Lawnmower: I Need One - But What One?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Dillinger, May 30, 2009.

  1. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    No, the kid down the street, or stopping at Labor Ready isn't going to cut it. :p

    My yard is about 35 feet wide and about 120 feet long. It doesn't warrant a riding lawn-mower, but it's on a slope and I want it to be self propelled.

    So, I have rented a couple of Honda's, and while nice, they are built for smaller stature people. The handle just isn't capable of being set to a level for my height.

    I also rented a John Deere, but it was about 4 years old, and it wasn't in the best shape. It worked fine, but I don't think it was indicative of what they are putting out today - I am sure.

    So, I know we have several landscapers ( professional & amateur ) and I am sure several of you have much bigger yards than I do, so what are you using?

    What's in your lawn care shed/garage/cubby hole?? And why that model?

    Something like this is PROBABLY overkill. :eek:
     

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  2. dukech1

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    A 15 year old Snapper push, Briggs 6 hp, person propelled. I just gave away a Troy-Bilt rider. Staying in shape and keeping the BP down is one of my main goals now-a-days. My lawn is slightly less than an acre. Takes about two hours to push and burns several hundred calories. Just my two cents. Have a blessed day!
     

  3. bobbyb13

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    Allis Chalmers 616 with a 60 inch deck. Simplicity 5216 with a 48 inch deck. Snapper 33 inch deck with vaccum. Stihl string trimmer. 4 1/2 acres of freaking yard. Three hours wide open. Pick you up a 4 hp push mower at Wal-Mart for a $149.00. You will use it for 5 or 6 years or more with that small a yard.
     
  4. SGT-MILLER

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    Keep it simple......

    When the world ends, you'll still be able to mow your lawn like a pro. :D
     
  5. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Pinky, if I could reach you, I would hurt you. :p

    Not so much help there.

    I am not overly concerned with the best under $200 option. I would prefer to buy the best mower for the application and take care of it so I get 10 plus years out of it.

    Any professional yard folks out there that can tell me what they use in their work and why??

    JD
     
  6. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Jesus!

    Does anyone make a quality lawn mower that has larger than a 21" deck??

    The hell?! :confused:

    JD
     
  7. Ubergopher

    Ubergopher New Member

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    Just do what I do. Live in an apartment. Its great fun. *twitch twitch*
     
  8. RL357Mag

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    LMFAO! I bought one of those about 23 years ago. You won't get a better, more level cut! Problem is they don't work if you skip a week!
     
  9. canebrake

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    I use a Jamaican named Dumas. [​IMG]
     
  10. RL357Mag

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    JD - go to Wally World and pick up a Weed Eater 24" cut 6.75 hp Briggs. I bought one last year for $179. My lot is only 90 x 135 and takes about an hour. You don't need a self-propelled to do what you mentioned. I do have an old MTD 42" riding mower from my last house with 2 acres of lawn, but I can't justify using it when my 70 yr. old neighbor uses a push mower!
     
  11. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    *shaking fist* Damn you, I thought I cleared that up with the first post. No Labor Ready - I need a lawn mower that I can use because I don't have Dumas available..... :)

    JD
     
  12. orangello

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    The least annoying mower i ever had was a twin blade corded electric; i don't recall the brand. You coil the cord on the porch & work towards the street/away from the porch. The noise level is less than a vacuum & it starts every time. I picked that one up for maybe $40 at a yard sale. See if you can rent or borrow one for a test session. It was also the lightest mower i've ever used, which could be hand on a slope. It was not self-propelled. The rechargeable ones are too heavy, in my experience.
     
  13. cbw

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    I have over 2 acres and when I was buying everyone was out buying John Deere's. I wanted a Deere too, but a small yard tractor with no attachments was 4k. I ended up with an MTD that came with a 18hp v-twin Briggs, 46" mower, 5 CF yard cart, lawn sweeper, and a 46" snow blower for under 2k. Now you don't need anything like that but its still running great. I always had good luck with lawn-boys when I had a postage size yard.
     
  14. WDB

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    I have a Troy Bilt 6.75 hp, 21" cut, 3 speed self-propelled, 10 hight settings with single lever adjust. You can bag, mulch or let it shoot out the side, best of all it has electronic ignition start so no pulling the Fing cord! I only have an 1/2 acre to mow, I'm done in 30 minutes and it looks like a golf course. I think I paid about $400 for it last year and I'm happy with it.
     
  15. dunerunner

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    I've owned both Toro and Honda, they are equally good one pull start machines. The electric start is a nice feature too. Don't buy because it's cheap!
     
  16. cpttango30

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    Ok so you have a decent sized yard that is on a hill. If you are on a hill you want a rear drive mower. Pushing up a hill FWD is about as much fun as boobies on your drinking buddy. I have 2 Craftman mowers one 21" that will freeking cut down a small tree Trust me I did it. MY other one is a Self propelled Craftsman with bag, mulch, side discharge with a tall wheel in the back for easier pushing. I think if your over 5'9" the mower is not tall enough for you I know mine is not tall enough for me and I am only a whopping 5'11" tall. Both work extreamly well and are one maybe two pulls to start. my new one has no choke and no primer bulb either.

    22" deck is about the biggest your going to get unless you get a nice SCAG or other pro model like that. Sears has a 22" rear bag or mulch rear drive mower for $299 Craftsman Rear Propelled Rear Bag Lawn Mower

    Also do you want a bagging mower or do you want a mulching mower? If you want a mulcher then get a toro Super recycler personal pace mower. I have seen these in action and they much the grass better than any other mulching mower out there. Toro - Homeowner Mowers

    If you are looking for maximum width how does 11.5' cutting width sound? Get a Toro Fairway mower. You will be done in 5 minutes.

    If you want one bad to the bone ridding mower look no futher than a Dixy Chopper. Really the fastest mower on the market. OCC made them a chopper with one of their motors for a power plant.

    Just a word of advise stay away from Troy built. I've had 3 of their 4cycle weed wackers and they have lasted about 2 years max. So if I can't fix this one I am going to sell it on ebay and take that money and go buy an Echo or Stihl.
     
  17. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Thanks for all the replies guys, especially Tango for his in depth analysis of the issue.

    I am going to take this next week or two and visit a couple of dealers, including the local Sears/Craftsman as I found they have a very nice mower that is in their "professional" line up that has a 31" cutting deck and isn't too bad on price considering it's got the Craftsman name on it.

    I definitely can't warrant a riding mower, the yard just isn't that big, and I am not in that bad of shape..... yet. ;)

    But at 6'-2", I definitely need a walk behind that doesn't have me hunched over like the Hondas do.

    As for the question on bagging/mulching. Love the idea of mulching, but I have a dog with HUGE feet and I don't need him dragging clippings in every trip to the yard, so I am definitely going with a good quality bagger.

    Thanks to everyone for responding - you guys are indeed the best!

    JD
     
  18. cpttango30

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    You didn't like the 11.5' cut of the fairway mower. Then your lawn will look as good as a golf course.
     
  19. TXnorton

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    Mr. D:

    Don't disregard the Honda mowers. I have had two over the past 25 years. I just finished mowing my yard with my newest one (now 12 years old). They are great machines. I am 6'3" and I have no problem operating it.

    Now on the other hand you could do this (my first attempt at attaching a photo, so I hope this works). This is what I use for my Texas Hill Country 4 acre lot (future retirment home location). You can tell Mrs. D that you need the four-wheeler for mowing the lawn - worked for me!

    TXnorton
     

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  20. Yunus

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