The final breakdown

June 5th, 2013

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Murray (my ride-on mower) has been rattling and puffing valiantly round our garden and field for over two years now, and for the last year I’ve been assuming he’ll snap something or conk out and that’ll be the end of him; he’s in pretty bad shape. Given the rate at which the grass is growing at the moment, being without a mower wouldn’t be a disaster but it would be a shame as the secret to nice grass is regular cutting.

I’ve been on the lookout for a Murray replacement but machines like this are expensive and I couldn’t bring myself to buy something expensive when I technically already had one. But on Sunday a bit on the cutting deck snapped which meant only one blade was cutting. I’d noticed a 2nd hand Murray for sale at my local agricultural shop so I went over there to buy the replacement part and to have a look at their Murray.

The part was 9€: I bought it. The Murray was 450€; I bought that too.

So now I have a lovely new(er) 12.5HP Murray mower with a grass collector on the back that’s in excellent condition (and was an absolute bargain), and an old knackered 11HP Murray mower that, once I’ve fixed the cutting deck, does work but I’ll keep as a back-up and for the boys to drive around on. It’s always a good idea to have a spare ride-on mower, don’t you think?

I’ve spent a couple of hours on New Murray this morning and he’s awesome. I’m rather chuffed with how this turned out.

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