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Old 02-02-2015, 12:02 PM
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I've been in this cycle of buy a cheap used mower off craigslist, run it until it completely craps itself, sell it for parts, buy another and repeat. I made out like a bandit on some and got burned on others. Well, as you can expect it's time for me to get another mower, except they aren't as cheap on CL down here as they were in NC where I lived the last time I had to buy one. This actually has me thinking about buying a new one that hasn't been 1/2 to 3/4 of the way ragged out already. I've done this with both riders and push mowers. The majority of stuff at Lowes/Home Depot/Sears type places seems to be junk. That includes Craftsman, Troy-Bilt, John Deere, Bolens, Yard Machines, etc. I don't need, nor want, nor can afford a Scag, Exmark, Dixie Chopper, etc.

I'm thinking about both push and riders. My lot is 0.4 AC now, so really not big enough to justify a rider, but I do like to be able to knock out my grass cutting in 20-30 minutes while drinking a natty light, shirtless, in jorts, before moving on to the trimmer.

Are there any mowers out there anymore directed at the residential market that aren't just a complete P.O.S.?
How are the Snapper mowers these days?

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Old 02-02-2015, 12:14 PM
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I'm no expert by any means but I did buy a John Deere a few years ago from Lowes and I've been very happy with it. Bought the lower end- D100 or D110 I think. Easy to maintain and always cranks right up. No issues after 4 years or so...
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:42 PM
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Sounds like one of the old snapper "t handle bar" models might be right up your alley. I think they still make them, basic rear engine, 33" cut, simple, easy to work on, and fit your picture of shirtless, beer drinking grass cutting perfectly.
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Go with a Honda, had one for 15 years first pull just about everytime and the only thing that did it in was when it got flooded by Sandy.I did purchase a Craftsman with a Honda engine after Sandy, cheaper than a stand alone Honda but I don't like the bag setup as much as the Honda's and I don't think it mulches as well as the Honda.
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:48 PM
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Snapper.
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Ariens.

I'm still using the Ariens self-propelled mower I bought in 1995. The swiveling front wheels and rear wheel drive with differential make it very maneuverable. Kawasaki engine on this model today.
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Old 02-02-2015, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by JCM 1420 View Post
Sounds like one of the old snapper "t handle bar" models might be right up your alley. I think they still make them, basic rear engine, 33" cut, simple, easy to work on, and fit your picture of shirtless, beer drinking grass cutting perfectly.
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Snapper.
I did price a 28" Snapper rear engine model at the small engine place around the corner from my house. $1495. I think the 33" model was $1595 or $1695, can't remember now.
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In my experience maintenance is important. Regular oil changes, cleaning off accumulated gunk go a long way towards keeping your junker running.
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Whatever you buy, go to a local dealer that people around you seem to rely on. One thats been around a while. Get whatever top brand he carries. Get someone who will take care of you.

Toro and related company ExMark come to mind that make top notch walk behind self propelled. Pricey but professional grade stuff with a good warranty. The Toro Timemaster 30" is like $999.00 or something list. It gets good reviews and pro's use it. Husqvarna is a good company too that stands behind their stuff.
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It's February - what the heck do you need a lawn mower for? It doesn't really grow in the winter does it?

Here is my Februray lawn mower

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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
It's February - what the heck do you need a lawn mower for? It doesn't really grow in the winter does it?



Good time to buy a mower or a boat though...
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Originally Posted by cphilip View Post
Whatever you buy, go to a local dealer that people around you seem to rely on. One thats been around a while. Get whatever top brand he carries. Get someone who will take care of you.

Toro and related company ExMark come to mind that make top notch walk behind self propelled. Pricey but professional grade stuff with a good warranty. The Toro Timemaster 30" is like $999.00 or something list. It gets good reviews and pro's use it. Husqvarna is a good company too that stands behind their stuff.
This is what I'm trying to focus on. The small, old shop in my little dinky town is half mile from the house. He sells Snapper. If I buy a rider from him it's so close I'll literally just drive it home. I'd be home in the amount of time spend loading and unloading it.
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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
It's February - what the heck do you need a lawn mower for? It doesn't really grow in the winter does it?
It's been raining and warm enough that it just about needs cutting in part of the yard. So yes, part of the yard has been growing.
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I think Snapper got bought out by a big conglomerate. But I've had some good ones in my life time. Might be worth a shot if he says he still likes them. He would know. He's seen their old stuff and new stuff. My Father in law has one thats been through two engines and on its second deck. Still going but limping along. He's had it probably 30 some years. 30" hi Vac I think it is. I'm a big Toro fan now days. Good stuff
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Originally Posted by cphilip View Post
I think Snapper got bought out by a big conglomerate. But I've had some good ones in my life time. Might be worth a shot if he says he still likes them. He would know. He's seen their old stuff and new stuff. My Father in law has one thats been through two engines and on its second deck. Still going but limping along. He's had it probably 30 some years. 30" hi Vac I think it is.
This is why I was specifically asking about Snapper. Doesn't seem to be the same as old but I'm no expert. It seems that 90% of small equipment has B&S motors, so trying to discern a quality difference between a $1500 Snapper with a B&S versus a $1000 wider cut Ariens with a B&S versus you-name-it brand with a B&S motor.
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I think most prefer the Yamaha motors over B&S these days. But then most like B&S over Koehler too so its a crap shoot. I'd buy another B&S these days. I've had a number of good machines with B&S motors.

I don't think Snapper is any better than Ariens. Not these days. That would be a toss up. I'd take Toro or ExMark over them. I'd throw Husqvarna into the same level as Snapper.

As long as your guy is an authorized service center for both the unit and the motor... I'd go with it. They all make lemons. So as long as he can make lemonade... well....
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ExMark zero turn ,done.
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ExMark zero turn ,done.
I agree.... or its cousin Toro...
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Just my experience but I bought a Yard Machine 42" rider from Lowe's 13 years ago, about $1,000.00. 18hp motor, still going strong. Change the oil every year, knock out the air filter (I did replace it once), new battery every couple of years because I don't keep it charged during the winter. I have a 1/2 acre, but pool, boat shed, large drive takes up quite a bit of it. Wanted a schnapper but couldn't justify the $500 more for 2/3 the width.
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I've bought many riding mowers from the cheap 999 mtd's to decent o zero turn cub cadets. None have lasted me longer than ,3 years. I bought the kawasaki powered 50 inch toro zero turn and it has been flawless over the past year.... only time will tell but it seems to be well built.

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