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Toro Commerical or HRX217HXA or Husqvarna?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by mlong30, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. mlong30

    mlong30 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 111

    I'm in the market to get a new mower, but I'll settle for a used one, since it will be for home residential use (multi yards).

    I see a owner who has a Toro Proline 21",1991 model #22621, 4cycle ohv suzuki engine, 3 speed self propelled, recently serviced, ready to mow excellent running/operating,condition for $200.00

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    I also see a owner who has a HRX217HXA that he purchased new on 8-28-04. He has the owners manual and brochure, and says the 2006 season was the last time he used it, for sale for $400.00 (NO PICS)


    Also for sale is a Husqvarna 21' for $225.00. This mower was only used for 2 years when the owner lived in the city. Now he lives in the county and has no need for it.

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    Can someone tell me which is the better deal? I'll be cutting very tall Kentucky blue grass, and other yards as well.

    Thanks.

    Matt
    Indy
     
  2. RugerRedhawk

    RugerRedhawk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    I just bought a husqvarna like that one (RWD), mine is not quite as clean, but got it for $125. I used it once and can say that it did a good job and climbed hills very nicely. Not really sure what to say about the others. The honda is a great machine, but you're spending $400 on a 6 year old machine with no warranty... I really don't know much about the toro, I'm sure it's top notch, but being 20 years old I'd have a hard time justifying it. Guess it would depend on parts availability for one.

    Guess it's hard to say which to go with. If you were going to spend $400 I'd say get something new. If you want to spend $200, that husky does look very clean and like it was stored indoors and lightly used.... maybe you could offer him $175.
     
  3. mysteryman

    mysteryman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 235

    this is probably of no value in helping you with your decisioon, but the Husqvarna just appears to have too much plastic. All I can think is that it will crack and be very costly to repair. Also, the fact that the older Toro can command an almost equal price gives it the appearance of offering so much more.
     
  4. mysteryman

    mysteryman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 235

    ...and I forgot to mention, from experience I know that that larger fule tank capacity of the Toro will be greatly appreciated every weekend when you don't have to fill it several times during your mowing session.
     
  5. RugerRedhawk

    RugerRedhawk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    Yeah, I'm not a fan of all the plastic either, I'll mention that the front piece on mine was cracked when I bought it. It doesn't affect mowing at all though, so I don't see a reason to fix it. The toro is tempting, just seems like a lot to spend on something so old. Does anyone know what part availability is like on an older toro like that? Again I'm not trying to say which one to buy, it's a tough choice IMO.

    Is that husky a RWD or FWD? Big difference. I will mention that I was impressed with the fuel consumption on the husqy i have with the honda 5.5, not sure the capacity but I mowed my whole law in 40 minutes and didn't have to refuel. Not sure how much is left in there.
     
  6. mlong30

    mlong30 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 111

    I believe its RWD.

    I always wanted a commercial mower, but was trying to get it on the cheap. I hate spending 400 bucks on something that's 6 years old, when I could add another 200.. and get it brand new.


    Matt
     
  7. betmr

    betmr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,663

    If I were you I would look into a New Toro. I have a Toro SR4 Super Recycler. It is a great mower. Mulches great, converts to side discharge, or rear bag, in a snap. I mulch with it all the time, no surface clippings. Simple design, cast aluminum deck. I doubt I will ever need to buy another 21" mower in my life time.

    P.S. Parts are still easily available for the Toro Pro Line. But I would avoid a mower that old. Things like worn wheel bushings etc.
     
  8. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 520

    I have a 3 year old Husky 5521rs (I think thats the model) with Honda engine, LOVE it!
     
  9. mlong30

    mlong30 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 111

    Just received photos of the Honda Mower.

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    Just came back from the local dealers and they want big$ for the Honda and Toro, no discounts.

    Matt
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2010
  10. RugerRedhawk

    RugerRedhawk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    That's cool, looks like a nice one. Up to you if you want to spend $400 on a used mower or not. It is probably worth the money if you're willing to spend it.
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2010

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