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After many mowers and many years of using/abusing a multitude of brands, I have in my eyes, created the perfect walk behind mower.

I'm not sure why I called it "my fall project" in an earlier thread because I should have said my w-end project I guess. Once I started I couldn't stop.

It was a very straight forward job and I ran into a few snags but nothing out of the ordinary....I had to lower the self propel pulley about 3/8" but everything else fit like a glove including the mounting holes for the engine. No drilling at all!

he throttle cable has to be changed out because they are backwards compared to how they fit on each engine respectively...the WR pulls back for high as the Suzuki pushed up for high....simple fix by swapping cables and control.

This perfection did come at a cost to me by injury and I found out the hard way metal has no feeling and will bite when given the chance.....when I was tightening one of the last engine mount bolts on the torque my socket slipped and the force of my hand hit a sharp object and banged the dickens out of my index finger knuckle causing extensive injury.......no stitches but my finger is in a splint and bandaged heavily which has slowed my down here the last day or so....oh well.:trink39:

This is a real "bad to the bone" machine.....thanks for following my progress and enjoy the pics....look for a YouTube video soon on my channel.







 

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Nice frankenmower!

Is the engine from a Snapper? If so, what kind of blade is that?
 

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Sweet indy looks like all of us are doing hybrids !

What is the part number for that WR gator blade? I need one for my WR snapper.
 

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That is awesome! Glad to see you got it finished so quickly. So...how does it cut? Everything match up good?
 

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I think the two of us are brothers in a past life Neil. I love doing exactly the kind of stuff you've just done.

What's with the lift handle attached to the cylinder head? To help with quick motor swaps in the pits? Also, I didn't realize Snappers were so cutting edge. Traction Control? Cars just got that a few years ago.

Great job my brother.

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Lots of questions...wow, where to start?

Yes the engine is off a Snapper originally.

Yes, I could have left the original fuel cell on there but I prefer the plastic tank that came with the Robin...no rust.

GTP, yes thats a gator....I'l have to get the number for you later...

That thing on the cylinder head is a guard for the spark plug....many commercial engines have something similar...protects against down time. I don't know why it says Traction control....Its originally from 1988....

How does it cut???? Good question....its like a dessert here and all the grass is extremely dry....even the Bermuda has stopped growing...it hasn't rained here in a month and its been super hot and very windy. This is a concern of mine as well and look forward to finding out myself. I feel confident it should cut great....it blows wind out the tunnel like a Snapper hi-vac..

Sorry if I missed any others....my finger hurts.

Peace.
 

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Great Job Indy!
You did a magnificent transplant and have plenty to be proud of there.

Man do I ever know your pain. Get tore up at work all the time. I hate it when something slips and you end up tearing skin off, cutting deep to the bone and other mishaps that are very hard to avoid. It always seems like the one that gets cut is the one you use the most too. Hope it heals quick.

Some of the worst ones Ive gotten is on home projects and usually right at the end of the project. Its like I get so happy to be nearly done that I get careless.

Let us know how well she drives out!
 

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Looking good, can't wait to see and hear the video! Oh boy, that finger injury hurts, we have all done that. The last time I did that I lost my fingernail also.
 

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one thing to think about is the snapper blade generates tremendous lift by desighn and in sandy soil conditions this may eat away at the softer alum deck of the toro. using the gator should minimize this but its still a potential issue. here in florida we burned tru a snapper metal deck in 2 comm seasons working for somone who insisted we bag everything.
 

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one thing to think about is the snapper blade generates tremendous lift by desighn and in sandy soil conditions this may eat away at the softer alum deck of the toro. using the gator should minimize this but its still a potential issue. here in florida we burned tru a snapper metal deck in 2 comm seasons working for somone who insisted we bag everything.
That is a good bit of advice. I think ultimately I would like to get the Toro blade back on there and with two thin metal shims welded on the blade where it sits on the driver could accomplish this....a pain but doable.

As for the blade that is on it now its a heavy duty Stens Raptor blade part # 302268 Its a hilift mulcher and thick as all get out. Not too much different than my gators with the exception of the lift.

http://www.rcpw.com/snapper-blades/302268.html
 

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That is a good bit of advice. I think ultimately I would like to get the Toro blade back on there and with two thin metal shims welded on the blade where it sits on the driver could accomplish this....a pain but doable.

As for the blade that is on it now its a heavy duty Stens Raptor blade part # 302268 Its a hilift mulcher and thick as all get out. Not too much different than my gators with the exception of the lift.

http://www.rcpw.com/snapper-blades/302268.html
Thanks Indy-does this/is this different from the Gator Blade? The "Hi Lift" is selling me on getting it
 

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anyway great job-i have a surplus robin 2 stroke laying about now and a comm toro that needs an engine..... mmmmm this is good inspiration than it can be done
 

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I dunno Dan....the four stroke is IMO the toughest engine made by robin. I had one but regret selling it now....That sucker could produce some serious hp. It would make a heluva cool Toro.
 
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