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Old 05-14-2009, 09:20 PM
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Best 21" mulching Mower/Blade setup...

What's the best combo you've used?
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:29 PM
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Commercial Snapper with Ninja mulching blade
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Old 05-15-2009, 09:02 AM
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How about Toros or Hondas?
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Old 05-15-2009, 11:38 PM
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I changed primary hand mowers this season, from a staggered wheeled LawnBoy to a Honda HRX, Cruise Control model. Also, I have a Toro Proline.

Obviously, mowing conditions vary so much from location to location. Anything that works well in one place, may not work well in another (different turf types, moisture, growth, etc).

In order of mulching quality (good, down to poor):

Honda HRX
Toro Proline
LawnBoy staggered wheel model

The Honda is not just a little better, but much better. We have been able to curtail some of our bagging this season because of the Honda. The Toro is used on a limited basis for grass mulching. The LawnBoy was rarely used for mulching (now out of service).

The Toro Proline worked very well for leaf mulching in the Fall, with a Gator blade. That combination does not work at all for grass mulching. Ironically, the best grass mulching blade for the Toro is a high-lift one used for bagging. It works better than the OEM standard blade, but does take more power. The Atomic blade is useless for mulching grass -- leaves so many stringers, ragged cut. Yes, it takes little power to run, but the results are of use only as a first pass, to be followed with something else. Oh yes, the Atomic blade is useless for leaves too! It does not even have enough lift to pull up the leaves for mulching, rather just runs over them.

Our Honda HRX has a Versa-Mow system, which permits changing from bagging to mulching, and visa-versa with just a handle that can be moved on the fly. It enables us to mow with the bagger working in heavy growth areas, and then switch to mulch in lesser growth areas of the same yard. The cut quality is such that the transition can hardly be seen by me, when I'm looking for it. The partial mulch-bag idea of the Versa-Mow system is a joke -- we use it either fully open, or fully closed. I'll spare the details of this idea here.
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:24 AM
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Is the Honda HRX the dual-blade one that sells for around $700-800?
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:45 AM
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I have a home depot toro works good for what I need it for.
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Old 05-16-2009, 07:55 AM
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Is the Honda HRX the dual-blade one that sells for around $700-800?
Yes.

http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/p...lid=HRX2172HXA

There are two HRX models, one with Thumb Drive hydro drive, and another with Cruise Control hydro drive. I've heard the Thumb drive models have a transmission that is not durable enough for heavy use. My Cruise Control model works well, with a single lever on the handle.

For more pics and discussion, see my earlier thread:

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=268848

The blade setup:
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Old 05-16-2009, 10:16 AM
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I have a Toro SR4 Super Recycler, best Mulcher ever. After 2 weeks of rain, went out last saturday and mulched the whole place, worked great and no clumps.
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Old 05-16-2009, 05:27 PM
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Roger,

How do you like your HRX217 so far? Can you rate the unit based on:
1. cut quality
2. speed and productivity
3. mulching
4. bagging.

I have a 3 year old lawnboy commercial unit with the briggs engine on it. I was thinking about replacing it with either:
1. Honda HRX217 mower (Smart Drive or Hydro?)
2. Toro SR4 Super Recycler (with honda or briggs). This one comes with personal pace.
3. New commercial mower from lawnboy. Like the build on the unit but the speed is very slow (3 mph) for commercial work.

This unit would be a secondary unit for me as my main unit is a 2008 Exmark Metro 21" with a 6 hp kawasaki unit. Really like this unit.
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Old 05-16-2009, 05:44 PM
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i like the honda
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