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Push or self-propelled 21"

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by harpoonalt, Apr 3, 2003.

  1. harpoonalt

    harpoonalt LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    It seems that a lot of you guys use self-propelled trim mowers. I've tried them, but the speed always seems unnatural to me and the mowers less reliable. Am I missing something? I just want a good push 21" mower for trim work and they are getting harder to find. Is a self propelled worth the extra weight and complexity and do they hold up under hard use.
  2. Lawn Specialties

    Lawn Specialties LawnSite Member
    Posts: 207

    I've had a Toro Proline self propelled for 5 years and never done any thing to the drive but grease it. If your trying to talk your self out of the extra expense it's worth every penny. I started in the biz with a push mower and after about two days with a self propelled I wondered how I ever lived with out it. It depends on how you use it but after you go up a hill with a full bag the first time you'll be convinced.
  3. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,174

    You just have to invest in a good commercial one. A pusher is fine if you only use one a little bit for trimming. I use mine quite a bit on smaller lawns.

    The one I use is a john deere jx75. Expensive? yes, but worth it (to me). Has 5 speeds so it feels natural to me. Unreliable? Well, I have had mine for 2 seasons and it gets used almost every day of the week. I have never lost time due to a breakdown. The kawasaki engine is great!

  4. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    I also use a JX75. Yea, its a little heavy around 100lbs, but I'd rather not push the trim mower.
  5. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,071

    You Grass Hopper do not have enough yards. Push a 21 though a couple of yards :D
  6. harpoonalt

    harpoonalt LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    Since getting my Exmark TTHP I don't use the trim mower too much. I guess I assumed most guys use the 21" just for trim, or small inaccessible areas. I seem to spend more time going back and forth with mine and the extra weight really hurts there. What do you use under trees or where your big mower won't fit. A push fits my needs but they seem to be getting rare.
  7. Swampbeast

    Swampbeast LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 463

    We have lots of lawns where we have to use the 21's, I use only Self propelled, the employees love them, and I also only use Castor wheel mowers, those really do cut down on time. They make turns so fast it saves several minutes of mowing. Plus you can operate it with one hand, and in the other hand hold a drink.

  8. IBGreen

    IBGreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 726

    self-prop definately.
  9. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,076

    I no longer take on any properties where I will need a 21" trim mower but then I did have properties that required them a self propelled commercial model was the way to go.

  10. cajuncutter

    cajuncutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 626

    I have a 21" "commercial" lawn boy that is light as a feather. It was built in 1980 I believe and the engine finally wore out. So I took the engine off of a 1979 model 19" and she runs like a champ!! For a touch up mower if this thing ever dies or the frame comes apart I will seek out another oldy but goody like her:D

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