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21 inch push mower. Which one?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Harry0, Jun 25, 2004.

  1. Harry0

    Harry0 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 220

    We have been running Snapper 21s with Robbins 4 stroke engines for years. One just bit the dust. Our dealer only sells self propelled (commercial)that are heavy and last time we bought one the self propeller screwed up 3 months after purchase. We have used Lawn -Boy and liked it(light and durable) but they are going out of business. I have heard a lot of guys using Torro but I have found parts availability stinks.-Any input would be great-thanks in advance -Harry
  2. primecutmo

    primecutmo LawnSite Member
    from SWMO
    Messages: 85

    toro owns lawnboy now but the lawnboy deck should stay the same
  3. Yard Perfect

    Yard Perfect LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    I believe Honda is the only way to go. If you do just basic maintenance, they will last forever.
  4. walter2

    walter2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    lawn boy commercial .i bought one used when i was 19 and mowed 20 lawns went through 4 sets of wheels . it is like Christine it just wont die i bought a new one and gave the old one to my dad he uses it every weekend i am 32 now you do the math
  5. all degree

    all degree LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 344

    The best luck I have had believe it or not is with a craftsman. The reason I say that is that you can buy a 21 inch with a 6.5 HP briggs at sears for $169. Thats right $169. Use them for a season or two and salvage parts and buy a new one.

    You are going to trash whatever you get so why not trash a mower that is 1/3 of the price.

    Trust me on the this one.
  6. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    I here the Exmark 21" is a fine cutting machine....
  7. Rick Jones

    Rick Jones LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 427

    You could make that same argument about a lot of equipment, but the bottom line is you will be using a piece of junk for a year or two until it breaks, then you have to go out and buy a brand new piece of junk to use for another year. It's a vicious cycle.
  8. straightlinelawns

    straightlinelawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    i have a lawn boy, and it cranks on the first pull every time and it was the first mower i ever purchased when i got started in the landscape business. i cut 20 lawns weekly with it for two years and now i still use it every day for my small accounts. i love them because they are light, simple powerful machines and will last forever.
  9. Camelot Gardens Uk

    Camelot Gardens Uk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    It's all we run GVX120 or 536QXE

    honda 536.jpg
  10. all degree

    all degree LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 344

    Rick I know what your thinking and I am the same way. I always buy top of the line stuff. My first question is usually is there a better model.

    Why spend $600 on a push mower when you can spend $169. I use the 21 on two or three backyards a week so its worth it for me. I guess if a 21 is you main mower I would not do it.

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