Hey folks. I hope everyone had a great weekend. With the beautiful fall weather, I had a blast!
On Sunday, I had an unexpected power outage at the house. I'd already taken care of most of my chores on Saturday, and now with the power out for an extended period of time, I was left looking around for something to do that was ah, let's see....quick?
I was in transition with the Simplicity for doing fall/winter maintenance, so mowing with it was out of the question.
Guess what? I hadn't really tested the 1200 Cub Cadet since the rebuild, and I had a passel full of oak leaves laying on the ground. I had plenty of time, so - what the heck? I peeked at the gas tank, yep there's about an inch and 1/2 of gas in the bottom of the tank. Checked the oil - right on the full mark.
Opened the gas shutoff, let it sit for about 30 - 45 seconds, pulled the choke and hit the starter. About 1 1/2 revolutions later, it roared to life. Out to the area for mulching leaves.
This tractor has the 44a mowing deck on it, and the blades must have been on it from the factory. Yes, they are in sad shape, but for a test drive, they did more than a reasonable job. Those large white oak leaves were pulverized into pieces the size of quarters or even smaller. I made several passes trying to not only chop up the leaves, but to drive them closer to the mulch piles.
When I was finished, it almost looked like someone had vacuumed my yard. The place looked great, and the new grass I had seeded in September was showing great signs of promise too. The bare spots in the yard are becoming more and more populated.
Anyway, for a first time try out, I was impressed with this mower/tractor setup. I'm now thinking about possibly buying a new, factory mule drive belt and maybe some gator blades. Has anyone used gator blades on this style mowing deck?
If so, how well do they cut?
All in all, I enjoyed the dickens out of my new mowing experience.
All that hard work to restore my 1200 Cub Cadet has finally paid off.
Thanks for the help folks! Oh, I didn't run out of gas, and after I finished putting up the Cub Cadet the power was back on.
Life is good.