Good-bye Toro Recycler

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RSteve

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Temperature in St. Paul was ridiculous for April 5, 84 F., in my sunny backyard 87 F. I have large landscape boxes (retaining walls) on two sides of the backyard. They were filled with leaves and overgrown grasses. At sunrise, I began raking the leaves and clipping the grasses from the boxes to the lawn, so I could mulch them with my lawn mower. It's an old Toro recycler push mower. Last fall, it sounded like it was about to die. Today, it wouldn't start and when I pulled the starter cord, I heard loud banging from the motor's guts. I changed the gas and oil; bang, bang, bang. No complaints, as I had it for over 20 years.

But what the hell do you do with an old broken lawn mower? I called around...no, no, no...we don't take them and don't know where you can legally dispose of one. I called a local repair shop, "Of course we'll take it, but there's a $100 drop off fee, or we could repair it, but that might cost you more than a replacement.

I tend to have emergency back-ups for a lot of things. For the mower, I have a very lightweight corded electric mower. It did a great job with the mulching, but dealing with the cord was a sharp pain in the burro.

Tomorrow, I'm going to buy a battery powered electric. My city lot is 50' x 150'. I thought I'd just hire a lawn service, but that's $150 to $175 a month, April-September, about $1000.00 for the season and that doesn't include fall lawn clean-up. I can afford it, but can't justify it. Tomorrow, I'll buy this:
It's a crazy price because the battery alone sells for $179.00. And, hopefully, I'll get my Vet's 10% discount.

So, I spent the afternoon taking apart the old mower, draining all the fluids, then completely dismantling the entire mower; every screw, nut, bolt, washer, etc. It's all in heavy duty plastic construction bags in my trash can for pick up tomorrow and I am exhausted. The only thing I couldn't bag was the mower's platform. I was really surprised to find that the motor was only attached to the platform with three bolts.
 
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Oops. Double post? Magic?
 
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Take it to a scrap yard. The Twin Cities used to have a great one. I can picture it, but I can't remember which highway, other than it is on a big curve (I know...not any help). I found some great, unusual metal scraps there for a project at one time. They'd probably even unload the car for you.
 

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That was the historical H. S. Kaplan Scrap Iron, now defunct. It was massive in size and became a regional scrap metal wholesaler. The owners passed away and the city purchased the property from the heirs for million$. In 1984, I went there looking for cheap rebar to stabilize a landscape wall I was building. Not only did they have huge piles of rebar, but they cut it to size for me for a fraction of what I expected to pay.
 

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I wouldda put it out at the street .
Some industrious fellow prolly wouldda picked it up and fixed it. ;)
 

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That was the historical H. S. Kaplan Scrap Iron, now defunct. It was massive in size and became a regional scrap metal wholesaler. The owners passed away and the city purchased the property from the heirs for million$. In 1984, I went there looking for cheap rebar to stabilize a landscape wall I was building. Not only did they have huge piles of rebar, but they cut it to size for me for a fraction of what I expected to pay.
Rust. Nothing stays the same. But thanks for the update.

Yeah, I have to agree with leaving it on the curb. Scrap metal is so low right now for the average home owner/purger of junk that it isn't worth the gasoline and time to drive to a scrapper. Let some less fortunate, industrious folk throw it in the back of their truck and either get the money or fix it. I'm just now remembering that last Fall a neighbor loaded up their SUV with old X-mas lights, metal lawn furniture, and a couple other things. They got like $6. Nothing lasts on the curb in our neighborhood. Put it out front with a sign "FREE", and it gets swiped up right quick.
 

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Yeah, I had the same problem except my Husqevarna mower was only 6 years old. What a POC. Anyway, I took it apart piece by piece
and put it in trash bags for the dumpster. I kept the wheels and the handle just in case I needed them. I cut the body in half with my
saws-all! Yes, the body was cheap. I have an old old Toro that I still use for rough areas and in the woods. It's at least 10 years old and
is still running! I ordered a new Toro self propelled mower and hope it gets here soon. The wife will use it on the hillside.
 

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I’m junking my Toro Recycler. It’s not that old and looks new but the drive went out. I’m planning on getting a Honda from a dealer and not the big box store. :geek:
 
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