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Self-propelled Push Mowers

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by BassMaster06, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. Mar 22, 2015 at 1:48 PM
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    BassMaster06

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    I'm the market for a new push mower, preferably self propelled. Gave up looking on craigslist, just gonna buy new - I don't want someone else's problem. Looking to spend 250 ish. I don't need a the bagging or mulching options, just reliability For starting and cutting about an acre of grass. Let's hear what you got and your opinions. I have lowes, home depot, and a few other shops nearby. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Mar 22, 2015 at 3:10 PM
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    self propelled blows ass. it's too heavy, granted this was when I started mowing around 9 years old, by 11 i convinced pops to buy a lighter manual mower.. satisfied ever since.
     
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    The self propelled are alot heavier than the push mowers but for a large peice of grass its great to have. For a small peice just buy a lightweight push mower its also easier to move it around corners than a self propelled. Honda are great but expensive. Craftsman are ok and are relatively cheap.
     
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    For an actual acre of cutting, I'd look at something more than a $250.00 mower - self propelled or not.
     
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    Use to be into lawn care in my younger years . The Ariens mower is about the best you can get in a self powered unit . They are a very solid built mower but as mentioned above , it will cost you more money ... better than Troybuilt and any big box store brands . If you are cutting an Acre of grass every 7 days , consider how long you plan to live there . An Acre will take you 3-4 hours with a well built self propelled mower with a 21 inch cut . I wouldnt be pushing a mower for 4 hours unless you are a fitness nut .
    These will last you 20 years if you keep up with oil changes and blade sharpening .
    EXAMPLE http://www.mowersdirect.com/lawn/ariens-classic-lawn-mowers.html
     
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    Honda motor. I'm Amazed at how easy mine starts every time I start it. Often when I pull it I think "what silly ligth pull was that - it will never start like that" and then "vrooom" it fires right up !:)

    Also, some drives the front wheels and some the rear. I prefer the rear, because you can tilt it back to make a turn and still use the drive function.
     
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    ^^^That's exactly like mine. Good choice!
     
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    I'm pretty sure that's what my pops got last year. We had a Deere self propelled that my parents got when we moved and lasted till I graduated high school (17 years) then they got a craftsman that had a ton of problems and kept having to get fixed so after 5 years it was gone. He borrowed my brothers walk behind for a season and then bought that Honda. RWD is definitely the way to go. Fwd sucks.
     
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    Yep I've cut with it 4 times and it's awesome. Starts up everytime. Powers thru the thick tall stuff. It'll only know ethanol-free gas for life, and fuel will be burnt out of the carb everytime. I still miss sitting on a riding mower and drinking beer for 2hrs, but I guess now I'm getting beer free excercise.....:notsure:
     
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    Bought a used Honda push mower for $100 off Craigslist. It was already 5 years old when I got it and it lasted another 7 after that until I hit a huge rock and bent the crank. That engine was as reliable as they come, even using E10 gas its whole life (no choice here in VA). Happy cutting!!
     

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