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Old 03-06-2011, 11:52 AM
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Do any of you guys use a "homeowner" push mower?

This is my 1st yr running and I have already secured several residential jobs. I have a SCAG 48 in walk behind as my main mower. Im noticing that some of the properties have some pretty small areas and tight spaces that my SCAG wont get through. I was thinking about picking up a HONDA push mower from Home Depot to get into these small areas, small back yards, etc. Does anybody else have something like this? Thanks!
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:09 PM
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I bought a crafstman platinum series 8.75 h.p. with castor wheels (21inch cut). I dont have anything bigger than 21" mowers at the moment. The crafstman has a 3 year service plan so I have 3 worry free years then I can sell it.
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:53 PM
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I have a homeowner push mower but it really only sees homeowner level use. I wouldn't expect it to take heavy use and I don't need it to.
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:59 PM
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I would definitely look into getting a commercial 21" as soon as possible. We run Honda and Toro Commercial 21's. They start on the first pull, and leave a better quality of cut than a homeowner model mower would, plus they last alot longer. If you dont have alot to invest, try a used Honda or Toro. Or maybe even a new Bad Boy 21". Those start new at around $400 but you do get what you pay for.
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Old 03-06-2011, 02:12 PM
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I bought a crafstman platinum series 8.75 h.p. with castor wheels (21inch cut). I dont have anything bigger than 21" mowers at the moment. The crafstman has a 3 year service plan so I have 3 worry free years then I can sell it.
3 worry free years huh? Have you ever tried to get a Sears item warranty repaired? You will be without your mower for 2 months.
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Old 03-06-2011, 02:17 PM
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Thats what i do but i want a new one beacuse my troybilt pulls to slow
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Old 03-06-2011, 04:57 PM
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3 worry free years huh? Have you ever tried to get a Sears item warranty repaired? You will be without your mower for 2 months.
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Haha, nope, haven't ran into that problem yet.. not looking forward to it but I do have back up mowers.
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:19 PM
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This is my 1st yr running and I have already secured several residential jobs. I have a SCAG 48 in walk behind as my main mower. Im noticing that some of the properties have some pretty small areas and tight spaces that my SCAG wont get through. I was thinking about picking up a HONDA push mower from Home Depot to get into these small areas, small back yards, etc. Does anybody else have something like this? Thanks!
The "home owner" models will do fine at a 1/4 the price so long as you don't use it on steep slopes. The "splash" type lubrication system they have is inferior than that of the commercial "pressurized" systems that use a spin on oil filter. The engine of the cheaper models won't get the proper lubrication it needs if used for extended periods of time on slopes. Just my .02
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:27 PM
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We hardly used a 21" mower to justify buying a commercial one until a couple years ago and up until this season we solely used Snapper Hi-Vac. These have great sucking for bagging plenty of power but the new one we bought last spring likes to not start after running for a bit. We bit the bullet this year and bought some Honda commercial self propeller's.
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:01 PM
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My dad has been running his 21" Toro mower for probably 15 years now, with a bag, mulch kit, self propelled, the thing starts on the 1st pull and is just simply amazing, good machines.
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