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Old 10-22-2012, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Just reading thru the various posts because I need a small riding mower but wanted to tell of my experience with Snapper. About 5 years ago I bought a 2 Cycle Snapper self propelled mower 5.5 hp. I was terrrible. It did not have enough to cut thru wet grass that was maybe 3 inches high and the front drive mechanism was complicated and very noisy- louder than the exhaust Plus it was very expensive. In New Orleans most professional gardeners use Toro with a big gas tank.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:10 PM
 
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Professionals here use Honda pro models for hand mowers and X-mark zero turn.I used a Hnda master which is my second the first lasting 20 years with one cable replacement.if buying a self propelled buy a rear wheel drive and shaft drive like the Honda.Service it and your good to go for years to come out lasting cheaper mwwer in overall cost.Alos remmber that the mowers like the Honda are not the same from the discounters or even the tractors that have John Deer etc on them.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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I think I read the Honda mowers available in Lowe's are not genuine HOnda, is that correct?
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Old 05-16-2015, 08:20 PM
 
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Buy the cheapest mower you can buy with self propel and a Honda motor.
In case someone comes along this thread...buying the cheapest mower with a Honda motor is probably the worst decision you can make. You will end up with tons of Honda motors in the garage and zero working mower decks.

I picked up a cheap one from sams club(Blackmax). Honda motor. Starts great...but the rest of the mower is poorly designed. Doesn't work. Breaks too much. Sad thing is, a Toro with a B&S motor with same features is only like $60 more.
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Old 05-17-2015, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Jamestown, NY
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I use a Craftsman. I had a Craftsman push mower for more than 20 years before it finally expired. I replaced it with a Craftsman self-propelled. I also have a Craftsman garden tractor that's 17 years old, and except for tune-ups and batteries, I've only had to repair something in the ignition/starter system last year. It cost $300 including pick up and return. I also have 2 Craftsman rototillers, a "big one" (3 hp I think) and a minitiller.
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Old 05-17-2015, 04:39 PM
 
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Honda engines are good but a Honda bought at a outdoor authorized dealer are some of the best. Otherwise; many no matter the engine are built by same company. Honda then Briggs engine on smaller push mowers. Craftsman is built the same not by craftsman; never really liked them for the price.
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Old 05-17-2015, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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I have a mid 1980s craftsman I bought used 20 years ago for $25. It has the Tecumseh eager 1 engine and still cuts through the highest thick grass like it's nothing, they don't make them like that anymore, you could just buy a Poulan Pro at K-Mart and it would not be much different than new craftsman.
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Old 05-17-2015, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Jamestown, NY
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I have a mid 1980s craftsman I bought used 20 years ago for $25. It has the Tecumseh eager 1 engine and still cuts through the highest thick grass like it's nothing, they don't make them like that anymore, you could just buy a Poulan Pro at K-Mart and it would not be much different than new craftsman.
My original was an Eager 1 model, too. I'm not sure if it had the Tecumseh or B&S. I loved it. A new spark plug and fresh gas, hit the manual primer a few times, and with three or four pulls, it started first time out every spring. My new one is more temperamental.
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Reading this with interest as I've been nursing my lawn mower and at 68, think I deserve a self propelled. I have a corner city lot, not huge but big enough. My mower is metal, 22" and a bear to push.

Today I had to stop mowing several times (5 at least) to fix a metal piece, which keeps falling down. The Tecumseh engine is awesome, after winter starts first time every time. I do take care of it. The metal deck (Murray) is rusting, spring for the door (rear bagger) is broke, I had to replace the wheels they were the pits. It is probably 20+ years old. I like a rear bag, has an insert so it mulches, too. I remember mowing with my dads old Lawn Boy, hated the side bag and the oil/gas routine.

Lowes has a mower on sale with a Honda engine or so they say, won't buy cheapest but don't need to spend 400 or do I??? I will pay attention to wheels, I would like the taller rear wheels this time. My yard is fairly level, a slight grade, has uneven places due to trucks going in to cut some trees for my neighbor and myself. I didn't want to complain because the city did us a favor. They put the mats down but it was probably too soft. I don't have to mow around trees, they are in an area where I took out all grass, trimmed the pines, evergreens up so you can walk under them. Yard was a nightmare when I bought the house 8 years ago.

Sorry for the long description, self propelled or not, what to do, what to do. When I'm gone (usually for a month or more) my sister cuts it with her rider, as does my neighbors yard guy if we travel together. I will not buy a rider, I need the exercise. My sister has two lots, plus on a corner, she needs her rider.
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Old 05-23-2015, 10:32 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Susan,

I have a Honda self propelled from HD 7 yrs ago and it is still going strong. One pull starts even after a long winter.

The Honda self propelled is amazing. I can barely keep up with the mower! Previously I had a 20 yrs old Craftsman push mower and I get exhausted after mowing my measly 1/3 acre (some slopping backyard) but with the self propelled it was a breeze. I am not even tired!
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