Lawn & Garden Archive

Lawn Tractor Sprayer

Posted May 12, 2016 By Landis V

Power connectors – one for tractor, one or two for sprayer (if desired to still use the battery terminal connectors, get two). – or similar.  Or, this attached to battery and this extension cord (or similar/cheaper… eBay?) may be simpler, especially if the sprayer already has a quick connect on it, which it does appear to from the picture.

Sprayer –

Pump appears to be this or similar, looks to be around a 4 amp draw.

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A few open tabs

Posted April 3, 2014 By Landis V

Time to close some browser tabs that I’ve finished reading and either found interesting or might want to come back to in the future. A few handy garden and outdoor enjoyment tricks for little money. Just an interesting read, struck a chord. Mr. Malty, starter process I used for my Wyeast 1388 for my BOMM mead (starter recipe came from the BOMM as well). Thread on refractometer calculation adjustments after fermentation has begun.

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Mower reference pages

Posted September 1, 2013 By Landis V

Pages referenced while repairing Sabre lawnmower.  Safety switches have been removed and wiring reassembled and functional – can get the tractor to run for a few seconds by spraying carb cleaner in the air intake, but otherwise seems to be starving for fuel.  Confirmed that there is power to the fuel solenoid when keyswitch is in the ‘on’ position.  Interesting that when I pull the hose from the fuel bowl and then put it back on, it seems like it floods the carb for a few seconds (but I still wasn’t able to get it to start).

Briggs and Stratton alternator identification.  Stator, switch, and wiring – with pictures.


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Sabre 1742 Belt routing

Posted May 21, 2013 By Landis V

This site has a pretty good diagram of the belt routing for the 1742.  Will prove useful when I have this tractor running again and need to mount the deck, no doubt.

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Building a sleeve hitch – Garden Tractor Talk

Posted March 2, 2012 By Landis V

and linked page at

Has guide/pictures for building a sleeve hitch.

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Clumps of grass

Posted May 26, 2011 By Landis V
Closeup of annual ryegrass clump

Seeing this image online, I knew for certain the name of my enemy - Lolium multifolorum (annual ryegrass).

I’ve been doing some reading on some of the turfgrass information resource sites across the Internet recently trying to determine the nature of a rather annoying grass I have in my yard.  I was leaning most closely towards a tall fescue of some type, but it really didn’t fit.  Still, most of the sites I ran across had it listed as one of the very few options I was likely to encounter as a Nebraska turfgrass.  Fortunately I found Purdue’s turfgrass identification tool, which got me started on the right path without even grabbing a specimen of the grass.  The only thing I was certain of was the seed type and the blade width (which was what kept throwing me off of the existing indications – my problem grass blades were almost exclusively over a quarter inch in width).  This was the first site that showed me ryegrass, both perennial and annual as a possibility.  Stupid, really.  I know most of the cheap blends sold around here contain at least some quantity of ryegrass.  Still, I wasn’t convinced completely, as I would expect an annual to disappear after each season and return only from seed, but I have some very large clumps that are fairly obviously over a year old.  Searching led to the picture at the left, and I could at last tie a name to the enemy I was facing and begin a battle plan.

That’s where things are at right now.  Killing grasses from within grasses is a notoriously difficult challenge, and the most logical option would probably be to kill it all off, level the lawn, and start from scratch.  That may well be the end result, but I’m not in a rush to do that.  Other suggestions were to burn it down with a glyphosate herbicide (i.e., Roundup), possibly atrazine, and at least one indication of  a sedge killing herbicide now known as Sedgehammer.  The suggestion I’m going to try out initially is a longer commitment, but I’ve seen it work where I’ve been aggressive with the weedeater on this grass.  They suggest mowing at 2″ for two or more seasons, and being very sparing with watering.  Apparently the annual rye doesn’t handle short cutting or drought very well.  If we happen to get a hard winter with cold temps and little snow cover this year, it should help me out.  We’ll see how it goes.

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