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PostSubject: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeTue May 01, 2018 8:17 am

Picked up a free Craftsman Lawn rider today. I don't know much about them but there sure arent many pictures of them on the internet. It's basically even cheaper than a lawn tractor. Its called a "lawn rider" It has a 4 speed transaxle. I was in a rush so I didnt look at it much but it has a little 11 or 12 HP engine. It has a deck so I'll probably just fix and sell it but I thought it was interesting. If anyone has more info on it I would appreciate it.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeTue May 01, 2018 8:28 am

Huh, sure looks cheap lol. 4 speed? Probably a 930. Is it a tecumseh or a briggs? Those rear tires are puny for a geared.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeTue May 01, 2018 8:35 am

Looks similar to a Rally that I had a while ago. It had a 12hp Briggs and an MST 205. It later got scrapped as the frame and dash were very rotten. The frame was just a stamped one and flexed a lot, although some bracing would sturdy it up.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeTue May 01, 2018 9:16 am

Looks like one of the ugly ones made my noma. Similar to mine, but not quite the same
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeTue May 01, 2018 9:59 am

Huh looks interesting . Probably a briggs, not sure why why would have a peerless iin it .
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeTue May 01, 2018 4:00 pm

Yeah it's a stamped frame for sure? I'm not too sure why you think a crappy quality mower would have a peerless 930 though and not a cheaper option like a spicer. It definitely looks a lot like the rally, just painted red hahaha.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeTue May 01, 2018 4:02 pm

Or do you mean one of these. Not my image
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeTue May 01, 2018 4:08 pm

Yes that's what I had in mind.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeTue May 01, 2018 4:12 pm

Its not a 930 though is it?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeTue May 01, 2018 4:14 pm

That picture looks like a 930.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeTue May 01, 2018 6:35 pm

Maybe it is IDK. I will have to check.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeSun Sep 16, 2018 10:02 pm

Finally brought this thing home and now I can work on it. Im pretty surprised with how much I got done today. I started by stripping it down. Took out the wiring, got rid of the engine, got rid of the deck peices, and then I dropped the 4 speed foote transaxle. I Changed out the sprocket on it for a 3 or 4 inch pulley, then I put it back on with the tires off of the lt4000 for the time being. I then mocked up the new honda GX160 that I stole off of a push mower that I got for free. I made holes and bolted it down, then I welded the transmission pulley which is a 9" I believe, onto the old self propelled pulley hub thing that is seized on. I then took all the foam off the seat, wire brushed the pan, cut out a part of the fenders, and dropped the seat into the body a little bit for some stability. To finish off the day I welded on a chezey side pipe and put a rubber bungee to hold the hood on. I also wired up a simple kill switch and there is no wiring, because it is pull start.
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Next things I need to do are, rethink the pulley swap, maybe go for a 6 or 7 on the rear, its way too fast and dangerous, I almost flew off twice, and I was only in second gear. I will also weld the front axle so it doesn`t pivot anymore. I also want to make direct steering for this thing. Maybe not even heim joints, but something better than stock. It was so wobbly up front and thats why I kept going up on three wheels.
Im not too concerned about this thing in terms of preformance. Ill probably just keep it at the farm so I can have fun there too.


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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeTue Sep 18, 2018 5:56 pm

I upgraded the steering yesterday. Might still tweak it a little bit to make it less twitchy, but it works. I added some stops today after I nearly crashed when the steering turned too much and jammed up. I Still need a bigger pulley on the rear. I welded the front axle but I still might add some more supports.
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Nice job with the steering stops. Always a good idea to have those, haha.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeTue Sep 18, 2018 5:58 pm

Nice low buck direct steering.  How much play is in the wheel?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeTue Sep 18, 2018 7:12 pm

Surprisingly, there is absolutely no play in the wheel. so even just holding on to it while I drive makes it turn a bit, so its almost whats dangerous about it. How could I reduce the sensitivity of it?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeTue Sep 18, 2018 7:19 pm

Shorten the rod coming off the steering shaft a little bit
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeWed Sep 19, 2018 8:14 am

That's what I figured, Ill play around with it after shcool today.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeWed Sep 19, 2018 1:56 pm

Cool mods. That is one big front pulley. How does the little engine cope with the speed? I like the direct steering too.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeWed Sep 19, 2018 3:52 pm

It goes way too fast. I will put a bigger pulley on the rear. And the engine power is sufficient. Still pops wheelies in 1st gear off of a launch.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeSat Oct 13, 2018 7:08 pm

So today I one of the last and main things to it, I scrapped my direct steering and I put in some old craftsman steering in place, its a little worn but it'll do for the few hours that I d ride this thing. Also you might notice I painted the hood and seat with some very old paint. This thing has costed me 0$ so far and I can't complain, it rides much better now and I can actually put it into the higher gears safely but it puts a big load on the engine. I might put some brakes on it at some point too lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeSun Oct 14, 2018 6:59 pm

I thought you were using heim joints or rod ends all along.  whoops.  That would explain where slop was coming from and making the direct steering sketchy at high speeds.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeMon Oct 15, 2018 6:12 am

That's some interesting steerin, I would never trust thatvsteerin box at high speeds, and heim are a must for any speed or heavier modification on the spindles.interedting design of hood om that model of mower.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lawn Rider?   Craftsman Lawn Rider? Icon_minitimeMon Oct 15, 2018 8:13 am

Well It actually worked fine and there was neraly no slop so that's ok. I think I blew up the transmission yesterday though.
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oh no what happened?
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