I the past when i got a new self propelled mower, i always got a rear
wheel drive model. It seems like a lot of the newer mowers are front
wheel drive. Anyone have a preference?
I always liked the RWD ones because i would have the drive working even
if i lifted the front wheels off the ground turning a corner. Sometime
not possible with FWD. I always that ought they got better traction
also. Any thoughts?
My old mowers were always rear drive - my legs!
I assume with rear WHEEL drive there must be some sort of clutch that allows
you easily to stop the wheels when you need to stop mowing without having to
stop the engine? My current mower (a FWD I inherited from my dad), is a
Sears and while it's possible to disengage the drive, it's not convenient to
have to do that each time I need to stop forward motion. It's much easier
to lift the wheels off the ground, reposition, then drop the wheels and go.
Like I say, it's my first eperience with self-propeled, and needless to say,
I dug a few ruts getting the hang if it!
Well as you inferred, "preference" is the word. They both work okay.
Rear-drive ones probably get a bit better traction since there's more weight on the
rear wheels. However personally I do NOT want
the drive working as I turn around - too easy to dig up the grass! I have a
preference for FWD models since I find it especially
easy to stop the drive by "popping a wheelie" as I turn a corner.
For me, it might come down to the terrain - FWD for relatively flat lawns, RWD if
they seem to push better than pull.
If I need to I can feather the power to the rear wheels with the control
I also prefer mowers that have a blade clutch that allows the motor to stay
running when you let go of the handlebars. That puts the starter pull down
on the motor where it belongs. I can't stand mowers that have the starter
rope up on the handlebars and require you to hold the engine kill bar.
Thanks to some nitwits who didn't understand that mowers were dangerous, we
have all those safeguards to deal with.
The other choice is the Toro Personal Pace mowers. They are rear wheel drive
but the speed adjust from 0 to 4 mph based on how fast you walk. It works
great as you cango slow or fast and the mower adjust speed to match. I have
had one for three years now and would never get a mower that did not work
like this. I never stop to think about it being self propelled at all I just
Do you self a favor and go look at one. My local Toro dealer let the mower
sell itself. He just lead me outside to try one in the grass beside the
store. Just a few feet and I was sold.
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