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#116188 08/09/22 10:05 AM
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I had a request from a mower guy yesterday for a mower he can throw in the back of his ute with a blower, snipper ,broom and a shovel for these smaller yards all these new houses have. If he is just running around these estates he doesn't want to drag is big trailer around and have to use his big self propelled mowers on yards where you can't even turn them around and they are impossible to pick up and put in the back of his ute. He was looking at the Victa sidethrows I have here because of their size but without a catcher they are out of the question . Anybody got any suggestions?

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NormK #116189 08/09/22 12:02 PM
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Just that I wouldn't want to be lifting any rotary mower day in day out.

What about putting a decent motor and victa disc on an aldi chassis - they seem light enough.

NormK #116190 08/09/22 12:08 PM
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Hi Tyler,
That is exactly what I suggested to him, you must have read my mind. Only motor I can think of is a flat head Briggs

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NormK #116191 08/09/22 12:56 PM
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what about new electric..... light and the new ones do the job...


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NormK #116193 08/09/22 01:00 PM
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Hi speedy,
That was another thought but not sure how many lawns they would do on one battery would have to carry a couple of spares but worth considering

NormK #116194 08/09/22 05:50 PM
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Friends bought these battery rattle guns, so much power. Work all day....
I'm too tight to buy one of those..........
speedy


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NormK #116198 08/09/22 10:02 PM
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Why not buy the cheapest 16" mower and run it until it drops, then rinse and repeat? I recently got a YardKing going that I found and it was a good mower to use, light and nimble. I think the Fisher Price level wheels would be first to go in a commercial mowing setting.

Here's a guy who using a $178 16" mower to do an abandoned yard and it went through it like a champ.


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Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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NormK #116289 25/09/22 10:25 AM
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Ok so I took MF's advice, the Yardking is very much on the cheaped out department but the motor doesn't seem too bad. I used a Sprinter body, put a Yardking motor on it, fitted a Victa catcher to it and to get more spinning mass weight I used a round 4 blade Victa blade carrier. It will be interesting to see how it holds up.

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NormK #116294 26/09/22 02:00 AM
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Impressive Norm, but that does add overall weight to the mower. I don't find the bar blade that bad except when you have to try and order the right one as replacement.
One advantage I can think of is the bar blade leaves plenty of room under the deck for the clippings to travel.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
NormK #116296 26/09/22 09:14 AM
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MF,
I wanted the heavy blade carrier to have the heavier spinning mass to take some of the load off the motor


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