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Old 06-22-2011, 03:08 PM
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Looking for a good self-propelled mower for around $300?

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I'd like to start mowing small lawns and would like your advice on which self propelled mowers to be looking at. My budget is around $300.

Thanks for your time
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:17 PM
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If you mean small lawns as in < 1/3 acres, then a 21-22 inch will do fine. Look on craigslist for a used commerical mower like toro, exmark, or snapper. If you insist on a new one, then $300 with get you a higher-end toro home owners model.
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:21 PM
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tlc1994 hit the nail on the head
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:57 PM
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Is there a Toro model in particular that I should be looking at? Does 7.75 FT-LBS of torque provide a significant difference over the 6.75?

Thanks fellas
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:34 PM
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First of all, what is your average property size? If they are less than 1/3 acres, I would look at something like this: http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/for/2452770941.html

It's not so much the torque that is different than you would find from a nice mower at HD (by the way on finished cutting, as in NOT cutting down a jungle, both a 6.75 and 7.75 would do fine), but rather these are meant to handle more work because they were designed to be more durable than a Home Owner's model.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:08 PM
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What type of wheel drive should I get? Do I need big back wheels?
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:02 PM
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RWD is ideal, but I use FWD and it works fine if that`s what you get. Get the bigger back wheels: their purpose is to push the mower up slopes and hills.
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Old 06-30-2011, 09:41 AM
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If you plan to mow hills, avoid the front wheel drive.
Get as large an engine as you can find.
If you are looking at used mowers, check the wheels for sturdiness, check the belt and cables.

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Pay a "will work for food" guy a hundred bucks to steal a nice mower for you.
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:00 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.
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