mower deck
a few years ago.
Will see what the estimate will be.
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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2019, 01:37:41 PM »
I have a place down the road from me that sells lawn equipment and does repairs
and I think I will have it looked at before I go and spend a lot for a new one.
The engine on the Honda runs great and I put in new bearings on the mower deck
a few years ago.
Will see what the estimate will be.

If the transaxle is bad, to repair or replace it could end up being very expensive.

And why are they so expensive? Simply because there are only two major manufacturers of transaxles that supply every riding mower manufacturer in the United States and Canada. And it's also hard to get the repair parts unless you are a dealer for them.

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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2019, 06:29:03 PM »
Well I did a little more checking and found out that the bracket on the shifter shaft
that goes to a rod has come loose and will have to drop the mower deck to get my hands in there to fix it as
it very tight area. once I can get it reconnected maybe another 20 years out of it .LOL
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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2019, 09:12:53 PM »
Well I did a little more checking and found out that the bracket on the shifter shaft
that goes to a rod has come loose and will have to drop the mower deck to get my hands in there to fix it as
it very tight area. once I can get it reconnected maybe another 20 years out of it .LOL

Hopefully it's an easy fix.

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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2019, 03:35:58 PM »
be sure you get all the attaching parts back in their
original spots. last used mower i bought, the previous
owner had dropped the deck and unhooked everything
and it wouldn't raise and lower evenly.
since it needed to be all the way up for my use, i finally
just wired the blankety-blanker all the way up with some
haywire and used it like that instead of trying to fix
that guy's mess.  :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown:
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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2019, 06:59:05 PM »
No problem there as I have had the deck off before when I put in all new bearings. :th_thicon_idea:
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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2019, 10:30:38 PM »
My Craftsman mower has a modified Poulon mower deck that I put on it, because I wore out the Craftsman deck. The Poulon deck is also made out of a little thicker steel and has bigger spindles and bearings.

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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2020, 05:15:57 PM »
Well I finale finished fixing the old mower and just have to
put all the body panels back on and we are ready to mow.
It was 76 today and sunny and a good day to get it done with.
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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2020, 09:46:50 PM »
I was mowing/leaf mulching this afternoon and the blade engagement cable broke. At first I thought the belt had broke, but glad it's not. Going to have to drop the deck tomorrow to see about repairing it.

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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2020, 03:32:27 PM »
Well I got the blade engagement cable repaired. Not too difficult to fix. But Sunday I was mowing, and kept hearing a growling noise underneath the mower. Stopped several times to check it out, but didn't see anything wrong, so I kept mowing. Also noticed a vibration in the clutch pedal when I engaged it as well.

Mowed about ten more minutes, then it made a huge clang, and quit moving! It chunked part of the intermediate pulley for the drive belts! Got the golf cart and pulled it back to garage, and then tore it down to see what it was going to take to repair it. Just a crappy factory weld on the intermediate drive pulley. Bad part? It's a fairly easy fix, but, I used up my welding wire early that morning, and need to pick up a new roll at Tractor Supply Friday.


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« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2020, 07:20:47 PM »
Well I finally got around to try out my repair job on my old mower
and it all went very well .
Got all the pine needles and leaves sucked up in my bagger and the yard looks good. :th_thicon_idea:
Next is the weed and feed.
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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2020, 01:06:13 AM »
Going in the morning to pick up some more welding wire. Suppose to be raining tomorrow, so it should be a good day to weld and finish the repairs on the mower.

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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2020, 08:14:55 PM »
Got the intermediate pulley rewelded, and will put it back together tomorrow.

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Re: Old Honda Mower
« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2020, 03:08:14 PM »
Back together and running! Need to make some minor adjustments, but I mowed for about half an hour, and so far, so good.