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Post  Admin Mon May 10, 2021 2:20 am

A neighbor one block over had this sitting at the bottom of their driveway with a free sign on it that said "runs, could use tune up".

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and I couldn't resist leaving it there. Crazy Eyes

As some of you may remember, I've posted about another old Lawn-Boy I've been keeping on life support since I got it free over a decade ago. The other day, I just used it for the first cut of the year.

https://www.coxengineforum.com/t9732-it-was-the-damn-switch#123436
https://www.coxengineforum.com/t10871-it-was-the-damn-primer-bulb#137410

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This "new" Lawn-Boy is a self-propelled model. "Gold Series". Model #10520. Dates to 1995. 4.5 HP F-series "Commercial Grade Engine". I have absolutely nowhere to store another lawnmower, the main reason I haven't jumped on the numerous Craigslist ads I see all the time for old Lawn-Boys. But anyway, it does run and the self-propelled drive mech is very strong. I'm going to clean it up, put a new needle and seat in it, maybe a new float, sharpen the blade (it is the dullest blade I've ever seen) and go from there.

It's heavy (despite the aluminum deck), and it's not as easy to manuver around obstacles as it is with my old Lawn-Boy, so I have no plans to retire that old mower.

Perhaps I'll fold up and remove the handle, mothball it, and stick it way up in the back of the shed until I throw the rod in my old one. Or maybe I'll see if the next door neighbor would like it... (although if they've ever noticed me laying in the middle of the yard next to my old one rewinding the pull start or messing with the carb, I wouldn't be surprised if they declined).

Anyone on here want it? Eyebrows

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Post  getback Mon May 10, 2021 7:09 am

That's a good looking Lawn Boy , the heaver ones will mow a better line and SP to boot ! I seen this and thought (maybe he needs a coil) LOL I got one i got a coil for to get running and i think i went through the carb. too But come to find out the bearing in the wheels and sp gears are ate up witch leads to the trans axle worn beyond hope without replacing>>>> I am talking for sale repaired mower , cause I don't push or walk behind No more . I would run the new to you new one for a while , if it does good put the other on Facebook /Craig's or what every to buy some fuel . Two Cents Beer Cheers   ** Do yourself a favor and take the rear wheels off ck. the axle bearing and remove the gears * Bee sure to put them back on the SAME way you got them off * Grease the drive key spring assy. , this will help the mower alot from being a PIA in the middle of the summer * I was a mechanic on this stuff most my life Small Cox Logo Babe Bee .049 Small Cox Logo This is more fun!! lol! I Love This Forum!
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Post  OhBee Mon May 10, 2021 7:54 pm

I've got one older than both of those! Last time I used it the spark went away! Points good..coil checked out OK.....no spark! I liked that light little bugger for small jobs! Sounded just like my 3hp Johnson outboard!....same company ...OMC.....OUTBOARD MARINE CORPORATION.
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Post  dckrsn Mon May 10, 2021 8:17 pm

@OhBee wrote:I've got one older than both of those! Last time I used it the spark went away! Points good..coil checked out OK.....no spark!   I liked that light little bugger for small jobs! Sounded just like my 3hp Johnson outboard!....same company ...OMC.....OUTBOARD MARINE CORPORATION.
Same company here. Spent a couple of years in
an OMC Mustang chain driven skid loader. If I'm
not mistaken, It had a Saab V-4 in it. One winter
the owner and myself hooked a log splitter to the
hydraulic take offs, and made the mother of all
splitters. We split a few pieces across the grain,
and the engine didn't even wince. Cut 'em with a
loud pop.
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Post  OhBee Mon May 10, 2021 8:28 pm

Different OMC...OWATONNA MANUFACTUING COMPANY. Worked there a few years. Built the Mustang main chassis!
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Post  dckrsn Mon May 10, 2021 8:36 pm

Huh, I did not know that.
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Post  OhBee Mon May 10, 2021 8:46 pm

Ya....Owatonna Mn. We also built a 440 model ...which was painted green and badged as a John Deere!
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Post  NEW222 Mon May 10, 2021 9:48 pm

I miss our old 2 stroke Lawn Boy mowers. Still actually have one left, but the rest all got sold. They sure wind up good and loud, but they just seem to cut and not die!
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Post  706jim Tue May 11, 2021 8:31 am

We had an old Lawn Boy. I recall finding grass in the crank case and it still ran.
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Post  OhBee Tue May 11, 2021 3:15 pm

Not surprizing...the crank runs in brass bushings not bearings....they wear out if the gas oil mix isn't 16/1. Same as my old 3 hp Johnson! The grass was taking up the slop ! Otherwise they got so loose they lost crankcase pressure and quit running!
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Post  roddie Tue May 11, 2021 6:53 pm

I wonder if they (Lawn Boy/OMC) made mowers for IH? I remember (circa 1973) using my uncle's push-mower on his lawn. It had a yellow deck with white plastic "hood" over the engine. I'm pretty sure it was an IH badged mower. The engine was a 2-stroke.. and it resembled the Lawn Boy machines.  

Yes.. I found an image of one on google..

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Post  Admin Tue May 11, 2021 9:37 pm

Very cool. I'm sure OMC made that mower for IH. Same deck, same nuclear wheels, same chute and plate as seen on the lawn boys...



@OhBee wrote:Not surprizing...the crank runs in brass bushings not bearings....they wear out if the gas oil mix isn't 16/1. Same as my old 3 hp Johnson! The grass was taking up the slop !  Otherwise they got so loose they lost crankcase pressure and  quit running!

These engines (at least the F series engines) use needle roller bearings for the crankshaft. They have crank seals that do go bad and can be replaced fairly easily without even having to remove the engine from the deck or split the crankcase. When the lower crank seal failed on my old Lawn-Boy, oil would seep out onto the base plate and deck. It still ran like that however and was not even difficult to start. If you don't replace leaking crank seals, you run the risk of dirt and sand getting sucked into the needle bearings.

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Post  OhBee Wed May 12, 2021 3:18 am

Not even crank seals in my old one..just bronze crank bushings! I think its from the early 60's. Everything on that International version looks just like my old green one except the color!
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Post  davidll1984 Wed May 12, 2021 4:55 am

A good mower for mowing inclines with a 4-stroke mower. the oil is all on one side because of lubrication is used more quickly not with a good old 2 stroke When I was younger I worked in a small mechanical garage I repaired small 2-stroke 4-stroke engines The gardener earthmoving team liked them to make the land incline wit An essential tool for them
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Post  getback Wed May 12, 2021 5:24 am

Her you go David
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Post  davidll1984 Wed May 12, 2021 9:14 am

This one strange Shocked lol!
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Post  roddie Wed May 12, 2021 7:51 pm

@getback wrote:Her you go David

oh my gawd.. that's funny... There was another.. that had a "string-trimmer" design. It was called a "Fly-mo". The design excelled for mowing steep slopes.

Here's a "Toro" model..

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an Atco design..

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and a more modern one..

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I like the "string-trim" concept. It seems to antiquate cutting-blades.
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