I recently came across a FREE Toro mower on Craigslist! Great news! but, there was a reason that it was free… Read the rest of the article for how I fixed it in my own garage with a welder in about an hour.
Drove halfway across town to go pick it up and it was actually pretty nice 6.5hp, guaranteed to start, and only one bald tire! Once I got home, it started right up.
So why is this worthy of a post on a DIY Welding website?
Well, once I unloaded the mower, I realized why they probably wanted to get rid of it. The handle was only 2ft off the ground!!
This bolt kit is SERIOUSLY worth it’s weight in gold. Yes, I might not need every size in there, but I can’t even begin to tell you how many trips to the hardware store it has saved me. They are really pretty cheap, and come in Standard and Metric.
DIY Welder Tip: Use old license plates to protect sensitive areas when welding on projects. I always tend to have a couple laying around the house, and they are free, bendable, and reusable.
Viola! we have a working mower better than my previous one for the cost of a trip across town, two bolts, and an hour in the garage (I’m always up for excuses to be in the garage!). The lesson here is that if you invest in tools and skills instead of buying everything new, you can save a lot of money by getting stuff cheap/free used then fixing the issue the previous owner was having, which in my experience is usually minor.
So, go out there, find some good deals, and fix them yourself!