Time to bring this thread to life. My Honda HRR216VXA (bought in 2005) has lost it's self-propelled capability. I'm sure it could be repaired and probably cost me less than a new mower, but this mower has always seemed under-powered. It's horsepower is 5.5bhp with 3600 rpm. If the grass was a little too tall it would always give me problems. The mower would start to stall and I'd pull back to prevent it or sometimes it would just stall completely. It's cutting width is 21" and while there are wider mowers, I have some tight spots caused by fences that would prevent me from wanting a wider mower. I've started looking at electric mowers on Amazon. I'm thinking with electric, there's less maintenance, no spark plugs or oil to change, which I typically don't do my self. If I go electric there's corded and and battery powered. I think corded would be an incredible PITA, dragging the cord around, moving it when it gets in the way, and it will. So I'm thinking of battery operated. I've noticed there are models with the battery built-in and removable. Built-in seems like a lousy idea since when the battery goes, you have to take it into the shop, so I'm giving preference to removable battery. Many of the battery electrics are not self-propelled but that's why I'm replacing my current mower. Just how easy is it to push an electric, non-self-propelled mower? The ones that are self propelled cost $100 or more than those without and since it takes juice to propel them, the battery doesn't last as long. Since I consider my current mower under-powered, I wonder how much power I need in an electric? I've seen 12 amp, 24 volt and 36 volt mowers. I think our lot is about a 1/4 acre (including the house) and we have a front, track, and 2 strips of grass on each side. It's not a large yard, but not tiny either. On one side of the house, it's rained recently (or watered) it can get boggy with some standing water. Do I have to worry about running an electric through an inch of standing water? Here's a link to an interesting non-self-propelled mower by WORX: http://www.amazon.co...duct/B003BJG8SA
A Black & Decker self-propelled: http://www.amazon.co...duct/B004JMZH3A
A Black & Decker non-self-propelled: http://www.amazon.co...duct/B002YK4UZU
The WORX has a quiet and power mode. I think its doesn't really get any quieter, but uses less power in the quiet mode. So if anyone has any ideas on an electric mower please let me know. If you've got one, please chime in. Is it self-propelled or not and if it's not, how you do you like that? I haven't decided on electric, so if you've got a gas powered recommendation, I'd welcome that too. It needs to have more oomph than my current mower. Thanks a lot.