Thursday, May 09, 2013

R.I.P. my loyal friend

My 27 year old Honda Lawnmower is looking for a new home.  Hopefully, someone will come along and take HIM.   (Don't you hate it when people call mechanical things a SHE?)
I have a lawn service for the front yard, but I like to mow the back myself.  It's shady back there and St. Augustine grass won't grow.  I let the Monkey Grass spread all over the back yard.  Monkey Grass is usually used as edging, but does well in the shade.    It also grows slowly, so I would only have to mow once every few weeks.  In the Spring I mow more often because weeds also grow until it gets hot.  Up until a few years ago we mowed ourselves and didn't have a lawn service, so this lawnmower was used a lot.  Lawns get mowed weekly here for about 9-10 months a year.

Today I took out my faithful friend and topped off the tank.  That's when I noticed the gas dripping onto the ground.  I guess the gas tank finally rusted through.  I bought this lawnmower in 1986 or 1987.  I know we were living on the other side of Houston then and it was before we moved to Oklahoma in 1988.  So, it's about 27 years old.

Over the years we had it tuned up a few times, but I don't think we've even had that done for the last 7 or 8 years.  Jim used to drain the oil and change the spark plug every year, but he didn't do it last year and it hadn't been done this year.  I mowed a few weeks ago and it worked just fine.  It did burn oil and I used to joke that the EPA was going to come along and stop me one of these days.

Anyway, I hope someone will take HIM because I don't think the garbage men will!  Besides, HE deserves another chance.

I wouldn't buy anything but a Honda after this one.  I'm still trying to decide if I should buy another or just have the lawn service mow the back too.  I kind of like doing the back myself, so I'll have to think about this for a while.

By the way, I do not work for Honda or even own stock in Honda.  I wrote the above based on personal experience.  I've never had anything last like this lawnmower.  It's the Energizer Bunny of lawnmowers.  Thanks Honda!


  1. How sweet your attachment is to HIM! I always like to buy American made - however - that being said - we have 3 Honda's - all CRV's. If you like to do the back yourself I think you will need one - I have never head of a Honda mower? sandie

  2. That's what we use and ours is about that old, too. Can't tell you how many times it's been in for repairs, however, hubby hangs onto it. He used to do the mowing and paid to have the edging done. Since the mower needs service (and hubby does, too) we now have the entire yard done.


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