I need a new lawn mower and decided to get a self-propelled model as I have
a rather hilly yard and I'm not getting any younger. After looking at
dozens of mowers, I have found one that looks like it would meet my needs.
It is on sale for what looks like a good price - $229.00 (was $290). The
problem is that I have never owned a Murray lawn mower, nor have I owned a
self-propelled model. The one I am looking at is a 7 HP, 22 inch, 3-in-1
model with high rear wheels. The engine is a Briggs and Stratton. Is this
brand any good? It appears to be a discontinued model because the Murray
website doesn't show a 7 HP self-propelled model. I can get other SP mowers
for around the same price, but they have smaller engines. I would rather
have a variable speed SP mower, but the prices for those is much higher.
Murray is at the bottom of the list in overall scoring, but still it
is a good mower and repair record is decent. A B&S 7 HP engine will
deliver about the same torque as a 5 HP Honda engine, but the B&S is
noisier. Toro mowers are better built with a Tecumseh engine, but
you'll need at least a hundred more bucks. Expect any mower to last 5
to 8 years, depending on use.
I am on year 8 of my cheap MTD/Briggs and Stratton mower. I had to put some
money into it last year and now the problem looks like it is returning along
with some rust and other issues. I might keep this one as a back-up and to
mow along the margin of the woods occasionally to keep the brush down but I
know it is time for a new mower.
You get what you pay for.
I had a John Deere for trimming, sold it to someone I know almost 20 years
ago. They still have it, and it still runs strong. Since then I've been
through a Wards(RIP) high wheel, a Murray, & a Honda Harmony. I purchased
another John Deere, model JS63C about 3 years ago. I sold my rider and cut
1/2 acre with a 21", simply for the excercise. I believe if you looked at
any of the name brands known for yard work, you couldn't go wrong. I was
not pleased with the Honda,Murray, or Wards.
the best out there if you want to spend $600. Murray is very low in price. I
bought a self-propelled White lawn mower for $429 six years ago and stll
runs great and cuts great. I always try to go to the mid priced thing that i
buy and been always happy. Good luck in what you buy.
At a half acre, consider a push reel mower, as long as you cut often enough
to keep the grass short. They're lighter than a power mower and _as easy to
push_. You don't have the noise. The American Lawnmower Company 18" is
fine; Scotts 20" (made by same people) is faster, if you get one with a
straight cutter bar anyway.
However you need access to a power mower if you get into grass-too-long trouble
from time to time. Also they don't do dandelions unless short.
If you have to mow because of patches of fast-growing grass where the rest of
the lawn doesn't need it, a European scythe ( http://www.scythesupply.com )
is pleasant to use, though everything you need will run $160 after snath, jig
and sharpening stone. You can cut an acre with it over a period of days, if you
want to just get out of the house occasionally. It leaves trails of cut grass
though. A perfect solution would be a mulching scythe.
:) I need a new lawn mower and decided to get a self-propelled model as I have
:) a rather hilly yard and I'm not getting any younger. After looking at
:) dozens of mowers, I have found one that looks like it would meet my needs.
:) It is on sale for what looks like a good price - $229.00 (was $290). The
:) problem is that I have never owned a Murray lawn mower, nor have I owned a
:) self-propelled model. The one I am looking at is a 7 HP, 22 inch, 3-in-1
:) model with high rear wheels. The engine is a Briggs and Stratton. Is this
:) brand any good? It appears to be a discontinued model because the Murray
:) website doesn't show a 7 HP self-propelled model. I can get other SP mowers
:) for around the same price, but they have smaller engines. I would rather
:) have a variable speed SP mower, but the prices for those is much higher.
I recently gave my 2 year old SP Murray away and picked up a Torro
variable speed SP. The price wasn't all that much higher. The
problem you will have with the Murray is that it will be more of a
workout trying to walk slow enough to mow the grass. The variable
speed allows you to work at your pace rather than the slow setting of
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
It is said that the early bird gets the worm,
but it is the second mouse that gets the cheese.
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