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Old 04-22-2011, 10:39 PM
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Default Self-propelled lawnmowers - which brand?

Got to get back into cutting grass with the new-to-us home closing next Wednesday.

Only about .39ac, so I DON'T need a "rider". Have been looking at self-propelled walk-behinds (wife's idea ). Lot has about 1/2 almost flat grade and about 1/2 10deg. slope or less. Rear-wheel drive seems to be "recommended" if there's any "slope" to the lot.

I looked at Lowe's - John Deere & Troy-Bilt (Briggs & Stratton) - not too great reviews on the J.D. walk-behinds (Briggs & Stratton), which surprised me? ;?

Most seem to be in the $350-$400 or so range - no big deal on the price, just looking for something that WORKS well and is reliable. All seem to have side discharge/mulch/bagger features as "standard".

So what's YOUR experience? Toro still make a decent one? Any others?

Or, is "self-propelled" a pain in the azz to work with? ;?

THANKS!
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I Have a Sears 21" with a Honda engine. It has a speed control which is very easy to use and really handy for changes in terrain. It's in that 300 to 400.00 price range. Zero problems in 3 years and it's used on two properties.
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I have had a couple of Snapper mowers. They were great. On one of them I actually wore a hole in the side of the steel deck, from use and the engine still ran great. If I were buying one, it would be another Snapper.
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We bought a self propelled Snapper in 1995; it still looks and runs today just like it did the day we brought it home. And bought a small Sears brand rider about 4 years ago because I'm getting lazy as I get older. It's been a pain for one reason or another since the day we got it.
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Home depot, Toro Personal pace, hands down the best
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I have the same Toro I bought in 1992. Changed the oil once (yeah I know) but it's not the boat!!! Still starts by 2nd or 3rd pull. Grass shoots through the holes in the deck like confetti!!! Keep saying when it dies I'll get rid of it and hire someone. Damn thing just won't die!!!!!
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X2 Toro personal pace. Great quality and mulching.
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Been mowing 1.5 acres of rocks gravel small trees and some weeds for 30 years - most of the time without my rider. I have a Kmart Kgro whatever from 20 years ago and runs great - has the high rear wheels. And another brand x (Murry?) something that was and maybe still is very popular and cheap it also runs great.They are all electronic ignition now and I would get cheapest thing they have at Sears or your nearest brand name dealer - or big box store - whatever you like best. I might pay a bit extra for a Briggs engine. If you are gonna mulch look for that feature - it requires an extra hp or so, but they are ALL more powerful than 10 years ago. Only thing I ever had that I wrecked was cool and worked well was a yellow? Hahn Eclipse or something , but the rocks blew out the aluminum deck

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I bought an Ariens self-propelled with swivel front wheels in 1995. It does a fine job of mowing my 1/2 acre.
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Snapper. Would also consider Honda. mowed 5 or 6 lawns for 3 years while in school for extra money and the snapper never had a single issue. Don't know if they are still made as well.
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Originally Posted by Bruce W View Post
Got to get back into cutting grass with the new-to-us home closing next Wednesday.

Only about .39ac, so I DON'T need a "rider". Have been looking at self-propelled walk-behinds (wife's idea ). Lot has about 1/2 almost flat grade and about 1/2 10deg. slope or less. Rear-wheel drive seems to be "recommended" if there's any "slope" to the lot.

I looked at Lowe's - John Deere & Troy-Bilt (Briggs & Stratton) - not too great reviews on the J.D. walk-behinds (Briggs & Stratton), which surprised me? ;?

Most seem to be in the $350-$400 or so range - no big deal on the price, just looking for something that WORKS well and is reliable. All seem to have side discharge/mulch/bagger features as "standard".

So what's YOUR experience? Toro still make a decent one? Any others?

Or, is "self-propelled" a pain in the azz to work with? ;?

THANKS!

Honda commercial hydrostatic, you can adjust from a snails pace to jog behind

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also have the toro with the personal pace feature, no problems for 12 years, however, it does not do a good job of picking up. if the bagging feature is important to you, honda mowers are the best. not a honda engine mower, but a tru honda mower. neighbor picked up one at hd last year for about your price range.
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Father in law just bought a Honda in your price range. Came with the bag, mulching blade and all from HD. Seems to cut pretty good and quiet if you can believe for a lawn mower
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Look for a non briggs and straton motor..
I liked the deck and ergonomics of the toros but love honda motors..
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I had a toro self propelled mulching mower for years. our town stopped picking up grass clippings.not haveing to stop to empty the bag really saves time. would buy toro again.
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I had two different types before I went to a riding mower.
Honda--crap. Lasted two years.
Snapper--crap. Lasted two years.
I was very meticulous about maintenance and didn't abuse them.
I bought a JD and a cheap push mower for finish work. The push mower is going on 6 years, and the JD is still strong after 3. I'll never own a self-propelled push mower again
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Originally Posted by HarryO61 View Post
I Have a Sears 21" with a Honda engine. It has a speed control which is very easy to use and really handy for changes in terrain. It's in that 300 to 400.00 price range. Zero problems in 3 years and it's used on two properties.
I have a 21" Sears with a Honda motor as well. I am very happy with mine. I do a hill side and the self propulsion works well. This is my first ever self propelled lawnmower. The one decision I had to make was whether to get one that is rear wheel propelled, or front wheel propelled. Someone told me that when doing hillsides, rear wheel propelled works best. I think they steered me in the right direction as this one is rear wheel and it pulls itself very nicely on my big hillside outfront (too steep to use a rider on).

I had a 2 cycle Lawn Boy commercial grade for about 20 yrs prior to that. I was worried about the weight difference going from the magnesium deck, aluminum block 2 cycle, to the steel deck (yet still aluminum block) 4 stroke. But the self propulsion nullifies that. I'm just starting my 3rd season on mine.
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Originally Posted by Wolakrab View Post
I had two different types before I went to a riding mower.
Honda--crap. Lasted two years.
Snapper--crap. Lasted two years.
I was very meticulous about maintenance and didn't abuse them.
I bought a JD and a cheap push mower for finish work. The push mower is going on 6 years, and the JD is still strong after 3. I'll never own a self-propelled push mower again
Interesting you say that - I had the same experience - I ended up giving my self propelled to the kids - Couldn't go fast enough and the small cheap push mower pushes just as easy - and I can go faster if I want. and zip around bushes and stuff easier ... thought it was just me - I suppose the self propelled may be of use if you have to go straight up big hills..?
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I had a Honda self propelled and it threw a rod after 3 years. It was very well maintained.

I second your opinion on cheap push mowers. Our old Craftsman (10 years old and barely maintained) still starts on the 1st pull. It is just used for trim work as our JD does the main mowing job.
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Never had an issue with my Sears mowers. I have 2: one for each son.

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