Weedeater 22" (Model # 961140004 06)
by Raymond Woodward
When our original, cheap lawnmower, a "Yard Man," died without hope of recovery, we purchased another inexpensive lawnmower, also from Wal-Mart. It's a Weedeater brand with a 22-inch cut. The model number shown on the lawnmower is 961140004 06.
This is the second year that we've owned this Weedeater, which we bought partly because of the price and partly because of the brand name, and we are more than satisfied wit it, at least so far.
Other than changing the oil and cleaning the lawn residue from the air filter, it's needed no maintenance at all.
Well, now I do remember that we needed to clean the spark plug, which had gotten oil fouled for some reason. (It may have been that I filled it once with gas that was mixed with oil for my 2 cycle chain saw.)
This lawnmower has a solid, metal deck that doesn't seem to be any less substantial than the decks on other mowers which cost in the hundreds of dollars. (Ours cost less than $100--about $80 as I recall.)
It has a genuine Briggs and Stratton engine (the B&S 500) that has 158cc's, and it almost never bogs down except in meadow-high grass.
These engines have a primer bulb of some sort of rubberized plastic, which injects fuel directly into the engine, so it starts up on the third pull worst case.
The mower didn't come with a grass clipping bag, and I'm not sure if such a bag is made for it, but we never use one anyway, preferring to let the lawn recycle its own waste.
Since I really don't understand the sense in spending a lot of money for a lawnmower in the first place, I'd certainly recommend this mower to anybody who needs one--and we cut almost an acre of grass with it at least once a week!