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Need help choosing mower

Posted by eds72 Oregon (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 20, 10 at 4:54

I've done quite a bit of reading tonight and am still uncertain - looking for some advice.

I live in the Northwest where our grass tends to be pretty thick, and between work and kids with countless activities I just can't mow with enough regularity to make mulching a realistic option. I currently have a 5 or so year old Toro Recycler and I hate it. In fairness to the mower, it has been reliable - but it is the absolute worst when it comes to bagging - especially when the grass is wet. I am constantly having to shut it off and clear clogs. This is unfortunate because I have come to the conclusion that the #1 thing I need a mower to be good at is... bagging wet grass.

So what I am after is the absolute best bagger I can get my hands on. I don't give a rip if it mulches, side discharges, etc. - I just want maximum bagging performance. Self propel would be nice as my wife will sometimes handle the mowing duties if my schedule is too crazy. A model with a blade clutch would be a nice luxury but isn't necessary.

I'd prefer not to break the bank - If I can get something for <=$500 I would be very happy. If that's not realistic and a compelling case could be made for why I should spend more I would be willing to do so.

What would folks recommend?

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RE: Need help choosing mower

I may be wrong, but i don't think any mower will bag wet grass with any consistancy. The grass clumps up too much.

RE: Need help choosing mower

Toro does have a super bagger now. The Super Recyclers will put about 20% less clippings in the bag a opposed to the standard baggers. What model Toro do you have? Snappers have always had incredible bagging capability. Know too that a BBC design may use valuable space under the deck. Look underside before you buy.

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