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Old 08-15-2016, 03:19 AM
 
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We want to buy a lawn mower. What is the best lawn mower and also what should we look for? We want self propelled mower. Some are written 190cc others 163cc. Which brand is better?
Make sure there's a blade attached...Yep, one of 25,000 and I HAD to buy THAT one...
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Old 08-15-2016, 11:26 AM
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Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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We want to buy a lawn mower. What is the best lawn mower and also what should we look for? We want self propelled mower. Some are written 190cc others 163cc. Which brand is better?
Best kind I know of are the kind that has someone else operating it. LOL

OK, So we have a Toro Lawn mower. We also have a small lot. 60 x 100, not that it is all grass. Half the back yard is concrete and pavers and a big section of the front yard is a driveway. Depending on how much lawn you have will determine your best bet for a lawn mower. As far as someone else operating it, I have three teen age boys to do that for me. Yes I love yard work now more than ever.
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Old 08-15-2016, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Default The Best Lawn Mower

The Best Lawn Mower | The Sweethome

"If you’re mowing less than half an acre of lawn, the best lawn mower for your grass-cutting needs is the self-propelled, gas-powered Honda HRX217K5VKA.

After 50 hours of research and conversations with two landscapers, two service outlets, and Roy Berendsohn of Popular Mechanics (who has been testing and evaluating lawn mowers for more than 20 years), we found that the quality, reliability, and features of the Honda—as well as its unique ability to balance how much grass is mulched and how much is bagged—justify its steep price."



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We want to buy a lawn mower. What is the best lawn mower and also what should we look for? We want self propelled mower. Some are written 190cc others 163cc. Which brand is better?
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Old 08-15-2016, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Yes, Honda engines are very good.

I suggest a rear-wheel drive mower instead of front-wheel.
yup. front wheel drive is worthless
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Old 08-21-2016, 04:40 PM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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i used a neighbor's honda mower but found the design to be terrible and it was hard to start.

make sure the ergonomics of the mower work for you. the honda mower requires you to hold the clutch with your fingers and the throttle with your thumb but the owner just grabbed both levers and muscled the mower around on full throttle.

I use a ~22" troybilt mower which is not great and would like something with a wider deck. perhaps a 42" cut to reduce mowing time.

Mulching should be a required feature. not sure why so many people continue to bag their lawn clippings. that's free fertilizer for the lawn.
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Old 08-23-2016, 08:08 AM
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Location: Bel Air, California
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1) can I drive it one-handed?
2) where will my beer go?
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Old 08-23-2016, 02:36 PM
 
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190cc is of course top of the line (and cost), but you may not need that kind of power depending on your lawn. Do you have tough grass or steep hills? This site might help. They have a good lawn mower comparison here.
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Old 09-10-2017, 08:48 AM
 
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I saw someone with this kind of mower. What is the advantage of these. I didn't know ppl still use them.


Scott's 20" Classic Push Reel Mower
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Old 09-10-2017, 08:59 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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I saw someone with this kind of mower. What is the advantage of these. I didn't know ppl still use them.


Scott's 20" Classic Push Reel Mower
It's a great mower if you have a nice level plush lawn with no twigs being dropped from the trees. One twig and you jamb the reel. In my yard I would need to stop every five feet to clear the debris.
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Old 09-10-2017, 10:28 AM
 
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Honda. I had 1 of the first and it lasted over 25 years and still started on the first pull. The commercial models are much better but cost more than the ones available at Home Depot and similar stores. Honda lawn mower engines are residential or residential grade, quality and price are also different. The residential units are good but the commercial products can't be beat!
Honda HRX217VKA Model Info | 21" Walk Behind Mower | Honda Lawn Mowers
Honda HRC216HXA Model Info | 21" Walk Behind Commercial Mower | Honda Lawn Mowers
That's the first word pops into my head when I saw the title of this thread

I have a self-propelled Honda for 8 years and it still starts after the first pull. You don't realize how much energy you save until you have a self-propelled. I only have 1/3 acres but have a sloping area in the back. The self-propelled really helps.

Yes it's a bit pricey compared to other brand, but considering it's legendary reliability and quality it's well worth the price.
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