The average yard or lawn of American homes will not require a ride-on mower. The area may not be large enough to justify the need for riding mowers which are suited to yards that range from about one-half to two hectares in area.

Rotary push mowers would be more appropriate choice for the average-sized yards or lawns. A general purpose grass-cutting device, these mowers are the most popular choice for domestic use. These mowers can be employed in almost all types of lawn, whether their ground is rough or uneven.

Internal combustion engines power most rotary push mowers. The specific types of engines belong either to two-stroke or four-stroke cycle engines which run on gasoline or other fuel oils, and usually only have one cylinder.

With their internal combustion engines, rotary push grass cutters could be classified as either two-stroke or four-stroke mowers.

In general, the engines of two-stroke and four-stroke mowers have a power of 1.5 to 5.25 kW (two to seven horsepower). To start these carburettor-equipped mowers, a manual pull crank is employed. Models with electric start are also now available in the market. Older models of rotary push mowers are designed with throttles that are controlled manually to increase or reduce engine speed. The newer models that have come out are now designed with pre-set throttle speeds to prevent over-revving and in the process, prolong the engines of the mowers.

These rotary push mowers have the disadvantage of running on noisy and fume-producing engines. Such problems, however, are lesser in four-stroke mowers than in the two-stroke grass cutters which are fueled by a mixture of lubricating oil and gasoline.

When it comes to cutting grass in hilly areas, a mower with two-stroke engine would have the advantage over the four-stroke mowers. The two-stroke grass cutters can rev higher than a four-stroke which is an ideal feature when tackling hilly grounds.

Using four-stroke mowers on sloping yards would be a struggle, and trouble could develop with the engine’s oiling mechanism which may result in breakdowns and costly repairs. The four-stroke mowers are better suited for cutting grass in a large block of flat land. Grass cutting in the average-sized lawn can be maintained by either a two-stroke or four-stroke mower. The four-stroke mowers, however, would be the better choice if the yard already extends to half an acre and above as they perform best in these relatively bigger areas.

Needless to say, proper maintenance is required whether the grass cutting equipment used is a two-stroke or a four-stroke mower. Both machines need to be checked regularly to determine mechanical problems that are yet developing so that early solutions could be taken. Fixing such problems could prove expensive if done later. Regular changing of oil of at least once a year in the rotary push mower will contribute much to prolonging the life of the machine. The blades of the mowers have to be kept sharp and should be replaced if necessary. Sharp blades contribute much to the efficiency of these mowers, whether two- or four-stroke.

Mark is working on repairing ride on mower blades in his local shop in Paris. He is also maintaining a website about ride on mower parts and other lawn mower parts. Use this article freely in your websites as long as this author sig is included with the links embedded.

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Title: The golden staircase: poems and verses for children
Year: 1907 (1900s)
Authors: Chisholm, Louey, comp Spooner, M. Dibdin
Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam’s Sons London, T.C. and E.C. Jack
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dbreast piously Did cover them with leaves. And now the heavy wrath of God Upon their uncle fell;Yea, fearful fiends did haunt his house, His conscience felt an hell:His barns were fired, his goods consumed, His lands were barren made,His cattle died within the field, And nothing with him stayed. And in a voyage to Portugal Two of his sons did die;And to conclude, himself was brought To want and misery:He pawned and mortgaged all his laud Ere seven years came about;And now at length this wicked act Did by this means come out: The fellow that did take in hand These children for to kill,Was for a robbery judged to die, Such was Gods blessed will;So did confess the very truth, As here hath been displayed;Their uncle having died in gaol, Where he for debt was laid. You that executors be made And overseers ekeOf children that be fatherless And infants mild and meek;Take you example by this thing, And yield to each his right,Lest God with such like misery Your wicked minds requite. UNKNOWN.

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-THEIR. PRETTYE UPPES WITH B1ACKDER1UES•WERE AJLL BESMEARD AND THE GOLDEN STAIRCASE 103 A BOYS SONG WHERE the pools are bright and deep,Where the grey trout lies asleep,Up the river and oer the lea—Thats the way for Billy and me. Where the blackbird sings the latest,Where the hawthorn blooms the sweetest,Where the nestlings chirp and flee—Thats the way for Billy and me. Where the mowers mow the cleanest,Where the hay lies thick and greenest;There to trace the homeward bee—Thats the way for Billy and me. Where the hazel bank is steepest,Where the shadow falls the deepest,Where the clustering nuts fall free-That s the way for Billy and me. Why the boys should drive awayLittle sweet maidens from the play,Or love to banter and fight so well,Thats the thing I never could tell. But this I know, I love to play,Through the meadow, among the hay;Up the water and oer the lea,Thats the way for Billy and me. There let us walk, there let us play,Through the meadow among the hay,Up the wate

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