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Hehe, hey everybody. I mowed the yard today and it had been raining the past few days, and in the back yard there is a low spot that runs almost the length of the yard that always fills up and doesnt drain really well, so decided to go muddin' with my mower :p The water was about 5 inches deep max and I've just got regular lawn tires on it, but its got enough power to spin through most stuff, and I've played around back there before and only got stuck one or twice, so I tried this time. I tried to get some action shots like when I started spraying water and slinging mud, but my brother cant capture the action very well :rolleyes:

I got stuck just about every time I tried to go through it, which was about 10 times, but not very bad. But tell me, have any of you seen a lawnmower with its own winch? :eek:

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We had a small Superwinch setting in our shop not being used, and I got tired of getting stuck and having to get the Explorer to extract the thing, so I made a plate and bolted it up to the frame for the bagger on the back. It works pretty well as long as the battery is good.

I'm planning on making a steel push bar for the front with a receiver hitch in it, and then weld a tube onto the plate and put a receiver back where the winch is at now so I can move the winch from the front to the back as needed.

Yeah you can laugh all you want but its sure a lot of fun :cool:

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Hahaha, oh yes! I have even rockclimbed in my mower! It sucks without low range though. I've even turned it on it's side and have gotten body damage! ( to the mower, thankfully not me).

Ours has some pretty serious turf tires that self clean pretty good. It's one of those big international lawn tractors.
 
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I cant say that I have gone off-roading in my lawn tractor but I do like to do a little bit of mudding in a golf cart. Everytime I see a mud hole off the path I have to see if my cart can make it through. And to my suprise it does pretty good. I have only gotten stuck once, buried to the axles. :D
 
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Yup my back yard is half swamp as well ,dont think Ive been that muddy before. Ha a mower with a winch I love it.
 
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ya, i've gone through some pretty deep water in my mower. It was over the deck when it was all the way up. The grass was alive and helped for added traction.
 
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I've got to admit, that is pretty cool. In a weird sort of way. And I thought just seeing what kind of stuff I can run over and chop up was fun. Many a G.I. Joe suffered fatal wounds from those blades. :)

On the other hand though, your yard must look like crap back there. How bad did you rut it up spinning the tires and all that?
 
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When are you installing mud tires?
 
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Originally posted by jjue
When are you installing mud tires?

LOL yeah those all-terrains just aren't cutting it! (no pun intended)
 
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Wheelin': Not just an activity. It's a way of life.

Yeah, lose the BFG AT looking tires and get some boggers. But would it really be as fun if you didn't have the risk of getting stuck?
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that's pretty cool. now i know what i want (after the ATV) when i get my house.

Originally posted by yob_yeknom
Many a G.I. Joe suffered fatal wounds from those blades. :)

LOL
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Why is it I have a feeling that here's Grant as a baby. :p

Neiner Neiner Neiner Grant..... I've got a mower to wheel to now. Sad thing is that the tires are about the same size as my X is on.

Nice shots, you having any problems with the camera?
 
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I finally remembered some of the times that we would "go muddin'" with the ECE Department forklift at Miss. State. At work we are building a semiconductor fabrication lab, and some of the building and cleanup processes required the use of the gas-powered forklift that used to be the Physical Plant's forklift in the late 60's and the 70's, and if the ground is soggy, the thing would get stuck. The thing did have some agressive tires, but they would get worn out. The sheer weight of the forklift would sink it faster than I can spin-sink my Mountaineer in sand.

Anyway, in some of our futile attempts to get it unstuck without calling the Physical Plant for a backhoe or other big machinery, the two vehicles that hold the distinction of pulling it out are a '97 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 4-cylinder & my '97 Mountaineer 4x2 V8. Actually, I kinda jerked on it some, but I still pick on the Chevy people who are my friends about pulling a 10,000 lb. forklift out, especially after I pull out their Z-71s when they get stuck.
 
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Anbody ever see the lawnmower races they have on tv? It's cool/funny at the same time. LMAO when I first saw it. They have a little dirt oval they race around on. It gets pretty competitive.
 
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I constantly try to spin the tires on my mower.. putting the brake down and the throttle all the way then letting off the brake... doesn't work all the time, but when it's wet the things spin for a long time.. it sounds like it can't be good for the mower though, which I'm sure it isn't..but it's just so much fun...
 
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Jason,

I've never tried rockcrawling in it because we dont really have that many climbable rocks aorund and I'd be afraid of dropping the deck and blades down on something and bending a blade. I have done an RTI test with tire ramps though :D

Yob,

The place I was at is a place that really isnt part of the yard. There is a field that surrounds our house on two sides, and the field is higher than the yard somehow, so theres a low spot right where the yard and field meet, so its sort of like a ditch. Driving through it and leaving small ruts actually helped because the water started to drain and it was dryer back there today. Heres a pic from yesterday though:
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Lee,

Glad that you got your own mower now! Do you now see why I thought it was so cool :D? The camera is working great. I was even able to take some pictures of me spalshing through the water with the timer, its come in really handy. One disadvantage to Ohio though is that you'll actually have to mow grass and just cant play with your mower all the time :p

outlaw,

I was mowing a couple weeks ago and went through this huge puddle and the clutch started smoking like crazy when I tried getting out of it. I burned up one of the drive belts and had to replace them. It was high tiem though, since they've been on for a long time and were getting frayed. Now I'll catch myself offguard and go from reverse to forward and pull the tires way off the ground. And the tires will spin in the gravel and do doughnuts too :cool: New belts make a big difference.

As far as the tires go, they'll stay on until they go smooth I imagine, unless I find enough money to pay for the ones I like. The tractor tires wont fly with my parents, because every time I point them out they dont seem too enthusiastic about them, so I'll most likely wind up and get those square-treaded kind on the newer mowers that you see at places like Lowes.

Glad you all enjoyed it!
 
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I've taken a mower, a tractor, and a golf cart offroad. (Not all at the same time :D ) Those suckers were fun.

You ever seen this sucker?
 

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I really wish I could have those kind of tires :( Maybe I can fab up some sort of small lift and figure out a mechanism to drop the deck so it mows normal.
 
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:bounce: How about some of those tires on the Ex?:smoke: I had a friend with an old ford p/u who somehow found a way to put tractor tires on it (the tall skinny ones). It went awesome off-road even though it was only 2wd.
 
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Sounds like someone's been trying to do a "John Force" burnout on his mower. I wish that I could get that same forklift that I mentioned earlier to do that. Even on wet pavement, I can floor the throttle & dump the clutch, and the clutch won't catch. Oh well.

Now, the self-propelled push mower with a 5 HP B&S engine did manage to do a small burnout on wet pavement without me having to hold it back. If I held it in place, it would actually leave black marks. However, this isn't as bad as my roommates friend who actually fed nitrous to the lawnmower and oxygen to the weedeater. Naturally, those engines blew. :D
 
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