I am looking at buying a self propelled lawnmower and was a store
today and the clerk said that is hard on the mower when you pull it
back. So if I cut forward into a tight area I would need to pull it
back also. He showed my on a model he had, don't recall the brand,
and there was resistance felt and what felt like a gear click.
I went to Sears and ask this question and they had not heard of that
being a problem. Once the drive lever is released there didn't appear
to be any resistance.
Is there merrit in the first clerks comment about the reverse thing?
I would imagine it depends on the design of the mower. I personally have
never heard of such a problem, after all, what are you supposed to do when
you want to pull out of a tight area or rework a bad section.
As long as the drive is released there should be no problem. I've used a
self-propelled Toro for years and never had a problem going backwards once
the drive was released. By the way....I highly recommend Toro. Good luck.
On May 1, 5:32 pm, email@example.com wrote:
I have a Honda HRC216 HXA. When I release the clutch, the mower is in
"freewheel" mode. Hence you can pull and push it. The drive is
disconnected. Again it depends on the mower I guess.
I like my mower and recomend it. The only bad thing about it is the
price, I think about $US 1,129 and only availabe at honda dealers, not
at home depot ....
Warmest regards, Mike.
When you pull it back, you must disengage the drive unit or it will be
trying to go away from you. If you have a lot of tight areas, a lot of
shrubs or trees to go around, get a standard push mower. I hated my self
propelled on my lawn as it was just awkward to hand in tight spots. If you
have lots of straight cutting, they are fine.
On 1 May 2007 14:32:19 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That seems strange. I pull the mower back all the time when doing
around bushes, etc. and when I had a self-propelled Motor-Mower (1958
to 1964) I did the same thing with no problem.
How can one live with a mower that can't be pulled backwards?
I have seen but not used mowers that had front-wheel drive. Perhaps
some of them can't disengage and depend on the user to push the handle
down if he wants to back up. Was this mower front or rear drive?
How hard is it on a drive train to spin tires? VERY HARD! Look for front
drive where you can just lift the front wheels off the ground and pull it
back. Otherwise simply disengage the drive before you need to go into and
out of tight spaces.
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