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Berserker
05-23-2006, 11:40 AM
Hello,

I have decided to start doing my own lawn maintenance since I have been unhappy with the service that I have been getting (@ $250 per month :nono: ).

I was originally considering a lawn tractor by either Cub Cadet or John Deere but it seems at 1/2 acre people are recommending a walk behind mower. (Bummer, thought I was getting a new toy :rolleyes: )

So I have done a little bit of research and went to a couple of local stores and here's what has made the short list:

Honda HRX217HXA 699.00
Echo edger SRM-231 269.00
Echo backback blower PB-403 299.00

Are these good pieces of equipment? Am I missing something?

Thanks!

LarryF
05-23-2006, 01:48 PM
(Bummer, thought I was getting a new toy)


Don't pay attention to them! Buy the toy.

hondo345
05-23-2006, 01:52 PM
what would you consider to be the best tractor to start out with

Brendan Smith
05-23-2006, 02:34 PM
how large is your yard? how much landscaping? you may actually be able to get done faster with better results using a walk behind depending on the amount of turning, backing up, etc that you need to do. check out the quick 36, i've never heard anything bad about it.

Larry Davis
05-23-2006, 03:25 PM
Your choices are just fine. All of the equipment you listed will last a homeowner a very long time. Now, a couple of things for you to consider ..... Are you relatively young and healthy? I ask because even doing just 1/2 acre with a 21" mower can be a little bit of a chore, especially in the heat of summer. You may enjoy doing your own lawn for awhile, maybe a few months or a year but, if you don't make it as easy as possible on yourself now you may be back to paying a pro in the near future. You just may want to consider getting yourself a small rider. Nothing as expensive as a commercial grade ZTR or big lawn tractor. Snapper and Deere both make small riders with 32" and 36" decks that are pretty good little units.

marko
05-23-2006, 03:42 PM
I agree with Larry! 1/2 acre with a 21" will get old real quick! I would look for a used 36" or 48" belt drive unit in the $800 - $1500 range.

stryper
05-23-2006, 05:43 PM
what would you consider to be the best tractor to start out with
Simplicity (http://www.simplicitymfg.com/) all the way. They can be a bit pricey, but they give an excellent cut, and they have all sorts of different models, with different features, one of which should be right for your budget.

Apparently, the Boston Red Sox (http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/index.jsp?c_id=bos) agree. From an online article (http://www.sportsfieldmanagementmagazine.com/articles/10questions.html) by David Mellor, head groundskeeper at the Fen:
What's the most important piece of equipment or product in your program?

...We have a Toro irrigation system and, through an ad exchange agreement, Toro equipment. We have Simplicity lawn and garden tractors and mowers. And it all works extremely well. We're fortunate to have such great tools to do our job.

I think that pretty much sums it up. :cool2:

stryper
05-23-2006, 05:45 PM
I agree with Larry! 1/2 acre with a 21" will get old real quick! I would look for a used 36" or 48" belt drive unit in the $800 - $1500 range.
Agreed...but for a few dollars more, depending on your terrain, something like this (http://www.simplicitymfg.com/pacer.php) might serve you even better. Ferris has their own version (http://www.ferrisindustries.com/m_hydrocut.php) as well.

I've got about 1/2 acre myself, and even though I'm in very good shape, cutting the grass with a 21" just wasn't any fun. Now I've got a Simplicity Regent (http://www.simplicitymfg.com/regent.php) AND a Ferris HydroWalk SD (http://www.ferrisindustries.com/mw_sd.php), both of which have been very good machines.:drinkup:

Berserker
05-23-2006, 07:18 PM
Actually I have less than 1/2 acre of grass. Probably just a hare under 1/3 though the total amount of land that will need care is 1/2 acre. Tha includes planters, iceplant, etc.

I think that I may go with the talk behind Honda and if needed I will still consider a small ride mower.

Thanks.

Deere_Daze
05-23-2006, 07:41 PM
For the mower Id go with a John Deere JX 75. Nothing against the Honda, but the Deere has a Kawi engine with a pressurized oiling system and aluminum deck. You can mow on an incline all day long and you wont starve the engine for oil. You cant say the same about the Honda.
As for the trimmer and blower, you cant go wrong with a Stihl.

6'7 330
05-23-2006, 07:50 PM
All of those pieces of equipment will last a homeowner a good long while,as would a Stihl product. That Honda mower in my opinion is the best homeowner 21-inch available. It mulches par excellant.No mulch plug is required, just move a knob and you can completely mulch, or bag,or bag in varying degrees.I have that very same mower,and I was mowing my front lawn, about 3/4 acre with it.

Berserker
05-23-2006, 09:55 PM
Well about mulching....It's not done too often out here in San Diego with the fescue grass that we have. According to local landscapers and some independent lawnmower shops it grows too fast to mulch during this time of year. They say that I may be able to mulch in the more dormant months but 9 months out of the year I won't be able to.

So how does that change the lawn mower option knowing that I have to bag most of the year? How is the Honda for bagging? Does it get plugged frequently like my old Craftsman used to?

6'7 330
05-23-2006, 10:37 PM
Well about mulching....It's not done too often out here in San Diego with the fescue grass that we have. According to local landscapers and some independent lawnmower shops it grows too fast to mulch during this time of year. They say that I may be able to mulch in the more dormant months but 9 months out of the year I won't be able to.

So how does that change the lawn mower option knowing that I have to bag most of the year? How is the Honda for bagging? Does it get plugged frequently like my old Craftsman used to?

The Honda will bag as well as it mulches.It is a very good mower.And the xenoy deck,is super easy to clean,never rusts.