I have to buy a push lawn mower... what should I get?

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Re: I have to buy a push lawn mower... what should I get?

Postposted on Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:31 am

I just bought a riding lawn mower this past spring and in bold red lettering it said never use any Unleaded gas that was more than 10% Ethanol. (BTW it is a Honda Engine).

Form the Honda site:

Honda engines are certified and designed to run on regular unleaded gasoline.

Gasoline is allowed, by regulation, to contain a variety of additives. The same regulation limits how much of some additives, such as alcohol, can be included in the fuel and still be sold as gasoline. Honda engines are designed for good performance and efficient operation using gasoline containing from 0 to 10% ethanol.

E85 is an alternative fuel. It is not gasoline. It is made by combining 85% ethanol with 15% gasoline. Honda engines are not currently certified or designed to run on E85 or any other alternative fuel.
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Re: I have to buy a push lawn mower... what should I get?

Postposted on Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:45 am

Star Brood wrote:My front lawn looks like this:

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Can I use the Fiskar's push mower on a slightly sloped lawn like that, or would I be better off getting a motor?


That's fine. My Dad's lawn is much more severely sloped then that, and it works fine.
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Re: I have to buy a push lawn mower... what should I get?

Postposted on Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:49 pm

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Re: I have to buy a push lawn mower... what should I get?

Postposted on Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:23 pm

Wow! you guys have some lawn knowledge huh

I would have to agree with everyone that thinks Honda engines are just totally awesome. After doing research, I found narrowed it down to 3 lawn mowers... they all seem to have good reviews. BUT, is it worth it getting a Honda, or risking it with a Briggs that has more power and is self propeled.

1. Troy built with Honda 160cc - $250

http://www.lowes.com/pd_317764-270-11A-B29Q711_4294747213__?productId=3142529&Ns=p_product_price|0

2. Husqvarna 7021p with Honda 160cc - $270 (this one seems to be a legend on amazon)

http://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-7021P-21-Inch-Powered-Compliant/dp/B00280MVAC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374207665&sr=8-1&keywords=Husqvarna+7021p
3. Murray Select - Briggs 190cc SELF PROPEL - $238

http://www.walmart.com/ip/22094735?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=21486607510&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=19880599990&veh=sem




WHAT would you guys go with? Is self propel that nice?
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Re: I have to buy a push lawn mower... what should I get?

Postposted on Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:12 am

That Huskq is the one I have along with my riding mower.
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Re: I have to buy a push lawn mower... what should I get?

Postposted on Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:24 am

I'm going to vouch for the Toro. I've had to work with rentals for some time and my dad originally bought a Toro in the 80s, which was used a lot, but eventually got replaced with other push mowers. Snapper, was a big one, but those died quite frequently and often (they fell apart). Eventually we ended up with a rider, low and behold a Yard Man. Despite the claims here, it's worked fine since it was bought in the 90s. Occasionally we still need to use a push mower and I found the Toro sitting in back. First pull it started right up.

I don't drain the gas in the winter (I'm bad) and they still seem to work fine in the summer. Honestly we haven't had any real issues with either the Yard Man or the Toro, but if I was going for quality I'd definitely get a Toro. The Yard Man has a briggs and straton as well.

Reading some of the reviews on Amazon it looks like Toro doesn't do very well. Maybe the build quality has went down hill? That'd be pretty sad as they had such great mowers.
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Re: I have to buy a push lawn mower... what should I get?

Postposted on Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:23 pm

FYI The ethanol "eats up" older gaskets and gas lines if it sits in them for too long. My gas line on my now sold Cub Cadet looked like it has been caught in a blender after it sat for a year unused, poured some new gas into the tank to get it ready to sell, and it shot right out of the gas line like an irrigation hose. It also ran like crap on Ethanol gas.

I can go to nearby marinas and get Ethanol-free gas there. It costs a little more, but it does work much better in lawn equipment such as chainsaws and weed-eaters.
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Re: I have to buy a push lawn mower... what should I get?

Postposted on Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:33 pm

Owner/voucher for anything with a Honda engine. That's about the only requirement I have.
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Re: I have to buy a push lawn mower... what should I get?

Postposted on Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:44 pm

Star Brood wrote:My front lawn looks like this:

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Can I use the Fiskar's push mower on a slightly sloped lawn like that, or would I be better off getting a motor?



Have you considered an electric lawn mower? Your yard looks really easy to mow (no obstructions) so you've had an easy time with the cord. I like my Homelite one from Home Depot - no need to worry about gas or anything, I just have a 100ft extension cord that I have to worry about. The cord isn't really an issue either as long as your mowing pattern moves you away from where the plug is.
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Re: I have to buy a push lawn mower... what should I get?

Postposted on Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:04 pm

Hi southrncomfortjm,

I have also been recommended an electric mower from my in-laws, but my question is, wouldn't I be better of with the Fiskar's, for the same price? It's really not a big lawn at all and from what I've read the Fiskar's is lighter and is considerably easier to push than the old push mowers I used to use.
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Re: I have to buy a push lawn mower... what should I get?

Postposted on Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:28 pm

Star Brood wrote:Hi southrncomfortjm,

I have also been recommended an electric mower from my in-laws, but my question is, wouldn't I be better of with the Fiskar's, for the same price? It's really not a big lawn at all and from what I've read the Fiskar's is lighter and is considerably easier to push than the old push mowers I used to use.


I've used a manual mower before and I hated it. But then again, that lawn was full of ruts and had really thick grass, so your mileage may vary. I can see either way being fine. I don't find my electric mower to be difficult at all to push, even up a bit of a hill like I have. Also probably not a big deal for a yard that size, but its nice to have all the clippings automatically bagged - I have a nice compost pile going.

I think you can go fine with either one. Note that, unless you have a long, low gauge, extension cord you will need to get one, so you can add $30 onto the price of the mower I recommended.
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Re: I have to buy a push lawn mower... what should I get?

Postposted on Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:57 pm

Star Brood wrote:liquidsquid, your post makes me realize how happy I am that I don't own a lot of property. All my neighbors hire gardeners to do the work for them... but what's the point in that? Why even have a lawn if you can't take care of it yourself?


As someone who hires a mow/blow/go gardener, its mostly because I don't have the time to keep it trimmed no matter how much I want to. I'd rather spend my gardening time on the roses/flowers/fruits/vegetables, and landscaping.. Maintenance is boring :)
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Re: I have to buy a push lawn mower... what should I get?

Postposted on Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:31 am

Mowing the lawn for me is the one time I get to sit and think that doesn't involve a circular ring on your rear. My best problem solving and enjoying of a mindless task comes on the back of a mower.

My big problem with my zero-turn is the roll bar. The frigging thing does not collapse low enough to avoid branches. I have taken a few out, been whacked by branches that get caught, and almost flipped the mower when caught on larger branches. I should simply remove it entirely, but there are some risky slopes here and there that make me nervous of a flip-squish if I run commando.

I have a Ferris 1500Z http://www.ferrisindustries.com/zero-tu ... s/is1500z/ but it eats gas like nobody's buisiness, but will chew though 4' tall fields like butter when I need to knok them down once a year. Land speed is pretty good. I couldn't drum up the chump change for a full-fledged tractor, and tractors suck at mowing lawns around trees.
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Re: I have to buy a push lawn mower... what should I get?

Postposted on Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:48 pm

Well, I went with the TB130 at lowes with the Honda engine. Zero regrets. ITs great!

I have so much more faith in the Honda engine lasting and being less of a hassle in the long run.

Thanks for the suggestions... I'll bring this thread back when I want to buy a riding mower some day 8)
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