My front swivel Ariens finally died. It had a 5.5 Tecumseh engine
The new Ariens LM21SW Has a Kohler or Kawasaki 6.0 motor.
Not sure what the better motor is, they are both $650
Any other suggestions for a mower?
I have never used a mower with straight wheels, the swivel wheels let
the mower go around my landscape.
I looked at the John Deere, but it has a Briggs and Straton Motor -
not sure how good those are.
It seems like most if not all other mowers do not offer front swivel
Maybe I need to try a straight wheel mower as they are more common.
Any suggestions on a brand? I want nice power, the self propel speed
should be adjustable and fast and the mower should be built to last.
The ariens was quick but the new Sears that I bought and took back was
There is a good reason most mowers don't have those swivel wheels. They
make the straight cuts a little harder, while they make the trim cuts a
little easier. Most people use the non-swivel wheels and do just fine. A
little down pressure on the handle reduces pressure on the front wheels so
the mower can turn with little problem. If you have a lot of irregular
trimming to do and little large areas with straight cuts, I would look for
swivel type, otherwise I would look for the standard set up and save money.
I just bought a new battery powered electric mower. It is doing just
fine. It is a little lighter than my old gas and is quieter. Not the same
power for really tall grass, but I don't do that often anyway and I can
borrow a neighbors (maybe complete with their son or daughter) to get the
job done if needed.
It has been my experience that there are differences between engines,
but brands have both good and also cheap engines. The professional engines
start easier, run quieter, last longer and have more power. They also cost
a lot more. Only you can judge if the difference is worth it and if you
have a lawn that is large enough and has enough trimming to do to justify
You also may want to try ratings like Consumer Reports as a source of
information on current models. Few people here are going to be able to give
you information on more than one model and since their needs and experience
will be limited, it may not apply to you (although it may be useful).
I have had my Ariens for over 15 years and would buy another one. It has
always started on the first or second pull. I don't have the front
swivel wheels. Also Briggs is a good brand motor. Kohler is also a good
motor. I agree with the larger rear wheels.
I tried Snapper years ago and I was not impressed.
B&D It was not intentional, but I bought a yard care kit (blower,
string trimmer and hedge shears) 3 or 4 years ago. They are doing great. I
just bought new batteries for them, the olds ones were getting a little low
and the new ones have more power than the olds ones did when they were new.
I am very happy with both, but as I believe I said, if you do a lot of
tall rough grass, you might not like it. For normal lawns, it is good in my
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