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Riding Mower Basics

October 27, 2009

Today most homeowner’s have a riding lawnmower. With today’s lifestyle and larger home lot, the riding lawnmower has become a necessity rather than a luxury.  Common riding lawnmower styles include the rear-engine riding mower, the lawn tractor, the garden tractor, and the ZTR (zero turning radius lawnmower).  Common consumer brands of riding mowers include Murray, Poulan, Weed-eater, MTD, Troybilt, and Yardmachine. Plus, there are many major brand name outdoor power equipment manufacturers such as Toro, John Deere, Simplicity, and Snapper.

Riding Mowers are Getting Bigger

In the eighties, common cutting deck sizes were between 28″ and 42″ with horsepower ratings between 8 and 16. But today the manufacturers have stepped up with common cutting decks between 38″ and 54″ and horsepower ratings from 12.5 to 27 horsepower.

Roughly 60% of today’s mowers have hydrostatic transmissions, while 40% use manual transmissions.

Larger cutting decks require multiple cutting blades. Decks sized 36″, 38″, 40″, and 42″ primarily use two (2) blades. Decks sized 44″, 46″, 48″, 50″, 52″, and 54″ primarily use 3 blades. There are exceptions to these rules so always make sure that you know how many blades your mower’s deck requires. (more…)

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Chainsaw Bar Mounts

October 13, 2009

If you look at your chainsaw, the area where the chainsaw bar fits to the body of the saw is called the “bar mount” or “bar mount pad”. While most bar mounts look alike there are some major differences that prevent proper fit up and oiling if the saw’s bar mount pad and chainsaw bar mount don’t match.

Chainsaw Bar Assembly

The chainsaw’s bar mount incorporates the mounting slot (where the bar studs fit through the bar), the bar adjuster pin hole (in most cases) and the chain oiler holes. Most chainsaws use a bar adjuster assembly consisting of a screw and bar pin located in the bar mount pad. Turning the screw allows the bar pin to move forward or backward in the bar mount pad which moves the bar forward or backward in turn tightening or loosening the saw chain.

Some Oregon brand chain saw bars utilize the “intenz” bar adjuster assembly. This assembly has a rack and pinion unit that adjusts the bar by turning a “screw” internal to the bar which pushes on the bar mount studs moving the bar forward or backward. (more…)

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