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About RattleSnake

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  • Birthday 09/10/1977


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  1. I used this mower a little more today. Today I finished my lawn. After 1 full mow with it, I can definitely say that this is so far the best mower I have ever used. I was amazed at how this mower cut through tall grass. There was a patch of grass that had probably grown to about a foot tall. It was in the back yard near my neighbors garden. He waters it sometimes so the section of grass within about 3-4 feet of the garden always receives a little water. I don't usually water my lawn unless I put grass seed down. Every gas mower I have ever owned would have bogged down trying to cut it. If the grass is that tall, I used to raise the front of the mower and chop through part of the grass to get it down to something more manageable because grass that tall would have stalled a gas mower. Not this one. The motor automatically kicks up to a little higher speed, though still very quiet. It probably only took the mower a couple of seconds for it to realize that it had a bigger job to do and it sped up to take on the challenge. The mower appears to have more power than my old gas. I am guessing it has to do with the torque of the electric motor. Once it plowed through that it slowed back down again. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. That section of grass probably hadn't been mowed since sometime in October. I didn't start with a full battery because I wanted to see how far I got on what was left from my initial charge so I got the front done and part of mine and my neighbor's back yard. I saw a battery indicator come on, so I finished the pass I was on and came back. I put the batter on the charger and it took about 45 minutes to charge. When I took the battery off the charger, it was barely even warm. Took it out and finished the lawn. I am thoroughly impressed with how quiet it is, how much power it seems to have, and how easy it is to use. If this is the future of lawn mowers, count me in. The cut quality is exceptional. Definitely, recommend this mower. The way it folds up and stores vertically is truly a neat feature. Takes up very little floor space. I suspect this one could be hung on a wall too. I have really only mowed a one and a half times, but so far, I am extremely happy with my purchase.
  2. I use the LV ones. Worth every penny. You wont be disappointed.
  3. I may have some great advice, seriously, but first, its good to know how much area you need to keep clear of snow. Are you planning on managing the sidewalks/paths, as well as driveway? What kind of space do you have to store it away when it's not in use? I have two snow blowers I take with me in a pickup truck equipped with a lifting tailgate. I usually start clearing sidewalks at 2 AM and finish at 8 AM, throughout the winter. Because I am out there alone, I have learned to maintain my equipment myself, so I've developed a bit of knowledge over the past 10 years. The Ariens 5 hp 24" will do most of the jobs I have, but once in a while, I need something more substantial. That's when I unload the simplicity 8.5 hp 28". The simplicity has an electric start, but I don't have access to electricity when I'm out on the jobs, so I pull start and don't find it difficult, though the 5 HP is much easier.
  4. The best way to sharpen your chains is by hand. All the loggers in our area won't have an electric sharpener, it grinds too much off and if the chain damaged it will take even more. I use a chain sharpening jig, clamps onto a bar and you can set the depth, angle and control the amount that will be taken off. My chains last twice as long as the chains at the caravan park. My saw also cuts better and for longer than the caravan park's saw. They get their chains sharpened in town by machine. I make up my own chains, and always have a least 2 sharp chains with me plus a sharp chain on the saw. For the work we do, try using Sthil skip tooth chain it only has half the number of teeth to sharpen.
  5. I bought my parents a husky easy air last year and when I do demos at the home depot I use the easy air because it's small and portable and has sufficient air flow. It definitely has enough air to power 18ga brads, 18ga stapler, and 16ga finish nailer continuously because the amount of air it uses to push that small faster into the wood is very small and the tank can refill itself way before you ever make it drop enough in pressure to notice a difference. So for what you want to use it for I'm sure you'll never run out of the air. Heck even when I do framer and roofing nailer demos I use the easy air and I get around 5-8 nails in a row before the heads stop going all the way down.
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