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    Always re-inventing the Wheel... That is if it works

    The past several years as I get older, I'm having arm ache when mowing with the JD Z710A Ztrak. All due to the handle bars that John Deere has designed. I've tried different seat positions, hoping this would help. Also, tried adjusting the handle bars, but that didn't help.
    So, my thought are to come up with a another way to mow and not have to buy another lawn tractor.

    After some thinking, I have solved the problem with my aching arms after mowing.

    Here's what I have done, and it really works. I can now lay back in the seat and have my arms resting on the seat arms rests and still mow comfortably without any straining on my arms.

    All the parts I have put into this design are about $17.80 for the two swivel brackets and 7/8" dia. tubing and handle bar grips.











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    That is awesome!

    When I had my 757 I held the sticks right about at the position you attached your new ones.

    I think a few folks will like this!
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    Now that's some *smarts* on solving your problem and looks good to boot!
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    Really nice job you did with that. I like it!
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    This is genius, and I don't even have a Z, but if I did this is a mod I would be doing
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    Could you give us where you sourced these parts - or even better, links? I had some ideas since thinking about this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Could you give us where you sourced these parts - or even better, links? I had some ideas since thinking about this.

    coaltrain, I must admit that I save a lot of old parts from varioequipmentent items. such as weed eaters, push lawn mowers, etc.


    Here is the bracket item that I found.
    Ryobi 725R 31cc Handle Bracket Assembly | eBay

    This ebay seller had several, and I bought two. The 7/8" dia.
    tubing came from a Craftsman push mower handle bars, and the grips I found on ebay for $4.50 push shipping.

    Over the years, I have invented probably dozen products that are now in operation. Three of my inventions are now on very expensive Bass Boats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbeaag View Post
    coaltrain, I must admit that I save a lot of old parts from varioequipmentent items. such as weed eaters, push lawn mowers, etc.


    Here is the bracket item that I found.
    Ryobi 725R 31cc Handle Bracket Assembly | eBay

    This ebay seller had several, and I bought two. The 7/8" dia.
    tubing came from a Craftsman push mower handle bars, and the grips I found on ebay for $4.50 push shipping.

    Over the years, I have invented probably dozen products that are now in operation. Three of my inventions are now on very expensive Bass Boats.
    Thanks!

    I also keep everything. When an outdoor grill or anything else dies on me I take it apart piece by piece and save all the stuff. Like you say - amazing when working on something and you can say "I have something like that" as long as I can find it.......
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    When the moon hit your eye like a big pizza pie-would you know it. Why are you showing that to everyone. You just blew your chances of a patent & a pile of money selling those things in a kit as an accessory. Wow. Reminds me of the guy who invented sliced bread. Sold the bread, but never the invention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maddog View Post
    When the moon hit your eye like a big pizza pie-would you know it. Why are you showing that to everyone. You just blew your chances of a patent & a pile of money selling those things in a kit as an accessory. Wow. Reminds me of the guy who invented sliced bread. Sold the bread, but never the invention.

    Maddog, you are probably correct on the ideal that I could have patented and made a few bucks in doing so. But, I'm in my late eighties and the desire to fight the lawyers, patent office and whoever else gets a lot of money before I would see a red cent.
    I look to see next year or shortly there after these mowing grips will be on Zero Turn mowers, or as you state...and accessory kit.

    I have another invention that I have made ..prototype, and if I could get a patent, it would send the fishing Trolling Motor business "out of business". I have an old fiberglass boat out in the 2nd garage that I converted to a new way of moving a fishing boat without a trolling motor or the main gas motor.
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