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Old 07-09-2011, 10:35 AM
Oakleaf landscape Oakleaf landscape is offline
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Look at Honda. They make the BEST push mower for the money currently. I had mine for 6+ years and haven't had one problem with it. Still starts on first pull. And yes RWD is the way to go.
http://greensboro.craigslist.org/grd/2427026519.html
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:30 AM
LaLawnGuy LaLawnGuy is offline
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Look at Honda. They make the BEST push mower for the money currently. I had mine for 6+ years and haven't had one problem with it. Still starts on first pull. And yes RWD is the way to go.
http://greensboro.craigslist.org/grd/2427026519.html
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:27 PM
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The TroyBilts from Lowes have done me well. They are about $269. I know they are not commercial but they only weigh about 85 lbs. They will last a couple of seasons for me.
I bought a $200 push mower troy bilt last year cutting like 5 lawns (<3 acre) a week......

It broke within 30 days. I got another one. It broke within 30 days. I got another one. It broke within 30 days. I got another one. It broke within 30 days. I got another one. It broke within 30 days. I got another one. It broke within 30 days. I got another one. It broke within 30 days. It happened 6 times within 3 months. WTH? Everytime something different broke. The manager said he had never seen anything like it, but im like

I suppose its a fluke, but I wouldn't touch troy bilt with a 39.5 ft pole.
Go with honda at home depot. 100 bucks more, but about a thousand times better.
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:56 AM
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Honestly i would think about getting a commercial grade 21 inch. It might cost you double what you want to spend but spend more now and less later. Not as much will break on you. I got a snapper commercial 21 with Kawi engine after i had the briggs and stranton. The Briggs wasn't bad but it had the plastic knobs on the handle you had to tighten all the time where the commercial has bolts and aren't easily loosened. Overal just a better machine imo.
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:59 AM
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Honestly i would think about getting a commercial grade 21 inch. It might cost you double what you want to spend but spend more now and less later. Not as much will break on you. I got a snapper commercial 21 with Kawi engine after i had the briggs and stranton. The Briggs wasn't bad but it had the plastic knobs on the handle you had to tighten all the time where the commercial has bolts and aren't easily loosened. Overal just a better machine imo.
If you ever get busy enough, the Snapper is a bit of a parts hog. Expect to replace the rubber drive gasket every two or three months and the upper drive belt every two or three months.

In the long term, this is what I have replaced.
Both rear wheels $22-$35 depending on the shop (3 years)
Engine throttle cable $14 (3 years)
Engine start/cutoff cable $14 (3 years)
Recoil system $20 (2 years)
Carburetor choke valve $5 (2 years)

After 4 years, I just recently replaced the Kawasaki Engine due to internal problems that werent worth fixing. I expect the Kaw to last longer than 4 year though. Mine made it through Hurricane Ike and did receive some saltwater damage. I expect that was the culprit of the shortened lifetime.

Other than that, the Snapper 21" is just an awkward mower to learn because of the self propel lever. After you learn it, you'd love it. All of my employees hate the mower at first then take to it.
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