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    Default Moving a DR Mower across a stream

    I would really like to be able to access an area with a DR Mower that is across about a 100' wide stream knee deep in summer - i.e. too deep to ford with the mower running. (akin to the A.T. crossing of the Pleasant River in Maine near Gulf Hagas) I'm not a paddler, and having trouble with the thought of somehow straddling the mower on a tippy canoe. Any ideas?

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    Raft?
    Inflatible boat?
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    I'm stumped. Best I can come up with is disassemble main components, pack them in a canoe as low as possible, paddle across, reassemble. I know you said you're not a paddler...but maybe hire one? May be a great time to become a paddler It's fun. Good luck, be careful.

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    A raft should work, perhaps a piece of plywood on top to divide the mower from the raft.

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    Sheet of plywood strapped to 2 bicycles. Profile viewed from front or back would look like a huge letter H. Would require a bit of bracing and blocking. Bicycles in neutral and pushed by one person per bike.
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    Bag it and drag it.

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    What we have done before is gone in a gate to a point about 3 trail miles away which is a good long time to run a mower. Having an idea to lash 2 Grumman type canoes together, tie off with something like 150' of line to one side (against the prospect of losing the entire assemblage downstream), 4 guys might be able to lift the mower high enough and then take corners to guide it across the stream. Keep the ideas coming...

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    What are the banks like? Know anyone with a trail rated Jeep?
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    Too big for a Zip line rigged with a come-a-long? Don't many of the trail crews have that kind of equipment available?
    If you can make the span without too much sag that may be easiest- even if you have to use a cheap wally world raft (or 2) to partially float it and take some weight off the cable center?

    Coach Lou explained how they used a few sets of hoists and zip line rigs to build stairs at Harriman.
    Gotta imagine the mower is lighter than some of the rocks they wrangle.s

    Sorry to state the obvious- too damn big for a push mower?

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    Do you have the 14.5hp unit - 33" wide, 42" tall, 78" long that weighs 334#?

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    A large inner tube and a bicycle pump.
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    Wait until the river freezes. Pre-position for the spring.

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    I am sure this can inspire you --

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalkingStick75 View Post
    A large inner tube and a bicycle pump.
    This would be my approach. A large truck inner tube with a sheet of plywood would certain hold the weight. The nice thing about the tire is that it is compact and would allow people to directly hold the mower for stability. I suspect the truck stops down on 81 would have a blown tube for free or cheap. If this is in our area, let me know if I can help.

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    Would love to see you film this, whatta ya say?

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    indecently, I'd pull the muffler, and plug it, just in case the PT boat turns into a submarine.

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    Oops...same with the carburetor, blank it off, save ya a ton of issues.

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    Or you could use hand tools and just forget about the power equipment. Good workout. Friendly to the environment, all that good stuff.

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    I am assuming that you live near the property, why is it so important to get a mower across why not an weedeater, with an weedeater you can use a raft or canoe or something else.

    just use a weedeater it will make your life alot easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RED-DOG View Post
    I am assuming that you live near the property, why is it so important to get a mower across why not an weedeater, with an weedeater you can use a raft or canoe or something else.

    just use a weedeater it will make your life alot easier.
    Looks like we need some energy equations here.

    1) Work done by transporting mower across stream + work done by mowing = x
    2) Work done by transporting weed whacker across stream + work done by weed whacking = y
    3) Which is less, x or y?
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