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Old 06-23-2020, 07:38 PM
 
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I remember when a push mower was actually pushed, not powered with gas.

So how does a mower with an engine that is running mow the lawn if it doesnt have self propel. I mean it will mow that one small spot really well, but.... Well you have to push it. If it does have self propel you still have to push it to turn it. Though you have to hold onto it to guide it down the straight and narrow.


There are mowers without engine used traction between ground and wheels and did have to be pushed. Their are well known reel mowers most people are familiar with and can still be bought new, but I have also seen some human powered sickle mowers. Didnt work well and not very popular. There were some small sickle mowers that were engine powered. Very efficient didnt take much of an engine to power them. But also didnt chew up the grass, they just cut grass however tall at the base and it fell over.
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Old 06-23-2020, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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There are "self-propelled" mowers with driven wheels and "push" mowers without. Not the same as reel mowers.
Right...and reel mowers are so uncommon that these days most everyone assumes a push mower is actually motorized (self-propelled or not though it seems most are).
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Old 06-23-2020, 10:36 PM
 
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The engine only powers the rotation of the blade; you still have to propel the mower forward by pushing it.
Oh I just love this... Apparently you didn't notice from the smiley face, but oldgardener was being facetious. I think he understands perfectly well how a push mower works. He was responding sarcastically to a person who apparently hasn't yet grasped the concept of gravity.

Just as an FYI: If you turn a glass of water over, the water will run out of it. Coincidentally, if you turn a tank of gasoline over, the gasoline will run out of it. Funny, eh?
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Old 06-24-2020, 03:35 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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So how does a mower with an engine that is running mow the lawn if it doesnt have self propel.
You burn calories to propel it instead.
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Old 06-24-2020, 04:36 AM
 
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You take a piece of plastic wrap and screw the fuel cap over it to prevent the fuel from leaking out the vent in the cap. That’s how I change the oil.
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Old 06-24-2020, 04:41 AM
 
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Right...and reel mowers are so uncommon that these days most everyone assumes a push mower is actually motorized (self-propelled or not though it seems most are).
I haven’t seen a mechanical reel mower in decades.
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Old 06-24-2020, 07:29 AM
 
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What you are doing wrong is tipping your lawn mower over with fuel in it.
As someone stated it's vented, your lucky it will even start again, sometimes they flow into the carb, then the air cleaner. Probably the oil leaked out as well.

I check and change my blade when the fuel is low or empty, your user guide probably tells you the same. If low I can get away with putting it on it's side, never upside down (for most lawn mowers).
Well I do that every time I wash off the mower after I cut grass. Been doing that for 22 years with all three mowers I have owned. No gas leaks out, ever.
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Old 06-24-2020, 12:30 PM
 
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Well I do that every time I wash off the mower after I cut grass. Been doing that for 22 years with all three mowers I have owned. No gas leaks out, ever.
Obviously his does. Thanks for responding, it was really helpful.
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Old 06-24-2020, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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My gas mower still needs to be pushed if I want it to cut grass. Otherwise it will just sit there making a racket.
You could try being nicer to it. Maybe take it to McDonald's tonight for dinner.
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Old 06-26-2020, 02:07 PM
 
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Obviously his does. Thanks for responding, it was really helpful.
You are welcome.
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