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Old 04-29-2014, 01:43 PM   #1
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It's time for a new lawnmower.

I'm a reasonably fit female, but for whatever reason I have never been able to start a cold pull-cord gasoline engine.
I got a lot of lawn so a riding mower would be nice, but I also have a lot of obstacles.
This is also not a city lot. Think uneven ground, moles, twigs, roots, etc.

So I'm thinking an electric start, gasoline, self propelled, wide cut mower that can take a little bit of abuse.

I would really appreciate any advice, recommendations, or brands to stay away from.

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What do you consider "a lot of lawn"?
I can not imagine mowing more then 1/4 acre with a push mower.
What's your realistic budget?
Long ago I switched to a Z turn mower and it cuts my mowing and weed whacking time by at least 50 %.
I still have an old John Deere rider I keep as a spare but just hate using it.
I'd pass on anything made by MTD.

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I would also want to know the size of the yard and how many obstacles...a few trees, or several trees, beds, obstacles, etc. Zero turns are awesome, but there is a learning curve and they can be expensive. Finding an electric start self propelled won't be hard to find. Same goes for a basic riding mower.
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I would check out your local lawn equipment dealers .
Kick the tires on a few and see what your comfortable with.
My old snapper push mower ( which is going on 23 yrs old now and just used as a trimmer the last few years) was always too much for my wife to get started.
If I only knew that she wanted to mow for the exorcise I would have bought an electric start. I could have gotten out of a lot more mowing's. heh heh
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:45 PM   #6
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Sorry it took so long to get back here. My modem died right after I posted and I had to wait to get a replacement shipped.

It's a done deal. I ended up looking around locally and decided on a Troy Built (Briggs and Stratton engine). Big back wheels, rear wheel drive, variable speed, and what they call "starting promise", so I should be able to start it on my own.

I haven't gotten it out of the box yet. Way too much on my to-do list this week.

I do have a riding mower, and I'm going to keep it, but last week it crapped out on me halfway through the lawn and I needed a neighbors help just to get it back to the garage. I also have a ZTR, but it has been abused and is pretty much on it's last leg. The property is really too rough for it.

The problem is, I'm on my own now. At least with a walk-behind if I have to I can man-handle (woman-handle?) it into a vehicle by myself.

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Its all about leverage. I know what you mean about cold starts, especially after a long winter.
Make sure you push the prime button a few times

Then make sure you have some good height over it. Stand on a rock or something. It really helps a lot.

p.s. best of luck muscling your way around new territory. You are smart and capable...you can do anything...there is always a way...
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Thanks for the encouragement. I know I can do it, but sometimes it is a bit overwhelming. I haven't mentioned it here before, I tend to keep private things private, but DH passed away from pancreatic cancer at the beginning of March.

I suspect I will be here with a larger variety of questions over the next few months.
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I'm sorry for your loss.
I'm assuming lawnmowers have just as many opinions as anything else,

2 years ago I bought a Honda HRR self propelled mower and actually love it. It does an amazing cut, is easy to use and starts extremely easy as it has a compression relief which I don't believe Briggs and Stratton offers (I could be wrong).

The autochoke seems to work very well which is surprising.


I guess this is a newer version of mine as I don't have the little lever to select between bag or mulch, I have a plastic plug that gets removed for bagging.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/2037096...redAB=B&NCNI-5

Honds HRR216K9VKA




This one is electric start but I honestly think you could handle the pull start fine. It's really, really easy.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Honda-21-...9VLA/203474021

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Sorry to hear about your loss as well.

I thought about this post today as I started up my lawn mower on the second pull. It sat outside all winter long. The gas tank was empty.

My garden tiller started on the second pull as well. It is extremely easy to start.
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Sorry for your loss. My mower sometimes takes a lot of pulls to get it running, even after pushing the primer bulb 5-10 times. I bought a can of starter fluid, popped the air filter cover off, removed the air filter and sprayed a shot of starter fluid in the carb. One pull and it starts right up.
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:18 PM   #13
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I've used the new mower several times already and haven't had to pull the cord more than twice.

I feed it ethanol free stuff so hopefully I shouldn't have much problem with it.

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