Self-propelled lawn mower recommendations

crazedandconfusedSeptember 20, 2013

Can anyone recommend a good self-propelled lawn mower? We're just moving into a new home with slightly less than a 1/2 acre yard that gently slopes away from the house.

Honda? Husqvarna? Toro? Any particular brand or model anyone really loves?

Thanks in advance.

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robertz6

I think how well the owner (and the rest of family) takes care of it might affect which mower to buy. Buy a cheape if folks don't take care of it.

I'd buy a Honda if I had a choice. My Toro runs fine, but I never got that fond of it for some reason. My two Sears Craftsman -- one ran hot, the other arrived defective and it took two returns until they fixed it. Actually three returns. After the second 'repair' I refused to take it until the service shop showed me they could start it -- they could not.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2013 at 4:36PM
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skane1(3)

I have a Husqvarna that has been working great for 3 years and is very reliable.Honda's are good also but have had issues latley

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 10:48AM
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farmerdill

I am very pleased with my Snapper Ninja.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 8:32PM
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crazedandconfused

Thanks all. It seems like everyone has a different brand, and everyone is happy. Leaning toward Honda but still have a little while before I buy. I'll keep searching for feedback.

Thanks again.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 9:31PM
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baymee(LehighValleyPA)

I've repaired thousands of mowers over the years and my absolute favorite is a Snapper. I especially like the thumb operation of the self propel lever when there are obstructions, bushes or trees, on the left of me and I want to walk on the right side of the mower.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 2:46PM
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crazedandconfused

Wow, great baymee, thanks! Snapper is a brand I've know for years but always associated with rear-engine ride on mowers - never really thought about self-propelled. I'll definitely give them a look.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   September 30, 2013 at 9:41AM
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1saxman

Toro Recycler, 22" rear-drive (Personal Pace), #20376 w/blade/brake clutch and Kohler OHV engine. The Toro drive system is the simplest and longest-lasting there is.

Here is a link that might be useful: Toro 20376

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 2:49PM
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phototone

Whatever brand you buy, I highly recommend you make sure it is a rear drive, if you mow any sort of hilly terrain. They have much more traction, in my opinion.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 11:19PM
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crazedandconfused

Lots of great thoughts everyone. Thanks for all the input. Still haven't decided but as its autumn in New England I have some time...

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 1:16PM
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robertz6

I mentioned Honda earlier, but I'm rethinking my answer.

My favorite gas mower is the only one that does not have self-propel!

It is a maybe 30 year old no name (from a local hardware store) it has a B&S 3.75hp engine. This thing is very light, and is a delight to turn; unlike my Sears and Toro self-propel models.

I love to push this thing around. The newer stuff just wants to go in a straight line. Got it two years ago for $22 from a retired gent.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 5:46PM
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robertz6

I mentioned Honda earlier, but I'm rethinking my answer.

My favorite gas mower is the only one that does not have self-propel!

It is a maybe 30 year old no name (from a local hardware store) it has a B&S 3.75hp engine. This thing is very light, and is a delight to turn; unlike my Sears and Toro self-propel models.

I love to push this thing around. The newer stuff just wants to go in a straight line. Got it two years ago for $22 from a retired gent.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 5:48PM
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baymee(LehighValleyPA)

Whoever sold it to you made a good profit. Those mowers sold for $79, 30 years ago.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 5:31AM
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