For many years, we had a gardener who mowed our grass each week. He was faithful and conscientious and did a good job. However, one day I got the idea that maybe I should be mowing the lawn. I could save money and get some valuable exercise too!
I have hybrid-Bermuda grass – similar to what they use on golf greens. It is a tight, short type of grass that requires a special lawn mower. Most golf courses I know use a McLane seven-blade front-throw mower to cut the grass on their putting greens.
I was able to buy a used McLane seven-blade gas mower on the internet. I had high hopes for my “new” mower and for my lawn, too. But, it hasn’t turned out as well as I expected.
Over the years, my used McLane mower has needed frequent repairs. Thankfully, there was a helpful lawn mower repairman in our neighborhood. He would pick up my mower with his truck and take it to his shop and get it going again.
Recently, my mower stopped working again. But, when I called my repairman friend, the phone company said that his number was no longer in service. Now what was I gong to do? My trusty, reliable repairman was gone. Maybe he retired and moved to Arizona where they only have gravel or crushed granite covering the front and back yards and don’t need lawn mowers!
I decided to try to fix the lawn mower myself. It can’t be that hard. I gathered up some tools and began to remove a few nuts and bolts here and there. It was fun to see the belt and chain and springs that made the mower run. I even cleaned out a lot of dry grass that had accumulated over many years under the mower and on the blades.
I looked up the manufacturer online and discovered that McLane seven-blade, front throw lawn mowers are actually made right here in Southern California. I ordered a couple of parts online hoping these could fix my problem.
I also looked on YouTube to see if I could diagnose the problem with the help of some of the do-it-yourself videos. But, after several hours of effort and a number of phone calls, I was not successful. Bummer!
So, what do you do when you are unable to fix your own lawn mower? Call another local lawn mower repairman! I found a new source in Pomona. They came and got my mower with their pickup truck and took it to their shop. As I write this article, I am anxiously sitting by the phone waiting for a call from the shop with an estimate for the cost of the necessary repairs.
If their estimate is reasonable, I will probably let them fix it so I can continue to mow my lawn. If the estimate is too high, I may call the local crushed granite company and see how much it would cost to change the look of my yard from grass to granite! I will let you know how it goes.
Let me encourage you to try fixing some stuff by yourself. It can be very rewarding and you can save a lot of money, too. But, let me also encourage you to be willing to ask for help. There are some things that we just can’t fix by ourselves. There are times we need help from others.
I suppose this is true in life too. There are some things that we can fix ourselves. But, there are some things we can’t. In the Bible, we are instructed to pray and ask God for help. Some things are beyond our human resources and skills. One verse says, “Let us draw near (in prayer) with confidence to the throne of grace so that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Make the “call” today. Ask for help. You will be glad you did!
Pastor Mark Hopper
Efree Church of Diamond Bar
3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd
Sunday Services: 9:00 & 10:45 AM