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Lawnmower: buy cheap or feature laden?

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by DaveF, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. Shane Martin

    Shane Martin Well-Known Member

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    Mort,

    What you described is the mower I bought from Honda. No way I would cheap out and go the Yardman/Murray Route.

     
  2. ColinM

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    The problem wth the Craftsman is that pulling the starter rope puts stress on four bolts holding down the main engine hood, to which the recoil assy is attached.

    Over time, the holes have ovalized and the hood shakes and rattles. Even more so since three of the bolts no longer actually engage the hood. It's louder than the engine itself.

    I'll have to get longer bolts and covering washers to fix it, which involves removing the gas tank, etc.
     
  3. Tim Hoover

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    I've been mowing my acre for 5 years now with some used POS mower I bought for fifty bucks. It cuts the grass, which is all I ask...
     
  4. DaveF

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  5. ColinM

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    CR likes Bose. Nuff sed.
     
  6. DevinJC

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    Go electric, quiet, lightweight, and cut just fine. Creating the electricity they use is considerably less pollution than what gas powered models put out. Perfect for half acre or less.
     
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  8. DaveF

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  9. Julian Reville

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    Buy which ever one has the highest gas milage! [​IMG]
    Oh, and make sure you a have a secure place to lock it up. My previous mower, a self-propelled Scott, was burgled out of my garage; @$$hat broke the lock.
    Last year I bought a self-propelled Toro.
     
  10. Walt N

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    My 3 year old Toro Recycler is amazing. I didn't want an electric start system but that's all they had at Lowes, and now I'm addicted to it. I'm still on the original battery which lasts months between charges. I'm also a big fan of the Personal Pace drive system they use. Best mower I've had, a wonderful piece of machinery.

    I only wish I'd bought this mower 10 years ago instead of going through a series of cheap mowers that I hated to use, or that died prematurely.
     
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  12. Andrew Pratt

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    My craftsman 6.5HP push mower has been trucking along nicely for the last 3 years. No issues todate and starts first pull every time. I'd love a honda but they were too expensive at the time and for my lot the craftsmen does fine.
     
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    With all the the SMOG in Toronto, I will never push a gas mower ever again. I use a reel push mower and when that doesn't work, I use our electric mower. I want to get a rechargeable and stick a photovoltaic panel on the roof to make up for the power it uses (the rechargable or the corded). Using the corded mower isn't a big deal. Its fairly easy to deal with the cord. Like my friend says, ..."Its actually very easy to avoid mowing over the cord.." (a common stupid thing people bring up as a drawback to corded electric mowers).."..just don't mow the lawn when you are drunk!"
    I love electric mowers. They never bog, are much quieter and cut no problem. Another idea is to consider reducing the amount of grass you have to cut. Put down some patio stones and build a garden with native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and veggies [​IMG]
     
  15. Michael_K_Sr

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  16. Paul D G

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    Found this while looking for info on a mower myself. I'm torn (majorly) between the Toro 20055 and Honda HRX217TDA. The Toro is lighter and more manageable and cheaper, and I like the Honda's features but wonder if $600 is a bit overkill on a mower.

    I just returned a Craftsman 37707 and I hated the thing. It's more than just a spinning blade hacking at grass. That's fine if you just leave it there. The Craftsman bagged less than half of what it mowed no matter how long the grass was. It would frequently clog so severely sometimes it knocked out the motor. I'd have to clear out the chute five or six times on my backyard alone. Even when mulching. Finally on Friday the discharge panel popped off for no apparent reason while I was mowing. After 30m of struggling to get it back on (spring was tight) I dug out the receipt and discovered I had one day left on my 90day return. Into the trunk it went and back to the store.

    -paul
     
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    Paul, I had the same problem with that d*!@ discharge panel popping off and the resulting struggle to get it back on!

    For others reading- this is the spring-loaded flip-up piece of plastic that covers the side discharge hole when you aren't using it. Unfortunately on the latest Craftsman models, it sticks out past the right side of the mower and catches on anything you happen to get too close to. In my case, just catching on a shrub or tree branch was enough to pop it off.

    I ordered free replacement parts for all the plastic panels while the mower was under warranty, since they seem to be pretty flimsy and I wanted backups.

    I solved the side discharge cover problem by drilling a hole through the cover and side of the mower and bolting the cover down on both sides. At the same time, I added a bunch of cable ties to keep the control lines from snagging on branches and shrubs.

    I was going to take the mower back, but I checked out similar Honda and Toro models, and they weren't built much better. It's pretty lame when you have to modify a brand-new product this way...
     
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    As an outside observer to this thread, it sounds like Craftsman USED to make GREAT lawnmowers that would last for years. The new ones are probably 'cheaped' out on.

    I say this because it seems like the majority of people who bought one YEARS ago, love them and the majority of people who bought one recently HATE them.
     
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    As the original poster, I thought I should pop in with an update. I appreciate all the great advice and helpful suggestions. But, in the end, I made an unexpected choice: a used mower from a coworker's neighbor.
    I got an off-brand, self-propelled, side-discharge mower for $60. It's a few years old, but in good shape, clean, and the blade was recently sharpened. And it comes from a guy known for selling decent used equipment. The major down-side is that it didn't come with the mulching-plug and I've not located a replacement. However, duct tape and cardboard made a tolerable substitute this weekend [​IMG]
    While not my ideal mower, at $80 less than my cheapest, store-bought option (and at least $300 less than the Toro), this is a good choice for the short-term. And it will make it easier to buy a nice rider in a year or two.
     
  20. Paul D G

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    Nothing wrong with that. I sold my old mower to my former neighbor (we moved across country). I'd spend a half hour trying to get that damn thing started until I gave up in frustration. Next day I'd try again and it'd start the first time. And this scenario happened every time I tried to start it. It probably needed a good clean/tune up and my neighbor was more handy with that than I ever will be.

    I've settled on the Toro since I see nearly nothing but positive reviews on it and there's not much at all about the Honda.

    -paul
     

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