Lawnmower on a Stick

Our Stuff on a Stick Contest is just for food, but if it was for any crazy item on a stick, Steve McGranahan's lawnmower on a stick would be a strong contender. It's ridiculous and dangerous and mesmerizing at the same time. Check it out. via Neatorama UPDATE: Just wanted to add this other video of Steve doing some "skeet shooting." Action starts around :45.

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Painting a Lawnmower?

Hey guys, I have an older lawn mower that I want to paint the handlebars, wheel rims, and some plastic pieces blaze orange. It's a gift for my girlfriends little brother who's birthday is in a couple weeks. I was wondering what paint I should use for it? I don't have a lot of money to play with so that is definitely a factor. I have a home depot, lowes, value home, and sears near where I live. Thanks for any help!

Asked by nurdee1 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

lawnmower headlights?

I have an older snapper like this and need to know if anybody has an idea how to hook headlights to it? thanks in advance.

Asked by kdf.inc1969 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Cleaner lawnmower?

Http:// Small engines typically burn dirtier than cars do. Can this adaptation make them "greener?"

Asked by Toga_Dan 10 months ago  |  last reply 10 months ago


The bolts that hold the motor will not tighten.  Can I use nuts to hold the motor in place. I saw a video on drilling out the hole and redoing the threads…..  Can  i use the nuts without causing future problems?

Posted by EJCLEMONS 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

lawnmower wont start

I have a pull-lite 3.5 horsepower engine on my used sears mower, I replaced the sparkplug and still no start, I get a flooded carb, could it be the magneto?

Asked by charlie12124444434 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Handlebar Lawnmower Mechanism

Hello Community, I would like to know if someone has any idea about how to design a mechanism that works like this one:By pressing a button, I should enable the rotation. Whitout pressing, it should be locked.Thank you!!

Asked by FedeR3 11 months ago  |  last reply 11 months ago

lawnmower keeps fouling plug???

Asked by msdaynad 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

how to take of a lawnmower blade with a stripped bolt?

I have to sharpen my lawnmowers blade but the bolt wont come com i tried vice grips socket wrenches an even trying to get it of with a torch but none work any suggestions

Asked by mclovin7596 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I'd like to see someone make a lawnmower that doesn't use a large stupid spinning fan, I'd like to see someone make something that uses the same principle as a harvester and makes little convenient bales or little grass blocks that could be easily used for other things. Its 2012, for gods sake, we should have some cool shit by now, and make it robotic too, where you can walk around your yard with your smart phone to let the mower know the perimeter as well as any other points of interest, like flower beds or dogs.        

Posted by The Cartographer 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago



Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

My push behind BS lawn mower is pouring out oil.?

When I start my mower there is oil coming out of a silver tube like thing underneath by the engine. It has no umph.. It starts but almost no power to it.

Asked by jerzedevil 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Bought a new Poulan w/B&S 148cc enginge. Ran 5 minutes, stopped dead on the lawn. Can't pull starter rope to restart.

Didn't hit anything. Disconnected housing and rope pulls freely with no frays. BRAND NEW. Spark plug new. New oil and new 89 octane gas. HELP!

Asked by DoItMyselfGAL 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Electric lawn mower starts up as soon as it is plugged in. Needs new start button? Answered

Hello everyone, I have a Kobalt electric lawnmower that initially stopped working after I cut grass that was too high. I searched this forum and found out what I needed to do - replace the rectifier.  I was very excited! I replaced it and now when I plug the mower in, it starts as soon as the wires are connecting. I do not need to push the button and lift the handle in order for it to start as one normally does. In other words, it seems the start button is now malfunctioning. I am thinking that all my attempts to start the mower when the rectifier was not functioning , and me tripping the circuit breaker, etc. somehow damaged the start button. However, I don't know. So, my question is is it bad for the mower to start right up like that? Also, does it sound like it could be the start box up by the top or is it possibly something else? I would appreciate any ideas someone has.

Asked by AnnieSage 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Lawnmower engine: What to do?

I just came into posession of a completely rusted through push lawnmower, & the engine supposedly works fine (I haven't tested it yet) I thought it would be boring to just make another lawnmower out of it. I was thinking maybe some sort of awesome skateboard-like vehicle? Perhaps an RC plane? What should I make?

Posted by SneakyRobot 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

how kan i make a racing lawnmower ? Answered

Well I have all ready started on it an I don't have a lot of money kuz aim only 13 but I been taken it aPART AN GETTIN it ready but I need to no more so I can make it go fast

Asked by tj1796 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Electric Lawnmower tripping circuit-breaker, Motor still runs.

I know you folks must have seen this question many times, but I still have to ask: my electric lawnmower tripped the circuit breaker (I suspect due to excessively long grass), and kept tripping it after I reset the breaker. The weird thing about it is that each time I reset the breaker and restart the lawnmower, the motor would actually start and run for half a second, before the breaker trips again. I infer that means the motor itself is not shot, and possibly not the rectifier either? Can anyone help with this? Thanks in advance!?

Asked by Baboony 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

What should I power with my solar panels when they're not charging my lawnmower? Answered

So I built a solar charging setup for my electric lawnmower. It involves a 24V, 60W panel setup and a charge controller. It works fine, but it only takes a few days at the most to charge the lawnmower, and the rest of the time it just sits there producing unused power. I'm trying to think of what to do with the power when I'm not charging the mower, but I haven't come up with anything good. Any suggestions?

Asked by jessejwk 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

4stroke mower overfilled with oil

My masport 4 stroke filled to top with oil,its in muffler as well, how can i fix it,can i just tip it on it side an drain it,how do i get compression back,it had none since being overfilled.

Asked by glorz69 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How do I fix a Black & Decker electric lawn mower motor?

A neighbor asked me to have a look at her B&D electric mulching mower (MM1800 Type 1) after it stopped working. When I pulled the control switch, the blade didn't turn, but there was a buzzing sound and kind of a burned plastic smell. I also found that it was very hard to turn the blade by hand. At home, after a lot of trouble I was able to remove the 6 screws holding down the big plastic cover. (You should see how much grass was under there.) I can now see the outside of the motor, but how do I figure out which parts need to be replaced? The owner's manual has a parts list. I assume that some parts (like the magnet ring and armature) are OK, and that the problem is with something like the brush spring/terminal/brush insert or rectifier. How do I find out? (I'm hoping it won't be that hard to replace the parts of the motor.) Thx.

Asked by bkbkbkbk 2 years ago  |  last reply 8 months ago

Modding a Lawnmower into a Shredder / Mulcher

Hello everyone. I have a simplelawnmower with a briggs 6HP motor. I want to use it to shred/grind aged horse manure compost in the easiest way possible. The mower has a side shoot, but it has a spring loaded trap door covering it right now. It also has a trap door for a back discharge bag, which is also closed and I don't have the bag, I have thought of 2 options for this myself. 1) Cut a hole in the sheet metal base of the mower beside the motor, on the left hand side if you were pushing the mower, so that I can shovel in the manure.. Cover the bottom of the mower under the blades with 1/4 - 1/2" hardware cloth. Elevate mower off the ground on cinder blocks over tarp. Hoping it would shoot the shredded mulch out the bottom, through the metal hardware cloth onto the tarp to be collected. Problems I foresee : If the regular discharge outlet on the right side of the mower blows grass out, will my hole i cut in the left side of the mower suck inward, or also blow out? Obviously this wouldn't work if the area I'm trying to shovel in is blasting air out. Would the shredded compost be blown downward? It's really the only place for it to go except the hole I would be shoveling in at. This is the simplest way I can think of. I would prefer to do something like this. Perhaps if it wouldnt work stock like this then I could maybe reverse the blade? I don't have a welder, btw. 2) Much cooler option but I dont really have the time, material, or know how would be to run a pulley to a seperate trash can with its own blade at the bottom and wire mesh under that. Any idears?

Posted by sandman420 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Lawnmower cord keeps eipping

Hello I changed flywheel key and blade adapter ...i keeps tearing my rewind rope ..not sure what to change next runs great when started but still hard the odd time

Asked by Wheelz688 8 months ago  |  last reply 8 months ago

Which is preferable? A riding mower with a rear mounted engine or a fore mounted engine?

 I am looking into purchasing a used riding mower and can't seem to find any objective information online. I'm not sure what to look for and would appreciate any advice anyone can offer. Thanks!

Asked by penumbra_ 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Need help with PWM to Analogue conversion

I have a Futaba RC transmitter and receiver, and an electric wheelchair. I want to be able to control the wheelchair via RC (a-la battlebots), and I do not want to control the joystick via servo. I also want to leave the wheelchair's joystick controls intact and either solder another RC device in tandem with the joystick, or hijack the control by having an external switch that switches from either manual joystick, or RC Freq. I have some experience in electronics, but only in the troubleshooting arena. I can fix things if they are broken and can troubleshoot to the board level, but have no experience building bots and have no RC experience. The solution needs to be low cost please. I can solder build boards from directions. I just have no "vision" of how to put these 2 systems together. I think the words "pwm to analog" have been thrown around online, but I need to know more. Please point me to websites, or send me instructions and Ideas. The wheelchair will not be a wheelchair forever. R2-D2, Wall-E, and an RC Lawnmower are all in contention. Thanks in advance.?

Asked by CementTruck 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Electric mower

I want to convert my old gas mower to an electric mower. 12v batteries are easy enough, and there is plenty of info re solar charging systems. I'm stuck on sourcing the motor. I was wondering if a car starter motor would be sufficient for running a lawnmower? It's a 12v motor, has enough oomph to turn over up to 12 cylinders of american steel, and there are plenty of 'em out there in junkyards waiting to be recycled. Sounds good on paper. Anyone have any insight into why this is or ain't a good idea? Thx- Rev. Bucky

Posted by RevBucky 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Any easy way to make a small lawnmower blade? (12" DIA)? Answered

Hey I am trying to make a robot lawnmower from some motors and a microcontroller I have. The only thing I'm stuck on is where to get such a small blade for mowing (12" DIA or lower)

Asked by galaxyman7 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How can I mount a lawnmower engine to this RAD frame? Answered

I have this awesome frame and I want to know how to mount a lawnmower engine on it.  I'd appreciate a list of materials in you answer etc. Thanks :-)

Asked by Dread_Neck 6 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

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Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

r/c lawnmower signal clean up

How do I get my program setup to correctly read the signal from my reciever to the arduino.  I am trying to drive a motor controller and it sometimes works but with very little consistancey.  I don't know what to try, any information would be greatly appricated.

Posted by mfm5024 8 years ago

I have an old electric lawnmower. What's the most interesting thing I can do with it? Wind Turbine? Go Kart?

Its an old flymo, spins pretty fast. Any ideas?

Asked by Cbalestrini 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Geting wheels of a axle?

I have a 2345 peerless transmission that i need to get the wheels off of.. ive removed the lock ring and washer but it wont budge, it does have a keyway but i wouldnt think that would be my issue.. here is a complete guide on how to take the tranny apart but not too much help (the transmission i have starts on page 81) and heres a blown apart picture and shows my type of axle it says 47 and 48 but i think i have 47b and 48b because of the key and the image is of the end of the axle with washer and lock ring off

Asked by knexsuperbuilderfreak 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Making a knife out of a lawnmower mulching blade? Answered

I am planning to use a lawnmower mulching blade to make my first knife. I need to know how should I heat treat the blade. I have read about annealing, quenching and tempering but every source of information has different instructions. Since I am planning to do this outdoors, I thought about using motor oil for quenching. Would you please provide some ideas or suggestions? Thank you very much for all your help.

Asked by blkhawk 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Push-mower blade removal

Heylo everybody! :) I have a self-propelled mower that I am disassembling for a go-kart (probably). I've gotten everything off of it except for the engine. I know where the bolts are to take if off of the mower deck, but here's the problem: the blade won't come off. I've blocked the blade in both directions and tried to loosen the middle bolt by turning both left and right, but the mower is pretty old and the shaft and bolt are probably rusted to craps. I also attempted shearing off the bolt with a crowbar and hammer, as well as cutting the head of the bolt off with a Sawzall. The bolt dulled all the teeth on the metal blade for the Sawzall and dented the crowbar's edges. So does anybody have any suggestions? I'm really at a loss on this one. I don't have access to a grinder or plasma cutter, which would seriously help out a lot. I was thinking about picking up a cold chisel from the store, but if I'm just being an idiot and turning in the wrong direction or something obvious, I'd rather know that than lop off a bolt and lose some of the hackability of the engine. Thanks!   - basementhacker

Posted by basementhacker 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Briggs & Stratton Lawnmower/Go Cart Engine to Power a Boat

I've heard of people mounting small (5 hp or so) Briggs engines in boats to power them. I have a couple of warn out 2-stroke outboards, but they are smelly, smoky, and unreliable. Does anyone know the best way to mount a Briggs (or Tecumseh, Robin, etc) as an inboard? I know there'd have to be shafts and seals, but I'm kind of looking for ideas before I start cutting on the old flatbottom. I have a couple of vertical shaft motors, and one good horizontal.

Posted by skunkbait 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

I want to convert an old B&D lawnmower motor to DC. Answered

I'm going to build a Quadcycle from PVC pipe.  The plans are from American Speedster in Tallahassee, FL  The drive mechanism is from an old bicycle.   While researching my accessory options, I read about an electric conversion, built  from  an old B&d; lawn mower?   I don't have a cord long enough to continue the use of this  motor in it's AC configuration. ;=] Therefore, my quandary.  What is the procedure and what parts will I need to convert this motor to DC?  Also, I would like to know the difference in the wiring between different voltage ratings. I.E.  What determines whether the load drawn is 12 volts or 36 volts. Thank you a bunch!  Doug Olinger, Glennville, GA P.S. I have really enjoyed the information contained in the  Instructables on this site.  It is a great site,  and has great information.  I may try to create an instructable on this Quad.  It could be fun.

Asked by DougOlinger73 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

lawn mower uses. Help

How can I make a lawnmower engine power something like a go-kart for under $20? I don't have a welder but I'm good with tools.

Asked by jimmerforpoy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

r/c and arduino communications

How do I check to see if my values for my reciever match the values in the r/c lawnmower code. It says if they don't to change them. But, I don't know how to check them.

Posted by mfm5024 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

I have a scotts self propelled lawn mower and i need to adjust the belt for the self propelled portion?

Looking for help on how to adjust of the belt for the self propelled portion on my Scotts lawnmower.

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

gas coming out of lawn mower muffler and no compression?

Briggs and Stratton 8 hp lawnmower engine. Engine has no compression and when running the electric starter gas comes out of the muffler.

Asked by greenthumb11 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Alternative to a strimmer (weedw[h]acker)?

When my electric lawnmower eventually, irreparably died, I replaced it with a manual cylinder mower. My strimmer is now due to be retired. Is there a manual version of a strimmer, apart from a pair of shears?

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

how do I directly hook up my throttle to a gas peddle?

I have a 12.5 horse briggs motor on my craftsman and I would like to make it faster please help

Asked by joe2007 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

What sources of aluminum are safe for casting into cookware? I have lawnmower engines, soda cans, lawn chairs.?

I'd like to make some aluminum bowls and pans, what aluminum alloy sources are safe to use for this?

Asked by robbtoberfest 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Cheap but powerful option for a go-cart motor? Answered

I'm pretty keen to build a motorized go-cart with my friend, but we both have run out of chores to do for money, too young to get a job and are on a pretty low budget. We've already got a go-cart that doesn't have a motor, but is well-built (welded frame) and has a proper steering mechanism (not just rope attached to the front axle). Two questions: Would it be easier to make an entirely new go-cart or to adapt the go cart we've got now to suit the engine we get? And What's a cheap option for a motor that has some torque and can go around 40-50km/h? I'm talking cheap like under $100NZ (around 70$US I think?) EDIT: PLEASE DON'T SAY BUY A LAWNMOWER ENGINE UNLESS YOU CAN GIVE ME A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF HOW TO USE A LAWNMOWER ENGINE ON A GO-CART - Lawnmower engines have vertical driveshafts, and you can't just tip them sideways. A V-belt is not ideal.

Asked by DELETED_isaacwilk 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How can a 13 year old make money without aproaching a lawnmower?

I was wondering if there is any way for a 13 year old can make money without the usual things FRIGGIN READ THIS! moola is B-MUTHA-F***ING-S! dont ask for invites! (the picture is how much time i have on my hands with no job...)

Posted by Crakur 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

What is the choke for on an gas motor ? Answered

You may think im noob but heres my question, What is the choke for on an gas motor ? Like on the lawn mower, you put on choke to start it, but what it is actually doing? Thanks!!

Asked by Patented 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago