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Tedstor

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04-08-2013 12:08 AM

So I just bought a single family home on a 1/4 acre lot. I currently live in a townhome and use a manual reel mower for the whopping 100sq ft front yard. I want to get a gas powered mower. Probably don’t need any sort of drive train. A push mower is probably good enough.
Anyway, is there a specific brand I should look at? I don’t need a feature-laden model (I don’t think). Would I be better off getting a lower-end snapper or toro, or is a mid-grade craftsman good ‘nuff? I’d like to keep it under $400.


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gfadvm

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 03:00 AM

HONDA- The most amazing motors on the planet!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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RogerInColorado

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 03:20 AM

My neighbor has a Honda mower. I am stunned at how quiet it is. I have a Snapper. I wish I had his Honda.

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mcase

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 03:35 AM

Lowes may still have Troy built.? Not sure, but If you can find a Troy built with a Honda motor at Lowes or HD you will have a really good mower cheap.

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#4 posted 04-08-2013 03:41 AM

If your anywhere near vermont I have a Honda I could sell you for 100

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#5 posted 04-08-2013 05:52 AM

I have a Troy Built mulching mower (no bag and/or clippings) that is now going on 25+ years and still runs like a top … I wish it would break down so I could buy a new one … preferably electric!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 04-08-2013 07:14 AM

Your pretty handy with tools aren’t ya….................

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 04-08-2013 12:52 PM

Hit the garage sale circuit this spring and pick up a good used mower. You won’t need much to take care of that sized lawn. Around my area used mowers can be picked up for $50.00.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#8 posted 04-08-2013 12:56 PM

I bought a Honda when my Briggs / Craftsman gave up the ghost. Love the thing, just be careful on areas that are not level. If i lean to the air filter side of things i flood the engine and she dont like that.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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bugz

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#9 posted 04-08-2013 01:02 PM

Honda, nothing else compares.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#10 posted 04-08-2013 02:48 PM

Get one that bags to the rear, not to the side.
Side bags are a PITA for going around obstacles.

We have a Toro.
Great machine

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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jim C

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#11 posted 04-08-2013 09:46 PM

Honda anything
Best products ever built!!!!!

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#12 posted 04-08-2013 10:06 PM

Don’t get the cheap Snapper. The top of the line Pro Snappers are great, however. They are different machines.

I mowed lawns for about 20 years, from part-time to full-time. I used pro Snapper mowers and Echo trimmers/blowers. The Snappers are so easily serviceable by yourself that you could make the same mower last forever. They wear much better than Hondas and Toros, which are of lighter construction.

Of course, the Snapper I am talking about is a $750 mower, not the crappy version you get from Sears.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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woodbutcherbynight

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#13 posted 04-08-2013 11:31 PM

Honda, took 35 years of abuse by many people in the family before it gave up the ghost… Bought another one.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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489tad

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#14 posted 04-09-2013 12:27 PM

Had a Murray with a briggs and stratton for 18 years. Have been using a Toro. Both were/are self propelled. One feature of the Murray had that the Toro does not was a crank to raise and lower the deck. After cutting I would lower the deck and vac up the sidewalk and patio of clippings. The toro has those clips to adjust the deck.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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Mark Davisson

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#15 posted 04-09-2013 01:32 PM

You can get long life out of just about any mower if you take proper care of it. One with a Honda engine, though, doesn’t require proper care. And they’re quieter.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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