Originally Posted by puckstopper55
So does Consumer Reports. Honda #1 and Toro #2. Being that the Honda was $400 more than the Toro, I went with the Toro and love it (as much as you can love a mower). The blade disengage is nice and the personal pace feature is nice too.
As for electric, eh. If you are set on it, I would look for one of the ones that use a "car type" battery.
$400 more? You can get their low end Honda for $400. The low end Toro is $300. Both are great mowers even the low end models. In fact, as someone who does landscaping as a side business, I don't really see the benefit in buying the more expensive models. I have used them both. They both mulch grass very well. The Toro gives you an extra inch of deck width over the honda.
I didn't really care for the personal pace feature. I prefer the standard self propelled over it and definitely prefer a front wheel drive self propelled over the rear wheel drive models. Much smoother operation IMO. The personal pace seemed a little jerky to me and the gears kinda grinded in off camber situations.
Also, make sure to get one with the bigger wheel in the back. They roll much smoother.