How to Make a Pulling Lawn Mower

Pulling lawn mowers are a great alternative to push mowers, and they come in many shapes and sizes. There is no substitute for the convenience of not worrying about gasoline, engine maintenance, or storage space. If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy your yard, then this is the article for you! 

Pulling lawn mowers is an excellent option if you want the freedom of not worrying about gas, engine maintenance, and storage space. This blog will show you how to make a pulling lawn mower from scratch with materials found at any hardware store. 

How to Make a Pulling Lawn Mower

What Would You Need to Build a Lawn Mower?

You will need some tools, but luckily you can probably borrow ones you don’t have. The list is as follows:

  • Measuring tape
  • Wood saw (preferably electric)
  • Yardstick
  • Screwdriver (Phillips’s head)
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire stripper
  • Drill with 3/8 inch drill bit (electric or hand held)

Procedure: How to Make a Pulling Lawn Mower 

Step 1: Build the Frame

In woodworking, it’s important to measure twice and cut once. This rule helps ensure accuracy and can be applied to most projects. Be sure to double-check your measurements before cutting the wood, as removing material is much easier than adding it back on.

Step 2: Cut the Pieces

Cut your pieces according to your measurements. For example, you will need two boards of 48″ long and two boards of 42.5″. Put them together in a box shape, making sure that they are square. If you do not have the equipment to make perfectly square cuts, do not panic! Any discrepancies can be fixed with sanding.

Step 3: Attach the Wheels

Attach wheels to the bottom of your board framework at or near each corner. The wheels should be able to rotate freely but still fit snugly against the frame. You will probably want to drill holes for your screws in between wood pieces so they don’t split out. But should not fall off the framework. Sand down any rough edges on your board where it touches the ground.

Step 4: Attach the Rope Runners

Attach a rope runner at each of your corners, facing inward toward the center of the box. Again, ensure they are tight and secure so they do not come loose. You will want to pre-drill your screw holes so that you do not split the wood and countersink them to flush with the frame.

Step 5: Connect all Four Rope Runners

Now attach each rope runner to its respective corner to allow for rotation when the ropes are pulling on the lawnmower. Make sure that they rotate freely and are not too loose, or else the whole thing will be out of whack.

Step 6: Trim the Ropes

Trim the ropes so that they are all an appropriate length. You want to make sure that each rope can stretch from its respective corner, through the corresponding runner, and into your hand. The further you stand from the lawnmower, the longer all of your ropes should be. If they’re not long enough to do so, they simply will not work.

Steps to Make a Pulling Lawn Mower

Step 7: Connect the Other Ends to a Spool

Now attach a rope at the opposite end of each runner. They should all connect to a single spool so that you can pull on it and turn your lawnmower without having to reach around corners. The spools can simply be held onto by knots.

Step 8: Cut the Lawn

Make sure that everyone is clear of your lawnmower before you start it up, so you don’t hit anybody! If there are any kids or pets in the area, make sure they cannot get anywhere near. Then, turn on your mower and enjoy a weed-free yard!

Precautions and Safety Measures:

1. Be sure to keep the chainsaw and its components away from children.

2. Always inspect the chainsaw before using it for any damaged parts, loose screws, or cracks in the saw’s body. If you notice a broken or worn-out part, replace it immediately.

3. Keep bystanders safe from your working area, so no one gets unintentionally hit by an object or cut by the chainsaw’s blade.

4. Wear protective clothing such as closed-toe shoes, gloves that protect from cuts and abrasions, safety goggles or glasses, hearing protection (earplugs or muffs), and a dust mask if you are working outdoors sawdust is present.

5. Locate the chain brake, a metal bar on the side of the chainsaw’s case. It works by stopping or slowing down the chain if your hand slips while you are cutting.

Precautions and Safety Measures

6. Be aware that some saws may not have a chain brake. If this is the case with your chainsaw, keep both hands on it while it is in use.

7. Avoid cutting material with nails or other metal objects that may damage the blade, leaving your saw unusable if it gets stuck in the cut.

8. Ensure the chainsaw is in a stable position to avoid injury from slipping or being hit by obstructions.

How Does a Pulling Lawn Mower Work?

A pulling lawn mower is a machine used to cut grass very quickly, which would be impossible if it were just the use of human strength. The concept is that one person uses the machine to control the actual blade, which cuts quickly through thick patches of grass, but requires another person to pull the lawnmower back to where it was at the moment before. This is done so that the process is repeated repeatedly very quickly, hence cutting the grass on larger land areas.


In the end, you will have a lawnmower that has been built from scratch and can be used to maintain your property. The satisfaction of knowing how it works is priceless. You might even share some knowledge with others who are interested in building their yard equipment!

Hopefully, this blog post has given you some insight on how to make a pulling lawn mower. If not, please contact our team, and we will be happy to provide more information or answer any questions you may have about building your lawnmower. We would love the opportunity to help!

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