Lawnmover Becomes a Superficial Motorized Hoe

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Introduction: Lawnmover Becomes a Superficial Motorized Hoe

 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: Remove the Superfluous Operation

 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:

 .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 or animals 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!

Step 6:

And here's a video of a first test (sorry the clothing of the operator, my coworker and son, who wanted to try it without putting appropriate shoes).

Step 7:

As a final evaluation I consider myself to be satisfied, though I think the blade should be improved with the insertion of some weeding Combs for making more efficient the work, I recommend those variations to his cut grass be prudent, always work without other people nearby, check the status de coverage of rubber and replace it just breaks; I found useful wetting the ground before working on it and then wait for dry surface so don't meet puddles of water.
Special thanks to RedMeanie for his substantial aid in the translation of almost all stages of this instructable.
Goodbye to the next instructable. Thanks to the attention!

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    Great build and good video.  I particularly like your 'protective' foot wear :)

    8 replies

    yo yo yo i don't see nutin happening but a lot of dust.but great footwear.still a good idea.

    Yep 14 months later, really! (he said in Sept 2012). Instructables never die...

    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.

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

    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!

    4 replies

    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!

    Thanks a lot for your patient work by providing the'm replacement using your translation. Thanks again my friend RedMeanie!

    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!

    It would be much cheaper and easier to use some Round-Up on that pesky driveway grass, plus it stays dead for several years!

    5 replies

    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.

    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!