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What is your experience with them. I had one and it did not do worth a darn on our yard because of the hills. Are they all like this or did I just get a bum mower?
We are going to buy a new mower this weekend and I was just wondering what people have and what they think. And should I try the self propelled? Here is the one I was looking at. I could get the same thing with out the self propelled and easy start for half the price.
What I'd look for is a rear-wheel drive...and only if the rear wheels were big ones...like a foot diameter. Also, look at the wheels...are they plastic or metal with real rubber on them? (The plastic ones will eventually crack.)
The gear drive should also be a metal sprocket (or an easily accessible hard rubber/plastic one) so when it wears out you can replace it yourself).
As for the HP, anything 5 HP and above will do you justice...that blade is only gonna spin just so fast anyway. (The Briggs engines are my favorites these days, some of them come with dipsticks so you can keep a better eye on the oil level, very handy to have. Also, the oil drain is easily accessible for changing the oil and usually has an extension so you don't "drain it" all over the side of the engine.)
Just my two freckles worth. (Then again, there's always a RIDING MOWER!) :>)
Don't justify indulge your self lol. Hey Howie hold out for a rider when I bought the first one my mowing days were over I drove it like a Winston cup car leaving strips of grass uncut Linda claimed it as her own and I rarely have to use it still today. I would rather nap than mow. Ernie
We are going to get the Troy-Bilt 6.5hp 21" cut push mower at Lowe's. It has a Briggs & Stratton motor.
We decided against a self-propelled one, and to save money. We might get a metal tool shed w/ the money we "saved", LOL. We have no place to store a mower or tools since our garage is gone - tired of rusty tools and rotten handles!
We have a commercial type Snapper with a wisconsin/robin 5hp. I used to mow with it. 4hrs to do back and front lawns. And I was dead afterwards. 2 years ago we got a 13hp rider wheelhorse. Done in 2 hours and I ride it. The Husqvarna Flymow hits the stuff I'd get killed on trying with the rider. Howie have you seen the John Deere ads of the guy with the 12X12 yard? Need a place to store it? Tarps are cheap. (Running and hiding from GWs attack now)
Howie gave the new Troy-Bilt its maiden voyage. That mower started with ONE pull. One pull! We don't recall the Sears mower ever starting that well; I about ripped my rotator cuff trying to start that thing one time, dang thing.
Each time after he took a break today, Ol' Troy started right up with one pull. It's a little harder to maneuver with four small wheels, but Howie still a happy camper. It did a great job on the lawn, getting the little shallow dips and such.
I'd asked him to save the clippings for a lasagna bed, but the bag filled after only two swipes on the lawn and it was just too heavy for him to push that way.