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I'm looking for a John Deere push mower from the last 50 years. It needs to run good. I'm looking for something in or near Iowa. Please let me know if anyone has anything and how much you're asking.
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I'm really just wanting an older push mower. I'm not too picky on the brand. It just needs to be 25+ years old (I really don't like the secondary handle that you have to hold onto in order to keep the engine running).

If you're in Iowa or close to Iowa, please let me know. Thanks!
 

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I'm really just wanting an older push mower. I'm not too picky on the brand. It just needs to be 25+ years old (I really don't like the secondary handle that you have to hold onto in order to keep the engine running).

If you're in Iowa or close to Iowa, please let me know. Thanks!
I found this from the 50s, is this the one handle mower you were thinking about? I'm in KCMO but not sure where the mower is.
 

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I'm really just wanting an older push mower. I'm not too picky on the brand. It just needs to be 25+ years old (I really don't like the secondary handle that you have to hold onto in order to keep the engine running).

If you're in Iowa or close to Iowa, please let me know. Thanks!
Thats what a Velcro strap is for. I hate them also. One of the first signs of our obtrusive govt :banghead::banghead:
 

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I found this from the 50s, is this the one handle mower you were thinking about? I'm in KCMO but not sure where the mower is.
I'd buy that for $.25 cents. lol

I use a clamp for my JS61 dead man handle. Although it usually starts with just one pull. I only want to start it once with my bad back. Then I use the clamp to keep it running if I have to stop or step away from it for some reason. However I do not use the clamp for regular mowing. It gets moved down to the middle cross bar for storage. The dead man has saved me quite a few times over the years. Usually when loosing my footing on a steep hill. It's the lesser of 2 evils for me.
Another thing. My JS61 didn't come with a throttle control from new. Told my dealer how I like to lower the throttle to step away from it for a short period. Took him about 5 minutes to install one before I took it home. Think he charged me $7.

I can remember back when the starter handle was on top of the engine. They recommended that you put a foot on top of the mower deck to steady it while pulling the rope. lol

This would be another suggestion. If you really can't live with the dead man set up. They can be removed from a mower. I've had quite a few of them apart over the years. And yes some have mysteriously fell off. lol
Most have a band style brake that rubs the flywheel. A spring holds the band against the flywheel. The cable & handle pulls the band away when you squeeze the handle. Release the handle and the spring applies the brake. They also have a cut of switch attached to the linkage. The switch grounds out the magneto killing the spark to the spark plug. This shuts down the engine.
If you go this route you do so AT YOUR OWN RISK!
 

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Sounds good. I guess I can live with the dead man switch (I didn't know that's what they were called, makes sense).
 

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Sounds good. I guess I can live with the dead man switch (I didn't know that's what they were called, makes sense).
I think that term dead man came from the railroad. If the engineer died or became disabled the train would keep going all the way to the accident.

Back in my Navy days we took a sightseeing trip to Paris on one of them bullet trains. One of the employees was sweet on our hot tour guide. I used that fact to con our way into the engine control room for a tour. Obviously the engineer only spoke French so she translated for us. Every so often and at random a bell would go off a certain number of times. The driver would squeeze a lever on the throttle control the same number of times. He explained that if he didn't answer the bell the train would shut down and stop.
 

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I found this from the 50s, is this the one handle mower you were thinking about? I'm in KCMO but not sure where the mower is.
I recall this from the 60's- article in Popular Science about mowing your lawn with a tethered self propelled mower.
Except in the 60's no one could afford a self propelled mower...:laugh:
 

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I recall this from the 60's- article in Popular Science about mowing your lawn with a tethered self propelled mower.
Except in the 60's no one could afford a self propelled mower...:laugh:
So that's how they make crop circles. I always thought Aliens did it. lol
(And not the kind from Mexico) lol


Did the magazine say who & what cuts the parts in between? lol
 
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