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#402929 - 04/11/14 10:39 PM Re: Lawn mower suggestions? [Re: terzaghi]
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I'm on my third year of a front wheel drive (only way to go IMO) Troy Built with a Honda motor. It's been under a tarp for the winter but it started up OK & I just cut the lawn for the first time this year.

It is quite heavy to maneuver in tight spaces but it runs fine. I like the wheel height adjustment gizmos that change each pair rather than 4 individually...

TAM

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#402936 - 04/12/14 08:08 AM Re: Lawn mower suggestions? [Re: JohnK]
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Originally Posted By: JohnK
Jeff, the most recent CR mower tests are in the current May issue. The results are essentially identical to those BlueJay shows above from the 2014 Buying Guide.


Yeah. The May issue lists the Toro 20381/82 as a CR Best Buy instead of Recommended and the Honda repair numbers read as 11% instead of 12%. The list is longer in the May issue but performance starts to drop after 6 on the list so I didn't even bother listing the other models from Snapper, Ariens Troy-Bilt etc.
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#403020 - 04/13/14 06:29 PM Re: Lawn mower suggestions? [Re: terzaghi]
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I use Consumer Reports ratings as a starting point, and nothing more. Then I move on to actual user reviews. I research every potential purchase extensively. Consumer Reports has it's vested interests like all high profile, established review sites/publications.

Like our governments.....you don't blindly trust them!
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#403042 - 04/13/14 09:32 PM Re: Lawn mower suggestions? [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Originally Posted By: Da_Gimp_Pimp
I use Consumer Reports ratings as a starting point, and nothing more. Then I move on to actual user reviews. I research every potential purchase extensively. Consumer Reports has it's vested interests like all high profile, established review sites/publications.

Like our governments.....you don't blindly trust them!


For sure. I do the same. CR as the starting point at what to look at. Then any opinions from individuals with their experience about a specific product. Lastly I look up the recent recall history of the companies products within the last 3 years or so.
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#403159 - 04/16/14 11:40 AM Re: Lawn mower suggestions? [Re: terzaghi]
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In my post above I noted how heavy my Troy Built Honda was. I tried my daughter's non-propelled mower that is the model down from mine.

What a joy in close spaces due to its far lighter weight. I wish now that I had gone that route as it would suit my convoluted yard far better...

TAM

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#403161 - 04/16/14 12:06 PM Re: Lawn mower suggestions? [Re: terzaghi]
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#403162 - 04/16/14 12:20 PM Re: Lawn mower suggestions? [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Yep, this was the Detroit area yesterday, Sunday it reaches 80 degrees, Monday night 4 inches of snow fell.
Wonder if we've had enough yet!
/Jeff
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#403165 - 04/16/14 01:38 PM Re: Lawn mower suggestions? [Re: terzaghi]
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#406503 - 08/11/14 12:25 PM Re: Lawn mower suggestions? [Re: terzaghi]
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Went to cut the lawn a couple of days ago with my 2 year old Troy-Built, Honda powered mower from Canadian Tire. Pulled on the cord & it snapped off inside of the housing. So, it's back to CT as there is a 4 year 'Repair Only' warranty on it. They send them out for repair, so who knows when I'll see it again.

My previous Briggs & Stratton powered mower lasted for over a dozen years until the wheels literally began falling off - but the starter cord still worked.

Grrrr...

TAM

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#406507 - 08/11/14 05:02 PM Re: Lawn mower suggestions? [Re: tomtuttle]
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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!
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