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Old 04-21-2017, 08:07 PM
 
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Just wanted to revive this thread and see if people were of the same opinions, or if there are any other suggestions. I have to buy a new mower soon. My cheapie Sears lawnmower will do my front yard, but not my large backyard. Too much uneven terrain and the grass is l-o-n-g. The mower has to be a mulcher. I do prefer self-propelled. My Sears mower is not self-propelled and if I try to use it for my big backyard, it just kills my back.

Also wondering if there are any models that are worth buying used? Buying new the last 2 times sure didn't save me any grief.

Many thanks!
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Old 04-22-2017, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Southern Most New Jersey
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Honda.

Watch for a reconditioned one at Home Depot. They warranty them for 30 days. Bought my first one 13 years ago. Gave it to a friend. On to my second this year.

Love my Honda..
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Old 04-22-2017, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Just wanted to revive this thread and see if people were of the same opinions, or if there are any other suggestions. I have to buy a new mower soon. My cheapie Sears lawnmower will do my front yard, but not my large backyard. Too much uneven terrain and the grass is l-o-n-g. The mower has to be a mulcher. I do prefer self-propelled. My Sears mower is not self-propelled and if I try to use it for my big backyard, it just kills my back.

Also wondering if there are any models that are worth buying used? Buying new the last 2 times sure didn't save me any grief.

Many thanks!
After all of my research, I have concluded a Honda recycler definitely has the best reviews. My Toro recycler is 13 years old and still runs well but when it needs to be replaced it will be with a Honda. They cost more but you will get a whole lot more!
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Old 04-22-2017, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Southern Most New Jersey
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Just want to add. Even my Honda is hard to start when it is cold outside. I leave it in the sun for at least an hour in the spring and late fall before attempting to start. I use 89 octane gas.
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Old 04-22-2017, 09:52 PM
 
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Thanks to all. I am leaning toward a Honda model that someone in this thread linked to last year; it's available at Home Depot. I didn't know that HD sells reconditioned mowers; I will check that out.
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Old 04-22-2017, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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I had a craftsman mower that was from the early 1980s that I bought used that had the Eager 1 engine made by techumseh, it was self propelled but that part did not work so I unhooked the belt and it weighed a lot so it was hard to push but it was a beast, never stalled out even when the grass was really high. When it died last year I bought another craftsman that is not self propelled but pushes very easily, I always mulch the clippings which it does very well along with leaves in the fall.
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Old 04-23-2017, 12:49 AM
 
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I have a Husqvarna 4x4 mower. Works great. Picked it up on CL for 300 along with a blower and a weed whacked
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Old 04-23-2017, 04:08 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Thanks to all. I am leaning toward a Honda model that someone in this thread linked to last year; it's available at Home Depot. I didn't know that HD sells reconditioned mowers; I will check that out.
If you throw a couple more bucks at it HD also has it with a composite deck. It's a tad bit heavier but you wouldn't know it with their self propelled system. Happy mulching Lori!
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Old 04-23-2017, 07:26 AM
 
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Last week I replaced a 3 or 4 year old Toro Personal Pace with a front wheel drive regular old Toro FWD self propelled (from Home Depot). Throttle control broke and I wasn't willing to pay the money/wait to get it repaired. I preferred the Personal Pace 'speed control', but as a great many reviews mention it didn't do a very good job mulching... especially if trying to mulch two consecutive weeks. But it was the first mower I've ever had that didn't physically fall apart or rust out in a couple years, so I stayed with Toro.
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Old 04-23-2017, 09:05 PM
 
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If you throw a couple more bucks at it HD also has it with a composite deck. It's a tad bit heavier but you wouldn't know it with their self propelled system. Happy mulching Lori!
Haha, when I first started mowing our great big lawn 30+ years ago, I used to put the bagger on, like a dummy. Oh, my. How many times I would have to stop and empty that bag! And it was so darn heavy. Then the lightbulb went off over my head, and I started mulching the grass instead. I haven't looked back.
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