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Old 05-16-2008, 09:06 PM
 
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We are thinking of taking on the job of mowing our own lawn. The question is - what type/brand of mower should we use? What features should we look for?
I don't know how important this may be, but we have mostly St. Augustine, and some Bermuda grass.
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Old 05-17-2008, 04:47 AM
 
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I bought one of those old-fashioned reel type mowers.

Pro: Very quiet, no gas to buy or motors to tune, stores in minimal space, and makes very clean cuts of the grass.
Con: not self propelled (about the same as a normal push mower), tall weeds fold over rather than get snipped.

There are vids online:
YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.
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Old 05-17-2008, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I have an electric mower (Black and Decker). If I had more money to spend, I would have bought the cordless, rechargeable variety but I'm on a pretty tight budget so I have to deal with the cord. Still, I LOVE it!

The electric mower is VERY light and effortless to push, yet it does a great job cutting the grass. No gasoline, spark plugs, or maintenance required. (I do need to sharpen the blade but you need to do that with any mower.) Just plug it in and pull the lever on the handle. I really do like it and I've had it for about three years so far.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Garland, TX
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go for a honda... it will last you 20 years!!! check out craigslist for a used one... i just found one a month ago or so on there and couldnt be happier. its about 7 years old and starts on the first pull EVERY time!!! my folks have one also and have had it about 18 years and it STILL starts first pull everytime.
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Like Teatime, I have a corded Black & Decker electric mower and love it .

It's so easy and light, quiet, and it mulches too .
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:29 PM
 
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I am nervous about cutting the cord of an electric one.
They reviewed lawn mowers on TV a while back and they said Honda was the best. At $800+ it exceeds my budget though. I will try looking for a used one.
I wouldn't even mind the reel type - but would it work on St. Augustine?
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Old 05-17-2008, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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We truly love the Honda mower we bought for about $400 at SAM's about three years ago. Runs like a dream, and is easy to use. I can even start the thing, and empty the bag.
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Old 05-17-2008, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I am nervous about cutting the cord of an electric one.
LOL, that's why you need to get a fluorescent orange one! I used to have a green one so it would blend in when I used it for Christmas decorations and my son DID cut the cord. However, I think he did it on purpose so he didn't have to mow that day.

I was chatting with my neighbor yesterday and she said it cost her over $10 to fill the gas can for their mower. I'm really appreciating my electric mower, LOL.
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:20 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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I think Snapper mowers are pretty good too. I have an old riding mower that runs well against all odds.
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Old 05-18-2008, 12:49 PM
 
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All the praises I see above I will echo for my John Deere "Nothing runs like a Deere".

It sits in a storage shed all winter (Iowa) and I fill it with gas, pull the cord 3-4 times and I'm running for the first mow of spring. It takes 3-4 pulls because I empty the tank every fall and it has to suck the gas in. After that it stars first time, every time. I've had a lot of mowers and this one is the best, hands down. Self-propelled and the bag is situated in the back, not the side.
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