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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-06-2019, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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New to me Swisher 60" tow behind

Will finally be able to cut the lawn in one day rather than spreading it out over two or three days. Have just enough lawn where it's rough on the back trying to get it all done in one session. Doesn't take all day to do but after a couple hours I like to get off the rider. Always wanted to find a way to flatten out the yard. Have some pretty good ruts from the original bonehead who was supposed to smooth out the land before the grass seed went down and over the decades there have been the addition of a few dozen gopher hole mounds that didn't get raked out and now are grown in with sod.
At some point I might end up rototilling it and starting over but for now I'm hoping the Swisher cuts my time in half

Only seen one other really cheap Swisher on Craigslist and it was gone in under two hours on a Sunday morning I saw this one for $300 and didn't hesitate. 1999 60" with an electric start 12.5hp Brioggs. It was cheap since it didn't run, was missing a blade and the tires were flat. Had a broken wire under the engine mount that goes to the starter. Have four new tires I ordered from Walmart. Surprisingly they has the best price at $54 for all four. The old tires were shot as they were dry rotted and cracking badly on the sidewalls. I repaired the wire to the solenoid, new battery and now the engine spins. Replaced the fuel line and added a filter. Finally got around to adding some gas this afternoon and it fired up.
Still have to flip it up to see about the one missing blade but the spindles felt ok.
Work in progress Swisher customer service is great. I sent them a photo of the machines ID tag as I couldn't make it out very well and they sent me back the year, model and serial info and a link to the owners manual with a parts list. Sweet !!
Not a photo of mine but pretty much looks the same.

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Found out the center spindle is most likely sheared off. Rained yesterday so no outside work and today it's just cold (34) overcast and soggy so not likely to be out there trying to pull the spindle to get a better look at it. Need to make a run over to HarborFreight to buy their small tire changer. I'm tired of wrestling with a wheel loose on the ground and since I'm doing all four on this guy now's the time to break down and just buy the machine. I usually only have one or two to do a year and at the time it never seems to be worth it to purchase the machine but now it's a different story.

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The smaller tires at least for me are worse then the larger ones. Last one off the mower at work I gave up and took it to the tire shop and let them put it back on.

I have left front with a slow leak on the Deere this year. Not looking forward to it. Maybe it will just be a bead leak and I can smear some sealer around it and not have to dismount it from the rim. Nah, that would be too easy.

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