My old Toro mower died tonight. It was a hand-me-down from my Dad who bought it in the spring of 1980. I believe it was his first lawnmower. An old-fashioned 21" rear-bagger, it shook and rattled but still did a great job cutting the grass. I used it to cut the lawn at 5 different homes over the years.
When it would not stay running tonight I was afraid of the diagnosis. When the lawn center guy confirmed the worst, I headed to Home Depot.
And bought a brand-new, bright red 22" Toro.
The new one did a great job but I miss the shakes and rattles.