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 My New Instructable Covers The Transformation of a Common Grass Mower into Something Similar to a Weed Wacker.
This Project takes a Normally safe Mower and turns it into a Rather Dangerous piece of equipment that in my case, for what I needed turned out fine. This transformed machine can be dangerous both in the actual conversion as well as in the use. So please if you choose to do this "Conversion" please take extra care and precaution as I asume No Liability.
Please feel free to correct or add to my project.
 

 
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Step 3:

 .Now we have arrived at the Heart of the Conversion, The Blade. The blade will be turned "Upside Down" so that the tips will be closer to the ground. Now making it capable of actually touching the ground will be just a matter of slightly bending it by pulling the tips of the blade towards you.  After the blade has been "Bent" correctly it should be removed again and sharpened along the New Cutting Side and then remounted.
 

Labyrinth3 years ago
Great build and good video.  I particularly like your 'protective' foot wear :)
yo yo yo i don't see nutin happening but a lot of dust.but great footwear.still a good idea.
was the "yo yo yo" really needed?
onrust hbjngf2 years ago
Yo, yo, yo...... I think so.
hbjngf onrust2 years ago
14 months later? really?
finton hbjngf1 year ago
Yep 14 months later, really! (he said in Sept 2012). Instructables never die...
finton onrust1 year ago
You being a pirate and all, don't you mean "Ho, ho, ho"?
I'm with hbjngf on this one though : ]
I agree...
You should probably have at least tennis shoes but better yet boots.

As well jeans are highly suggested.  This has a real chance to kill your legs!

But over all, great idea.  It is very annoying to have grass creap in to a nice area like that.
torx (author)  Labyrinth3 years ago

 Thanks for the compliments, as regards the protection is actually capable of being modified.

RedMeanie4 years ago
Torx: I took the time to "Re Word" this for you. Just copy and paste it if you would like. Also if I Mis Translated sorry but I tried my best!

My New Instructable Covers The Transformation of a Common Grass Mower into Something Similar to a Weed Wacker.
This Project takes a Normally safe Mower and turns it into a Rather Dangerous piece of equipment that in my case, for what I needed turned out fine. This transformed machine can be dangerous both in the actual conversion as well as in the use. So please if you choose to do this "Conversion" please take extra care and precaution as I asume No Liability.
Please feel free to correct or add to my project.

Step 1: I performed this conversion so that I could cut the grass growing in patches in my driveway. As you can see in the Picture. I needed the Machine to cut the grass as well as "Stiff Rake" and Till the soil and dirt surface beneath the Grass.
-First I removed the wheels

Step 2: Dressing
To avoid launching stones and other dangerous projectiles from the spinning blades I warapped the Body with Rubber Skirting. I used Rubber Floor mat, but that proved to be a bit flimsy. I would recommend some thick leather or perhaps car tire rubber.

Step 3: (I probably need help on this part)
Now we have arrived at the Heart of the Conversion, The Blade. The blade will be turned "Upside Down" so that the tips will be closer to the ground. Now making it capable of actually touching the ground will be just a matter of slightly bending it by pulling the tips of the blade towards you.  After the blade has been "Bent" correctly it should be removed again and sharpened along the New Cutting Side and then remounted.

Step 4: The Ride Height Wheel
To raise the Machine to the correct height for cutting as well as manuvering it, I mounted the former smaller front wheels to the rear wheel location.

Step 5:
Now its time for testing. I tested on the same piece of Patchy Driveway that is in my first picture. For safety I wore a protective suit and helmet. I made sure No other person was in or around my work area.
It took allot of practice to learn to used the machine, but I figured out it was much easier to use the machine by pulling it backwards than pushing it. Also using multiple passes and taking small cuts seemed to be the best approach.
And I must say The Results Were Really Incredible!
Almost there RedMeanie. It was very good of you to take the time to help torx with the translation: that was definitely in the spirit of Instructables. How's this bit of additional editing?:

My new Instructable covers the transformation of a common grass mower into something similar to a weedwacker.

I performed this conversion so that I could cut the grass growing in patches in my driveway. As you can see in the picture, I needed the machine to cut the grass as well as "stiff rake" and till the soil and dirt surface beneath the grass.

This project takes a normally safe mower and turns it into a rather dangerous piece of equipment that in my case turned out fine for what I needed. This transformed machine can be dangerous both in the actual conversion as well as in use. So please, if you choose to do this conversion please take extra care and precaution as I assume no liability.
Please feel free to correct or add to my project.

Step 1: Remove Wheels
First I removed the wheels.

Step 2: Dressing
To avoid launching stones and other dangerous projectiles from the spinning blades I wrapped the body with rubber skirting. I used rubber floor mat, but that proved to be a bit flimsy. I would recommend some thick leather or perhaps car tire rubber.

Step 3: Blade Conversion
Now we have arrived at the heart of the conversion, the blade. The blade will be turned "upside down" so that the tips will be closer to the ground. Now making it capable of actually touching the ground will be just a matter of slightly bending it by pulling the tips of the blade towards you. After the blade has been bent correctly it should be removed again and sharpened along the new cutting side and then remounted.

Step 4: The Ride Height Wheels
To raise the machine to the correct height for cutting as well as manoeuvring it, I mounted the former smaller front wheels to the rear wheel location.

Step 5: Testing
Now it’s time for testing. I tested on the same piece of patchy driveway that is in my first picture. For safety I wore a protective suit and helmet. I made sure no other person was in or around my work area.
It took a lot of practice to learn to use the machine, but I figured out that it was much easier to use the machine by pulling it backwards than pushing it. Also using multiple passes and taking small cuts seemed to be the best approach.
And I must say: the results were really incredible!
torx (author)  RedMeanie4 years ago
Thanks a lot for your patient work by providing the'm replacement using your translation. Thanks again my friend RedMeanie!
RedMeanie torx4 years ago
Not a Problem, Glad to Help! Nice to see you trusted my version enough to copy and paste it. I guess it just shows that we kind of think the same even though the Language was a bit confusing for some. This is what "Instructables" is all about!
hehe thanks 
crossword3 years ago
It would be much cheaper and easier to use some Round-Up on that pesky driveway grass, plus it stays dead for several years!
Hello!!! That's poison!! I thought we're all working on a healthy environment, Round-up won't help in this matter at all.
Roundup is actually pretty environmentally friendly, it becomes inert after a few days and doesn't poison the ground like you might think.  It's a good idea to keep it away from pets and kids, but there are much more harmful things under your sink used for household cleaning.



This message brought to you by the Monsanto corporation.


(just kidding about that last part)

Probably, but still I don't like the idea of killing plants with chemicals. 
First,  weeds also have a right to live, but I understand that's a personal matter. Second, if you play (manipulate) nature, sooner or later nature will get back to you and often in a not so pleasant way.
Sorry I just don't believe for 100% what science tells me. There are still a few dimensions which we can't measure eg what will happen after x time (years or decennia).
I like Roundup for killing poison ivy.  You would NOT want to use this tool on poison ivy, or you would be covered in painful blisters for weeks.  That is not fun on grand scale!! :(

The cheap and easy weed killer that I use for my driveway is as follows:
mix 1 gallon of vinegar with 2 cups of salt in a garden sprayer.  Spray the driveway weeds.  It is non-selective because it will kill any vegetation it touches, and the salt will make the soil non-productive so don't use it in a flower or vegetable garden.  However, it is awesome for keeping the driveway weed-free.
menusetc ax891 year ago
Curious.....what type of salt? table? or can you use some of that water softener rock salt? Ive a ton of land needs killin, and im not in possession of the money to concrete the yard. Thanks Much!
ax89 menusetc1 year ago
Water softener salt is NaCl, just like table salt, so yes, you could use that.
AX good for you to have an alternative healthy way to kill weeds!  you can also get 20-40% Vinegar and apply when it is warm or hot outside to kill all weeds. Best Wishes.
Yes, that's what a poison does, it's fine, unless your kids are going to be eating lots of grass/dirt/gravel, or be licking the driveway.  BTW, Roundup is a very good and safe product when used properly.
Silver,

Roundup is not a poison like chlorate weed killers - you have to understand how it works.

Roundup works b y being absorbed by the leaves of a plant (don't bother using it after you've pulled all the vegetation off your weeds - you'll waste your money!) and it is taken down to the root by the plant, and then kills the roots.  Contact with the soil almost immediately neutralises Roundup (so you can weed and re-plant almost the same day!)

Just apply roundup to the leaves (if you want to get rid of a particularly nasy weed in your flower-bed, you can paint it onto the weed's leaves, or even use a hypodermic!)
jri2653 years ago
Dude, you can buy a de-thatching blade for like 10-15 bucks at the homecenter which would probably work great for that purpose. It is like a lawnmower blade, but with wire springs that stick down at the ends to rip out the thatch. It would probably de-weed (or de-grass) your driveway and you don't need all the modifications - you just change the blade and go. It appears that you put a lot of effort into this, and I salute you for that, but it seems like an awful lot of work and it might be quite dangerous.
I have never seen such a thing. I would like to have one though, where can you get one. I live in Texas.
sleeepy2 jri2653 years ago
jri265, I had no idea these dethatching blades existed! I just did a quick Google search and you, my friend, have saved me many blisters and hours this year! Thank you!
Actually, that's not a bad idea at all. I think I have something to tinker with now. Thanks.
thefinest4 years ago
 Theres nothing wrong with his English. English is my native language and i found that his way of conveying the instructions were very clear. 
So nothing wrong with English and he makes a very nice instructables.

I sure could do with one of these. 

5stars.
torx (author)  thefinest3 years ago

 Thanks for the compliment and above all for the omen. As regards the translation I have to admit that I have enjoyed the fixes of RedMeanie that I thank you once again for its contribution: my English is still somewhat insecure:
[Automatically translated by Microsoft® Translator]

farmsteader3 years ago
Great Project, Glad to sEE other speaking against MAnsanto PRoducts! they are trying to take over the worlds food production and then feed us Roundup ready poisonous food!! ROund up kills Bees !! no wonder the Bees are having trouble living with folks thinking this Poison is good, you can use strong vinegar to kill any and all weeds, 20-40% Vinegar, can be purchased online. A friend just told me a story about a person who had horses that got sick and tested at the univ. of ILL. they discovered they were poisoned from their neighbor, trying to be a good guy and sprayed Roundup 10over their property to kill weeds and poisoned the horses! This needs more thought and common sense folks on Strong wicked Chemicals , don't just spray this when there are alternatives.
wait, what?
cadegennaro3 years ago
I heard from an expert gardner that if you boil water and then spread it still really hot over your weeds, it kills the weeds.  This is a very natural way and it is not poisonous and it only takes a little energy to boil the water (especially if you use a tea kettle).
marks693 years ago
mmm "Round up" would be my choice - it could be dangerous in the wrong hands.
hygicell3 years ago
best do a google on roundup and monsanto before you praise either of them to heaven:
http://www.mindfully.org/Pesticide/Monsanto-Roundup-Glyphosate.htm
there is also a quite enlightening documentary called
"the world according to Monsanto"
Dudely3 years ago
Mower blades and the bolts connecting them the the driveshaft are very particular. Bending the blades gives you a risk of shattering or of the bolts shearing off.
weldor3 years ago
I wonder how this mod would work on a rider- either single or multi blade?
... I'm not sure about a protective suit unless those are steel toed slippers (in the movie) :P

haha, very well done though, and it seems like it works pretty well too. I wonder if this would work for de-weeding the garden prior to tilling.
torx (author)  thecheatscalc4 years ago
Thanks for the compliment; I think it can be used for garden even better that I for parking there is only a slight possibility that it blocks more easily and clearly, is not very easy to handle: you have to pull it into full force.
 This is a fun power tool mod, but there is something similar on the market to bolt onto the mower already called a power rake. I don't know if it digs as much as this one, but it strips down all the vegetation.
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