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Old 06-25-2017, 10:10 AM   #1
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Finally decided on a Self Propelled Honda mower.

But, theres a big difference in price. They all seem to be 21". What does 3 in 1 or 4 in 1 variable speed mean? My current self-propelled only has 1 speed.

Prices are from $400 to 700. At this point I'll do ahything just to have a mower that starts every year without an annual $100 repair bill.

I've heard big back wheels are better in sandy soil.
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Old 06-25-2017, 11:07 AM   #2
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Someone here can probably answer your questions, but, if I was going to be the one pushing it, I think that I would want to see for myself. Hopefully you would buy from a local independent dealer, rather than a big box, and I would almost be willing to bet that they would let you actually run them, so that you can gauge ease of operation for yourself. When they ask, "Jane" or "Ms. Doe" is all you need to say, they're not going to track you down to pester you, and you would be absolutely no commitment.
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I have a Craftsman self propelled rear drive mower with a Honda engine that I bought about 20 years ago. It's never caused me problems till about 3 years ago when I would have to give it a shot of starter fluid in the carb to get it to start. Earlier this year it died, but it turned out to be a bad ignition coil. Replaced it with a new one from Amazon ($30) and now it starts on the first pull again without using starter fluid. Honda makes excellent engines.
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Old 06-25-2017, 01:10 PM   #4
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Having trouble with this site today.

Haven't found a local Honda dealer in Volusia Co but will continue searching.

Thanks.
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Old 06-25-2017, 02:18 PM   #5
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http://powerequipment.honda.com/dealer-locator
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Here's a new Craftsmen model with a Honda engine with similar features like mine. Plus, it's only $385 and its got the big rear wheels like you mentioned.

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-160cc...RONaQodtUEI3A#
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Reading reviews.

What is 'deck'? One model has plastic deck which some man liked cause it wouldn't rust. Is it the cover on the base of the mower?

I wonder why many people only give 4 stars yet don't list a complaint? Why not give 5 stars?

My old mower mulches with one blade but some of these new ones that mulch have 2 blades.

We have a Sears so I'll look for their Craftsman with Honda engine.

Wow, there are some mowers over $1,000.
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Usually the 3 in 1, 4 in 1 refers to what happens to the clippings. Mulch, bag discharge, different discharge directions, etc.

The speed of the self propel should be variable. I don't like set speeds. Used one years ago that was 2 speed. I felt like I could crawl faster than low, and high was pulling me.

If you can't find a honda dealer, I'd look for any mower dealer in the area that sells and repairs mowers, and stocks the parts. He probably has a couple of models with a Honda engine, regardless of the brand name on the mower. As long as the parts/ service is there, you can always shop around for the same model.

Having said that, I don't mind paying the dealer retail for his product. I want him there when I need the parts or his service techs.

Edit. The deck is the flat on top body that engine and every thing else attaches to. The blade is below the deck.
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You can look at all the Honda mowers at this site, just click on the model number and it will tell you the difference between them and the price.


https://www.mowersdirect.com/reviews...-mower-reviews


Forgot to say it has reviews on each machine also.
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Definitely get one with the plastic deck (I forget what their name for that is), I have that on mine and it's been going well for 20 years. Obviously it won't rust which is one advantage but an additional advantages that grass clippings don't stick to it as much as they do to a metal painted deck.
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The deck is the "body" of the mower than encloses the blades and has the engine mounted to it.The plastic decks are lighter, don't rust, and don't get loaded up with clippings as easily. Steel decks eventually rust through because the clippings, which have a high moisture content, get stuck in every little nook, cranny, and seam. Cleaning the underside of the deck out routinely and re-painting it every season extend the lifespan of a steel deck greatly.

The larger rear wheels help deliver a smoother cut on bumpy or uneven ground, since they don't "track" every little dip and bump like a smaller wheel does.
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Interesting about grass not sticking to plastic. I've had to tip my old mower an gouge huge clumps out with a screwdriver every week. Honda talks about 'Nexite' deck.

I've chosen the model I want.

On a couple of reviews, not sure the model, men complained about initial set up of mower. I'd like delivery to my house, but is it likely to be hard to assemble or should I drive somewhere where they set it up as some dealers advertise? Looks like dealers are 20 miles away.

Great links y'all have given me.
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A tip for those with mowers that have decks that clump grass clippings when mowing.

Get one of those flat circular lawn sprinklers, and after every use park the mower over the sprinkler and turn on the water for ten minutes.

Gets it very clean.

I also have a K-Archer electric power washer, for the occasional one that needs to be tipped on the side to be scraped.

Power wash it instead, wear your rain gear though.

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I have this Honda mower, and have for maybe 3 years now?
http://powerequipment.honda.com/lawn...dels/hrx217hya

I really like it. I wanted the fiberglass deck, for rust reasons. It did make it more expensive, but I that it'd pan out in the long run.

The Honda mulching system works quite well. Along with the chute to direct from mulching to bagging. You can set that all the way mulch, all the way bag, or in between.

I wanted something I could turn the blades off and keep the engine running. Like dumping the bagger.

I'm not completely wild about the self propel system. I wonder if one of those personal pace type of systems would be better, but this one works well enough.
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