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Old 07-05-2013, 09:18 AM
Pierre2013 Pierre2013 is offline
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No, it is not a push mower, it is self-propelled.

If I recall correctly, the word Excel is written on the Gator blades...

Btw, the Gator blades do not come with the mulch kit. And your mulch kit is made up of 2 plates for the 42" and 3 plates for the 48" and 54". So each blade has its own closed chamber. Blades might be around $100 and mulch kit in the same neighborhood.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:52 AM
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Pierre, thanks for the info. I'll check my Hustler dealer to see if they have the mulching kit and blades I need for me Hustler.

Back to the list, I'm still stuck on which one to buy for a small front yard.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:42 PM
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According to Consumer Reports (May 2013):

Among the gas self-propelled:

Honda HRR2169VYA $480
Honda HRR2169VKA $400
Toro 20381 (or 20382) $520

Among gas push for smaller/flat lawns:

Cub Cadet SC100 11A-A92J $250
Craftsman 37432 $220
Yard Machines 11A-B96N $240

Get your copy of CR May 2013. You can't go wrong with a Honda, except for the sensitive carb.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:37 PM
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I've always heard good things about Honda's and their engines. Been told they always fire up on the first pull typically.
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:24 PM
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I've always heard good things about Honda's and their engines. Been told they always fire up on the first pull typically.
Yes, Honda engines are pretty good and start very easily. But the carb can be a b**ch. Very sensitive, gum up easily with old fuel. Also, I find the quality of the materials used has somewhat gone down compared with 20 years ago. Nevertheless, still a great mower.
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:58 PM
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i have an hrx217 that is over 10 years old and still kicking. I have a couple of Honda HRR models that i got from HD that i use on small yards. these are tough mowers for being non-commercial. they cut and mulch great.
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:20 AM
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I've always been worried about buying mowers from big box stores. They all look the exact same with just different colors. Like someone other then john deere or other manufactures are making their mowers and slapping different names on them.
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