Casters for 21" mowers....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gogetter, Feb 19, 2004.

  1. gogetter

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  2. goodbeus

    goodbeus LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had them on a 20" Snapper...they we're a pain, finally took them off and installed the regular wheels:cry:
     
  3. gogetter

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    You had these exact ones on your snapper? My understanding was that they were new?
    Why were they a pain?
     
  4. goodbeus

    goodbeus LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had the one's from Snapper...wheels were bigger...the engine weight is centered on the mower frame, on a wb, the engine weight is on the rear, that's why you don't have problems with the front caster wheels...the slightest divot, the front wheels would turn sideways...had plenty of handlebars in the gut, couldn't cut straight and finally bent one of the wheels because they we're turning side-to-side in divots...
     
  5. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    Welded some Ariens swivels on the front of a Honda.

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  6. Doc Pete

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    As in your previous posts on this "particular mower", note that this is the one you imported to Canada at a price of over $2,000. Naturally, please remind those that did not read your old post that because this mower was imported, it's illegal in the USA. Also, I would think with an open chute of the size on that machine it would be very dangerous and possibly illegal in your country (Canada), too.
    Finally, here’s a picture of my Ariens, and unless you have a very old set of castors, the ones on your machine seem to be a different brand than Ariens (different design and color). In fact, in your original post about this mower, last year, you said the castors were a “normal” setup for that machine.
    Thanks,
    DP

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  7. gogetter

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    Pete, what the heck are those black ball looking things at the top of the bagger? They almost look like anti-scalp rollers.

    Btw, how do you like having castors on that mower? I'd like to have them on my Crapsman. Seems like it would make it a bit easier.
     
  8. The Dude

    The Dude LawnSite Member
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    I have 4 of those Ariens mowers as well. Got 3 of them at Home Depot for under 300 dollars. I have wore out the transmission on two of them but the other two are still going along. The three scotts brand mowers have Briggs inteks on them and the Ariens has a techumseh on it. I Absolutely love the caster wheels for manuverability on islands in parking lots. I can just run circles aroung them. They are really a time saver.
     
  9. Doc Pete

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    My friend has the Cub cadet with the castors, and the turning is effortless. I think the turning around is where the castors really save your body. I had a back yard I had to do with the old Sears 21" and even at $70/hour, it was too much work without having the castors.
    DP
     
  10. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    Doc, you will notice the wheels are joined together w/a seperate curved welded bar. Take away that bar & do you see Ariens?

    Regardless as I posted before, this was the original wheel set-up on that mower.

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