Finally decided to get a self propelled mower for the trim work around the yard, and to handle some tall brushy stuff which is constantly trying to invade the perimeter. I didnt want a regular 21", that would not handle the invasion without stalling. Started looking at walk behind brush cutters, which would not handle the finishing part. Than I started looking at the bigger Ariens & Toro Timesaver, impressive but pricy. So-it was off to CL. Looked at a bunch that were overpriced for the beatings they had taken over the years, and the rusted out hunks whose pics on CL must have been taken years prior to the posting.
My patience paid off, kept checking the listings and found this Johnson Big Wheel 26" commercial mower. I had never heard of them, and was expecting the usual junk when I went to look at it. What a surprise! Its got a 12HP Industrial Briggs, and started on the second pull. The only things that needed immediate attention are a flat tire and dry rotted gas line. I got it home, could not wait to try it so I headed out into the back and aimed it at 12" high wet grass. Blew through it with no problem, flat tire and all! The previous owner also included a box of new spare parts, including blades that have a D shaped hole in the middle. It truly is a Rube Goldberg looking thing, with a tubular frame surrounding the mower and supporting the engine. The deck looks to be 12 gauge, and has no holes.
The owners manual indicates it was purchased new in 2004, the company is now defunct.
Is anyone on the forum familiar with these, or presently owning one? Heres some pics.