I have about 1/2 acre, but the house takes up a decent portion of the land.
I will be looking for a decent walk behind mower next year....not a rider.
I've had John Deere 22" cut, a Honda 21" (which I really liked, but the
motor blew up), back to John Deere (which was horrible), then 2 years ago I
bought a Snapper 26", which is absolutely the worst mower I've owned. The
Snapper has broken down so many times, I wish they had a lemon law on
I don't think my lot is too big for a walk behind, some neighbors have
riders, some landscapers, and some walk behinds.
My neighbors which mow their own, complain they have junk, but I see a lot
of the Murray brand.
If you have a lawnmower, which you're proud of, and don't mind sharing the
name. What brand is it?
I've been very happy with my Toro Super Recycler with aluminum deck and
"Personal Pace". It performed flawlessly with routine maintenance (oil,
air filter, spark plug, blade sharpening) for 8 seasons. Then, last
year, when I had to replace the Personal Pace cable, I took it in for a
general overhaul and, again, it's been performing flawlessly ever since.
I have about 1/4 acre (which includes a modest-sized house) with various
plantings to work around; it makes one appreciate the "Personal Pace"
For Toros with Honda engines, be warned that the
carburettor may be so hidden by other components
that you cannot adjust motor speed if you need to.
My Honda engine manual says this is a shop adjustment
i.e. $50 min. (and Honda refused to tell me how to do it.)
I bought a Bolens Model 084 22" mower 5 years ago that I use as a
weed-wacker on wheels & mini-bushhog. I beat the hell out of it on
weeds up to 1/2" thick, often hitting small stones. It is still going
strong. Never had a problem with it. Bought it new for $133 at Lowes.
I certainly will post here, my experience with the Snapper. You're more
than welcome to copy/paste the response wherever you see fit.
I bought it through an authorized dealer, 2 years ago this past May. It ran
me almost $1,200, plus a had a Ninja blade kit put on it, which ran me, I
believe another $125.
Within the first week, it quit. Dealer said to bring it back. Problem is,
the thing weighs 165-170 lbs. It's not something you put in a trunk of a
car. Dealer came and picked it up @ no charge, though I had to wait a week
b/4 they could get out this way. They put a new carburetor on it, I got it
back about 2 weeks after they picked it up. So, in the mean time, I had to
pay to get my grass cut, since it was the growing season.
One week later, the head came loose. Had to go through the same ordeal with
dealer. Pay someone to cut my lawn.
About a month later, the self propelled quit. Had to go through the same
thing with the dealer. Pay someone to cut my lawn. Now it's the end of the
season. I had maybe 10 hours on it.
Last year, one of the drive wheels (rim) came apart. Oops, 3 weeks past the
one year warranty. Cost me $112 for new drive wheel. Had to wait because of
special order. Had another 10 hours or so on it. A whooping 20 hours on
This year, the other drive rim came apart. These are the split rim pressed
together, hard rubber tire. Ok, I'm ticked now. I write Snapper a nasty
letter. They write back to call them. I call, and they act like it's my
fault, this thing falls apart. Telling me it's not a commercial mower. I
explain this thing has about 20-30 hours on it, and give the history on it.
It's only used my property. They send me a wheel no charge, but it took
about 3 weeks to get. The rep at Snapper tried to point everything at me
for not knowing how to use it. Good grief, I've only been cutting grass
since I was 7, and I'm now 54. I know a piece of junk when I own it.
The cable to engage the blade has broken. Another $42 out of my pocket.
Now, the self propelled cable broke, again. Numerous pins/cotter keys have
fallen out, causing the front wheels to come off!
I've even had this thing serviced every year through the dealer.
Junk, there's no nice way to put it.
I have a Toro 6.5 hp front drive, big back wheels with a bagger. It
mows, mulches or bags and is great for picking up the leaves in the
fall. I think it's a 21" blade. I don't use it any more since I have 3
lawn tractors. I have a smaller power mower for trimming. The Toro is a
great machine, always starts and has plenty of power. I still start it
now and them to keep it running. I used it all the time at my previous
The JD had a 6.5 BS engine. It was one of those with the caster front
wheels. The self-propelled broke. I'm sure I won't get the technical names
correct here, but I'll try to explain.
There's a pulley on the axle shaft, which sits on a pin. The pin wore out,
which looks to be from the bearing seizing in the pulley. The pin is not
screwed into place , but appears to be cast as part of the axle. You have
to replace the axle housing, in order to fix this, the pin was not
replaceable. The cost factor was too much vs replacing the mower. It was a
BTW.... I worked for JD, on the transportation end. I drove regional for
them. JD used to have a good name, but it went downhill.
Answered my question. You want the Kawasaki engine. Unless you have a lot
of long runs you don't want the self propelled either. They are too much
work around trees and other obstacles if you have a lot of them. IMO,
pushing is not all that hard in most cases.
Except for possibly the "Sabre" line for the box stores, etc., I'd
As Ed says, go w/ the Kawasaki if going green and stay w/ the "real"
Deere, not the Sabre.
I've no experience w/ self-propelled so can't comment there, but total
of four JD from 27HP to 6; from nearly 40-yr old to about 3. None have
any significance maintenance issues.
This mower came with the house I bought in June. It's actually model
CMM1000, which I had to take in to B&D for a recall. I didn't think I'd use
it but it's actually not a bad machine and it's nice not to mess with gas
and oil. It's got just enough battery life for me to do my half acre lot.
you won't go wrong with the Exmark with the kawasaki OR the kohler engine.
Should last a homeowner a lifetime. We had 7 where i used to work in
service 6 days a week 8 hours a day. About all we had to keep an eye on was
to pull the top off the engine about 3 times a season and blow the grass out
of the cooling fins.
On Fri, 03 Oct 2008 22:08:58 -0500, Red Green wrote:
You think like me.
Bought my wife a riding mower with a cup holder and automatic transmission.
She loves it.
I keep it running tip-top, change oil in the spring, pick up
a can of fuel when I find the can empty.
life is good!
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