After I bought the Lawn King last summer, I was really not planning on looking for another reel mower for a long time. Really. The LK was sort of a thing where I had always dreamed of having one to go along with my LQ for what seemed an aternity, so getting that was an exception there you could say. I live with my Mom, fyi I am 21-(NO, not some guy in his late twenties still living at home as bum lol), so I really didn't/don't want to be taking up a lot of garage space. It's just not right in my mind. Also being that it's simply not practical to have a lot of stuff like this when you're my age for many different reasons, I have not really considered getting another. But I do have to admit though, every once in a while I'll see some old vintage reel that really catches my eye pop up on Ebay or CL and have to restrain a bit.
The other day I made a wise crack and said "you probably hate having this (the LK) in the garage." After a little conversation about it, it turns out that there is actually supportiveness for the little hobby and that it would be alright if I expanded the collection a bit. And I do mean a bit meaning one
which is only what I feel comfortable getting at the time. I guess the way I see it is, having three old reel mowers rather than two isn't going to be a life altering ordeal for later on in my life in which case really don't see myself one day saying "man, if I hadn't a bought that third reel mower when I was 21 I'd have it made by now." Besides, I can always thin the heard a bit if I really had to, no
the LK under any circumstances is never going though.
So anyway, because of that, I thought why not put a few want ads out there describing what I'm looking for and see what turns up. I put one on EngineAds, CL, Ebay and couple of other sites that I can't remember right off hand at the moment. Yes, I'm obviously going to most likely have to ship whatever it is from out of state-*thinks oneself, ahh, sometimes this hobby can
be expensive*. Because I'm only going to be getting one, again I only want
to be adding one at this time, and being that I will be paying to ship it out of state, it's gotta' be pretty darn unique.
I do have a little must have list and that consists of, whatever it is, having pneumatic tires and it must be complete and in fair shape for its age. As much as I love vintage Jacobsen mowers, I would kind of like to add a four stroke to the small collection of two 2 cycles. I just think it would be fun to at least have one of the three mowers be a 4 cycle, so that means it's probably not going to be a Jac.
I've had the ads out a couple of weeks now and haven't had any responses until one that I recieved today. It is from somebody who states that they have a big 'ol commercial type reel mower with pneumatic tires, has a rear swivel and is orange. Yes, I *know* what you must be thinking by now, but it very well could be something different like a big 'ol Eclipse as they did paint some of their large commercial models orange for while, so we'll see just exactly what it is. I'm waiting to hear back with more info and pics, so I'll post them up regarding whatever it is.
Kind of fun to be looking for one and will also be interesting nonetheless to see what turns up by the responses that I get. The last thing I'm going to do though is simply get one to get one, so again, because I'm most likely going to be paying for out of state shipping and all, it's gotta be fairly unique in it's own right and match what I'm looking for.
Will keep you all updated.