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Our Honda rear engine riding mower died the end of this season. Engine locked up. Wife said it started smoking and then died. Cant even spin it by hand, now. Probably shit a valve into a cylinder.

My wife asked if I'd get a push mower instead for our half acre so she would have no reason not to get more exercise.

Any recommendations on good push mowers?
Honda?
Lawn Boy with a Kohler engine?

I'm looking for something fairly wide, self propelled, and electric start would be really nice for the wife.
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We got the 399 Honda from Home depot. It's OK, but not electric.
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I sold my rider when I moved to the last house cause my wife "wanted to mow the grass to get more exercise". Well that was about 7 years ago and I would wager that she has mowed less than 3 times. I sure am missing my riding lawn mower.

But, to answer your question. Honda.
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Look for couple year old used 36" walk behind, exmark or skag. Your lawn will look way better, it will cut much faster, and last forever doing 1 lawn once a week vs 8 hour days.
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Any self propelled is better then any push mower. Sorry not looking to be a smart ass, just been there.

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Originally Posted by lugoismad View Post
Our Honda rear engine riding mower died the end of this season. Engine locked up. Wife said it started smoking and then died. Cant even spin it by hand, now. Probably shit a valve into a cylinder.

My wife asked if I'd get a push mower instead for our half acre so she would have no reason not to get more exercise.

Any recommendations on good push mowers?
Honda?
Lawn Boy with a Kohler engine?

I'm looking for something fairly wide, self propelled, and electric start would be really nice for the wife.
Whichever one your wife WANTS...


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I've got the model one notch down from this:
https://powerequipment.honda.com/law...dels/hrr216vla
Though the HRR216 seems to be the cheapest offered with electric start now.

I bought it for the wife to use, and paid more for the electric start to make it more user friendly.

The electric start is probably more of a luxury. The decent Honda engines, as long as you use them regularly, take very little effort to pull start.

Mine gets very little use now, and went unused for a couple years. The bendix thingy doesn't seem to be working on the starter now...it spins, but doesn't engage. I don't know that I'll bother fixing it if it costs more than $20-30 for the part... Even after sitting, it starts after 2 easy pulls.

Great lawnmower though.
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Jose' mower! They run great!
Just dont tell "La Migra!"
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Honda really has the market share and with good reason, but I went with a cub cadet a few years ago and I think I made a good choice. They have self-propelled with electric start and are significantly less than a Honda. The engine is Chinese but Cub Cadet engineering.
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Originally Posted by mwgoldman View Post
I sold my rider when I moved to the last house cause my wife "wanted to mow the grass to get more exercise". Well that was about 7 years ago and I would wager that she has mowed less than 3 times. I sure am missing my riding lawn mower.

But, to answer your question. Honda.
She push cut it prior to use getting a push mower. She knows what she's asking for.
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Toro Timemaster 30. Best mower I've owned.
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I second Toro Timemaster 30. If money is no object get the Exmark 30 Toro 1000, Exmark 1900. Both will get the job done the personal pace on the toro is great.
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Best push mower I ever had was a Honda self propelled. I had it damn near 15 years before I traded it, you read that right, it had trade in value still.
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Best push mower I ever had was a Honda self propelled. I had it damn near 15 years before I traded it, you read that right, it had trade in value still.
I gave my Honda push mower to my sister about 6 years ago. I bought it new in 2003. Still runs like a top. Sadly, I don't think my BIL has changed the oil in since I gave it to him. Still runs like a champ though.
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I bought a used self propelled commercial 4 stroke John Deer for $300 probably close to 30 years ago....still starts on the second pull.....just love that machine!
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"My wife asked if I'd get a push mower instead for our half acre so she would have no reason not to get more exercise. "

That won't last long. Buy a rider!
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1. What kind of grass?
2. How short do you want to maintain your lawn.

A lot of rotary mowers don't cut short enough to properly maintain some warm season grasses. Check and verify the cutting height before purchase.
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the best push mower is the one i'm not using...

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