I was mowing the lawn last night and all of sudden, one of the rear wheels wobbled and fell off. My first thought was it came unscrewed, easy enough to fix. Nope-review of the mower showed that somehow the metal around the screw sheared off. I had a gaping hole where the screw went in. Somewhere on the lawn is a large shard of metal.
The guy at the local hardware store told me that the body of the mower is rusting out and any patch would be very temporary. He did say that it probably would not be worth my time and money to repair the mower body. I'd have to get someone to weld on a huge metal patch, if they could weld metal onto the rusting body. He's right too. I got the mower at Wal Mart of $89 when I first moved into my house. It was the second least expensive mower they had. Plus it's had 9 years of hard use and a bit of abuse by me.
Oh well, I'll keep my eyes open on Craigslist and at the box stores. I'm hoping lawm mowers will go on sale like soon!