Gee for 105 bucks I picked up a weedeater mower at K mart, a push type
used once, the buyer returned it having decided they needed self
propelled which i dont like.
for 105 bucks its cheaper to buy one that way, normally about 150
i dont understand why people spwend a grand on a mower its just grass
I had a Honda Harmony self propelled and it lasted about 7 years.
On the plus side it's dual mulching blade and deck design gave
the lawn the nicest, smoothest cut and mulched the grass into
very small pieces that disappeared. It was quiet and always
started very easily.
The downside was that at about 7 years the transmission wore
out. It was $135 online just for the tranny. It was clear from the
failure that it was just normal wear that caused it to fail. And
to replace the tranny is a big headache, you wind up having
to remove all kinds of bushings, shims, screws, etc. I'm
good at fixing things, but after winding up with two egg cartons
worth of parts that all have to go on again just right, that
factored into my decision to replace it with a new Sears
fpor $160 that I found on Ebay.
The Sears has significantly more power than the Honda
and goes easily through heavier grass where the Honda
would bog down. Doesn't leave as nice a finish on the
lawn. But one big advantage is that the Sears has a variable
speed drive that uses just a belt and pulley system . That
gives true variable speed as opposed to the Honda that
had 3 speeds via the geared tranny. And it actually broke
too, due to the spring. Took a pair of pliers and 10 mins to
get it going again. A replacement spring is $5
So, all in all, I'm not as impressed as some of you with
Honda, especially given the large price premium. You
could buy 2 or more Sears for the price of one Honda.
I have a Toro SP with the Honda engine and it seems OK,. I had an MTD
with the same Honda engine and the SP broke several times but the
engine was fine. I am an 8 month a year mower (S Fla) and this sandy
soil is tough on mowers. You can't get more than a year out of a
The TV just had a segment saying basically that the Toro was a better
deal than the Honda mower with the same engine.
I'm with ya on the JD. Had one years ago, was a good one, passed it down
the line, should've kept it. The next JD didn't even last a year, complete
junk for $500.
Bought a Honda, was under powered for what I cut. But, it cut really nice
with the twin blades. This was not the self propelled model, sold it after
5 years to buy a self propelled.
Thought Honda was over priced, so went with a 26" Snapper. But it was about
$1200. Turned out to be the mower from Hell. High maintenance, expensive
parts such as wheels. Within the first year, one of the drive wheels, split
rim came apart. Not covered under warranty, cost me a $100 for one
rim/tire. Next year, the other wheel, same thing.
Ok, gotta confess. Three weeks ago, bought a Honda HRX model, the one next
to the electric start model. Not cheap, $700, but it sure does handle nice,
and to see those fine clippings from the twin blades brought back some
memories. Ahhhhh...Vrooom, vroooom!
You have to wonder why the other manufacturer's don't do similar
twin blade and deck designs to get the fine clippings and clean
cut of Honda. In the grand scheme of things, it's not much $$
for a second blade.
On 5/13/2011 11:00 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Manufacturers worry about adding pennies to the cost. Get the back of an
envelope and sketch out how many parts you would need to add to the
usual blade bolted onto the end of a vertical crankshaft design.
Typical retail selling price is at least 5X the actual cost of parts. On the
Honda, the twin blade on the low end models is a $40 option.
Going from memory, there is the second blade, spacer, washer. longer bolt.
Given the competitive nature of consumer goods, it would price a low end
model out of the competition. The $149 special at the discount store offers
very little aside from the low price.
I'll kick in a couple chips on Honda mower engines.
Mine is 8 years old. Starts on first or second pull after sitting all
winter, then always on the first pull.
Original plug, changed the oil once. I'll do it again this year.
I don't bother with Stabil or draining gas.
Same with the little 2 stroke Sears weedwacker of the same age, but I
have to yank that one at least 5 times after the winter.
The mower is a push Craftsman with Honda engine. Mulcher.
Always heard they were good so when I needed a mower I didn't mind
the small premium.
Thing is, my previous experience with yanking on lawn mowers to start
them is over 40 years old, so I really don't know how they stack up.
Used an electric in my last place, and a B&D rechargeable my first 6
That B&D mulcher was a good mower until the battery stopped holding a
charge. I like those. But it was a lot heavier than the gas job.
Check out this site: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/deere.html
It lists hundreds of complaints against JD for faulty equipment and
lack of service. Mostly riders but there are some walk- behind
complaints also. After reading other people's complaints I don't know
why anyone would buy a JD. They are still selling based upon name
Bought a Honda (made in USA) tonight.
They've lowered some prices and you get an extra year of warranty if you buy
before end of May.
I was going to get a push model with the optional dual blade, but the next
step up was $10 more for self propelled and it includes the dual mulching
blade that was a $40 option on the push model. It was $389.
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Honda mower, or Honda engine on a generic mower? (My MTD something or
other has a Honda engine.) I'm sure the mowers are <assembled> in US,
since it costs money to ship all that airspace in a mower. But I have no
idea where the factory that makes the engines is.
We used to have a neighbor who used a reel type of mower on his golf-
green lawn and it did a beautiful job of mowing. The lawn was his life
and he spent a good part of his time sharpening the blades.
But no thank you. We have a 1.6 acre lot with about 7' of elevation
variance; and we also take turns mowing about 800 - 1,000 linear feet
of street-side easement. We can tolerate a little less
Our John Deere lawn tractor and the walk-behind Snapper make it a 1-5
to 2 hour job. Need more buildings and concrete.
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