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I decided to retire my faithful Ariens lawnmower after 25 years. It still runs great, but leaks oil, so it will become a trim mower at my cottage.

I replaced it with a new Honda HRN216VYA at our primary home. Highly-rated mower but...what's with all the plastic parts? The wheel height adjuster levers lock into plastic slots. The bagger is held in place with plastic parts. The wheel drive control levers are plastic. The blade brake control, engine cover, rear deck safety shield, rear discharge chute cover, throttle control are all plastic. All those parts are steel on my Ariens. The mower deck is steel, but buy a more expensive Honda model and that's plastic, too.

I question whether I would get 25 years out of this mucho-plastic Honda mower. Maybe it's a good thing I'm over age 70...
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Have you driven a new car lately?
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I'll bet it weighs a lot less than my old cast aluminum Honda mower (approx., 94 lbs.).
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10 or so years.

way cheaper to build nowadays. Even the commercial mowers have a lot of plastic. The way of the world.
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You wi!! Not get 25 years out of that mower ..... All of these types of items made today are not built to last and not even built to really repair in my opinion. It's typically easier to junk it and get new anymore it seems
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This is exactly why I hold on to my old John Deere 14SB mowers. Kawasaki engine and aluminum deck. I used them in my lawn business 20 years ago. I have 3 running and mowing mowing and 3 parts machines. It takes space to keep all of it but I should be good on mowers for a while.
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You didnít buy a Hustler, or a Ferris, or an Exmark, or Snapper Professional...... fabricated steel decks, steel tube frames, very few plastic parts.
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https://americanlawnmower.com/collec...oducts/1415-16

Bought this old school reel type mower last week and LOVE it.
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Hey...at least plastic doesn't rust out.
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I managed to find an older Kee three wheel job push mower. (the government made them quit selling them because people are stupid and the government knows better) Built to stand the test of time.

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I'm I bought one of those plastic deck Honda lawn mowers almost 10 years ago now. Still going strong. Its also the longest a lawnmower has lasted since the deck hasn't rusted out.
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BTW the Honda doesn't have any key for the blade shaft, it is the CRANKSHAFT. Hit something with the blade and you have bent the crankshaft. I loved the mower till that happened. I wasn't willing to tear it apart and a new engine was more expensive than just buying a whole new mower.
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E Go Mower and never look back.. I LOVE mowing with mine.. Will cut an acre on one charge and recharges in 30 mins.. I have their blower also, 180 mph winds, that thing is a beast! Use it for everything, blow-drying the cars and boat after washing, etc.. Seriously, I LOVE their products.. Today, was cleaning- the yard day and we used the blower for a solid 45 mins and it wasn’t fully charged and my wife ran it dead.. I told her “watch this” and put the mower battery in it and she kept on going.. I’ve owned 72” deck Zero Turns, Murray, Toro, and other gas mowers and there is no way I’d go back after electric.. I have all Stihl gas yard appliances and as soon as I get E Go’s weed whacked, those will be sold..]

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I have owned a Toro Commercial rear bagger push mower for 22 years.
Lawn is a little under a 1/2 acre.
Replaced the 2 cycle Suzuki motor about ten years ago. Deck, wheels, controls, everything is still working and original.
Pulled it out of the shed last week and it started with the first pull.
Commercial grade equipment rather than big box, is the economical choice in the long run.
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My plastic deck, self propelled Honda mower was great for 18+ years until we moved to a smaller house/yard. I love my new 40V cordless mower and will never have a gas engine mower again.
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Originally Posted by Cobia 217 View Post
I'll bet it weighs a lot less than my old cast aluminum Honda mower (approx., 94 lbs.).
Maybe, maybe not. The box it came in was labeled as "92-100 lbs" and I believe it. Still, I was able to wrestle the mower out of the box without the recommended second person to help.
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
I decided to retire my faithful Ariens lawnmower after 25 years. It still runs great, but leaks oil, so it will become a trim mower at my cottage.

I replaced it with a new Honda HRN216VYA at our primary home. Highly-rated mower but...what's with all the plastic parts? The wheel height adjuster levers lock into plastic slots. The bagger is held in place with plastic parts. The wheel drive control levers are plastic. The blade brake control, engine cover, rear deck safety shield, rear discharge chute cover, throttle control are all plastic. All those parts are steel on my Ariens. The mower deck is steel, but buy a more expensive Honda model and that's plastic, too.

I question whether I would get 25 years out of this mucho-plastic Honda mower. Maybe it's a good thing I'm over age 70...
I owned one of those 1990's Ariens push mowers and yes they were the best. It was the engine that eventually conked out after 10 years and I gave it away to a guy.
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Originally Posted by maitman99 View Post
I have owned a Toro Commercial rear bagger push mower for 22 years.
Lawn is a little under a 1/2 acre.
Replaced the 2 cycle Suzuki motor about ten years ago. Deck, wheels, controls, everything is still working and original.
Pulled it out of the shed last week and it started with the first pull.
Commercial grade equipment rather than big box, is the economical choice in the long run.
2 stroke Suzuki small engine? Thatís one Iíve never seen before. Messed with a couple of 2 strokes on some old Jacobsen green mowers before. Donít recall what they were though. Robin perhaps.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
2 stroke Suzuki small engine? Thatís one Iíve never seen before. Messed with a couple of 2 strokes on some old Jacobsen green mowers before. Donít recall what they were though. Robin perhaps.
I mowed the neighborsí lawns in the mid 80ís on a Jacobsen rider. It was orange though. Itís corpse is still at my parentsí house. I have a snapper self propelled with a robin engine still but never use it.
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Originally Posted by The Kook Abides View Post
https://americanlawnmower.com/collec...oducts/1415-16

Bought this old school reel type mower last week and LOVE it.
That's exactly what I will be looking for soon, saved to favorites. I just planted a Bermuda green in the front yard and don't think I can maintain it with my JD tractor.

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