Long time since my original query, but I did buy a lawn mower.
A Honda GCV160, electric start model HRR2169VLA from the orange store (Ok to plug Home Depot?)3 in 1, twin blade. I have no complaints so far but it's still really a new machine. It will have to last a long time to perform better than my Toro recycler did. Here's hoping I didn't create my own disaster by making that switch! What's it called? Murphs Law or Murphy's Law?, If it can happen it will happen!