21 inch mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by smittypa, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. smittypa

    smittypa LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I'm looking for a 21 inch self propelled mower to replace a troybilt 33 inch as my gate mower. I would buy another troybilt, but paying $1500 for a new mower that will only be used for 5 lawns doesn't make sense. I'm hearing good things about the Toro Super Recylcler. I know it isn't "commercial" but neither is the Troybilt which has been running over 10 years. Will the straight axel of the toro slow me down, or should I be looking at caster wheels like the Ariens, CubCadet, etc.?
  2. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Look at the Honda mowers at Homer Cheapo. Some of the middle to high end ones there are pretty nice. There is several posts on here where they are mentioned and the feedback is usually positive. The Super Recycler also gets good reveiws, even for being a homeowner model.

    As for the front wheels, Stick with the solid axle. No 21" mower is that heavy in front that you can't easily lift it to turn. Most people complian more about the swivel front wheels than like them.
  3. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 721

    I agree with the honda, I run one and love it to death, but if the troy built lasted so long why not buy another?
  4. Ky.Smoke

    Ky.Smoke LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    I agree with mulany. I know it is more expensive but why not get another troybilt. The time it will save in the lomg run will make up the price difference.
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    What's this??? There are people on here actually recommending to someone to buy another Troybilt???

    I will mark this day on my calendar... What's next, a member actually admitting that Dixon mowers are GOOD?

    I have advocated for the Troybilt 33" mower many many times on here, but to no avail. I love mine! I am, however, trying to replace it with my 36" walker I bought... Mainly due to ankle issues and not mower preformance at all.

    P.S. Dixon rules too!
  6. smittypa

    smittypa LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    If my troybilt wasn't running I'd definitely grab a new one. It's running well, but it's getting old. I just have the feeling that it could go at any time. I am looking for a backup just in case. Since I got the Quick 36, I don't use the troybilt that much anymore (maybe 5 lawns). If I could get the Quick 36 through every gate, I don't know if I would use it at all.
  7. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,876

    NO! NO! NO! NO!

    This is not good advice. Listen, I am the first to chime in and recommend Hondas. But ONLY the Honda Commercial mowers. Not the semi-commercial HRX and definitely not the homeowner HR models. Those are not good for commercial work. If you are carrying mowers around on a trailer or truck, these mowers will not work well for you. Only the commercial HRC models will work for commercial maintenance, and you can't buy those at Home Cheapo.
  8. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Ok, he already stated he was looking to cut maybe 5 BACKYARDS a week with it, not running it 40 hours a week. there is no need for a $1,200 21" mower for that. If he wanted to spend that much he'd get another Troybilt 33".
  9. K&L Landscaping

    K&L Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    John Deere JX75 is a very good commercial grade 21" mower. I thought I would save myself a little money and buy the JA62's but I just decided to spend the extra $$ and buy some more JX75s. They are a time proven machine and are very hard to beat at $750.00.
  10. ozd12005

    ozd12005 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    Craftmans 6.75 hp 22" for $240.00

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