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#174160 - 08/12/07 02:00 AM Lawn mower purchase advice
tomtuttle Offline

Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8334
Loc: Tacoma
Dear Friends,

My 13 year old POS Craftsman started running supremely crappy and belching smoke today. I bought it as a closeout and have never really liked the thing anyway. So, instead of paying the ~$200 it would probably take to fix it, I'm considering a new lawn mower.

I don't need nor can I afford a riding mower.

I do not want to entertain the notion of a push-mower (Fossil Fuels: Smoke 'em if you got 'em).

I have a quarter-acre lot that's pretty flat. I am not a lawn Nazi. You cannot putt on my lawn.

What say you?
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#174161 - 08/12/07 02:19 AM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: tomtuttle]
Haoleb Offline

Registered: 09/25/02
Posts: 1488
Loc: Maine
Honda commercial

We have one that is at least as old as I am, so lets say 22, Starts up everytime, great little machine. The pull start thing broke so now I just wrap the string around the spindle thing and pull but its never quit. And it has been through alot. Im not even sure if the oil has been changed...ever..
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#174162 - 08/12/07 02:58 AM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: tomtuttle]
BrenR Offline

Registered: 12/10/03
Posts: 3602
Loc: Winnipeg MB Canada
One word - mulcher.

If I had to bag, I wouldn't mow... the tradeoff of once a year having to dethatch is a very, very good compromise for me.

I've got a Craftsman 21" with a Briggs 6.5 - push, not self-propelled - tried the old neighbour's self-propelled once... it'd probably help if you had a big rural lot, but the ins and outs of an urban lot with trees and other features just meant I ended up trying to hold it back a lot to make turns and doing burnouts on his grass instead. And all the gearing and drivetrain almost doubles the weight.

My .02 - YMMV.

Bren R.

#174163 - 08/12/07 08:59 AM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: tomtuttle]
Wid Offline

Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6723
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

Blacktop it all

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#174164 - 08/12/07 09:00 AM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: Wid]
snakeyes Offline

Registered: 07/13/04
Posts: 828
Loc: Newburgh, NY

Blacktop it all

And Paint it green!
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#174165 - 08/12/07 10:17 AM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: tomtuttle]
JimLogan Offline

Registered: 08/06/07
Posts: 20
Loc: Orleans, ON
astroturf it.

or buy a used ride on (that's what I did). Some might say I'm lazy...I prefer to think of myself as energy efficient.

it takes me all of 15 minutes to mow the lawn; my neighbours with the same size lot each spend around an hour and a half. They sweat, I sit on the deck drinking beer watching them. I win.

#174166 - 08/12/07 10:17 AM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: snakeyes]
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Registered: 04/06/05
Posts: 2339
Loc: Madisonville, KY
Or river rock!

#174167 - 08/12/07 10:21 AM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: tomtuttle]
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#174168 - 08/12/07 12:00 PM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: tomtuttle]
Bill3508 Offline

Registered: 01/14/07
Posts: 51
I would recommend a Honda self-propelled. They are great mowers. I've had mine now over 4 years and it starts the first pull every time. Runs like a champ. I also have a .25acre lot and its perfect although mine isn't all that flat. They have ones with different speeds also, which would be nice to get done quicker, and I will eventually upgrade to one of these.


#174169 - 08/12/07 02:23 PM Re: Lawn mower purchase advice [Re: Bill3508]
michael_d Offline

Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3961
Loc: Up yonder

Just bight the bullet and get one. Or, you do what I do.... buy a POS mower at Costco every spring and regret it every fall. I could have bought two Hondas by now with the money I've wasted on these F-ers, and I'd still be using Honda #1.

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