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

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


Lawn mower

I have a Craftsman Lawn Mower Model 917.377842 with a Honda engine. To make along story short, I made my usual tune up for the season. I had the blade sharpen, changed oil, changed spark plug & put fresh fuel in.  It usually starts with 2 pulls but didn't and found oil in the air filter compartment.  I eventually tipped the wrong way while putting back on the blade. I drained the oil & gas & put fresh in. The oil stopped squirting into the oil compartment but still wouldn't start. I tried cleaning the carb but decided to replace it. It still won't start & now the engine floods with gas. What's going on?  None of this has ever happened. I sure would appreciate any help. I've had this mower for at least 11 yrs & aside from a few minor repairs, it has been great.

Topic by snerge 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


MOWER WONT START?

Mower has sat for awhile has spark but wont start. If I spray starter fluid in the air intake hole it will start and run for a few seconds. Any ideas maybe it is clogged somewhere????

Question by harleykissed 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Gasless Lawn Mower?

Working on an engineering project and I need responses to a survey for research, my question is then, Will you help out by taking it? http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SVJWNRJ Any responses will help, thanks!

Question by robocrazy155 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Lawn Mower PTO???

Have bunch of pullys from several weight systems (weider) and i also have plenty of scrap metal, angel iron square bar etc.  is there any ides or plans for anything i could possibly make w/ it, excluding generators... IDK maybe hoist, wench, air compressor pump... i will be using the bottom pully from my lawn mower, the one that runs the mower deck...???? any and all ides welcom, thanks guys

Question by yengding52501 7 years ago


How much is worth this mower?

I want to sell it, but:  * I do not know how much money is worth this mowers.     And where I can I sell it? Dated 1825.

Topic by VitoM 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Thoughts on modifying a mower to a dethatcher?

Briefly, my lawn is a mess and I cannot afford either an electric rake or dethatcher. I have tried using a spring-tined rake to dethatch the lawn but it is too labour-intensive - and I have around 250m2 to cover - not for the faint-hearted! However, I do have a petrol rotary lawn mower and a spare blade. I have thought of combining the spring-tined rake to the blade to dethatch that way. I don't mind the thatch not being collected - as I expect it will leave the mess on the floor - I can simply dethatch at a higher blade height and then cut/pick up the mess on a lower blade setting. I don't have a welding machine, nor access to one. So I wondered if the good people here might lend me their brain cells to consider (a) what I might use as a rake on the blade and (b) how to secure it on to the blade. I have seen one of those rakes which can be spread at will and I thought to size it and secure it with a metal band and rivets - and then rivet the whole thing to the blade. What do you think? I had also thought that I could fix the rake on the opposite side of the blade. The blade is not reversable/obversable - there is a one-way key that oreints the blade to one position only. Please do not trouble yourselves with warnings about safety etc as I think I am aware enough to consider this for myself - unless it is to say "don't do it". I also know about having to balance the blade weight. As ever, thanks for reading me and thanks for your time to reply.

Question by kevinhannan 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago



riding lawn mower canopy?

I want to make a canopy for my lawn mower and i just dont know what to do because if i use metal for the canopy if i run into a low branch it will catch and flip the mower but if i use pvc its too flexible any suggestions? i want to make one because buying one is way to expensive

Question by BIGHAIRYDUDE 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Are there battery packs for corded lawn mowers?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


carberator linkage on a craftsman push mower?

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Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Lawn mower won't start? Answered

I have a Briggs and Straton Troy Bilt self propel mower.  I hit a small stump the other day and the mower cut off.  I generally have trouble with the mower not restarting after it runs for a while and gets hot, but he next day fires up and runs fine.  After hitting this small stump it almost starts after about 4or5 pulls and then it kicks back like there is too much compression in the firing chamber.  It almost pulls the cord out of my hand and a little bit of white smoke comes out of the exhaust.  I have checked the supply to the carburetor, cleaned the carburetor, cleaned the plug and check that it's firing.  I have not checked the fuel, but I have cut grass several time since the beginning of summer with no problem.  What do you think could be the problem?  I'm very mechanically included, but I'm a little stumped on this one.  Thank you for your help!!

Question by roosterz64 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


how to disk brakes on mower transaxle?

Transaxle: dana spicer model 2000 out of older pan frame murray need brakes so i can race

Question by digger_fan2003 10 years ago


Gas lawn mower does not want to crank up.?

The lawn mower has gas, oil and spark plug works but it does not want to crank up.  What else can I check to see what is wrong?

Question by ismelda18 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


what should i do with a lawn mower engine?

Hey i have a vertical shaft 6.5hp lawn mower engine i dont want to do a go kart or a boat but im bored and i want to do something so, any ideas on what to do?

Question by BIGHAIRYDUDE 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How can I sharpen my push lawn mower blades?

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Question by comollirj 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


what is the best way to lower a 1980s murray lawn mower for racing?

What is the best way to lower a 1980s murray lawn mower for racing?

Question by kyle2crazy 9 years ago


Convert Pull-String Lawn Mower to either Push Button or Key Operated

Can this be done?

Topic by BluGinhm 10 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Electric Mower will not start, trips the breaker?

I have a Task Force model #25143 electric mower (corded) that suddenly stopped while I was cutting some grass that I admit was probably too tall.  I have had no previous problems with it whatsoever since I bought it new last year.  After some searching I found out that it had tripped the breaker (was plugged into the GFI outside the house).  It's only a short cord--an extension must be used.  I bought a new one last month, but tried two other ones just to be sure--no change.  I tried using a different outlet--no change.  I tried using an inside outlet and promptly tripped that breaker as well.  I checked the blade, it spins freely, there was a small amount of grass on the shaft above it, I removed that.  There was a lot of cut grass on the underside of the deck (it's a mulching mower) and I removed all that going to the side discharge and the chute where the bag would be.  I took off the cover to the motor, there was some grass and dust in there, I cleaned it all out.  As for the connections, they are still clean as a whistle--no rust, corrosion, burning, fraying, etc. they still look new.  I was looking for a fuse and couldn't find one, checked by the motor and in the handle where the switch is.  After all this it still trips the breaker so I'm thinking there has got to be a short. The plug side of the extension cord was warm.  I found an answer that said use a multi-meter and I suppose I could go buy one but then what do I do with it?  I don't know what I'm supposed to hook it to and I don't know what any of the readings would mean.  I'm too low on cash now to pay for repair or buy a new one and where I live the grass needs to be cut almost 2x a week--any advice?  How can I find the short or is the motor gone?  I also read about motor "brushes" but don't think I saw any not that I would know what they look like anyway.  I included pics of the switch and the motor.

Question by PurpleMom 6 years ago  |  last reply 2 months 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.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


how can I remove screws to the cover of Kobalt KM-210 mower? Screw driver doesn't work. Is there some other tool??

Was hoping to check/replace bridge rectifier because electric mower keeps tripping breaker. Cannot unscrew screws that secure the cover to the motor.

Question by JeannieB11 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


My Murray Ride on Mower won't start, I've tried all I know any help will be appreciated.

My 12.5HP Murray ride on mower with Briggs & Stratton motor wont start. The spark plug's good & sparking ok & I've just bought a new battery, there's a fuel leak at the carburetta which I tried fixing by clamping but that hasn't worked. I've been able to get it going twice by connecting the car battery to it , but it's not starting with it's own brand new battery, it back fires a bit but just won't kick over. I just haven't got the transport to get it to a repair shop , if anyone has any ideas I'd greatly appreciate them, thank you.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


how do i fix my Toro 22 In. Variable Speed Self-Propelled Recycler High Wheel Mower Model # 20331?

If u need more info leave comment.

Question by clancy1990 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I mistakenly put the gasoline i used for my weed wacker (Gas and oil) in my mower and it doesnt run very good now.

I have changed the spark plug a couple times and it is pretty dirty with carbon. I even tried carbuerator cleaner . It has no gas filter

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


mower starts when cold, stalls when hot. has been tuned up, can it be the coil? was told that it was wet gas

Mechanic said that it was water in the gas... the tank has been emptied, the carb cleaned, new plug, and new blade. It still stalls after about ten minutes of running, and then may start back up when it's cold.... I've been thinking that it is a coil problem.. That's the only thing left unchecked because it fired up at the shop , so they sent it home.... And I am curiouse to know a safe way to check a coil while the engine is hot... I have a multimeter, I just don't know how to use it on a coil , or what readings I may be looking for. Thanks for any advice I can get Slacker

Question by slacker0473 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 months 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.

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



Blinker Circuit

Hi i am looking for a good model for a turn signal circuit. i am trying to make turn signals for my mower (not a joke) and i need a list of parts i need to buy, and a image of the circuit i already have the lights and switches. i would like to have it so a switch is for each side, and   i would also like it to be able to do hazard lights, i dont know if i would be able to do that by switching both switches on at the same time?. but what ever you got to help me would be awesome. thank you

Topic by RC Instructables 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Is there an online source for small drive axles & solid rubber wheels ?

I've tried every phrase I can think of to search, but all I can find are wheels with bearings. I urgently NEED to replace the rear axle drive assembly on a small Mustang 8 riding  mower, (really small!).  Do I have to have the whole thing custom made?  Why does everyone assume that all wheels should COAST?  Seems like it would be easy to find a  3/4"X24" axle, with keyway, and suitable 10" wheels. but I'm wasting away without success.

Question by doggymama 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Is it possible to convert a 120V lawn mower to wireless with a ATV or even car battery and a inverter? Answered

I've seen a lot of lawn mower conversion stuff but they always start with a gas mower and replace the engine with a DC electric motor.

Question by mattyfu 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago



How Do i modify a snow plow to fit my lawn mower?

I have like a 1990 Task Force Riding Lawn Mower and like a 1993 Craftsman snow plow. its one that you have to take the mower deck off and the plow has these hooks that hook onto the raise and lower arms for the mower deck. Should'nt it fit?

Question by SonyLaxer 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Lawn mower blade hub.

I'm trying to figure out how to get the blade hub off of the bottom end of the crankshaft on my TroyBilt - Honda powered mower. There is no set screw that I can find, and it doesn't appear to be a thread off. There is a key, but I can find nothing that suggests how to get this thing off. I need to take it off so I can change the bottom crankshaft oil seal. This is a Honda GCV160 engine. Thanks for any input.

Topic by thebilger 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


How do I fix an electric lawn mower?

My lawn mower works fine, but when I try to turn it on, it acts like it's not making a connection somewhere in the starter lever? Any ideas?

Question by Samanthab1 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Electric lawn mower runs for a few seconds then trips the house breaker.

When the breaker is reset it runs a few seconds and does the same thing? I was de-thatching when the problem first occurred so the mower was under load. There was no burning smell? The mower is an 8-year-old 12 amp Homelite with a 21 inch cut .

Question by DonM137 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Need information on an old mower.

All I know about it is that it has a 6B engine, is made by "moto mower", and has a aluminium deck. I would like to know where I can get parts for it and possibly some history about it. Some info on how to remove a seized on gas cap would also be helpful.

Question by master key 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Earthwise 50218 corded mower - control switch lever broken

We have an Earthwise 50218 corded mower that we've been very happy with. The only problem is that the control switch lever that is used to start the thing is plastic and broke. We were able to manage with it for a while but then it broke even closer to the base and cannot be used at all. Without this lever, the entire mower cannot start. It appears that the manufacturer doesn't sell a replacement part for this. The only official option was to buy an entire control assembly at $40. Has anyone else run into this problem? Any ideas on a cheaper solution for this simple, stupid problem? (The manual for this thing is here: https://www.powerequipmentdirect.com/manuals/earthwise-50118-50120-owners-manual.pdf)  Thanks!

Question by runningfutility 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Help modding an electric lawn mower to run from a car battery?

Hi - I have an electric lawn mower that uses US standard 110v wall current. I'd like to create a battery power conversion "harness" so I can power the mower from a deep cycle car/marine battery instead of wall power. I have a converter that's intended to convert from car cigarette lighter socket power to 110v for powering things like laptops while inside a car; would it be possible to simply connect leads from the cigarette socket converter to the car battery, then plug the mower into the converter? is there another type of inverter/converter device that would more usefully work to convert battery power to 110v AC? Thanks in advance for any suggestions... Kern

Topic by kerns 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to recondition 12v lead acid cell battery for a Riding Lawn mower

Battery has never held a full charge very long since it was new, Needs to be recharged a couple of times during the season, only 3 years old. Can this battery be recondition to hold a proper charge or should I replace it. This is on a john deer riding mower.

Question by johnhoening 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago



Can 18 months of non use of lawn mower cause a blown head gasket?

I just purchased a small lawnmower at a garage sale and the owner said he had not used it for 18 months or longer. I put fresh gas in it...changed the oil and spark plug and it started right up. After about 5 strips of cutting with no problems...it started blowing out smoke and the exhaust got very hot. Is that a blown head gasket and could the sitting idle for 18 months cause the gasket to deteriate? 

Question by gdoncowan 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


New mower keeps dying

I bought a new 2 cycle lawn mower in the spring. It worked fine, then it starting dying. I unscrewed the gas cap screwed it back on. It worked fine for a few turns. Died again. Figured cap needed to be vented. Now it dies continuously. Need some suggestions.

Topic by sassifrasstea 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Has anyone made a push mower spray attachment??

I have a small yard to mow with a push mower.  I was looking for some plans to somehow attach a 1 gallon sprayer to the mower.  I would love to spray weed killer and mow at the same time.  Has anyone seen anything like this?

Question by baudeagle 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


snapper lawn mower clutch?

Hey i just bought a used snapper lawn mower 28" cut rear engine 8hp and it has what looks like bicycle handlebars and the clutch seems too sensitive it jerks alot and does huge wheelies in the slowest gear even though its cool it gets to be annoying does anyone know how to adjust it and the model number is 28084s if that helps

Question by BIGHAIRYDUDE 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 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.

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


white smoke and oil coming from exhaust

Mower starts but blows white smoke and oil from exhaust any ideas what could be wrong ????

Question by JohnS89 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


3 1/2 hp B&S. Starts, then immediately stops. Answered

Once I prime my lawn mower 3-5 times to start, it starts right away. But once the primed gas is used up, the mower dies. I have taken the gas tank off, removed all the old fuel and cleaned it out with paper towels. I also took the carb off the tank and blew compressed air through all the ports I could see, which seemed to be open. I also installed a new spark plug. To recap, it only runs on the primed gas. Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I have been out of work for the last 6 1/2 months, and am trying to save $$$ by doing these things myself. Thank you in advance. Jack

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


lawn mower keeps dying

Bought a new 2 cycle lawn mower in the spring. It worked fine, then it starting dying. I unscrewed the gas cap screwed it back on. It worked fine for a few turns. Died again. Figured cap needed to be vented. Now it dies continuously. Need some suggestions.

Topic by sassifrasstea 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


sulky seat?

You know those commercial lawn mowers that have a sulky behind a scag mower (haha funny words) but anyways could you build a sulky with a seat on it?

Question by BIGHAIRYDUDE 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 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

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