1/2 Acre Lawn Mowing Options
I purchased a 21" Craftsman walk-behind (non-self propelled) mower in 2000 that I used for 10 years on a 1/10th acre lot (still works fine). We moved into a new home on a 1/2 acre property two years ago and it now takes us about 2-2.5 hours to mow our fairly flat lot. Since moving in, we've been debating a mower upgrade. We've talked about a rider (all neighbors have them), but are leaning towards a walk-behind because of the exercise. Mostly, we'd just like a little reduction in the mowing time and effort (especially in the summer when it approaches 100 degrees).
A coworker mentioned to me that a good self-propelled mower would help us quite a bit. Can anybody comment on this?
I've narrowed my choices down to a Honda HRR216VKA, Toro 20332 and a Toro SR4 (this last one would be a reach in affordability). 99% of the time, we mulch. Any help would be greatly appreciated.