Lawnmowers - what do you use or recommend?

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  1. AParrotLooksAt4O

    AParrotLooksAt4O Member

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    Just bought a house. Need a mower. Looking at a Toro Super Recycler for half the price used.

    I have less than 1/4 acre, and will probably just go with the Toro, but just wondering what you seasoned yardbirds prefer or recommend.

    My dad always had Toros, and since I mowed his lawn a ton as a kid, I know they’re a solid machine.

    Anyone?
     
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  3. Steve Dallas

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    Honda. 11 years old and starts on the first pull every season.
     
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    Same here with a Honda. Every spring change the oil, pull the spark plug clean it and take a dremel to the blades to sharpen them up.
     
  5. loudboy

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    I've always gotten the second from cheapest, at the big box stores - usually around $100 or so. They last from 5-8 years, and then you get another one.

    We have a ton of glacial irregulars (clunkers) and the usual cause of death is hitting a hidden one and tearing up the crankshaft, so I stick with cheap ones.
     
  6. Steve Dallas

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    All I do for maintenance is run the ethanol out of it in the fall and change the oil in the spring. Runs like a top.
     
  7. tele_phil

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    Honda. I leave gas in it over the winter. I've only changed the oil each spring and filled the gas tank. ~5 years old now. My yard is fairly small so I haven't had to sharpen the blade yet, but odds are that is coming up fairly soon.
     
  8. Bozak

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    I have a 20 year old Craftsman, never done anything but put gas in it, starts every time.

    I may change the oil and replace the blade this year though, it's earned it.
     
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    I've had a Honda for the past ten years. Never changed the oil. Starts every season.

    I do have to replace the rip cord.
     
  10. EricPeterson

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    I have owned and used honda, toros, craftsmen, lawnboy, yard machines, and probably a half a dozen others, I used to work for a shop that sold new and used and was a toro dealer.

    My favorite of all of them for a push mower was the Honda, hands down. Rear wheel drive is a must as well.
     
  11. explorer76

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    I have the same self-propelled Craftsman push mower that I bought new at least 15 years ago for about $150. It uses a mulching blade so there are no grass clippings discharged out the side of it. I've never had an issue with this thing other than I had to drill a second set of bolts to hold the handle to the mower. They were becoming very loose and causing me to have to bend the mower too low when turing around. Feels very solid now.
     
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    Another vote for Honda. It works flawlessly and has for five seasons!
     
  14. cpjim

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    my honda walk behind is 26 years old, best money i've ever spent.
     
  15. traviswalk

    traviswalk In the Great State Gold Supporting Member

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    Another Honda vote, it has been super consistent and reliable for the past three years. I ran the wheels off a decent Toro after three years and forced me to get the Honda.
     
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    Toro Personal Pace. It goes however fast you walk. Rear wheel drive too.
     
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    I use a John Deere self-propelled that I've had for 8 years without a hitch. The JD that I had before it went for over 20 years. The only thing that I had to replace on it (besides belts and blades) were the wheels.

    Tom
     
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    Had my last Honda over 20 years, when it finally quit. Made the mistake of buying a Snapper ($380), should have spend the extra and bought another Honda.
     
  19. Madison

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    Highly recommend Toro. This is mine, of course I'm cutting more than the average homeowner. Awesome machine.


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  20. Endr_rpm

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    +1. I ghad about 1/3 acre, shaved 15 minutes going to propelled vs regular. It's a bit self indulgent, but its lawncare, not penance, don't make it harder than it has to be.
     

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