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Old 04-20-2017, 09:06 PM   #1
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Between the ages of 12 and 15 I ran my own lawn mowing business. Kept me in comic books, then sci-fi novels. I am now nearly 58 and haven't mowed a lawn in almost 30 years. I just bought a house on a 3/4 acre lot and need to buy a mower. A riding mower would be nice but A) I have all the usual expenses a new homeowner has and B) I wouldn't mind getting the extra exercise.

Anything in particular I should look for and/or avoid?

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Honda makes some great walk behind units.

3/4 acre isn't bad if it is pretty level.
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It is totally level. Anything to look for such as HP range, etc?
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I am not even sure what they are at now. They are getting away from the HP ratings of late. There aren't better combustion engines out there than Honda in my opinion.
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Most of them seem to have gone to the "cc" rating and fall into the 120cc on up. I'm trying to budget my money since I have so much going on. I don't want to waste my money on junk, but if I find that this gets to be too tough a chore I don't want to have so much invested in a walk-behind that I end up wishing I'd have paid a little more and bought a riding mower. Put another way, if I have to work my butt off all summer for the next ten years I at least want to console myself with all the money I saved.

On a side note, is getting a self-propelled mower (and paying extra for it) worth doing? There seem to be a lot of pros and cons, with some people saying get a self-propelled if it is hilly (my yard is anything but) and others saying self-propelled is only worth it on flat ground.

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How about electric?

Many of the newest models have enough run time to do that much. Worst case, front in the morning...back in the afternoon.

Neighbor has electric....He can cut his yard twice before he has to recharge it.
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A good all around mower is the stripped down Honda model. They can be bought at HD

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Honda-21-...9VKA/203709643

There are a lot of good choices, but you can't go wrong with a Honda.

Don't know what your budget is, sounds like you just want the best bang for your buck. I uses a rider, but after a lot of research bought the above mower as a house warming gift for my daughter and her husband. He loves it. (They have about 1/2 acre lot)
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From my reading , not from experience, if you go with a self propelled get a rear wheel drive.

Most of the MFGs have 'suggested' maximum lot sizes on their sites.

I would bite the bullet and buy a rider. With reasonable care and proper storage you should be able to fill your needs for less than $1500. About the same amount you spend on push mowers in the next 10 years with a whole lot more comfort.
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Honda makes fine machines but they are pricey. I've had a small (14hp) JD riding since the late 80s with absolutely no problems (HD sells their 'value' models). My only experience with a self-propelled was my F-In-Ls Husky that I brought home to service. I didn't like it's speed adjustments and I don't like jogging. It was also very heavy, which maybe not a problem if your lawn is open but to use it in and out around trees, etc. was a real pain. I have an old Lawnboy for this which has an alloy frame which means no rust and it is very light. I think with most makes you have to go up-model to get a non-steel frame.

I've never had any problems with anything that had Briggs & Stratton engine provided it is not made off-shore.

Regarding horsepower rating, I heard that some company got sued over their advertised horsepower rating so most have stopped publishing them - just engine size and maybe torque. There are different ways to calculate/measure horsepower.
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I would consider trimming a significant factor. If you have fences, flower beds, or other landscape features to deal with, you may find that it's quicker and easier to mow the whole thing with a push mower, rather than working a rider in and out of tight places. On a similar note, there's maintenance of the mower itself. Are you going to change your own oil, sharpen your blades, etc.? If not, a push mower would be easier to transport, unless you already have a trailer. In general, and particularly from a maintenance standpoint, I typically recommend buying from a local independent dealer, as opposed to a big box. Not that they don't have their place, but I have seldom heard anyone say they were pleased with after-the-sale service by a big box.
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This is all very helpful and I appreciate it. I am heading out to look at them this afternoon and will probably buy today. I plan to stick with non-riding for now. I have a bunch of trees and other obstacles and I think with a yard this size I would spend so much time trimming it would negate the time saved with the riding mower. I'm leaning toward self-propelled but I need to ask some questions in the store about particular models.

I'll be sure and let everyone know what I end up with. Thanks!
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Here is what I ended up with:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Troy-Bilt-T...ility/50328175

I got the grass cut Sunday afternoon and was pretty happy with everything. It took me nearly two hours but much of that was due to getting to know my new yard and also having to play pick-up-sticks to get the winter debris off the lawn.

Thanks everyone!
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Anytime a guy buys something that goes 'vroom' is a banner day. Congrats and enjoy.
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Here is what I ended up with:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Troy-Bilt-T...ility/50328175

I got the grass cut Sunday afternoon and was pretty happy with everything. It took me nearly two hours but much of that was due to getting to know my new yard and also having to play pick-up-sticks to get the winter debris off the lawn.

Thanks everyone!
That of course will work. But you would have needed 2 or 3 of them to last you as long as one Honda. I gave my old one to a friend, before I bought the new and improved model.
But after 19 years still started on 1 or 2 pulls. And never had a problem with the hydrostatic transmission.
Also if that is front wheel drive the traction will not be as good.

But for 279.00 if it last you a couple years you have not wasted but so much.
And if you do decide to still buy a rider that may be good just for trimming
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The mower the OP ended up with is a decent mower. His lawn is flat, and so long as routine maintenance is done, and gas drained prior to storage in the off season, the mower should give a number of good years of service with out issues.
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